By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
The police anti-crime team attached to the Delta State Police command Asaba has arrested three Staff of the state traffic management authority (DESTMA) for allegedly extorting mortorists N10,000 from motorists in Asaba on Friday.
The police commissioner in the state, Mustafa Muhammad, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to our reporter, said: “The three workers of DESTMA were caught on intelligence gathering; they have been extorting mortorists over time and their activities finally came to an end with the extortion of an ex-police officer, and some mortorists”.
He said “Upon interrogation, they confessed to the crime.
“They will be charged to court on completion of investigation.”
It was gathered that the suspects allegedly swooped on their victims along Mariam Babagida Way in Asaba around 3.30pm on flimsy offences upon which they took N10,000 from them.
But the state state commissioner for Transport Mr. Vincent Uduaghan, who spoke to our reporter said “the officers were arrested for extorting mortorists N10,000 on flimsy excuses, locked up their wheels and took money from them.
“I have received several complaints over frequent extortion from mortorists and members of the public; the officers were found wanting and should be punished”.
Mortorists who witnessed the arrest of the suspects, but spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, said: “This is a welcome development; the suspects should suffer for their sins.
“They have been extorting us greatly. God finally exposed them. They will suffer dearly, everyday they block the road extorting us, the mortorists”
It was further gathered that DESTMA Staff majorly on Nnebisi, Ibusa, Okpanam roads allegedly swoop on unsuspecting mortorists and extort money from them on flimsy excuses.