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MOT Revalidates Revenue Collection Agents …As Firm Petitions ALGP Over Extortion

Rivers State Ministry of Transport, the Ministry is embarking on revalidation, review and rationalization in order to enhance service delivery and accountability. Consequently, all revenue agents of the Ministry have been directed to pay all revenue to the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service.

The Vortex correspondent gathered that a letter to the effect signed by the Principal Secretary, M. K. Jack and dated September 10, 2019, indicated that the agents are expected synergize with the Rivers state government, adding that non compliance after the ultimatum would attract summary termination of agency.

Speaking on this, Mr. Boma Tom George representing one of the agencies promised to be loyal to the agreement after due understanding of the content and direction of the ministry and the Rivers State Government.

Meanwhile, a law firm has petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police; Zone 6 Calabar, Cross Rivers State over of alleged fraud, unlawful seizure and extortion against Chukuma Otugbali, Ismail Adeshina, Anthony Ogbowu-aka Justice and others.

Our correspondent gathered that the solicitors to Rivers Drivers Co-operative Union Ltd claimed that the afore-mentioned employed the services of some people to mount road block at strategic places  mostly in Obio/Akpor LGA for the enforcement and sale of Ministry of Transport (MOT) ticket to tricycle operators claiming that they were authorized by the ministry and the Board of Internal Revenue and impound the tricycles or extort money from those who failed to heed to their illicit demands.

It was learnt that the chairman, Rivers State Internal Revenue Board, Mr.  Adoage Norteh had in a statement warned the general public not to patronize roadside tax collectors which he did not authorized their activities, stressing that they have not authorize.

They challenged the culprits to show to the Police the letter of authorization from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service authorizing to print tickets and sell to tricycle riders.

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