Alleged Extortion: Okowa probe C’ttee invites Destma DG, Petitioners


Following calls by Deltans, motorists, Human right organizations among other stakeholders within the State on Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa to sack the Director-General, Delta State Traffic Management Authority, DESTMA-DG, Mr. Samuel Azuibike Idah over alleged abuse of office, extortions, diversion of government funds into private pockets, a development that has caused mixed reactions where Gov. Okowa in a letter through the office of the Chief of Staff ordered for the immediate probe on the allegations leveled against the DESTMAS DG.

The commissioner of Transportation, Delta State in a bid to carry out Gov. Okowa probe directives today has invited all the parties involved to appear before the probe committee Chaired by the commissioner of Transport tomorrow Wednesday 1st July, 2020 by 10am prompt, in his office.

According to an insider sources told Sunreporters that the letter of invitation sent to the DESTMA-DG, the petitioners, Human Rights Liberty, Access &Defenders Foundation signed by Engr. V.O Omoniyi on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee enjoined all parties to attend the meeting without fail.

Palpable Sources within DESTMA office told Sunreporters that Mr. Idah had boasted that the Committee can’t do him anything stressed that he has the backing of Gov. Okowa in whatever actions carried out in the Agency, vowed to deal with some of the staff of the Agency after the Committee session which he believed cleared him of the allegations, promised to use his money to get what he want. The source added.

The DESTMA sources also hinted that Mr. Idah was so arrogant brimming stones and fire, using his closeness to the governor to abuse laid down rules of the Agency.

According to the petitioner in their petition to the governor, signed by the State coordinator of HURIDE, Mr. Victor Ojei accused Mr. Idah of abuse of office, extortion of motorists among other road users, being an ex-convict, convicted in United States over traffic offences, an allegations embattled Mr. Idah has not proved to be untrue.


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