Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Governor Orji suspends two Commissioners for collecting unauthorized taxes

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, yesterday suspended the Commissioner for Commerce, Mr. Chisom Nwamuo, and his Transport counterpart, Mr. Emesobum Chris, for allegedly collecting illegal taxes and other levies.
The decision follows reports by stakeholders that the Commissioners were imposing unauthorized taxes and charges on traders and other people in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state.
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Cosmos Ndukwe, confirmed the development to journalists.
Many aggrieved Aba market women had last week protested what they described as heavy imposition of taxes on them by some government officials.
Hundreds of them on Friday marched round one of the markets in Aba and some major streets.
They were however dispersed by security officers as they headed towards the studios of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) located in the Ogbor hill area of the city.
But they regrouped and headed towards the Aba South Local Government headquarters, near the main motor park where they were addressed by their leaders.