Traders protest high taxation
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.