Abuja – The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has called on Anambra State Government to enforce the Inspector General of Police and Minister of Labour’s directive on criminals in the state.
IGP Adamu Muhammed and Labour minister Chris Ngige had directed Anambra State Government to prosecute those responsible for forceful extortion, robbery among other criminal activities in the state.
Threat to life, assault of innocent citizens and illegal collections of money at Federal Highways, especially on the Niger bridge, were reportedly carried out by hoodlums.
In a statement signed by the Anambra State RTEAN Chairman, Mr Andre Adam, on Wednesday, the union urged relevant authorities to arrest one suspect (name withheld).
The union identified the suspect as the one allegedly behind all the criminal activities in the major highways in the state.
“In a letter dated 6th September, 2019 signed on behalf of the IG of Police, by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kayri and other letter signed by Amos Falonipe, Registrar of Trade unions on behalf of the Minister of Labour dated 29th of August, 2019. The letter informed the government of Anambra state of the activities of these criminal elements in major highways in the state.
“The letters which was also copied to the chairman of RTEAN in Anambra state, needs the collaboration of the trade union like RTEAN, the police and government.
” This is to curb and checkmate the illegal collections of money, harassment, forceful extortion of innocent citizens on our highways.”
The RTEAN boss also vowed to expose officials backing the criminal activities of the suspect if the government failed to arrest and prosecute them.
Afam assured the government of the cooperation of RTEAN to clean Anambra of criminal elements, adding that the union was committed to improving on the state revenue. (NAN)