In Abia, policemen turn tax collectors

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• Get caught, lose your job, CP warns

From CHUKS ONUOHA, Umuahia

Some policemen in Abia State have jettisoned their constitutional duties. Instead of fighting crime and enforcing the law, they now go about with tax and revenue collectors in the state. And their bosses aren’t happy with such unedifying preoccupation.

The Commissioner of Police, Abia State Command, Mr. Ambrose Aisabor, has threatened to deal with any officer or policeman that has turned himself into a tax collector. In a chat with the reporter in his office, the police boss said policemen were not tax collectors but law enforcement agents. He warned that anyone caught going about with tax and revenue collectors in the state for the purpose of tax and revenue collection would be shown the way out of the force.

In recent times, Abia towns and villages have been virtually invaded by scores of consultants who claim they were appointed by the state government as revenue collectors. Such consultants go about with armed policemen and military men.

Wearing a mean, hostile mien, the policemen harass, embarrass, physically assault and arrest Abia residents while claiming to be collecting tax for the government. All hell was let loose in Umuahia penultimate Wednesday when a group of revenue collectors and tax agents, accompanied by police officers, stormed the Aba Road office of a furniture maker (names withheld by us.) The man was not in the shop, but his wife was. The police officers manhandled the woman and took her to the station.

There have been other occasions when tax agents, alongside their police guards, would assault residents in the full glare of their neighbours. When the appropriate government officials were contacted, they usually denied the existence of such persons. But Aisabor told our correspondent that the time was over when tax agents and revenue collectors would use the police to harass, embarrass and arrest citizens of the state in the name of collecting one tax or the order. According to him, tax or revenue collection is not the mandate of the police.

The police boss noted that such an act had given the police a bad name, adding that the police had become the number one agency that falls prey to blackmail. He warned that the police would never succumb to any blackmail. “You will agree with me that, as of today, the Nigeria Police is undergoing a lot of transformation.

The policemen you saw in Abia few years ago, especially in Aba, are no longer seen there today. If any policeman is reported for any criminal act, he is easily shown the way out. You will not see criminals in the rank and file of the Nigeria Police Force today. If other organizations are behaving like the police, there will not be any problem in this country,” the police boss said. Aisabor said he had been cautioning his men to desist from such act. “I have spoken to my DPOs, my officers and men that they are not revenue collectors. Revenue collection is not one of our primary responsibilities.

No organization or agency, whether private or public, can come to us to give them policemen to assist them in collecting revenue and I won’t tell them that it is not the duty of the police to collect revenue. I have received so many applications, but I always turn them down on the ground that it is not our primary responsibility.” He said that he was aware of the state government’s appointment of revenue consultants, but said he would not allow his men to be going up and down with the tax collectors. “I know that the state government appointed revenue consultants to be collecting revenue on its behalf. I am aware of that one.

In fact, we were duly informed but we were not told to be giving them policemen to be going up and down wherever they are going to. That is not our mandate. “ In fact, any policeman seen following infrastructural or any development levy agency collector without the authority of the Commissioner of Police of Abia State, to collect revenue, definitely, such a policeman or woman will lose his or her job because revenue collection is not one of our mandates. You know, in everything in Nigeria, the tendency is to always to blame the police; the police is always the weeping child.

The police is the easiest fallout of any blackmail. But we will not succumb to any blackmail by any person. “So, if you want to collect your revenue, go about it. If somebody refuses to pay, you go to the law court, let the law take its course. And if there is a court judgment or order telling the police to enforce this law or that, we are bound by law to obey. That is, if we are directed by any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce its judgment, we will do that. “But for the police to be going about with tax collectors and tax agents, it will not happen in Abia State.

When we see any policeman, following any revenue collector, he will have himself to blame. The officer, who posted him, would have himself to blame and the officer, who embarked on such illegal duty, would have himself to blame. “I am using this medium to tell the people of Abia State that policemen are not revenue collectors. If there is an organ that is responsible for revenue collection, they should follow due process.

If any person fails to pay his or her tax, there is a law court. Take that person to court and the court will give a judgment. And if by that judgment, the court asks the police to perform a particular duty, we are bound to carry out the judgment of the court.”

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  1. What is the commissioner talking about.Is he saying that his men are not involved in day to day tax collection in the state or is it when he sees their dead corpse in uniform before he accepts that obvious fact that Onyeohi,Ochendo Theodore Orji has run Abia state aground and now is chastising the people with horse whip like Jeroboam.But,let him be rest assured that he would one day account for his stewardship to the people of Abias state.

  2. Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is on the right pat. If the Police keep this command for 1year, Nigeria will be a better place for all.

    I therefore call on the traditional ruler in this commissioner’s and IGP village, to give them a traditional title. ” When a child washes his hands clean, He is alow to eat with the Elders”.

    keep up the the work!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Peter, the commisioner never denied anything, he only told the officers to desist from it and show them what there primary resposibility (crime fighting) was.

    so if you see any officer going along with the Tax collectors, is either on an official duty (asked by the court to do so) or he or she is opperating illegally.

    Please, report any illigal activity to the nearest Police station and copy (cc) the Police Commisioner’s office.

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  5. Nigeria Police please I am getting tired. Each time I am doing my best to wash you clean you get dirtier. Please what is all these. Do not let the faith of Nitel staff befall you people. Note that there countries that dont have Police but are existing better than we here in Nigeria. Please note that this option is not impossible.

  6. even if you allow our police ,they will be in motor parks collecting tittles which they do but that one is not the problem now…let them go back to the barracks only to come out if they are needed !

  7. unfortunately debt recovery is not part of police job. in aba, they even team up with agberos to arrest trucks coming from Lagos and north on local govt papers

  8. Reginald S.O. Okereke on

    Situation of things in Aba is very embarrassing. There is no rule of law, as every criminal group is a government of its own. Citizens and passersby are helpless and at there mercy including the Police. I was a victim few weeks ago.

  9. I thank the Abia State Police Boss for saying the truth in this matter.Infact,the issue of Tax or Revenue collection is Dehumanising in the Eastern States as a whole.So called task forces on collection of Revenue in these states are not better than armed Robbers.I was harrased at Aba Motor Park sometime ago by tax collectors,who accosted me to produce my tax Receipts.I brought out my Staff I.D.Card and my Annual Leave form to proof that i work in Lagos and pay my PAYE as at when due,these so called tax collectors delayed me until i missed the first Bus to Lagos on that day.The Governors of the 5 Eastern STATES Should look into this crude method of tax collection going on in their various states..Revenue collection Should not be left in the Hands of criminals in the name of consultants as they continue to make more money for themselves than the government that appointed them.

  10. Abia is the full example of a fail state, the governor is dumb and senseless, every hour the state radio dishes out lies to the poor citizens of fake jobs executed by the rogue governor. I weep for my state ‘orjis own state’

  11. We call on the Nigerian Government, to check the activities of State Governors who use armed Policemen as revenue collectors. Policemen are used to force traders or store owners to pay outrageous multiple levies, or have their wares confiscated. If they leave their traditional roles of combating crime, to exploiting and extorting money from helpless people, something should be done about it. Who will deliver the masses from extortionists and their ruthless agents in uniforms? Visit: http://www.powertrumpeter.org.

  12. Aba sorry, T.A Orji one day you will leave that seat but Aba people that kill your mother will still continue to exist. Shamless idiot that only perform in the media. God purnish satan.

  13. chi ejimiwo chi obubo dikwa nso nery soon all of them will be called to give account to ndi Abia. 2015 is at the corner we shall see, ndi abia nwenu ndidi ihie foro otu agwula agwu

  14. chi ejimiwo chi obubo dikwa nso very soon all of them will be called to give account to ndi Abia. 2015 is at the corner we shall see, ndi abia nwenu ndidi ihie foro otu agwula agwu

  15. T A Orji see what you have turn your state to, an object of mockery. I am sorry for you. Just because of money you betray your people. JUDAS like you. IDIOT.

  16. Inasmuch as T. O. Orji is alive and governor of God’s Own State, please don’t expect anything good from this agent of Satan called governor. He is only busy working in the pages of newspapers with his media campaigners. God will surely judge him for ALL the embarrasment and hardship he has inflicted on the people of Abia and indeed the Igbo nation.
    He has succeeded in grounded Aba and virtually all the townships in that State.

  17. The police can never be trusted by any nigerian am sure they must have being collecting the proceeds of the tax only to come out to act the good boys.Am very surprised the police commissioner wants sanity in other areas as he claims it is in the police that is diametrically ironical it implies that the entire nigerian system is heading towards annihilation though there is no sense in praying for nigeria to become good bcos its impossible but atleast it should not get worse.

  18. wait! This is an issue all Abians, South easterners & all Aba people should strongly resist this so-called T. A. O . Look at Aba, the famous Enyimba city, centre of west africa commerce, japan of Africa, the Dubai of the gulf of the guinea & a wonder in the eyes of the Chinese. Why has the FG allow Aba to be putting on rags, why ‘ve they allowed a mad & an mbeside man to be a governor in Abia. Chee! Aru emee! A beast from the primitive age, a man eater without human heart is a governor in Abia state. ABA SORRY !!! He is luck, all the members of EFCC do not travel by land any more but by air ‘cos it is cheap (FG have paid their air tickets) & fast. Abia doesn’t have an airport so Mr. T. A. Does not have to worry about any yeye EFCC. Aba, don’t worry! His days are numbered.

  19. Our police officers never tell d truth, they are aware dat their men engages in criminal activities,yet they come out openly and deny it,but no matter d type of philosophy they may employ, u cannot cover protruded pregnancy with d palm of ur hand.

  20. It is easier said than done. The commissioner of police has giving an order which should be supreme in the state’s police, yet they are still doing the same day-in day-out. Who is there to check them? Forget that ! na the same people…

  21. I am not surprised on the reaction of a diligent Cp over the issue of policemen made tax collectors. In the city of Aba, the so called policemen have reduced themselves to such a pitiable extent that touts and agberos in the of infrastructure levy drive command these policemen the way and manner that even common house boywill not tolerate. My able Cp I comot my cap for you. You have done well. May God keep you for me and for all in Aba.

  22. Kalu Elezuo Ikwani on

    Abia is now good an abormination and Abia is now better an abormination. Abia a deadtrap come rain come sun.

  23. Kalu Elezuo Ikwani on

    Wonders shall never end: imagine police officers in Abia state turning to a tax collector instead of them minding their job and fight for crimes and corruptions that is in the state. They ignore it and start fighting on how to share the money equal. Na waoooo! 4 T.A ORJI ooo!

  24. Orji is shame that i betray even ur own brothers and sister bcos of selfishness…i hope u used to travel abroad and other well organized city,,,what deprive u not to maintain the number one city of Abia?i mean Aba the great…u make it Aba the shit…Oh as people is crying all is comming upon u and ur families generation to generation heads because is aboination…who will work ur state for u?is it boko haram govt,? or who?::abians are waiting for u and ur families home and abroad,,do something good now for Aba,,they are not beggng bcos is their right..Aba is occupied by all Igbo nation,,but u selfishly think is in ur hand to do something for the Igbos..change if they can forgive u fairly..a word is enough for the wise.bcos of ur evil the policeknows that evil can prevail in Abia thats why they go commiting atrocities all over Abia..many have cause but i will not but to tell u the truth..buying houses from street to strreet and abroad will not safe u,,but do the will of ur people first..u are just representing Abia but not urs

  25. I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH SUCH HYPOCRISY STRICKEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY CALLED THE POLICE, THEY ALWAYS EXHIBIT HIGH HANDEDNESS COUPLED WITH ARBITRARINESS, HOW CAN A POLICE OFFICER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF 9JA SO CONDESCEND TO FACTORING DEBT,TURNED TO TAX COLLECTOR WITH BRUTE FORCE AND CRUDITY TO ANY HELPLESS CITIZEN OF ABIA STATE WHO RAISES A QUERY TO THE LEGALITY OF THERE INVASIONS, INFACT THEY EMBARK ON RECKLESS HUNTING FOR THE UNSUSPECTING PREYS,LAYING SIEGE AT THERE WOULD BE VICTIMS DISGUISING TO BE KNOCKING AT YOUR GATE,ONLY FOR YOU TO UNKNOWINGLY OPEN AND THEY WILL HAWK YOU INTO THEIR ON WAITING HIRED MITSUBISH BUS IN COLLABORATION WITH THERE PAY MASTERS WHO SECURED PARIAH CONTRACT CUM MISSION OF MILKING THE CITIZENS OF OUR GOD’S OWN STATE DRY IN THE NAME OF ALL SORTS OF LEVIES RANGING FROM FIRE EXTINGUISHER,GENERATOR,INFRASTRUCTURE,KEKE,TAXI,BUS ARE NOT EXCLUDED EVEN WALKING LEVY IN ABIA STATE,IS THIS THE DREAM OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS,POLICE IN ABIA STATE AND THERE SHYLOCK POLITICIANS HAS FLOGGED US WITH SCORPION, REHOBOAMS OF OUR TIME . GOD HELP OUR STATE

  26. Slow, “men at work” so the boys should keep quiet. Ochendo, Ikuku and BCA (Governor, Son and Abia radio station), carry go.
    Abians are the reason the state turned to what it is today. Do we still have elected state legislators to challenge the Governors, NO.
    Where are the Abia fathers, are their mouth sealed (bought over). I overheard someone(a director in one of the ministries) say the last time the Governor released allocation to the ministries was in March.
    Can anybody help find out please.

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