Kunle Kalejaye 14 October 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to wade in and help check alleged excesses of officers of the Nigerian Navy working at the petroleum products depots in Apapa area of Lagos.
PTD, an arm of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, accused the naval officers of engaging in illegal activities at the depots.
Its national chairman, Mr. Salmon Oladiti, explained in a statement that the activities of the naval officers have affected loading of petroleum products at the depots, disturbed free-flow of traffic and led to untimely death of drivers.
Oladiti said in the statement: “Navy’s illegal operations are the major problems of tanker drivers. There is so much extortion, harassment and beating of our members who fail to meet their demand. We want the activities of the Navy to be checked, they are not trained to control traffic. Their activities are affecting our operations.
“We have recorded two deaths now; we don’t want more people to die due to their extortions and illegal operations. We want them to be withdrawn from the road,” he said.