Violation of Court Orders: Human Rights Group plans one million protest March against Ananmbra  Govt

Violation of Court Orders: Human Rights Group plans one million protest March against Ananmbra  Govt

By Larry Onwuta

Human Rights Group, Recover Nigeria Project, RNP, after its national conference held in Abuja last week threaten to stage a one million march against Anambra state government over the alleged violation of court order in the state.

The Convener and coordinator of the civil rights group, Comrade Osita Obi in an interview with Reformist news magazine online stated that the forcible collection of illegal tolls, levies and monies from Animo Tipper Drivers’ Association of Nigeria, the God’s own Tipper owners and Drivers’ Association, and the Ihiala LGA Tipper workers Association and drivers amount to what the group described as violation of some sections of the constitution and the orders of court.

Obi said such act of intimidation, harassment and collection of levies from tipper drivers negates and by the virtue of section 4(2), section 4(3) and item 39 in the Exclusive Legislative List in the second schedule (part),  of the constitution of federal republic of Nigeria 1999; by the virtue of section 1 and section 164 of the Nigeria Mining ACT 2007; and by virtue of section 1 and section 2 of the Taxes and levies (approved list for collection) CAP T2 Laws of the federation of Nigeria that the government or agencies had no right to collect such levies.

According to him, the federal High court sitting in Awka , in Suit Number FHC/AWK/CS/104/2017 and in a judgment  had ruled that Anambra state government and the officials of Anambra state ministry of environment, and the agents and privies and other persons acting by or through them, have no right to make laws or rules, formulate policies, impose taxes or levies and or charge and collect dues or revenue on sand, stones, laterite, gravel and the like.

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The Human Right boss regretted that constituted authority such as Anambra state government could result to the alleged illegal collection of levies from Tipper drivers in the state.

It could be recalled that in the recent past, some officers of the government allegedly pounced on the family members of one of the executives of Tipper drivers called Ebuka, and began to assault them claiming that he was a wanted criminal who was disturbing revenue collection.

Obi said these act of lawlessness should not be happening in a democratic state such as Anambra, requesting that the state governor Chief Willie Obiano should call those fomenting trouble in the state to embrace peace.

 

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