Abia governor bans revenue collection along major roads to check touts

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu approved the deployment of modern technology in the security system to combat crime in the state.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has banned revenue collection along main roads to control the activities of resellers in the state.

Ikpeazu made the announcement in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, and made it available to journalists in Aba on Saturday.

The governor noted that reseller activities had increased in some parts of the state due to the culture of revenue collection along major highways.

He said that revenue collection along the main roads had been hijacked by touts, which had become a nuisance to residents.

Ikpeazu further ordered the chairman of the Osisioma Ngwa local government area, Mr. Christian Kamalu, to immediately remove the Osisioma overpass from the touts to restore decency.

“As of now, it has become illegal for any revenue agent to stalk or harass motorists or other road users along major highways in the state.

“Police and other law enforcement agencies have been told to enforce this directive, anyone found guilty will face the law,” he said.

Resellers’ activities had remained visible in the state despite a law passed by the Abia House of Assembly and the state government banned resellers in 2016.

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