Group lauds Gov. Soludo for taking bold step to end touting



The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), on Wednesday, lauded Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for inaugurating and empowering the Special Anti-Touting Squad to end touting and its related misbehaviors in Anambra.




“This is a welcome development and bold step in the right direction towards eliminating devilish and insensate touting and their sponsors that have taken over all nooks and crannies of the state,” Chairman of CLO, Anambra, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme, said.





Ezekwueme told newsmen in Enugu that touts’ barbaric and despicable acts had scared customers and visitors to the state; thereby, jeopardizing economic activities in the state for some time now.





He recalled how illegal and illegitimate revenue agents, touts, and unauthorized emblem boys had been molesting, extorting, exploiting, and intimidating residents, traders, and visitors with reckless abandon.





According to him, previously, Anambra State residents lived in fear as if we were in a state of nature in which life would be brutish, nasty, and short.




He said: “We recall with regrets how a nursing mother of about six-months-old baby hawking face masks at Williams Street near Main Market, Onitsha was brutalized by morally bankrupt illegal revenue agents.




“It was through my intervention and other public-spirited individuals that the woman was saved.




“She lamented that she made a sale of N300 and the illegal revenue agents have collected N500 and still demanding more money from her, which she resisted which necessitated her molestation.”




The chairman, however, said that the much cherished Special Anti-Touting Squad would be a mirage and relentless efforts if the government failed to constitute “Monitoring the Monitors Committee”.




“The committee should be saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the Special Anti-Touting Squad operates in tandem with the mandate given to them by His Excellency, Gov. Chukwuma Soludo.




“They should be properly and adequately trained, equipped, cautioned, and advised to toe the path of civility, decorum, constitutionality, rule of law, and respect for fundamental human rights of citizens.




“They should be patriotic, humane, selfless, and civil in discharging their duties as their conduct will be use to assess the government.

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