No fewer than nine illegal revenue collectors were on Wednesday in
Onitsha, Anambra state, arrested by the taskforce of the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigerian, TOAN, led by its state Chairman, Silvester Obiora and handed over to the police.
The illegal revenue collectors were on a tip-off, arrested at Sokoto/Haruna junction, near Onitsha Main Market where they were extorting money from traders who came to make purchases from other states.
Making this disclosure to newsmen, the TOAN chairman added that over 26 of such illegal revenue collectors have since this first quarter of the year been arrested bringing the number to 35 and handed over to the police.
Comfirming the arrest, the Onitsha Police Area Commander, Mr John
Obuagbaka, urged the press to assist in exposing the activities of the fake revenue agents.
The TOAN chairman denied allegations of extortion, multiple levies among others leveled against TOAN by a rival group, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN,
His words, “we don’t have problem with RTEAN, RTEAN only has problem with the state government.
The state government banned it from operating based on what is known to government not me.”
“RTEAN has no locus in the state to operate. Tricycle (Keke) already
has a trade union covering keke, a trade union well registered. It is
RTEAN that is trying to go into keke operation which is causing problem to it”
“They should go and sort out their problem with Anambra state government” he stated.
In a swift reaction when contacted, the state chairman of RTEAN, Comrade Celestine Afam Aneri, accused the TOAN of causing the trycie crises in the state hinting that, “RTEAN and National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, are the only registered trade union allowed to operate transport business in Nigeria”
He vowed to embark on protest after exhursting all venues aimed at making the Anambra state government to understand that it is the only
authorised registered trade union to operate in the state.