THE Project And Policy Monitoring Coalition- PAMCO has called for the immediate removal of the Nigerian Custom Service FOU,Zone C, Road Block at Ekiadolor, near Benin City Edo state, which extorts Edo Travellers and other Commuters, stating that a team of lawyers ,whose identity are made classified for strategic reasons have been Constituted to fight the Menace .
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, which serves as a Watch Dog for Projects and Policy Monitoring in Nigeria has condemned the activities of Officers and Men of the Nigeria Custom Service ,Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C in Ekiadolor ,Near Benin City .
In a Statement in Benin on Monday the 16th of August ,2021 ,by the Conveners of PAMCO-Douglas Ogbankwa Esq., Comrade Oribhabor Roy Oribhabor ,Dr.Bishop Akhalame, Jeffrey Igbinigie,Comrade Kelly Osunbor ,Eben Enasco,Nosakhare Erhunmwunsee and Friday Freeman Aghedo, the Group stated thus :
“We view the activities of the Officers and Men of the Nigerian Custom Service ,Federal Operations Unit ,Zone C ,Ekiadolor, Near Benin City as an unacceptable extortion of Edo Citizens and other travellers on the Benin Stretch of the Lagos-Ore -Benin Express Way.We call for the immediate removal of the extortionist checkpoint ,which has been an impediment against the free flow of goods and passengers into Edo State and other parts of the South-south and South East in Nigeria and which has led to other avoidable casualties like accidents and death of our Citizens .
Also the Group said:
“The Nigeria Custom Service should be reminded that having collected designated duties for goods and cars at the Ports and land Borders ,they lack jurisdiction to come to Nigerian High Ways to harass, intimate and Rob Nigerian Citizens with guns.
”This amount to terrorism by a State Actor and it must stop forthwith .We will not allow it to thrive and we demand an immediate dismantling of the illegal check point, else we shall mobilize all the legal Arsenal at our disposal to dismantle same using the due process of Law and Advocacy, with huge compensation , reprimand and legal consequences on the Nigeria Custom Service Nation Wide .To be fore warned is to be fore armed”, the statement reads
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