Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
Over 30 persons believed to be touts operating illegally in
different parts of Aba and its environs as agents of the Abia State
Government have been arrested and detained by officers of Aba
State Police Command.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had, in a press release, directed the Aba
Area Commander, ACP Peter Wagbara, to retrieve vehicles illegally
impounded and dumped at the premises of Abia State Fire
Service and Ministry of Works in Aba, respectively, after it was
learnt that the touts who posed as government agents
impounded vehicles and in most cases collected money without
paying such into the coffers of the government.
Ikpeazu, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.
Enyinnaya Appolos, also directed Wagbara to immediately seal off
the premises of the Ministry of Works and the slate Fire Service
at Aba, where touts and hoodlums parading themselves as “task
force teams” used as their “offices”.
But search by our correspondent revealed that some of the illegal
and unapproved government agents had people in government
who they shared certain percentage of the money they collected
from both commercial and private motorists with on a daily
It was learnt that they (the touts and government agents) issued
fake receipts to their victims without remitting same into the
approved government account(s).
Sources within the Aba State Police Area Command said that as
at the last count while filing this report, 75 vehicles whose owners
were yet to come, identify and collect freely, according to the
directives from the state government, have been retrieved and
parked at the premises of the Aba State Area Command.
Wagbara while monitoring the execution of the state
government’s directive at the premises of the Ministry of Works,
along Aba-Ikot Ekpene expressway, confirmed the arrest of some
persons operating illegally as government agents. He also
announced the retrieval of some vehicles from the premises of
Ministry of Works and the state Fire Service office in Aba.
He urged people whose vehicles were confiscated and
impounded by the touts to come to the Aba State Area
Command of the Nigeria Police with proof of ownership. He said
they should come and carry their vehicle free of charge, as was
directed by the state government.