The Rivers State Task Force on Street Trading and Illegal Parks said it sacked 21 officials of the agency over their alleged involvement in extortion.

Felix Nwadibe,  the  Coordinator of the task force, who revealed this during an interview with journalists on Monday, said the officials were caught in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state.

The Task Force Coordinator said 10 of the officials left their duty posts for other areas they considered to be profitable and allowed traders to operate illegally after collecting money from them.

Nwadibe,   noted that 11 others allegedly extorted money from motorists in Choba, near the University of Port Harcourt.

He said “We have been getting information that they do leave their beats daily, which means there is something they are doing,  collecting money from the traders there. They allow the traders to give them cover and collect money.

“So, when information got to us, they were dismissed. Anyone who behaves the same way will go the same way,” he added.

Nwadibe, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the dismissal of the personnel followed reports from members of the public, expressing sadness that they his men were perpetrating such acts despite warnings before the task force commenced operation.