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The Cross River State Government has removed at least 50 illegal revenue points in parts of the state.

This follows a surveillance and inspection exercise led by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Toll Collection, Bassey Ita Edet, in the northern part of the state.

The investigation revealed that unauthorized persons are suspected of using 50 revenue points to extort money from commuters on the state's roads.

Edet told reporters that the country is ready to crack down on the menace of illegal checkpoints and tolls, which is why a major crackdown on such collections has begun.

He stressed that the abolition of all illegal tolls and checkpoints is in line with Governor Bassey Otu’s “people first” mandate.

He said the team has been empowered to conduct, inspect and monitor all approved checkpoints and toll collections to ensure compliance and due process.

Mr Edet warned those who he said were obstructing government efforts to stop the illegal collection of taxes, tolls and assessments as a means of creating an enabling environment for commercial users of roads, and his The team said it would no longer tolerate such behavior.

Further findings confirmed that vehicles transporting the goods will be required to pay N27,000 and failure to comply will result in the seizure of the “violating” vehicle.

Victims of street harassment by touts alleged that military personnel were used to enforce extortion.

Etom Daniel, a motorist who uses the Cross River North route, lamented the road tax in other parts of the state.

“This is one of the main reasons for the rising cost of food products and agricultural products grown in Cross River State.

“People who know nothing about the administration are trying to tarnish the governor's name.

“I am the governor, and I may not be aware of all the harassment, evil and coercion that is being perpetuated by the people that the governor has given the deputy chief justice to,” he said.


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