By Odogwu Emeka
Barring any change of orders, Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of Anambra state has ordered the immediate arrest of some prominent citizens of Anambra state over flying revenue windows in their control if they refuse to appear before the Chairman, flying revenue committee, Anambra State and Deputy Governor of Anambra state by Wednesday this week.
Metro Times reports that the order to arrest some of these prominent citizens including Chief Ngozika Nwokpagu and Mr Akai Egwuonwu came about following government suspicion that they allegedly divert revenue accruals to the state government over the last 8 years.
The government is worried over tax diversion in some quarters in the last 8 years and wished to unravel some of the mysteries, hence the decision to go after the untouchables in the state.
Sources close to Governor Soludo informed Metro Times that the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr OnyekaChukwu Ibezim who doubles as the Chairman of the committee on flying revenue has been briefed to invite all those managing flying revenue windows in Anambra assumed as untouchables on Wednesday November 2nd, 2022 at the Deputy Governor’s conference hall , Government House Awka.
For Akai Egwuonwu, who is the MD Zara stores Awka, and proponent of Anambra Rice, Soludo wants to know why ‘Anambra rice ‘concept and branding has been personalized and discover if he pays any taxes and revenue to the state for such branding and business.
Chief Ngozika Nwokpagu on his part is being summoned to explain why he is operating a park at Onitsha south, Fegge. He is expected to show evidence of payment to Anambra state Internally generated revenue for his businesses in the last 8 years.
So many others are also being invited for interview on flying revenue windows in the state.