A joint security team, which comprises operatives of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), men of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the State, have arrested suspected impostors and unauthorized individuals who have been impounding vehicles illegally in the State.
According to a Statement by the Executive Chairman, OYRTMA, 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’s covert operation on May 12, 2020.
Fagbemi said, “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.”
He disclosed that the complaints prompted the surveillance team to beam its searchlight on the Local Government areas identified to be the hideout of the criminals, who had generated millions of Naira into their private pockets without government’s approval.
Fagbemi said, “The Oyo State Government, under His Excellency, 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 disguise of working as agents of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) or the Local Governments/LCDAs.”
Dr Fagbemi promised that the State government would prosecute the impersonators who have been extorting unsuspecting members of the public through exorbitant fines, which never get to the coffers of the State government.
He noted, “They rake unremitted sums amounting to millions of Naira from the hardworking and unsuspecting members of the public through exorbitant fines ranging from #400,000 to #500,000 per vehicle.”
Fagbemi revealed that the syndicates’ towing van had been impounded, adding that they have since been handed over to relevant security agencies for further investigations and sanction.
While imploring the general public to contact OYRTMA’s Headquarters 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 Oyo State.