Motorists and passersby have begun to lament the unchecked actions of touts and hoodlums, additionally known as ‘space boys’ in Osogbo.
The main criticism is that the younger males now represent themselves into impartial authorities to harass and extort residents going about their lawful enterprise.
Business Motorcyclists who’re principally affected by the actions of the touts say they’re now compelled to pay touts and the federal government as properly.
In a chat with DAILY POST, a former chairman of the industrial motorbike union in Osogbo, Mustapha Akande mentioned the one authority his members recognise when paying their levies and taxes is the native and state governments.
He defined that there’s a system via which the taxes and levies are collected for the federal government.
He mentioned the industrial motorcyclists themselves have a physique assigned the accountability of amassing such monies and so they, in flip, remit it to the native and state authorities relying.
He famous as unhappy the state of affairs the place motorists and passersby are compelled to pay hoodlums earlier than they will undergo some areas in Osogbo.
He, nonetheless, known as on the state authorities to prevail on safety companies to return to assistance from residents because the state of affairs is nearly getting out of hand.
Some motorists who bared their minds additionally mentioned that since routes have been demarcated pending the completion of development of the Olaiya flyover, it has grow to be simple for the touts to deploy themselves alongside these routes and gather unlawful levies.
In addition they confirmed to DAILY POST that, figuring out them as members of the genuine union was unimaginable as a result of they operated with out correct uniforms and identification.
In addition they added that violence and swear phrases was a inventory in commerce they use in harassing motorists and industrial motorcyclists earlier than amassing such charges from them.
One of many areas worst hit by this illegality they revealed is Oke-Baale and Atelewo.
They complained that that they had reported the difficulty to the safety companies however remorse that the extortion has elevated and the touts now bolder within the illegality.
DAILY POST had earlier reported the actions of the hoodlums who arm-twist and harass their victims earlier than extorting from them their hard-earned cash.