A group of touts on Sunday descended heavily on an
unidentified tricycle operator for refusing to pay park levy.
The incident happened at the popular UNIZIK Temporary
Site, Awka, Anambra State.
It was gathered that the tricycle rider refused to pay the
fees as demanded by the touts, reminding them that
Governor Chukwuma Soludo had announced the ban on
the activities of touts during his inaugural address on
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Frank, said the
touts, numbering three, had approached the tricycle
operator and asked him to pay them the usual N200.
He said, “The tricycle operator, on hearing that, laughed
and asked them to go and look for something else to be
doing, as touting has expired in Anambra, except they are
the only people who had not heard that Soludo had
banned touting in the state.
“But the touts insisted and told him they were not ready
for such jokes.”
He added, “His action angered the touts, who did not only
seize his foot mat, but also forcefully pulled him out of his
tricycle and started throwing punches on his face, while he
grabbed and tightly held one of them.”
“However, before people could separate them, the tricycle
operator’s face, his cheeks and his mouth were already
swollen, while blood was also dropping from his mouth.”
Soludo had, during his inaugural address on Thursday,
banned all form of touting and cash payment of taxes in