By Anayo Okoli
Abaâ€”SOME residents of of Aba, Abia state, especially in the Ogbor Hill area, have petitioned the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) zonal office in Aba, over what they called â€œunwarranted arrests, extortion, intimidation, illegal detention and arbitrary levies they are subjected to by workers of the agency, with nothing to show for it â€œ.
In particularly,Â residents of Chief Jerry Eze Lane and environs, in the letter written on their behalf by their lawyer, Mr. Kalu Awo, entitled â€œObjection to your demand noticesâ€ and addressed to ASEPA zonal officer, claimed that it would be improper to ask them to pay the fees when no services were rendered to them by the Agency.
The letter, also copied to AIG zone 9 Police Command, among others, said â€œwe want to inform you that your men are not rendering and have not rendered to us the services for which you are demanding paymentâ€, pointing out however, they were ready to comply â€œprovided the services we are paying for are fully rendered to usâ€.
The residents disagreed with ASEPA in the area, over their alleged use forceful means to get the residents of the area to pay levies of up to N20,000 per building.