Coalition Petitions Govt Agency over Alleged Extortion in Edo

EDSTMA operatives
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A coalition of civil right groups in Edo State has petitioned officers of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency, EDSTMA, over what they described as lack of fairness, oppression, immorality and extortion of motorists plying roads in the state.

In a letter addressed to the Managing Director of the agency by Bishop Dr Osadolor Ochei and Comrade Keshi St. Lawrence, who are Chairman and Secretary of the coalition respectively, the coalition said they are formally informing the agency of what they described as the indiscriminate towing of vehicles in areas not marked ‘NO PARKING’ zones across the state, particularly within Benin metropolis.

According to the letter; “As a coalition, we are suing for equality and fairness in the society, we have been inundated with several complaints from members of the public of the towing of their vehicles by officials of your agency in areas where warning signs are not placed.

“This will amount to injustice, lack of fairness, oppression, immorality and extortion when the agency has not warned motorists before applying punitive steps. The operations of your tow vans suggest that it has to do with daily targets that must be met.

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“It is our highest admonition that the agency or its overseeing ministry should provide adequate warning signs in designated areas before enforcement can be carried out on such areas. It is only when this is done that the agency can enforce wrongful parking of vehicles in unauthorized areas.”


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