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Extortion: Group Accuses Policemen, Others Of Seeking Transfer To South East

The Igbo National Stakeholders’ Assembly (INSA) has accused members of the security forces of seeking to be posted to the Southeast in order to extort people in the region. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent on Monday in Lagos, Chief John Uche, president- general, INSA, said, “Some men of the forces (police, military, civil defense, road safety and others) are seriously working their transfer to the Southeast. This occurrence happens towards the end of every year.
The intention of these bad eggs within our security agencies is to extort money from Igbo who travel during Christmas and other festive periods to see their families.
This ugly trend only takes place in the Southeast and account for the heavy security presence during festivals in Igbo land.”
He stated that the trend was not seen in other regions of the county, adding that Igbo people lose more “N100 million yearly to “extortion powered by these corrupt officers during festivals.”
The president-general of INSA called President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector General of Police to act fast to stop and stop what he described as “this criminality targeted against Igbo people.”
Uche urged members of the assembly and the general public to resist the corrupt officers and also capture them in the act with their phones or other means and report to them for immediate legal action.
He also condemned the state of roads in the Southeast, adding that they are death traps and called on the Federal Government to award contracts for the immediate repair of the roads in the region.
He also flayed the comment credited to the Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola who reported said that Nigerian roads were not as bad as being portrayed; adding it showed that “The Minister does not know Nigerian roads and does not travel on them.” According to him, Fashola has shown Nigerians that he is not qualified to occupy the position of a minister and should, therefore, resign.
Uche urged President Buhari to mandate all his Ministers to travel by land so that would know the state of roads in the country and the feeling of the citizenry.

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