Police arrest 49 for illegal fees in Tanjung Priok

Police arrest 49 for illegal fees in Tanjung Priok

A spokesman of the Indonesian Police Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono talking to the press in Surabaya, East Java on Friday (June 11, 2021). (ANTARA/Laily Rahmawaty/sh)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Police arrested 49 people for allegedly taking illegal fees in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, according to a spokesman of the Indonesian Police (Polri) Inspector General Argo Yuwono.

"These criminals demand money from drivers of container trucks, some Rp10 thousand to Rp20 thousand (for each truck)," Yuwono stated here on Friday.

The arrests were made after Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo received President Joko Widodo's telephone call on Thursday (June 10).

"Yesterday (Thursday), the president, during his visit to Tanjung Priok, held a dialog, and he heard the truck drivers' concerns (on the illegal fees practice)," he remarked.

Responding to the drivers' complaint, the head of state directly contacted the police chief to adopt follow-up measures against such illegal practice.

According to Yuwono, Polri had instructed the regional police nationwide to launch an operation against such practices, believed to be rampant in all regions.

"Not only in ports but also illegal fees in all places. We will take stern measures," he remarked.

The police will also work closely with the Indonesian Military's Babinsa, village supervisory non-commissioned officers, and local police to take preventive measures.
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