Anambra govt arrest more suspected revenue fraudsters in Onitsha
Some items and cash from the illegal revenue collectors
By Sunny A. David, Awka
In continuation of its drive to end illegal revenue collection in all parts of Anambra State, the Ministry of Trade and Commerce have raided areas where illegal revenue collectors operate in Onitsha.
Alleged illegal revenue collectors were brought to the Jerome Udoji Secretariat in Awka, by the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr. Christian Madubuko alongside security operatives who raided their points of operation in Onitsha.
Dr. Madubuko noted that the alleged illegal revenue collectors were arrested at Bridge Head, Okpoko junction, Owerri road and other parts of Onitsha.
He regretted that the state is losing huge revenue to the illegal revenue collectors as well as relocation of businesses due to such illegal activities.
Dr. Madubuko revealed that seventy five suspects have been arrested since the operation to end illegal revenue collection started and said that those arrested will be arraigned before the court, as it has become a habit to forge signatures of government authorities to give cover to their illegal activities.
One of those apprehended, Mr. Ikechukwu Okoye, who’s road maintenance ticket has Anambra State Government boldly written on it, pointed out that he was collecting the ticket for a particular individual claimed that he never knew it was illegal as he hands over proceeds made from the
ticket to the said individual at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State government, through the Ministry of Trade and Commerce has authorized Mr. Malachy Okanume to decongest major roads along Ochanja Market environs Onitsha.
The release further certified Okanume to use market taskforce and market security to ensure the enforcement of the decongestion.
According to the release signed by the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Honourable Christian Madubuko, the roads are Zik Avenue, Mbanefo Road, Produce Lane, Ibru Fish axis, Iweka Road and all the roads along Ochanja Market environs.
The statement urged the general public, particularly traders trading along these roads in Onitsha, to comply and assist government to maintain an orderly environment and keep traffic flowing.