BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—AFEMAI youths in Edo North Senatorial District of Edo State have condemned the detention of Chairman of Edo State Board of Internal Revenue, Chief Useni Elamah, Tuesday, by the police. They vowed to resist the police in future.
Elamah was detained by the police but released late Tuesday after he shut down the administrative block of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, at the Benin Airport, over the failure to remit N15 million tax money owed to the state government.
The youths, in a statement by Mr. Wesley Olowojaiye, said that the constant use of the police to intimidate Nigerians by Federal Government’s agencies was capable of causing chaos if not checked.
It said: “Elamah’s detention is totally unacceptable, unjust, callous, and capable of distracting him from his job of ensuring prompt remittance of taxes to the state government to support its developmental agenda for which the state government has received commendations.
“It is more intriguing that Elamah is being persecuted by the police, which is empowered by the constitution to enforce lawful orders even when a proper order of court of competent jurisdiction was obtained for the sealing of the Benin Airport for defaulting in tax payments.”