Newly elected Anambra state Governor Soludo, during his inauguration speech, had directed that, all commercial vehicle operators, which include, tricycles and motorcycles operators, should no longer pay cash to touts parading themselves as revenue collectors across the state.
In adherence to the new order, a yet to be identified keke napep rider, on Monday, while refusing to pay his N200 daily fee to touts operating at the popular UNIZIK junction, was therefore beaten to coma by the angry touts.
Soludo, after giving the no payment to touts order, said, an acceptable system of collecting revenue in the state, will soon be put in place, to ensure that, people are not unduly taxed.
Touts across the state, who are of the opinion that, Gov. Soludo is yet to understand the system, are also accused of printing illegal tickets, which they use to collect the said N200 toll fees from commercial drivers in most towns in the state.
According to eyewitnesses, it was the refusal of the keke driver to collect the daily N200 ticket, in compliance to Soludo’s order, that led to the thorough beating he received from the touts until he slipped into coma.
The Anambra state police command is however, yet to comment on the incident as at the time of filing this report.