Wednesday, 6 February 2013

U-Report: Council Chairman Order Arrest of Illegal Tax Collectors

Onitsha Town

Report By: A Citizen Reporter

Barr. Ugochukwu Ezeani, Chairman, Onitsha South council area on Wednesday ordered the arrest of two illegal tax collectors in the council area. An accomplice of the arrested duo, presently at large has been declared wanted.

It would be recalled that Anambra State government said it have been losing millions of naira in recent times due to activities of illegal tax, levies and rate collectors especially in Onitsha Municipal area.

Ezeani told newsmen that the arrest was made after a tip off by some public spirited individuals.

He said that the illegal tax collectors were arrested along Ochanja Roundabout and Eze Iweka Road.

``We rounded them up through the help of the police and some council officials.

``Those involved included Tochukwu Mba and Michael Okonkwo. The duo caught later confessed that the third member of their syndicate, Kelechi Obiora had run away while siting them struggling with security agents”.

``They confessed that they had been collecting the illegal taxes forcefully from traders for over four months now,’’ he said.

The chairman also said that one Kelechi Obiora alias Okwuoto, who was a former member of the notorious Ndi-npiawa-azu, has been declared wanted.

``We have placed a reward of N200,000 cash to anybody that can volunteer information on how to get Kelechi Obiora,’’ the statement added.

Ezeani said that the new clamp down on illegal collectors of taxes and revenues accruable to the government was in line with Gov. Peter Obi’s Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS).

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