|Gov. Peter Obi Of Anambra State|
Report By: Campaign For Democracy; South-East Region
The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has urged Gov. Peter Obi to disband the Anambra State Traffic Agency (ASTA) due to the agency’s anti-people activities.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen by CD in Onitsha , Anambra on Tuesday; signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman of the South-East Region.
``ASTA is becoming a big menace to residents and visitors to Anambra State. The agency’s primary duty is to decongest traffic in the state, but it had been turned to a money spinning business for the officials”.
``Recently a trader in Onitsha Drug Market, Bridge-Head, called Mojo, had his vehicle ransacked by ASTA officials along Awka Road in Onitsha metropolis and collected his N400,000 meant to be paid into his customer's account”.
``A son of the Anambra State Deputy Commissioner of Police traveled from Lagos to Onitsha and was just asking for direction when he was arrested by ASTA operatives. The intervention of the state Commissioner of Police saved him”.
``Three policewomen, who were on official duty in the state, were forcefully taken to the ASTA office at GRA, Onitsha, following the inability of the police officers to pay N20,000 for alleged illegal parking. The officers were asked to lie on the ground before the intervention of the DPO of Central Police Station”.
``A man simply identified as Monday from Benin, who came for shopping at Main Market, Onitsha; had his N90,000 collected from him for making illegal U-turn,’’ the statement said.
CD said it is giving Gov. Obi three days to disband the agency and save the state from further embarrassments.