Residents of the Okotomi community, Okpanam, in the Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have rejected the alleged illegal revenue collection in the area.
The residents’ position is contained in a petition addressed to the state Commissioner of Police, Adeleke Adeyinka, demanding timely intervention and arrest of some of the identified culprits to avoid a breakdown of law and order in the community.
In the petition signed by a lawyer, Larry Olisa, and made available to journalists in Asaba on Thursday, the residents also alleged trespass, damage to properties and threat to life.
The revenue collectors were also accused of armed robbery and kidnapping.
According to the petition, the Chairman of the Okotomi Landlord Association, Mr Charles Muka, said one Aaron Nwosu, whose property was among those destroyed, had visited a piece of land to assess the level of damages done to it.
The petition indicated that one of the culprits in company with some armed men poured fuel from a gallon around the perimeters of an adjoining building.
Nwosu, the petition added, was taken to an undisclosed location in the bush by the illegal revenue collectors and was robbed at gunpoint.
The petition read in part, “When Nwosu discovered that he was in a serious kidnap tango orchestrated against his person, he began to plead with his abductors.”