Edo police disarm, arrest revenue collector with machete, 3 others

Edo police disarm, arrest revenue collector with machete, 3 others

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Police personnel have arrested four revenue agents in Benin City, Edo State Capital.

The incident occurred last week around New Lagos road and East Circular in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.

FILE: THE REVENUE COLLECTOR BRANDISHED A MACHETE

Among the quartet, is unnamed revenue collector who wielded a machete was disarmed by security operatives before the arrest.

He adorned in a red cap, white shirt floated atop a jean could be seen in a footage pestering on the road with a machete held on his left hand.

Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA Oredo Local Government Council, Mr. Mr. Kensington Osifo confirmed the incident through the Director of Information and Orientation, in the Council, Mr. Oronsaye Harrison to TheNewspad on Wednesday in Benin.

He said the male revenue collector was allegedly arrested along with three others in Benin after a fight broke out among some members of Road Transport Employees Association (RTEAN) over undisclosed reasons.

According to him, “The office got the information on Tuesday around 3:30p.m on Tuesday. We condemn that act by the revenue enforcer holding a cutlass because it is not part of the law whether it was either to intimidate or do anything.

“The State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has reiterated severally that collection of revenue should not be by force, but by persuasion.

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Since we got wind of the information since on Tuesday, the Chairman directed the Head of Department and the Director of Revenue Service (DoRS) to ensure that particular enforcer is fished out.

“The office has now set up a machinery for daily briefing of revenue collectors and revenue enforcers in Oredo Local Government Council. Before they commence work in the morning, they must be given daily briefing so that we can quickly intervene in where there are issues and challenges”, he said.

Efforts to obtain comment from the spokesman of Nigeria police, Edo Command, Mr. Bello Kotongs were unsuccessful.

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