By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
An illegal tax and levy collector from shuttle drivers at Abagana, Njikoka Council Area of Anambra State, Mr. Ogochukwu Udefi has been arrested by the state government.
He was picked up at his operating area along Oye Agu Abagana axis, by the taskforce unit set up by the Anambra State Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Market and Wealth Creation.
Speaking to journalists after parading the suspect at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Awka, the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Market and Wealth Creation, Doctor Christian Mmadubuko condemned the actions of illegal tax operators in Anambra State saying that despite the warnings from the Government, they have continued with their notorious activities.
The commissioner said that the present administration, through the Ministry will continue to arrest and prosecute those found in such illegal business.
On his part, the Commander of the Taskforce on illegal tolls in the state, Mr. Nathan Obikwelu warned those who flout the ban by Anambra State Government on temporary cancellation of collection of fees, levies and tolls in the state to desist as his team will not relent in using the appropriate channels to get rid of their illicit activities in the state.
He charged drivers, traders and market leaders to be law abiding and to contact the taskforce using the number 08037835358 to report any illegal toll collector in both markets and streets of Anambra State.
The 34-year-old suspect, Mr. Udefi while confessing to the crime pleaded for forgiveness promising never to indulge in such acts if released.
Items recovered from the suspect who hails from Awgu, Enugu State, include, cash of eleven-thousand-five-hundred and twenty Naira, and all kinds of unsold motor tickets.