“We want the military authorities to look into our situation and call their men to order before it results in a confrontation that will lead to public disorder,” Usman, a tricyclist lamented.

The Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Olabisi Ayeni, could not be reached for a reaction as calls made to his telephone were not answered. Also, a text message sent to him had yet to be replied to as of the time this report was filed.

Cases of extrajudicial killings involving military officers allegedly extorting transport workers have been recorded in the past.

In February 2014, a 36-year-old tricyclist, Richard Samuel, was allegedly killed by an OP MESA official, simply identified as Mohammed, over the tricyclist’s failure to pay an illegal daily levy of N500.

On August 22, 2012, armed men suspected to be members of the OP MESA were also alleged to have killed a ‘Keke Marwa’ rider, Yusuf Oluwaseun, during an argument.