Gele Agbai, Owerri
The Imo State Commissioner for Transport, Rex Anunobi has described as “malicious and blatant falsehood” the report of his arrest and detention by the police last week.
The denial is contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Ebere Uzoukwa.
Anunobi said there was no iota of truth in the report published by an Owerri-based newspaper that he was arrested and detained over the weekend.
In another development, Anunobi restated the readiness of the ministry to continue to deploy enforcement teams made up of staff of the ministry and personnel of the Imo Civil Guard for effective control and management of traffic in the state.
The commissioner added that the enforcement teams would also enforce restriction of heavy duty trucks from plying roads within Owerri Municipality within stipulated periods.
Anunobi explained that the enforcement teams would always be accompanied by officials of the Imo State Internal Revenue Service (IIRS) who would be armed with POS machines for instant collection and payment into the Treasury Single Account, all fines to be paid by defaulting motorists.
He stressed that the enforcement teams deployed by the ministry are legitimately deployed and performing their legitimate duties..
He, therefore, implored members of the public to disregard the efforts of disgruntled elements to discredit his genuine efforts at restoring sanity and discipline in the transportation sector.