By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—Police Area Commander in Aba, Abia State, Peter Opara, has ordered the release of over 100 residents arrested by a revenue agent and detained at the premises of the command.
The revenue agent, who claimed to be an ad hoc staff of the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, ASEPA, Aba office, was alleged to have engaged some Policemen and thugs to arrest residents of Ngwa and Obohia roads over alleged non-payment of revenue.
ACP Opara told Vanguard that he came to office to see over 100 residents, including children, at the command.
He made inquiries and discovered that they were arrested over revenue matters and ordered for their immediate release as well as the detention of the revenue agent.
The Area Commander said he had contacted some government officials in the city, who denied sending anyone to arrest residents over revenue.
He asked: “Why would anybody arrest residents and dump them at the premises of the Police Area Command without my knowledge?
“Some of these revenue agents are dropping my name, saying the Area Commander signed for the arrest and detention. Am I a revenue collector?”