The Kogi State Government is clamping down on criminal elements collecting revenue illegally across the State.
The Chairman, Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, (KGIRS) Sule Salihu Enehe, disclosed this at a news conference in Lokoja on Thursday.
He expressed sadness over the continuous blockage of roads by some individuals claiming to be collecting revenue for Kogi State.
Enehe vowed to block all leakages in the system and ensure that those involved in the illegal act will be brought to book.
He added that those collecting revenue illegally are security threat to the state. According to him, the present administration remains committed to boost its revenue drive and develop the state.
Enehe said, “It is only in Kogi that an individual will create a toll gate and start collecting revenue. We are happy a new law has criminalized this dubious act.
“There was a time I went to one local government, the road was blocked. I came down with my entourage and discovered that the receipt they are issuing out is local government and not state. I called the DLG and he said he is aware.
“I asked where is the money was going to and he said he don’t know. The new administration under Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has given a directive to put an end to the sharp practices of these individuals who are enemies of our state.
“From today, we are swinging into action because this people are not working for us but their own selfish interests. Anyone caught in this dubious act will be arrested and prosecuted.”
According to him, the projected revenue for 2024 in Kogi State is N30.4 billion.