A group of traders in Anambra has expressed concern about the activities of illegal tax collectors in various parts of Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra.
The group, which operates under the auspices of the Concerned Anambra Traders’ Association, made the comment at a press conference in Onitsha on Wednesday.
The group’s chairman, Mr. Gabriel Okeke, described the extortion of Onitsha traders, allegedly by touts, as reprehensible and unacceptable.
Okeke lamented that vacationers and travelers traveling through Onitsha and its environs were harassed, assaulted and extorted on a daily basis by touts on the road.
“The touts, who have returned to the state after being fired by Governor Charles Soludo, have openly stationed themselves in some strategic areas of Onitsha.
Okeke listed the areas that included the Upper Iweka axis, Bida Road, Nkpor Junction, St. Anthony Church on the Old Road and Owerri Road.
Others include Iweka (flyover down), Ugwu Nwasike Junction, Building Material Market, Bridgehead.
He said the touts acted brutally without fear of arrest by security forces.
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