Henceforth, all operators of illegal revenue collection checkpoints in Benue State will be treated as armed robbers when apprehended.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said that those indulging in such acts should steer clear of revenue collection in the state.
The Governor gave the warning Monday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi while signing into law the amended Benue Internal Revenue Administration Law of the state.
He explained that “revenue collection in the State had been contracted to consultants”. He urged interested persons to work with them, stressing that anyone caught operating illegally would be treated like a criminal.
The Governor acknowledged the decline in revenue generation and the need to improve on all areas to cater to the needs of the state.
Governor Ortom thanked members of the Benue State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the amendment. He pledged a sustained cordial working relationship between the executive and the legislature.
Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon Christopher Adaji, who represented the Speaker of the House of Assembly, said the amendments were done after due consultations with critical stakeholders and relevant provisions of the law.