By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
A joint security team comprising operatives of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), men of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies have arrested suspected impostors for Impounding vehicles illegally in the State.
According to a statement by the Executive Chairman, OYRTMA, Mogaji (Dr.) Akin Fagbemi, the ring leader of the group, who parade themselves as agents of the State Government and six others were arrested in Oluyole Local Government area during the surveillance team covert operation on Tuesday.
The statement read, “We have received several complaints from the public, particularly those involved with haulage and usage of heavy-duty vehicles as regards the unauthorized seizure and impoundment of their vehicles by suspected impostors and unauthorized individuals parading themselves as agents of the State Government”.
Dr. Fagbemi promised that the State Government would prosecute the impersonators, adding they extort the unsuspecting members of the public with exorbitant fines, which never get to the coffers of the State Government.
He explained that “This prompted our surveillance team to beam searchlight on the local government areas identified to be the hideout of the criminals who had generated millions of Naira to their private pockets without government’s approval.”
According to him, the administration under the watch of Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned persons or groups impersonating the State Government by engaging in unauthorized impoundment of heavy and light-duty vehicles under the guise of working as agents of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) or the Local Governments/LCDAs to desist or face the full wrath of the law.
“They rake unremitted sums amounting to millions of Naira from the hardworking and unsuspecting members of public through exorbitant fines ranging from N400,000 to N500,000 per vehicle”, he said.
Fagbemi revealed that the syndicates’ towing van has been impounded, adding that they have since been handed over to relevant security agencies for further investigations and sanction.
He, however, implored the general public to contact OYRTMA’s headquarter when such unauthorized activities are noticed.
Fagbemi also warned impersonators to desist from such illegal acts or be ready to face the full wrath of the laws of State.