By Sunny A Ijomah
The Anambra State government, through the State Board of Internal Revenue has dragged three suspects to court for allegedly engaging in illegal revenue collection around Nnewi and environs.
The suspects, Messrs. Godwin Anyasa, Samuel Anthony, and Arinze Ekweoba were picked up by officials of the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service in collaboration with security agents on the 25th of June, 2021, where they were allegedly impersonating officials of the agency to extort money from people in the area, especially motorists.
The suspects who pleaded not guilty were granted bail by the Magistrate presiding over the case at the Magistrate Court Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area, on the bases that each of them will pay seven hundred thousand naira as part of bail condition, present two witnesses and sureties, who are civil servants within grade level ten and twelve, among other things.
Two of the suspects, who spoke to our correspondent, Anthony and Ekweoba said they were sent on the job by one prominent man in the area, whom they refused to disclose.
Reacting to the incident, the Chairman Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Dr. David Nzekwu, who described illegal revenue collection as a criminal act, warned those that are still indulging in the act to desist from it or face the full wrath of law.
The case was later adjourned to August third 2021, while the suspects are to be remanded in the Correctional Center till the date.