Edo - Edo State Government threatened to punish some agents purporting to be vehicle inspection officers (VIO) and extorting money from unsuspecting motorists.
The State Commissioner for Information, Louis Odion, said the errant agents had been harassing motorists in the state.
“The state executive met on Tuesday and it was observed that whereas there was a clear directive two weeks ago that men wearing pink uniforms should desist from harassing motorists our roads, it was observed that in the last few days there has been a proliferation of men wearing white and black uniforms on our roads purporting to be VIOs, agents or volunteers working with VIOs. The exco strongly condemns this and considers it unacceptable,” he said.
Odion said the Commissioner for Transport had been directed to communicate with the VIO unit of the Transport Ministry withdrawing such units and formations from local roads and highways.
“By this announcement, the special enforcement unit set up by the Government has also been mandated to, beginning from tomorrow, commence patrol on our roads and anyone found wearing uniforms purporting to be VIOs would be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law. This applies to other forms of extortion in the state either on behalf of any of the Ministries, Department or Agencies,” added Odion.
He said apart from the Special Enforcement Unit, which was to begin a patrol of roads to ensure strict compliance with this resolution, members of the public were also encouraged to apprehend anyone found defying the directive.
– CAJ News
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