Illegal tax collection: 50 arrested in Edo

Illegal tax collection: 50 arrested in Edo

Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:54 am

Gov. Godwin  Obaseki of Edo state

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo state

Jethro Ibileke/Benin
No fewer than 50 persons were arrested by operatives of Edo State Police Command on last Thursday, for alleged involvement in illegal tax collection.
The suspects who are currently being detained at the Police Command headquarters in Benin, were said to have been picked up at different locations in Benin City, for flouting the directive of the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, banning illegal tax collection in the State.
This was made known Friday evening in Benin, the State capital, by Mr. Taiwo Akerele, the Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, at the end-of-the-year party of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council.
He said in line with Governor Obaseki’s determination to weed out illegal tax collectors, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Haliru Gwandu, has set up a 20-man squad to mop them up and to ensure total compliance with the directive.
It would be recalled that in his State-wide broadcast on January 1,  Governor Obaseki announced prohibition of tax collection by private individuals contracted by the administration of immediate past Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Speaking further on activities of the State Government, Akerele who stood in for Governor Obaseki as the Special Guest of honour at the occasion, assured that the Governor is determined to actualise his campaign promise of creating 200,000 jobs during his four years in office through private investors in the agricultural, mining and other sectors.
He noted that Edo’s strategic location which links to the north, east, south and western parts of the country, places it in good position to become the economic hub of the nation.
Akerele who lauded journalists in the State for being fearless and hardworking, also noted that they never failed to get government’s side of their reports, whenever necessary.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Ativie, lauded journalists for their bravery and doggedness, even in the face of intimidation and harassment.
Ativie promised to always stand by the journalists and do everything possible to contribute to their success and wellness.
Earlier in his welcome address, the State Chairman of the NUJ, Sir Roland Osakue, said 2016 was tasking for journalists in Edo as it as full of activities.

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  • Sampson Ogiesewu says:

    Governor obaseki is a well grounded damn GOOD MAN . he is going to be able to handle every situation with diligence ,believe me, you going to
    be proud of him. You must weed out those illiterates that make 1 million naira a day collecting taxes.

  • Loveoneanother says:

    I know a man with good intentions by his action the first day i was opportune to hear you speck at Edo progressive forum led by DR Omoregie i saw the sincerity in you has somebody who really want to make a mark in Edo state, this made me believe that Only an Edo man from Oredo can make Edo state great without fear or intimidation. your declaration that free meals was over and its time to work for Edo state reaffirmed my believe in you. Edo youths are the highest traveling youths in African if not the world minus Syria, embanking on the most dangerous roots in the world in search for a better life, we should not be in this condition because we have all it takes to make Edo very great because the youths are ready to work . Let us do what is best for ourselves and children yet on born. Criminal Lucky Igbinedion was a disaster we need you to get it right.

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