Akwa Ibom Govt To Commuters: Avoid Unregistered Vehicles

Filed in News by on June 20, 2018

The Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources has urged commuters to avoid boarding unregistered vehicles.

The ministry’s Head of Compliance and Monitoring Unit, Mr. Maurice Edet, gave the warning, following rising cases of crime allegedly perpetrated by drivers of unregistered vehicles.

Addressing reporters yesterday in Uyo, the state capital, Edet said the ministry had been receiving complaints about hoodlums who often pretended to be drivers of such vehicles, only to rob their passengers, abduct or rape their female victims at gunpoint.

He said: “Compliance and Monitoring is in charge of enforcement, compliance and monitoring activities as they relate to the Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources alone.

“A directive was given not to pursue vehicles or tricycles. A communication network has been put in place. Our compliance officers and some police officers do go to different locations to check cars that are moving in and out to ensure that the cars and tricycles are registered.

“People should stop standing by the roadsides to take taxis. Let them go to government-approved motor parks to board a taxi because this is one way fraudsters rob unsuspecting passengers. Do not enter a taxi or tricycle that has no registration number.

“Looking at the arrangement, every tricycle rider has a number. They are registered to the appropriate union because it would be easy to identify any registered tricycle. With this, we are able to reduce the rate of criminality in the state, like armed robbery and kidnapping.”

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