A circulation driver of the Nigerian Tribune newspapers, Mr. Demola Adebisi, has claimed that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) officials in Delta state yesterday extorted him of N15,000 for allegedly not being up to date with his vehicle insurance papers.
The driver had delivered Tuesday’s papers in Warri and was returning to Ibadan at about 8am when he was allegedly accosted by the officials at a roadblock on Warri-Sapele Highway and was forcibly taken to their office at Osubi.
He said he was not aware that his vehicle insurance certificate had expired on November 17, 2021 since other papers he obtained on the same date were expected to expire on November 25, 2021.
According to the driver, the VIO officials fined him N55,000
At this point he contacted Nigerian Tribune correspondent in Warri at about 8:30a.m who informed the Warri Correspondents Chapel.
Chairman of the chapel, Mr Okies Vickies, called the director of VIO in the state capital, Asaba, Mr Oyakemeagbegha Ezonebi, who promised to intervene, but said he was in a meeting.
A text and WhatsApp messages later sent to his phone to prevail on his officials to release the driver were read but not responded to at press time.
Mr Adebisi said the officials eventually extorted N15,000 from him, adding, “Though many of them were not in uniform, I can recognise the official that collected the money from me.”
The driver called on Ezonebi to call his boys to order and return the N15,000 forcefully collected from him.
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