75 Imprisoned For Illegal Revenue Collection In Anambra

75 Imprisoned For Illegal Revenue Collection In Anambra
Governor Obiano

By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka

No fewer than 75 illegal revenue collectors in Anambra  State have been nabbed and imprisoned by the state government.

The state Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr Christian Madubuko disclosed  this on Monday while parading three defaulters at the Ministry in Awka over alleged illegal revenue collection.

They include, a prominent chief in the state, Francis Eze,  and two others.

The commissioner said the state Governor, Willie Obiano has frowned at the fact some people were still going on with extortion of money from traders despite the state government’s ban on all forms of  levies in the state.

He said, “We have prosecuted and jailed no fewer than 75 of such people. They are currently languishing in various prisons in the state, especially in Onitsha and Awka.

“From what they are saying you can see that they are earning a living from innocent traders and we are doing our best to stop them.”

But  Eze insisted he got authorisation from Aguata LGA before building the shops, which according to him was where he collected levies from traders.

He said, “I bought the piece of land for over N5m and was advised by the monarch of the area to get a permit from the council  before developing the property.”

The commissioner however opposes his statement saying that “Local governments don’t have such authority. Hence  they should not have  been authorised in the first place.

According to him, the state government had told all LGAs that for them to give such approval they must first liaise with the ministry of trade and commerce insisting  that the ministry did not not authorise anybody to build any market in the area.

The state government further threatened to arrest a traditional ruler in Aguata LGA  allegedly implicated in the deal.

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