The men of the Traffic Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State, TIMAAS, was attacked by some residents of Aba, majorly the Keke riders on Saturday, 17th of September, 2022 at Brass Junction.
An eyewitness told AbaCityBlog that the irate mob attacked the officials of TIMAAS at Brass Junction before Calabar Street and set their operational bus.
The attack, according to reports occurred when the officials of TIMAAS went after a traffic offender, a pursue which led to their vehicle allegedly knocked down a commuter.
Irked by the accident, some residents of Aba descended on the officials and set their vehicle ablaze.
Reacting over the incident in a statement signed by the Secretary to Abia State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem, condemned the assault on TIMAAS, adding that the body has the authority to arrest, impound vehicles and tricycles that contravene traffic laws in the State.
Ezem, in the statement also warn motorist and Keke operators plying one way to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.
The full statement reads below!
“Attention of Government has been drawn to ugly incident that happened on Saturday 17th September 2022 at Brass Junction Aba,where officers of TIMAAS, who were legitimately carrying out their lawful duties were brutalized, assaulted and the operational bus of the agency set ablaze by traffic offenders and Keke riders in the area.
“Government Views this action as lawless, unpatriotic and confrontational to constituted authority.
“For the avoidance of doubt, TIMAAS has the enabling law to arrest, impound vehicles and tricycles that contravene traffic laws in the State.
“Government therefore wishes to state that no one has the right to drive against traffic rules or traffic lights or against any road marked as one way.
“Government hereby warn motorist and keke operators plying one way to desist forthwith or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.
“Security agencies has already been directed to fish out the perpetrators of the barbaric act of last Saturday’s incident and bring them to book.