The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has advised residents of the federal capital to be alert so as not to fall victim of persons parading as fake revenue officers.
Mrs. Abiodun Essiet, Special Adviser to AMAC Chairman on ICT, Civil Society Oganisations and donor agencies, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
“It is necessary for business owners in AMAC to verify the authenticity of persons asking them to pay one due or the other.
“Anyone posing as a revenue officer must produce an identify card. People should also insist on taking the picture of the officer and send a message to us using our various social media platforms.
“Immediately we get such messages, we will respond.
“They can also come to the council’s secretariat to get clarification on issues regarding tax payment,” she said.
On the allegation by one Layla Ali-Othman, a restaurant owner, that AMAC revenue department sealed her restaurant, Essiet said that the action was not carried out by AMAC officials.
“We have investigated the matter and found that it was the Department of Public Health from FCTA that went to her restaurant. It was not AMAC officials.
“It is good for business owners to know that not all dues are collected by AMAC,” she added.
The video of the complaint had gone viral and she was interviewed by many TV stations before AMAC reacted.
The woman said she was distressed and alleged that the said officials came, locked up her restaurant with customers, staff and food inside and demanded she paid N250,000:00 before the shop can be reopened and all inside the shop set free.
Viewers had called on the FCTA to investigate the matter and report the judge in the court that issued the order of closure to the National Judicial Council.
Others called on the Nigerian Bar Association to wade in and prosecute the Judge for the integrity of the NBA to be intact.
The Business Adviser of Arise TV alleged the acts of multiple levies was not peculiar to Abuja alone but done throughout the federation and was a slight to the growth of SMEs.