The lawlessness of the recently inaugurated Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks by Governor Nyesom Wike; and headed by his Special Assistant Bright Amaewhule, is giving residents of Rivers state cause for concern.
The taskforce which came into existence following Governor Wike’s assent to the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No.8 of 2019, with a mandate to ensure the stoppage of street trading and illegal motor parks on major streets of Port Harcourt have become “law unto themselves”, victimizing, harassing, extorting and beating up motorist.
Most notorious for these acts of lawlessness are the teams covering the Aba road axis, Waterlines and Agip axis of Port Harcourt.
Motorists accused of breaking imaginary laws are beaten up and their vehicles damaged by men of the Bright Amaewhule led taskforce, instead of being charged to the mobile courts meant for prosecution of alleged offenders.
Members of the taskforce connive with Police officers to extort private vehicles and end up causing unnecessary gridlock on major roads in the city.
While the state is fighting the menace of kidnapping & insecurity, residents of Port Harcourt and its environs are scared the actions of men of this taskforce will result in another security challenge if not immedately checked.
Governor Wike should ensure the taskforce acts within the ambit of the law to avoid confrontations with motorists, which may lead to a breakdown of law and order.
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