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Court declares Abia traffic agency illegal; State to refund money extorted from claimant, pay N1m as damages

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By Ijendu Iheaka

An Abia High Court sitting in Obingwa Local Government Area and presided over by Justice Eleazer Enwereji has declared the Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) an illegal outfit.

A resident, Kalu Nnamdi, in suit number HOB 24, 2022, filed by his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ike on March 12, 2022 sued the agency headed by Bright Ikeokwu as first defendant.

He also joined the state government as second defendant and Abia Attorney-General as the third defendant.

Kalu Nnamdi had dragged the agenc, the state government and Abia Attorney-General to court as first, second and third defendants respectively.

Nnamdi sought answers to four questions and reliefs to assuage the unwarranted treatment meted to him by the agency on 12/3/2022.

They include whether TIMAAS is the same agency created in 2010 via the Abia State Road Traffic and Safety Management law no 2 of 2010 and amended law no 1 of 2015.

He also sought to know whether TIMAAS is not an illegal outfit having not been created by any law in Abia.

Kalu also wanted to know whether the operations of TIMAAS is not illegal having been established without any law backing it.

He further asked to know whether the agency has the powers to impound the claimant’s Toyota Camry car with Registration number Rivers AHD 144 AA on 12 / 3 / 2022.

The claimant demanded four reliefs in his writ of summons which includes the declaration that TIMAAS is illegal, and so has no powers to impound the above mentioned car.

He also asked for a declaration that the extortion of N30, 000 on 12 /3/2022 is unlawful and illegal and an order mandating Abia government to refund him the N30,000 extorted by TIMAAS.

Nnamdi also asked for N10 million payment for damages.

However, while giving judgement on Thursday, September 29, 2022, Justice Enwereji declared TIMAAS an illegal organization.

The judge also granted the claimant all his requests including N1 million as damages and also awarded him N200, 000 for costs against the defendants.

Earlier the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem, a lawyer had on September 19, issued statement claiming that the outfit is lawful and has enabling laws to even arrest and impound vehicles.

The statement by Ezem was in response to an incident that took place near Brass Junction in Aba where angry mob beat up personnel of TIMAAS and burnt a vehicle hired for their operations.

NAN reports that the inhuman and unethical style of the agency’s operations in Aba had made it the most loathed government agency in Abia.

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