Thousands of Permanent Voters’ Cards, or PVCs, have been discovered in the office of the Chairman of Ariaria International Market, Aba.
Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechuckwu Emetu disclosed this during the 10th edition of Vision Africa Radio Station’s media training for journalists and other media practitioners.
The discovery was made during a recent raid against extortion and illegal levies in the Ariaria International Market, Aba. 23 people have so far been arrested by the state government in the ongoing clampdown on extortion and illegal levies imposed on transporters and traders in the state.
Emetu said the campaign is part of Governor Alex Otti’s determination to give Abians relief from many years of illegal activities in the state.
“We are getting those guys off the streets and making arrests just like the Chairman of Ariaria. He was arrested because we saw thousands of PVCs in his office. We just had to pick him up.
“And those who were into the act of robbing the market women, we had to pick them up because they were always collecting fees and tolls.
“I have no regrets being labelled King Harold if I am doing the right thing”