Extortion of developers: Our officials do not collect cash at construction sites, Edo govt warns

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The Edo State Government has cautioned land developers in the state over antics of individuals and groups who impersonate government officials to defraud land developers, noting that state officials do not demand and collect cash on construction sites.

In a statement, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Oye Edorodion, warned that “imposters go about “in private unbranded vehicles (cars and buses) to defraud unsuspecting developers of their hard-earned money.”

He said that “in spite of the warnings to the general public especially land developers issued by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, some unscrupulous persons still impersonate officials of the Ministry”

He explained that “The Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development does not collect cash at building construction sites, rather all payments are made via designated banks into Edo State Government Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Accounts.”

According to him, “Only officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development are empowered by law to demand approved building plans from developers at building construction site.

He  added that “the officials visit building construction sites in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development’s branded Hilux  vehicles with the official Government Plate Numbers.”

The commissioner urged developers and builders to be on the lookout for the imposters and report them to the nearest Police Station.