Traders protest high tax­a­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Traders yesterday poured into the streets of Les­sel in Ushongo lo­cal govern­ment area of Benue State to protest high and mul­ti­ple tax­a­tion thrust on their busi­nesses by govern­ment agen­cies.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the an­gry pro­test­ers blocked all ma­jor roads lead­ing in and out of the town as they al­legedly set ablaze the rev­enue of­fice lo­cated there.

It was learnt that the pro­test­ers con­sist­ing of the Tiv Beranda As­so­ci­a­tion, the Buy­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, and Toma­toes and Pep­per Traders As­so­ci­a­tion said they could no longer bear the heavy bur­den of taxes im­posed on their prod­ucts at the var­i­ous mar­kets in the ru­ral set­ting.

While some of the buy­ers of per­ish­able items al­leged that the staff of the Benue State In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice (BIRS) had made them part with levies as much as N800 for a bag of fresh pep­per bought at only N1000, the sell­ers com­plained that the high tax­a­tion of­ten re­sulted in loss in­stead of gain when­ever they fin­ish dis­pos­ing their farm pro­duce through the rig­or­ous process they are forced to fol­low.

The BIRS Me­dia Of­fi­cer, Mr. Fran­cis Terna said he re­ceived the re­port of the burn­ing of the rev­enue of­fice lo­cated in Les­sel.

The spokesman of the Po­lice Com­mand in the state, Moses Yamu, was yet to re­act to the de­vel­op­ment at the time of this re­port.

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