Fake ‘Task forces’ defy govt’s ban order … Fleece motorists in Owerri

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, has reaffirmed the state government’s suspension of taskforces operating within Owerri, the capital of the state.
Onwuemeodo was reacting to a recent incident where the Managing Editor of Christian Voice Newspaper, Sir Martin Ebe, was fleeced of an undisclosed amount of money by the fake taskforce men purported to be apprehending traffic offenders.
The Chief Press Secretary advised victims of the fake taskforces not to comply with the demands of the criminals. He promised to release some phone numbers which they could call whenever they encountered them.
According to him, the fake taskforces are constituted by people out to tarnish the image of the state government. He said that he had issued several warnings to these men to no avail and warned that the government would deal decisively with anyone caught unduly harassing the public.
Hefty men in a tricycle had blocked Sir Ebe on Mbaise Road when he stopped to discharge a colleague, claiming that he had parked his car illegally.
They forced themselves into the passenger seat in front and forcefully emptied his wallet before disappearing into thin air.
He subsequently called the Chief press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, who informed him that government had dispensed with all the task forces that constituted themselves into nuisance to Imo people and urged the people to assist the police apprehend the criminals by refusing to part with their money as well as contact law enforenment agents as soon as such criminals pounce on them.

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