CSOs want com­pli­ance with court or­der in Benue

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Cle­ment A. Oloyede

The Coali­tion of Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions for Trans­parency in Gov­er­nance (CCSOTG), has called for deep­en­ing demo­cratic norms and the rule of law in Nige­ria with re­gards to the free­dom granted BIRS -Con­sul­tants by a Makurdi High Court in a dis­pute with the Po­lice and the need for Im­me­di­ate com­pli­ance.

Con­vener of the Group, Com­rade Sabo Ode, who ad­dressed a press con­fer­ence in Abuja on Mon­day, said BIRS got a judg­ment last week in its favour, as the Court de­clared the Po­lice as in­com­pe­tent in is­su­ing such di­rec­tive and re­strained its agents from ha­rass­ment, in­tim­i­da­tion and dis­rup­tion of law­ful tax col­lec­tion in any part of the state.

It will be re­called that the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Ibrahim Kpo­tum Idris, in May 2017 in­au­gu­rated a Po­lice Spe­cial X-squad teams specif­i­cally charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ar­rest­ing all tax rev­enue of­fi­cials op­er­at­ing on fed­eral roads across the na­tion.

“We there­fore side with the clear ver­dict of the Pre­sid­ing judge, Jus­tice Adam Onum that the po­lice have no au­thor­ity to is­sue such ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tives, which con­tra­venes the validly passed laws of the Benue State House of Assem­bly or any other State Assem­bly in Nige­ria. The group said BIRS is obliged to sup­port this tend­ing for the truth by CCSOTG to en­able the wide­spread and deep dis­sem­i­na­tion of this cheer­ful news to re-es­tab­lish the con­fi­dence of tax­pay­ers to BIRS which could be done through pam­phlets, bill­boards ad­verts, com­mu­nity the­atre strat­egy and open­door ad­ver­tise­ments on taxis and buses.

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