A tricycle operator in Anambra has been beaten to coma by touts for obeying orders from the newly inaugurated governor of Anambra state, Charles Soludo, to stop giving money to touts.
During his inauguration speech, Governor Soludo directed that commercial vehicle operators, including tricycles and motorcycles, should no longer pay cash to touts operating in the name of revenue generation across the state.
According to him, an acceptable system of revenue collection would be put in place to ensure that people were not unduly taxed. In most towns in the state, touts illegally print tickets which they use to collect money from drivers.
According to eyewitnesses, the touts, who were three in number, had accosted the Keke driver at the park close to the popular UNIZIK junction and demanded the normal N200 fee before commencing the daily business.
However, the driver told them that he had heard the new governor warning people not to pay cash to anybody henceforth, a statement that infuriated the touts.
The tricycle operator was said to have told them to go and look for something else to do with their, as ‘being a tout’ had expired in Anambra State.
The touts insisted on collecting the money and told him they were not ready for jokes. They also said that Soludo had just come and that he did not know how the system operates.
At this point, they pounced on him until he fell and slipped into a coma.