The reconstituted Rivers State Taskforce on street trading, illegal motor parks and mechanic workshops, has sacked 11 of its members for allegedly taking bribes from motorists in the Choba axis of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The taskforce coordinator, DSP Felix Nwadibe (rtd), who spoke in Port Harcourt, said the officials were relieved of their duties following reports from members of the public, describing the development regrettable.
Nwadibe also said the sanction would serve as a deterrent to any member of the taskforce, who contemplating to indulge in such shameful practice.
He said: “On Thursday afternoon I received phone calls from more than five people that a particular team at Choba was extorting money from motorists.
“So, as the information got to me, not from one person, not from two, not from three people, this morning I dismissed all of them. This will now serve as a deterrent to others.”
Nwadibe, however, expressed satisfaction with the level of performance of the taskforce members in most areas.
He said: “This morning as I was going round, I am really seeing sanity in the road. It is commendable and I want them to keep it up”.
He called on the general public to report any member of the taskforce found indulging in any illicit act, assuring that action would be taken after confirming the allegation.