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OPERATIVES NAB 5 SUSPECTED ILLEGAL TOLL COLLECTORS AS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST LOADING ON ROADS BEGINS

Onitsha-In continuation of fight against illegal revenue collection, Anambra Government has apprehended five persons suspected to be involved in the illicit business at various locations in Onitsha.

The suspects including three Traffic Control Officers, who were found extorting money from commercial bus drivers, would soon be arraigned.

Their arrests followed raid carried out at Upper Iweka axis, Onitsha by security operatives attached to the Ministry of Transport Enforcement Unit against touting and illegal revenue collection.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the enforcement exercise, Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christian Madubuko, said government would not spare anybody caught engaging in outlawed activities.

The commissioner, who said it was regrettable that those charged with the responsibility of sanitising the transport sector, compromise their duties.

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

The enforcement team also sacked commercial bus drivers plying Onitsha – Asaba route loading and off loading on the highway as well as Wheelbarrow pushers running their businesses on the road.

“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,’’ he said.

Dr Madubuko said alternative location had been provided for the affected commercial bus drivers and barrow pushers behind Upper Iweka Flyover.

He 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, Samuel Ikoyi, that the commissioner for the visit and assured of their willingness to comply with the directive to save them from accidents.

Source: Anambra State Government