Commercial drivers operating within some areas in Rivers State have threatened to withdraw their services.

The drivers mostly operating along the Mile Three Rumuji-Ibaa Obelle-Ndele-Elele Alimini axis issued the threat over the alleged forceful extortion by the task force set up by the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Some of the drivers who spoke to Bounce News said aside from N100 to N500 being collected by the council as daily ticket fees, they are also being subjected to inhumane treatment.

According to them, the attitude of the taskforce chasing them while on the wheel and dragging their steerings has made so many drivers lose control causing accidents.

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They also expressed serious concerns that the extortion is affecting their daily income, as driving is their only source of livelihood.

They appealed to the state government to intervene urgently and put a stop to the unwarranted extortion.

They added that if the situation is not checked; drivers operating along that axis will be forced to embark on strike.

However, Senior Special Adviser on Revenue Matters to the Emohua local government council, Steve Onu, said the council has set up a committee to work with the National Union of Road Transport Workers at the parks for the collection of one hundred naira daily ticket, adding that no taskforce was instituted.

Onu urged the commercial drivers to report anyone found parading himself as the taskforce of Emohua council for arrest and prosecution.

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