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Group commends Soludo for sacking illegal revenue agents, touts



DRIVERS in Anambra State under the aegies of Drivers Welfare Association (DWA), Wednesday in Onitsha, commended Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo for allegedly sacking illegal revenue agents and touts in all roads, parks, markets, among other flash points in the state.

  Making the commendation in his Onitsha office, the DWA Chairman, Comrade Adindu Opara, stated that, “only God knows what we normally go through in the hands of these touts/illegal revenue agents who claim to be collecting revenue for the state government.”

  “During my campaign, I pledged to fight them and it was on the process that I was beaten to coma with some of my executive members and our clothes torn to pieces by the touts.

  “Governor Soludo should ensure that the order he issued that they be sacked is implemented to the letter without minding whose ox is gored,

  “Drivers Welfare Association should be handed over the collection of transport revenue for the state government to help curtail embezzlement of government revenue by the touts who claim to have authority from government to extort, beat up, molest, steal, assault, maim and harass both drivers and passengers.

  “We ply Onitsha -Owerri-Mgbidi-Awo highway but it is only at the notorious Upper Iweka axis that the illegal activities of the touts are worse. They collect all money we make there.

  “Touting, like Governor Soludo said is not work, they should go and look for what they will do, we are professional drivers. These touts bastardised the transport system as they do all manners of criminality.

  “They are into hand set snatching, beating, extortion, thuggery, robbery, among others. That is why I will commend the Onitsha Police Area Commander, Mr. John Obuagbaka for sacking armed robbers at Upper Iweka.

  “Without that man, armed robbers and touts would have taken over Onitsha because that place is their den. He personally leads his men and you will hardly know he is the Area Commander unless he starts giving order to his men.

  “He is a gentleman and a listening type but a no nonsense man that is interested in ensuring a crime-free society”.

  Comrade Opara however lamented the illegal activities of some policemen in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area, saying, “they cause the traffic grid-lock experienced on daily basis as they only collect money from drivers and sometimes passengers that they intimidate”

  “Just on Wednesday, I spent three to four hours at Oba because of grid-lock caused by the police. How I wish the Onitsha Police Area Commander extends his services to Oba”.

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