Oshiomhole accuses Edo traffic officials of extortion, disbands agency

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Jethro Ibileke/Benin
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State
Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole Wednesday accused officials of the state traffic management agency, (EDSTMA), of harassing and extorting money from members of the public on the roads in Benin, the state capital.

Oshiomhole who made the accusation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the State Ministry of Transport, announced the immediate disbandment of the traffic agency, adding that he took the action in a bid to sanitize and rid the roads of the unwholesome activities of some officials of the Agency.
He also ordered the immediate release of over sixty vehicles illegally impounded from motorists for allegedly contravening traffic offences in the state capital.
“I have received a lot of complaints from members of the public. Even some of our Commissioners have observed a lot of extortion going on. All of these young men and women just go and put on T-shirts, unauthorized, unemployed. They just take over some strategic streets and extort money from members of the public. Whether you are guilty or not guilty, they take you to this place, issue fake receipts, and we have seen a number of the fake receipts. One was shown to us this morning, and we find a similar example here now.
“So, I want to once again publicly announce that these men called EDSTMA, have since been disbanded. They have no business on the roads. Henceforth, anybody they harass, the person should report them to the nearest police station. We are going to set up a monitoring squad, made up of policemen, both plain clothes and uniformed policemen to arrest anyone that decides to turn our high way to extortion point. Anyone that harasses motorists in the state will be sent to prison,” Oshiomhole said. ‎
He appealed to members of the public not to part with money …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper