Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Photo: Three traffic officers, two others nabbed over extortion

Five persons suspected to be involved in illicit businesses at various locations in Onitsha, Anambra state have been arrested by security operatives attached to the Ministry of Transport Enforcement Unit against touting and illegal revenue collection.

The suspects, including three Traffic Control Officers were found extorting money from commercial bus drivers.

Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christian Madubuko, who disclosed this on Wednesday in a press briefing, said their arrests followed raid carried out at Upper Iweka axis of the commercial city.

He said government would not spare anybody caught engaging in outlawed activities, noting that it was regrettable that those charged with the responsibility of sanitising the transport sector would compromise their duties.

He stressed that they would soon be arraigned to determine the level of their involvement.

The Commissioner further revealed that commercial bus drivers plying Onitsha – Asaba route loading and offloading on the highway as well as wheelbarrow pushers running their businesses on the road were also sacked by the enforcement team.

He said, “We are here to direct them on where to load and where not to load. As you can see people are loading and parking anywhere they like.

“Alternative location has been provided for the affected commercial bus drivers and barrow pushers behind Upper Iweka Flyover.”

Madubuko noted that government was mindful of the risks associated with running businesses on roads, saying that many lives had been lost in the process due to avoidable indulgences.

Some of the commercial bus drivers including Mr Kingsley Igodo and Samuel Ikoyi appreciated the commissioner for the visit, pledging their willingness to comply with the directive to save them from accidents.

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