Anti-tax agency arrests 6 defaulters, frowns on illegal extortion by agents – The Sun Nigeria
By Judex Okoro, Calabar
The Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency has arrested six people for collecting illegal levies and tolls from traders, taxi drivers and keke in metropolitan Calabar.
The six offenders were arrested in different locations in the south and in Calabar Municipality by a combined team of the Nigerian Police and the Anti-Tax Squad as they were enforcing the law over the weekend.
The team led by Special Assistance, SA, on surveillance, Hon Charles, turned over the defaulters to the anti-cult squad for questioning and possible prosecution under anti-tax law.
Charles said: âOn the instructions of the chairman of the Cross River State Anti-Tax Agency, we carried out an execution operation and six six offenders were arrested by a combined team of Nigerian police and police. the anti-tax squad.
âHowever, we handed them over to the Anti-Cultism team. But we would like to inform the public that shortly after their arrest, some councilors from the Municipality of Calabar came to the Anti-Cultism office to request release. let us insist that the law can take its course.
Responding to the task force’s activities, Cross River Anti Tax Agency Chairman Bishop Emmah Isong said law enforcement is a regular exercise and it is high time that illegal toll collectors immediately renounce such illegal acts, as Governor Ben Ayade frowns. totally.
Isong said the mandate of the Anti-Tax Agency is to ensure that the poor, low-income and peasants are given a tax holiday in accordance with anti-tax law, declaring that any unlawful extortion by any person or group of people is a crime against the state.
According to him, “the agency opposes any illegal tax advice, imposition of unnecessary levies and tolls on the poor and vulnerable in the state, especially in the category of small and medium enterprises.”
The president further frowned at the alleged urging of samples by police and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in the state as well as other men in uniform along the Ikom Highway.
However, he urged residents to stand up for their rights legally and report any agent engaging in any form of extortion to the law enforcement team for action.