The Anambra State Police Command has nabbed thirteen more suspects over illegal revenue collection in Onitsha and other places.
Since the ban of the roadside revenue collection by the State Governor, Willie Obiano, many suspects have been arrested while extorting innocent citizens.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, police patrol teams led by the Area Commander Onitsha, ACP John Ogbuagbaka had on Wednesday, 20th January 2021 while on patrol along with upper weak, Oba ring road and Owerri road all in Onitsha arrested thirteen (13) more illegal revenue collectors under the false pretence of being government revenue agents in the State.
Part of the statement reads;
‘Suspects voluntarily confessed to the offence and claimed they were hired by one “Jonjoloko” to either collect or enforce the collections of revenue on behalf of the government. This brought the number of suspects arrested for illegal revenue collections so far to twenty-nine (29) within three days and the operation is still ongoing. It would be recalled that the command has paraded sixteen suspects on Monday 18/1/2021.
This operation complied with Anambra State Government directives on the 7th December 2020 “banning all forms of illegal revenue collections by persons claiming to be State revenue agents or officials. Suspects would be brought to book as soon as investigations are concluded.
Consequently, the Command warns that anybody found engaging in such acts should be ready to face the full wrath of the law. The Command will continue to pursue the hoodlums until they refrain from criminal activities or relocate from the State.’