From Steve Oko , Umuahia
Abia State Government, has reinstated the ban on the use of touts in revenue drive particularly flying revenue across the state.
The action accordingly to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Enyinnaya Apolos was sequel to the sad incident in Aba on Wednesday where a life was lost as a result of an accident that occurred when touts were pursuing a vehicle.
Abia Government in the release, directed security agents to fish out the touts who caused the accident in Aba for immediate prosecution.
Government also ordered that all interdiction points in the state be shut down immediately and all impounded vehicles in such places be released unconditionally.
The statement read in full : “The attention of the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has been drawn to reports of an incident involving revenue collectors chasing a vehicle and a tricycle operator which reportedly led to the loss of a life and injury to three others at the Waterside area of Aba yesterday.
“The Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, wishes to direct security agencies in the state to fish out all those involved in causing the accident and bring them to justice without delay.
“The ban on use of touts in collecting flying revenue in the state is hereby reinstated and security agents are to arrest any individual or group operating in the state, particularly within Aba and Umuahia as revenue touts. Only members of the approved transport unions and uniformed officials of the state revenue service agency are, henceforth, authorized to use humane and acceptable means to collect due revenue for the state.
“All interdiction points at Aba, including the fire service premises, railway junction, Osisioma roundabout and others are hereby shut down. Security agents should ensure immediate compliance and release of all vehicles parked within the premises used by revenue agents or touts.
“Our sincere condolences go out to the family of the dead accident victim as we also wish the injured quick recovery.
“The state Commissioners for Transport, Health and the Chairmen of Aba South, Aba North and Obingwa local governments are hereby directed to identify and immediately visit the bereaved family as well as the injured in hospital.
“Every effort must be made to ensure that adequate medicare is provided to the injured at government’s expense.