Task Force Harass, Maim Motorists In Abak

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Barely four months after members of illegal taskforce operating in Abak, killed a motorcycle operator popularly called Okada, the evil taskforce gang said to be working for the Transition Chairman, Dr. Emanuel Udosen, are on the streets again, harassing motorists and other road users.

Our correspondent gathered that the gang operates at strategic places like Offot Road by Bishop Clark Junction, Abak post office, keke park, stadium road, among others, to swoop on innocent members of the public whether commercial motor-cycle operators or not, to extort money in the name of generating revenue for the council.

It was further learnt that in one of such illegal operation in which they forcefully seized a motor-cycle from its owner, free for all fight ensued as angry members of the public attempted to intervene to help the young man.

It however, took the intervention of security operatives guarding a bank located at the post office to save the situation even as the evil gang members took the motor-cycle to Abak council secretariat, pending when the owner would pay for it release.

Similar ugly incident was said to have taken place on Wednesday when the taskforce gang operating by Bishop Clark junction caused serious trouble while of harassing motorists.

It would be recalled that the taskforce gang about four months ago, killed an Okadaman who resisted having his motorcycle impounded. The gang then fled the scene even as the council chairman denied having anything to do with the taskforce that issue Abak council receipts.

A resident of the area and a motor-cycle operator, who gave his name simply as Ekomobong, decried the illegal activities of the taskforce operators. He said that the gang has made life difficult for them as they demand for all forms of levy even after buying the normal daily ticket.

He called on the Transition Chairman to call his boys to order, noting that he and his Okada people may be forced to react negatively.

Another motorist, Aniekan Effiong told our correspondent that the activities of the taskforce gang are gradually getting out of hands. He pleaded with the council boss to check the activities of his boys to avoid being pushed to the wall.

Meanwhile, an Aide to the Transition Chairman who spoke with our correspondent, has denied the activities of the taskforce saying that his principal is not aware of the illegal act.

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