FOLLOWING reports reports of growing menace of gangs of people demanding and collecting money on the road from mostly travelers in Anambra cities and towns, especially Onitsha, Obosi, Nnewi, Amansea, Ogidi, Nkpor, pretending to be agents of the state government, Anambra State Government has banned all forms of road revenue collection.
Making this known in a statement, the state’s Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba stated that no person should pay anyone on the road claiming to be a state revenue agent or official
According to the statement: “The Anambra State Government has received reports of the growing menace of gangs of people demanding and collecting money on the road from mostly travelers in our cities and towns, especially Onitsha, Obosi, Nnewi, Amansea, Ogidi, Nkpor, who pretend to be agents of the State Government. Their illegal, violent and brazen activities have resulted in serious security breaches and harassment of law-abiding citizens. None of the revenues so collected has ever been paid to the Government or any of its agencies.
“Consequently, with immediate effect, the Anambra State Government has decided to ban all forms of road revenue collection. No person should pay anyone on the road claiming to be a state revenue agent or official. People should resist such intimidation and extortion! In fact, any person who purports to be a revenue officer or agent and demands payment on any of the roads in the state should be reported immediately to the nearest law enforcement officer. The name and, where possible, the address of such a person should be provided quickly to the authorities. Pictures of such persons, which are easy to capture in these days of smart phones, should be provided too.
“All law enforcement agencies in the state, including the Anambra Vigilante Group (AVG) are directed to ensure the strict implementation of the decision on the ban on revenue collection on all the roads in the state. All market and transport union leaders are directed to take this order very seriously and work in collaboration with government officials to provide security, joy and happiness to our people.
“Anambra State is governed by law and order, and the Governor Willie Obiano Administration will not brook any attempt by gangs of lawless and self-serving elements to make life miserable for ndi Anambra, especially in this Christmas Season.