Angry officials of Oshimili South Local Government Council of Delta State have spread their dragnet to arrest members of a revenue syndicate who have allegedly defrauded residents of the state.
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that the syndicates had defrauded no fewer than 20 street owners of the whopping sums of N460,000 under the guise that they wanted to rename their streets, as well as perfected the documentation.
According to our source, the syndicates between the ages of 23 and 32 years claimed to be officials of the council and usually revealed street names, beacon numbers, year of acquisition and so on to convince their victims.
After collecting thousands of naira, they would vanish, forcing their victims to visit the local government secretariat on enquiries.
The Managing Director of Pukwe Arts and Prints Unlimited, Mr. Paul Asiekwu, who produces street names and signpost for the council, revealed on enquiry that some persons have confronted him with questions on their street names.
He said the victims told him that the syndicates informed them that they were producing the signposts.
When our correspondent visited the local government secretariat, the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Mr. Nnamdi Chukwudi, was said to be out on official duty, but the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Satchemore Ochei, told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that if the information was confirmed, they would disclaim the syndicates, adding that a committee had been set up to investigate the activities after several complaints were received.