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Ogun Firm, Mushilab, Accuses Lagos Of Multiple Taxation

Posted: Feb 11, 2016 at 2:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ejikeme Omenazu


An Abeokuta-based firm, Mushilab Nigeria Limited has decried what it described as extortion, illegal and multiple taxation by Lagos State government on Federal Highways, especially Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
According to the firm, the state government has allegedly contravened the order which restricts every state or local government from collecting levies on the roads.

The Operations Manager, Mutiu Taiwo, in an exclusive interview stated that despite all efforts made by the Joint Tax Board to stop illegal tolls and multiple taxation on individuals and corporate bodies, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources under the Lagos State Government set up what he termed “several illegal toll collection centres, especially on the federal highways.”
Taiwo lamented that one his company’s trucks with number plate SRA 514 XA was illegally impounded by the Lagos State Task Force at Berger axis of Lagos/Ibadan expressway, and taken to Ikorodu.
He stated that the step by the state government contravened the resolution made by the Joint Tax Board on October 22, 2013 which condemned and prohibited the use of individuals or organisations other than the Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) to collect approved taxes.
Taiwo maintained that the government representatives allegedly make use of miscreants who forcefully extort money from haulage vehicle drivers through the use of sticks and dangerous objects to stop such vehicles to collect levies on taxable items like granite and any other items.
He stressed that in most cases, the Energy Ministry allegedly engaged the Nigeria Police Force under the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses (Task Force) to perpetrate the unlawful acts.
According to him, “As we all know, the Nigerian Police Force is one of the stakeholders that constitute the laws banning illegal road blocks and toll collection throughout the Federation. This is in contravention of Section 2(2) of the Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) Act Cap 12 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, which states thus; 2(2) No person, including a tax authority, shall mount a road block in any part of the federation for the purpose of collecting any tax or levy.”
Taiwo, on behalf of his company, appealed to the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to wade into the matter, stressing, ”We want Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to wade into the matter as soon as possible.
”Our company, Mushilab Nigeria Limited, is a law abiding corporate body that pays its tax to the appropriate body as at when due, hence, we cannot indulge in double taxation by paying or giving money to the miscreants called agents on the highways.”
When contacted, the Public Affairs Officer, Lagos State Task Force Adebayo Taofik, said his men were not connected with the matter, adding, ”I am not aware of the matter, because, our men did not operate at Berger on that day.”?