Group protests harassment by Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Members of the Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) Delta state branch, on Tuesday, protested alleged arrest of some of its members by officials of Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency, who claimed that the arrested persons disrupted their duties of enforcing cleanliness in the state.
The protesting Automobile Technicians Association members, who marched peacefully to the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Asaba, however, urged the state government to provide them with land to enable them relocate from their present location.
The state chairman of the association, Comrade Ifeanyi Abanum, demanded that a grace of one week be given to them to enable relocate elsewhere. He also called for the intervention of the state government in the release of vehicles of their customers impounded by the agency.
He said: “We are appealing to the state government to intervene and ensure the release of our customers’ vehicles that were impounded by the agency, including our members that were also detained. We are good citizens of this country, Nigeria, and we are working to eke out living for our families and ourselves. We are not criminals, but mechanics.”
It was gathered that officials of Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency allegedly swooped on the NATA members for alleged negligence and flagrant disregard for their directives to move into the Mechanic Village, a situation that almost resulted in bloody attack.
The director general of the agency, Mrs Joan Mrakpor, who spoke to journalists over the development, confirmed the arrest of NATA members, including vehicles of their customers; adding that their attempt to attack officials culminated into their arrest.