Soludo threatens to prosecute community leaders over resurgence of revenue racketeers

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The Anambra state governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has decried the resurgence of louts and revenue racketeers in the state, saying the culprits would be brought to book.

Soludo stated this at a press conference in Awka, through the chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Richard Madiebo who was flanked by the Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Patricia Igwebuike, the Special Adviser on Security, Mr Ben Chiobi and others.

The governor lamented that some louts and revenue racketeers working in connivance with some traditional rulers, president-generals and other stakeholders are going about in different uniforms collecting revenues and taxes illegally from people at communities and estates.

He said the government would no longer tolerate criminality by proxy because all Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) must be remitted into government coffers and not individuals, adding that the government approved fees remain unchanged.

“We are fighting corruption and corruption seemed to be fighting back. So far, we have generated about ₦1.4b because of flying revenues. We believe that by the time we successfully block the leakages, the IGR will move to between ₦2bn to ₦3.5b or more. But at some communities and estates, we are seeing different people harassing Anambra people and causing nuisance to the state,” he said.