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Food security: Police arrest ‘illegal’ revenue collectors

NEWSMAN, Abuja – To eradicate touting and multiplicity of vehicular taxes and levies imposed by local government areas on farmers moving food produce along federal highways, the Nigeria Police Force said they have arrested one Mike Eboziegbe alias Otumba for allegedly leading a team that harasses as well as extorting money from motorists through the introduction of strange levies not backed by law.

The arrest was affected by men of the Inspector-General’s team, following a petition against Eboziegbe and his team by the National Taskforce Commander of Joint Mobile Sanitation Agency of Nigeria (JOMSAN).

The agency’s boss Chief Martins Njoku revealed that the petition became imperative following a series of complaints of multiple vehicular taxes, intimidation and harassments by touts claiming to act on the authority of local government areas as their revenue agents.

Njoku further explained that JOMSAN is the only body engaged by Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) as Consultant/Coordinators to help eradicate touting and multiplicity of vehicular taxes and levies imposed by local governments, The Nation reported.

He said: “Our main focus is to ensure that haulage vehicles move freely within the country and curtail the excesses of road blockage as well as end double taxation on food produce.

“Farmers should be able to move food products across the country without any harassment or being impounded for one levy or the other. We are doing this in line with the directive from the National Assembly which mandated ALGON to ensure that the roads are free from miscreants and people who pretend to be working for the government. We are the ones on ground to actualise that directive and that’s what we are doing”.

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