CSO’s Task Gov. Otti: Demand Probe into Alleged Extortion by Abia State IGR Officials | #NwokeukwuMascot


Alleged Extortion: Civil Society Groups Urge Governor Otti to Investigate Aide | #NwokeukwuMascot

 Gov Alex Chioma Otti 

UMUAHIA – A coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Abia State has called on Governor Alex Otti to investigate the activities of his Special Assistant on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Mr. Chimereze Okigbo, and his team following allegations of extortion, human rights abuses, and illegal detentions.

The coalition has accused Okigbo of collaborating with overzealous police officers and judicial officials to unjustly detain and extort money from citizens. They have urged Governor Otti to launch a thorough investigation into these allegations and to take appropriate action against Okigbo, including prosecution if he is found culpable.

Additionally, the CSOs have called for a comprehensive review of the state's IGR system under Okigbo's leadership to prevent further financial mismanagement. They also stressed the importance of scrutinizing the background and integrity of prosecutors and magistrates involved in mobile courts across the state.

The coalition highlighted that there were concerns and objections when Okigbo was appointed as the Special Assistant on IGR due to his controversial departure from a similar role in a neighboring state.

In a letter to Governor Otti, signed by Chairman Johnson Uzor Emeh and Secretary Veronica Ijeoma Nwogu, the coalition cited a specific incident involving Mr. Chinonso Nwizu, an employee of Unik D Limited, a haulage and logistics company based in Aba. Nwizu was reportedly arrested and detained for two days and subsequently taken to court without any legitimate cause.

The coalition detailed the events of May 30, 2024, when Nwizu received a call from his driver that one of the company's trucks had been seized by IGR enforcers in Aba, despite having already purchased the required daily ticket. The enforcers allegedly accused the stationary truck of obstructing traffic and demanded N250,000 to release the vehicle's battery, which they had confiscated.

Nwizu’s attempt to resolve the issue by presenting the valid daily ticket was ignored, and he was subsequently detained and handed over to the police. The coalition reported that Nwizu was held at the police station from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. before being arraigned in a mobile court. The magistrate ordered the removal of his handcuffs and fined him N250,000 despite his not guilty plea to the charges brought by the IGR team in conjunction with the police.

The CSOs emphasized that the only way to restore public trust is through an unbiased investigation into the activities of the Abia IGR team under Okigbo’s supervision. They insist that the government must act swiftly and decisively to address these serious allegations to maintain the integrity of the state's revenue collection system.


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