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Awka North LG Boss Denies Kidnapping Allegation

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 4:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka  –  Awka


 The Chairman of Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Cosmos Okonkwo has denied an allegation that he was responsible for the disappearance of two guards and 16 cows kept in a pen in the slaughter at the popular Amansea cattle market.

The Council boss who had earlier refused to comment on the matter told our correspondent at the venue of the Anambra State Election Tribunal in Awka on Wednesday that the accusations against him were unfounded.

“That allegation is unfounded. An executive Chairman of a Local Government Area cannot extort money from people doing business within the area of his jurisdiction. The man laying such allegations had refused to pay his levies which are part of our Internally Generated Revenue and we can’t allow him to go that way. They are two doing the business, one paid while the man in question refused”, he said.

He said the Governor Willie Obiano-led government never instructed traders at local government level not to pay levies to the third tiers of government, even as the decision to collect the revenue sfrom the butchers was an agreement arrived at by the legislative, judiciary and executive arms of the local government area.

Daily Independent recalled that butchers at the cattle market had in a press conference last week accused the council boss of being responsible for disappearance of two guards simply identified as Ahmed and Usman and 16 cows and cash worth Millions.