Idemili town in Anambra State on Friday suffered an awful display of lawlessness when revenue contractors chased a school van into a ditch in the process of carrying out what they termed as ‘operation show your emblem receipt’.
The incident which took place at the popular Nkpor Junction in Idemili North local Government Area of Anambra state, could have easily turned into a fatal tragedy as the crashing bus narrowly missed crushing newspaper readers at a nearby vendor stand.
According to witnesses, the driver of the school bus, a Mitsubishi L300 with Inscription: “Diocese of the Niger Ascension Nursery & Primary School, Isiafor”, was going past the junction when the revenue contractors started chasing him with motorbike.
This incident is coming barely two days after the police in the state arrested two revenue agents of the state for allegedly killing one Okechukwu Onwuamaegbum, a driver attached to The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Mission during the process of demanding for the driver’s vehicle emblem.
As the three-man task force revenue collectors chased the bus, the driver suspecting that they were robbers swerved into a side drainage and one of the vehicle’s front tyres crossed over the drainage and punctured.
A newspaper vendor who simply identified herself as Mrs. Ikpe, whose newspaper stand was partially smashed by the vehicle, told newsmen shortly after the incident that if the front tyre had not punctured and forced the vehicle to an abrupt stop, the vehicle would have climbed the drainage with the high speed and would have pulled down her news stand completely and possibly killed some newspaper readers at the moment.
The erring contractors upon seeing their handiwork, quickly jumped into their motorbike and zoomed off, only to be held up in traffic. Passersby immediately pounced on them and were about to lynch them when personnel of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC around the area intervened and rescued them.
Chief Christian Ikpe, owner of the newsstand and husband to Mrs. Ikpe, told newsmen on phone that at the police station, the main government contractor who employed the revenue taskforce men that caused the pandemonium, begged for forgiveness and pledged to enlighten his boys on the appropriate civil manner of going about their emblem revenue drive.