Airport limousine operators in Lagos have again raised concern over illegal cab operators around the airport which they say if left unchecked has the potential worsen a situation made bad through the robbing and duping of unsuspecting travellers on airport roads.
This is just as they have petitioned the Military and police command asking them to caution their officers not to use unpainted cabs to operate along the airport road.
Secretary of the Airport Limousine Bus Operators Lookmon Oladipupo who spoke to reporters said illegal cab operators have taken over the airport routes robbing unsuspecting travellers of their valuables.
Oladipupo explained that military men and some police officers were involved in the act of using unpainted cabs to operate on the airport roads.
According to him, members of the limousine task force were beaten up in an attempt to stop the illegal operators from plying the route.
He said the activities of these illegal operators have battered the image of the limousine operators at the airport adding that these operators were fast becoming security threat to the registered operators.
Oladipupo explained that the illegal cab operators posed as genuine operators to rob unsuspecting passengers adding that 15 unpainted cab operators were apprehended early January by the union.
While appealing to passengers to always board the blue painted airport vehicles to avoid being duped, Oladipupo urged the military airport commandant and the airport police Commissioner to come to their aid by cautioning their men from operating illegal cabs on the airport routes.
Reacting to his pleas, the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO airport command Mr Joseph Alabi, warned that any illegal cab operators not painted in airport colour will be arrested and prosecuted.
Alabi said it was criminal for any unauthorised operators to pick or drop passengers on airport roads and advised passengers to patronise the approved and recognised blue painted cabs and buses.
Oladipupo also called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to look into the one renewal and inspections of their vehicles to two years in order to enable them meet up with the hire purchase agreement reached with owners of their vehicles.
About 100 registered limousine vehicles are currently operating on the Ikeja- Nahco- airport routes with a registration fee of N85, 000 annually.