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Gov. Wike suspends Local Government Chairmen over illegal tax collections

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the suspension of Hon. Victor Ihunwo, Chairman, Port Harcourt Local Government Area for the illegal collection of taxes from traders.

Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication made this known on Thursday.

According to Pastor Paulinus ” The government has also removed JAAC accounts from all the banks who had given loans to some local government councils without the approval of the state government as provided in the local government law”.

He further said, “The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice have also been authorized to institute legal actions against the defaulting banks”.

“The Chairmen of Abua and Degema local government areas still remain suspended from office.

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“Added to the list of suspended officials are the Heads of Personnel Management, Heads of Local Government Administration and Treasurers of Abua and Degema Local Government areas for conducting official transactions with the already suspended chairmen.

“As a result, the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Commission has been directed to post officers of the same designations to replace the suspended officers with immediate effect.

“Also, Governor Wike has directed traders in Ogbum nu Abali market to refrain from all transactions with any officer who claims to be working under the directives of the suspended Chairmen”, he stated.

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