Awka- Anambra Government on Friday said it had resolved to arrest and charge illegal revenue collectors to court.
The Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Azuka Enemuo, gave the warning in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka.
Enemuo said that government would no longer tolerate a situation where unscrupulous individuals harassed citizens, especially traders and collect revenues illegally from them.
``Government is aware of the ugly activities of illegal revenue agents who are ripping off the public and we are already working to put them out of business.
``And very soon we will arrest them and charge them to court to face the law, we cannot condone that act anymore,” Enemuo said.
The Managing Director of the state’s Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), Ms Njide Oraedum, also told NAN that ``there are some members of my staff who are conniving with some market leaders to rip off their members.”
Oraedum said that the agency was investigating the matter based on the complaints received to fish out the culprits.
``I have told them that it will no longer be business as usual; they commit all sorts of fraud at the expense of government by under-declaring the numbers of shops and remit abysmally low revenues to us after collecting much.
``It is not right and I am out to fight it, we cannot collect N1 500 flat for all shops like they are demanding, there are four categories and the maximum is N12 000,” he said.