The Edo State Authorities has ordered the arrest of Mr Kingsley Edebiri, (pictured) an official of the State Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV), over alleged extortion from unsuspecting motorists in Benin City, Edo State capital.
Addressing journalists on the Authorities Home in Benin City, the Coordinator of PUWOV, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie (additionally pictured) stated he had been receiving calls from motorists over circumstances of extortion by volunteers with the programme, and had warned his males to desist from such act.
Yusuf-Osagie famous that over 15 volunteers with PUWOV have been arrested, dismissed and charged to courtroom, including that some of them have even been imprisoned for flouting the legislation beneath the duvet of PUWOV.
He defined that he was contacted by some motorists who reported a case of extortion by a volunteer with PUWOV, after which he requested the motorists to return to the workplace and determine the suspects. “Earlier than the drivers got here, I requested the volunteers, however none admitted to committing the offence. When the drivers got here, they recognized Kingsley Edebiri because the perpetrator who collected money from them.”
He stated that Edebiri employed two different individuals to extort money from unsuspecting motorists, noting, “We now have arrested him whereas a manhunt for the 2 others has commenced.”
He urged industrial autos drivers to park and choose passengers solely from designated areas, interesting to drivers to not struggle with volunteers however report any problem to the PUWOV workplace at Urhokpota Corridor.
“We now have a jacket and vest with an identification quantity to determine every of our males. When you discover anybody who doesn’t placed on jacket and vest, such volunteer ought to be reported,” he added.
A motorist, Chika Dike, defined that Kingsley Edebiri and his group arrested about six drivers after the shut of work for the day at Ezoti Road, the place every of them paid about N4,000 to the group.
One other motorist, who was additionally extorted by the Edebiri group, Onyekachukwu Aju, recommended the Governor Godwin Obaseki led-administration and the chief of PUWOV, for the great work and restoring sanity to town.