The Edo Civil Society Organistions (EDOCSO) has demanded a stop to what it termed “indiscriminate towing of vehicles” in Edo State by government agents in areas the civil rights groups said are not marked no parking.
In a letter addressed to the Managing Director, Edo State Traffic Management Agency, which was made available to INFO DAILY, EDOCSO said towing vehicles in areas with no warning sign of ‘no parking’ amount to injustice, lack of fairness, oppression, immorality and extortion.
The letter signed respectively by Osadolor Ochei and Comrade Keshi Lawrence, The Extended Council’s interim chairman and deputy secretary, EDOCSO argued that with the manner the towing vehicles operate in Benin metropolis, and going by complaints received from members of the public, it shows that these government agents go out with a daily target.
“As a coalition of civil rights groups in Edo that sues for equality and fairness in the society, we have been inundated with several complaints from members of the public of the towing of their vehicles by officials of your agency in areas warning signs are not placed.
“It will amount to injustice, lack of fairness, oppression, immorality and extortion when the agency has not warned motorists before applying punitive steps. The operations of your tow vans suggest that, it has to do with a daily targets that must be met,” the letter reads in part.
EDOCSO warned that any further towing of vehicles without first putting in place ‘no parking’ sign in designated areas would be resisted by the group.