Two men parading themselves as officers of the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Agency (TIMARIV) who were arrested while extorting money from the motorists have confessed that they were on the road to illegally extort money from the motorists to enjoy the New Year festival.
The suspects Eberechukwu Uzukwu and Eze Amadi who are presently in the net of police in Port Harcourt was arrested yesterday by senior officers of TIMA-RIV during one of their illegal operations.
It was gathered that luck ran out on them when the driver of the private car resisted them from taking his car key away and raised alarm which attracted the patrol team of TIMA-RIV.
The suspects during interrogation said they were into what they called road task force to survive the economic hardship of the country and to be like other during the festive period.
Eberechukwu Uzukwu, one of the suspects said: “Please, forgive us, it is poverty, we want to be like others. There is no job; extorting money from motorist under the pretence of traffic enforcement agent is the only job that can give us quick money.”
The second suspect, Amadi said as a jobless graduate he has not committed any crime than struggling to survive to look like others in the new year. “ I am a graduate, man must eat, there is no job, I was only trying to ensure that people who disobey traffic laws paid for it, but if I have done wrong please forgive me.”
Responding, Mr. Eferebo Jones, in charge of Zone 5 Rivers State Road Traffic Management Agency (TIMA-RIV) said the public and the motorist must be vigilant and ready to report any suspected person parading himself as TIMA-RIV officer.
He however promised that the suspects will face the wrath of the law, “I don’t know how they got our uniforms, there is no two ways about it than to face the wrath of the law. “
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt