Today at Revenue House, Awka, the major event that occurred was the arraigning of illegal revenue collectors in court. Below are the details:
The Magistrate Court 3 of Awka Magisterial District holden before His Worship N. C. Anyaegbunam between the Attorney General of Anambra State (Prosecutor), Anambra State Board of Internal Revenue (Complainant) and three defendants namely: Messrs Israel Ofozie, Chukwujekwu Ezike, Anthony Uzochukwu was held today at the Magistrate Court, Amawbia.
In a charge No. MAW/ANGAS/24C/2020, the three defendants were arraigned on a 5 count charge of offense they committed on the 12th day of February 2020 that include impersonation as Revenue Collectors for Anambra State and in an attempt collected from persons and shops Revenue due to Anambra State or Local Government council thereby committing an offense contrary to Section 66(1) of the Anambra State Revenue Administration Law 2010 and punishable under same Law.
Other charges include connivance to contravene the provisions of Anambra State Revenue Administration Law 2010 contrary to Section 65 of the Anambra State Revenue Administration Law 2010 and attempted to collect or collected Liquor License contrary to Section 97(d) of the Law 2010.
They were also charged with falsification, counterfeiting of receipts and documents with the name of Anambra State Government in order to collect Revenue from persons/shops thereby committing an offense contrary to section 62(a), (b), (c) of the State Revenue Administration Law 2010.
The three defendants were also charged of collecting monies for Liquor License from person/shops in the name of Anambra State Government, an act which they were not entitled to do or procured to be done in their own authority and which was done for an unlawful purpose thereby committing an offense contrary to Section 66(2) of the Law 2010 and punishable by same law.
After hearing the count charges, the suspects pleaded not guilty to the offenses and were equally bail with 2 sureties in the likes of Civil Servants with Grade Level 12, and the case was adjourned till the 10th day of March 2020 for another hearing.