Whistleblower alleges outrageous extortion in Imo markets

Whistle blower
  • Points fingers at Ononuju

The founder cum coordinator of SAVE IMO, Ebubeagu Ekenulo has alleged outrageous extortions of market leadership and traders in Imo, insisting such acts don’t speak well about the government of the day.
He alleged that the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barr. Kingsley Onunuju is behind the unnecessary charges and levies impose on the leadership of Imo markets as well as the traders, calling on the State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to intervene and save the situation.
Ekenulo added, “all sort of charges and levies are being imposed by the Hon. Commissioner of Commerce and Industry on markets, their leadership and traders, we are constrained to advise and urge the governor to stop such extortions immediately.”
Recently, there have been series of complains about inexplicable extortions in Imo markets leading to outcries by traders and leadership of Imo markets.
Speaking to Edge Express, Mr Chijioke who deals in grains at the relief market explained that in the past few months there have been series of levies on traders by government agents on daily basis.
He said, “before now there are uniform market levies we pay as an obligation to government through its agents, but in the last few months, more levies have been introduce by the government. I don’t understand.
When I calculate the amount of levies I pay to government daily, it’s as good as all my profits go to government. It is abnormal because we are like slaves working for government.”
Also speaking in the same vein an ‘okirika’ trader at Ekeukwu market, who gave her name as Mrs Chinelo, vehemently decried the numerous levies on them in the course of carrying out their daily businesses by those who claim to be government agents. “I and my husband have been in this business here for more than fifteen years. We do pay levies for trading which is obligatory, however since the government of Hope Uzodimma appointed the new agents, the levies we pay have increased prohibitively.
All our profits go to government in the name of levies. We cannot continue like this, our families are suffering of numerous deprivations. If government did not address and unify the levies we pay, we are going to resist further extortions by their agents.”
Meanwhile all efforts to reach the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry proved abortive as at the time of filling this report.

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