BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Chairman of Cross River Anti-Tax Agency, Bishop Emmah Isong, has expressed dismay that in spite of government directives to end illegal taxation in Cross River State, some proscribed Agencies, Unions, local government area revenue staff, individuals and tax consultants have taken it upon themselves to continually extort from innocent citizens.
A statement issued and signed by the chairman, Bishop Using, said “this is not acceptable even after the governor had issued several warnings to the perpetrators to desist from such inhuman act of extorting their hard-earned mone”.
Beaides, the statement said “such act is against the Cross River State Tax Exemption Laws”..
The Agency, however, frowned at such flagrant abuse of laws and directive, warning that” those still engaged in illegal collections of taxes, dues, levies,tolls and revenues from Keke-Napep, Taxi Drivers, Hawkers, market women, shop owners and Small Scale Businesses shall be prosecuted by the law if caught”.
It therefore warned that henceforth, “anybody caught in this illegal business shall be handed over to law enforcement officers for immediate prosecution”.
It uadvised members of the public should in the event of a breach of this directives, call this Emergency number: 07026105177.