Anam­bra to pros­e­cute po­lice­men, sol­diers over ex­tor­tion

The Punch - - NEWS - Tony Okafor, Awka

He Anam­bra State Govern­ment has said it will no longer tol­er­ate ex­tor­tion of mo­torists and other mem­bers of the public in the state by some se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

As a con­se­quence, it has es­tab­lished a mo­bile court to try such of­fend­ers.

the state Com­mis­sioner for trans­port, Dr Chris­tian Madubuko, stated this dur­ing the launch of an anti-tout out­fit tagged, ‘Fo­cused Ini­tia­tive Against tout­ing at Niger Bridge Head, Onit­sha.’

He said, “Govern­ment has es­tab­lished a mo­bile court to try of­fend­ers who could face im­pris­on­ment. It will no longer be busi­ness as usual.

“the anti-tout­ing reg­u­la­tion af­fects mem­bers of the police, Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps, the army and oth­ers.

“With the lunch of the anti-tout­ing out­fit, the state govern­ment will no longer con­done tout­ing and il­le­gal col­lec­tion of tolls.

“All touts op­er­at­ing at dif­fer­ent places in Onit­sha and en­vi­rons must leave the com­mer­cial city or risk go­ing to jail, be­cause a mo­bile court is at­tached to FIAT.”

He added, “It is very un­for­tu­nate to see some in­di­vid­u­als wield­ing sticks and other dan­ger­ous weapons ex­tort­ing money from mo­torists com­ing from Delta State on their way from la­gos, Benin and other states into Anam­bra through Onit­sha.

“We are say­ing no to all that, enough is enough .It’s an em­bar­rass­ment to the state govern­ment, my min­istry and the peo­ple of the state.

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