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Oshiomhole Disbands EDSTMA, Accuses Officials Of Extortion

Posted: Feb 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo, Benin

The Edo State Government has disbanded the Edo State Transport Management Agency (EDSTMA) in a bid to sanitize and rid the roads of the unwholesome activities of some officials of the Agency.

Speaking during an unscheduled visit to the premises of the State Ministry of Transport Wednesday, Governor Oshiomhole said: “I have received a lot of complaints from members of the public. Even some of our Commissioners have observed a lot of extortion going on. All of these young men and women just go and put on T-shirts, unauthorized.

They just take over some strategic streets and extort money from members of the public. Whether you are guilty or not, they take you to a particular place, issue fake receipts, and we have seen a number of the counterfeit receipts. One was shown to us this morning, and we find a similar example here now.

“So, I want to once again publicly announce that these men called EDSTMA, have since been disbanded. They have no business on the roads. Henceforth, anybody they harass, the person should report them to the nearest police station. We are going to set up a monitoring squad, made up of policemen, both plain clothes and uniformed policemen to arrest anyone that decides to turn our high way to extortion point. Anyone that harasses motorists in the state will be sent to prison.”