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The Tipper Drivers Association of Anambra State closed the ever-bustling Onitsha River Niger Bridgehead yesterday, allegedly due to extortion by security officers in the region.
The drivers that arrived as early as possible utilised their vehicles to block the road, causing major traffic jams.
Motorists and commuters were trapped because the road was completely closed, preventing anyone from entering Onitsha or leaving Asaba, Delta state.
It was gathered that trouble started when the tipper drivers rejected and refused the payment of N1000 to a security operative leading to the bursting of tyre of one of the tippers by an officer at bridgehead which angered the drivers for protest.
The President-General of Great Tipper Drivers Association Comrade Ebuka Unekwe said that their action was due to incessant molestations and dehumanizing treatment meted out on them by security officers in the area.
He said that they will not clear the road until government intervenes and they replace the bursted tyre and caution security agents from collecting illegal fees from them.
The Eastern Updates