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Blood bath looms in Edo as Council officials/Revenue collectors clash

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
AGENE GODWIN, Benin

In what appeared to be flagrant disobedience to Edo State Government directives banning all forms of revenue collection, officials of Oredo Local Government Area Wednesday clashed with men of the State Professional Drivers On Wheels over revenue collection.

The State Government had invalidated all arrangements on collection of taxes and levies entered into by any State or Local Government agency with effect from January 1, 2017, while only employees of the state government were authorized to collect taxes and levies.

Trouble, it was gathered, however started when the men of the Professional Drivers On Wheels resisted and stopped the local government officials, accompanied by security agents in an attempt to give effect to the State Government’s directive on revenue collection precisely in Ekpenede and Ebo streets.

Head of Service(HOS) Oredo Local Government, Osagiator Ojo said officials of the Council were assaulted, molested and injured by the group, adding that the uproar degenerated when the thugs invaded the Council Secretariat and made away with one of them that was arrested by the police.

He said the state government’s directive banning illegal revenue collection will boast the Council’s Revenue base and that the Council was at the verge of putting in place a mobile court to sanction violators of government directives.

But in a swift reaction, State Chairman, Professional Drivers On Wheels, Adams Rotimi (aka Shabba) said the State Government was yet to give further directive as to who to collect revenue having banned all forms of levies and taxes.

He equally threatened that the Union will resist the council officials with their last blood. “Tomorrow, let them come out, we will fight them with our last blood,” he swore.

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