The Police Command has decided to implement the order of Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo on the suspension of revenue collection and cash payment in car parks, roads and others, in as the state police commissioner, Mr. Echeng Echeng, ordered his execution.
This comes amid reports that some touts in the state are resisting the governor’s directive and are still harassing some commercial tricycle and shuttle operators to pay them cash tolls.
According to NAN, the directive was given by Echeng during a meeting with heads of tactical units, divisional police officers and heads of command departments in Awka on Sunday.
Anambra Police Commissioner Orders Strict Compliance, Threatens To Arrest Violators
Echeng told officers to strictly ensure that there was no bragging and activities of self-proclaimed tax collectors in the state.
He said, “All unscrupulous elements who engage in demarches and other illegal acts are warned to desist immediately as the Command, under my watch, in conjunction with heads of sister agencies, has deployed personnel throughout the ‘State.
“We will arrest and bring to justice anyone caught flouting this order. We reaffirm the Command’s commitment to preventing crime, restoring law and order, and urge law-abiding residents of the State to be vigilant and safety conscious at all times.
“You are encouraged to report any suspicious movement to the police or, in an emergency, call 112 or 07039194332 for an immediate response..”
What you should know
- Recall that on March 17, Governor Charles Soludo, during his swearing-in ceremony, announced the suspension of all revenue collections in the State for a period of one month as well as prohibiting the payment in cash to the government of Anambra State in car parks, roads and any other location across the state.
- Soludo said he will immediately sign an executive order rescinding all revenue contracts noting that all internal revenue generation windows are suspended until digitized in Anambra State in addition to creating a new model that would solve leaks.
- However, contrary to the governor’s directive, some youths were still collecting tolls from tricycle and shuttle operators in the capital, Awka, and those who refused to part with the money were physically assaulted by touts.