The Socialist Workers & Youths League(SWL) has declared their support for the ongoing strike action of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria(JDWAN).
JDWAN who commenced a seven-day strike action on October 31st, 2022 across the length and breadth of Lagos State to stress the importance of their demands against extortion on roads allegedly by the motor parks and garages management in the state.
In a statement released on Monday which was signed by its National Chairperson and Secretary, Frances Akinjole and Kelvin Ayemhenre respectively, the SWL condemned the alleged abduction and torture of one of the drivers identified as Ashimiyu Idowu.
“The SWL fully supports this historic action by this radical independent body of commercial drivers, which has risen to challenge the arbitrariness and extortionist transport workers’ which are aligned with different sections of the ruling class.
“The SWL further calls for justice for Ashimiyu Idowu, a leading member of JDWAN who was abducted earlier this morning by agbèròs (as touts of the pro-establishment transport unions are called), beaten up and tortured, and several other members of JDWAN who have been attacked by these touts, in different parts of Lagos.
“The JDWAN is protesting the multiple and excessive extortions of its members by the management of the Lagos State Transportation Parks and Garages Management Committee, led by Musiliu Akinsanya aka “MC Oluomo”, a well-known ‘millionaire thug’ and supporter of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Lagos,” the statement read.
The league noted that JDWAN members were exercising their constitutional rights to withdraw their services in the face of exploitation and oppression.
“The brutal response of the pro-government thugs is utterly condemnable. Riding on motorbikes and wielding weapons, they swooped in on JDWAN activists, monitoring the strike at strategic bus stops in the city, wounding quite several radical members of JDWAN,” it stated.
The SWL condemned the attack, saying “We place the responsibility for these attacks squarely at the doorstep of the Lagos State APC government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“These discredited politicians of the ruling class must be brought to book for the violence being meted out to JDWAN members, alongside their over-pampered minions led by “MC Oluomo.”
The group made the following demands for immediate stop of all extortionate charges at the various parks in the country. They also demanded for the immediate release of Idowu and the prosecution of all involved in brutalizing him.