Two officials of the Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA), have been arrested for extorting money from motorists in Asaba, the state capital.
The state commissioner for transport, Vincent Uduaghan, ordered their arrest by the police in the early hours of Thursday at the front of the federal secretariat near the traffic light at the state secretariat junction in Asaba.
The arrest of the officials was an answer to the cry of many motorists in the state who have been undergoing extortion from the road traffic officers in the state. Now the arrested officials will serve as scape goat and to account for their numerous sins against motorists in the state capital.
Uduaghan, who expressed dissatisfaction over the attitude of the officers to work and their uncultured attitude to motorists particularly at that spot, said their arrest would serve as deterrent to other officers with such unruly and uncivilised behaviour.
According to the commissioner, the officers arrest motorists at flimsy excuses, lock up their wheels and demand for money from them without properly booking them for any offense.
He said that he had received several complaints, adding that the culprits must be arrested and made to write a statement at the police on why they extort and collect bribe from the motorists under the flimsy excuse that they beat traffic light.
Our correspondent reports that some of the federal workers and other transporters came out to thank the commissioner for the arrests while speaking on their personal experiences in that regards.
Also, the commissioner followed the police van that conveyed the culprits to the station to ensure that they put down their statement while promising to see to it that the offenders were sacked from the job.