Controller General of Akwa Ibom State Compliance and Monitoring Unit, Mr. Maurice Edet has pledged to dislodge all illegal monitoring teams within the Uyo capital city, to protect lives and property in the state.
Edet stated this on Wednesday while speaking with our correspondence in his Uyo office on penultimate week's accident that was caused by so-called monitoring teams, which led to the death of a commuter along the Aka- Nnung Udoe Road.
While regretting the ugly incident, Edet said the incident was not caused by men of his unit but members of the defunct task force that was resolved immediately the new commissioner for ministry of transport and petroleum, Orman Esin took over the leadership of the ministry but were still operating illegally, adding that his men were well trained on how to carry out their duties.
According to him," before Orman Esin came on board, there were not less than 35 different task force monitoring teams that operated in the state. Before the commissioner dissolved the task forces and formed this compliance and monitoring unit which I am the head, he had put everything in place to ensure smooth operation geared towards sanitising the roads.”
He disclosed that two members of the team whose point of illegal operations are along Aka Nnung Udoe, IBB Way and Atiku road, were caught and handed over to the police for prosecution recently, adding that since the unit came on board, the number of illegal task force operations had reduced drastically.
Hear him: "the young man who caused the accident is not a member of the compliance committee. Our men have uniforms that come with a tag with the number boldly written on it ,whereas the young man who caused the accident was on mufti. We normally go out with Police Officers to our different locations and our men are trained not to struggle the steering with the drivers .
"If you enter Okokon Etuk street off Aka road, you will see them. Often times ,they set Motorists up by throwing rotten oranges on their cars, if the owner of the car stops to check it out, they will come out from their hideouts to harass them. We've received reports of how an innocent motorist had to pay N200,000 to stop his car from being seized.
We are working assiduously with the police everyday to bring out these people, the accident case as I'm talking to you is with the police". The driver who was the victim of the July 7 incident didn't make use of Government approved motor parks". Mr. Edet added.