AMAC Taskforce Nabs 13 Fake Revenue Collectors
By: Wisdom Acka & Damilola Adeleke
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Taskforce for Revenue Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement has arrested 13 illegal revenue collectors.
The 13 suspects, mostly youths aged between 25 and 40, were arrested in different parts of the Council on Wednesday, during a sting operation led by the Taskforce Chairman, Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf.
While parading the suspects before newsmen at the AMAC Secretariat in Area 10, Garki I District, Abuja, the Chairman of the Taskforce, advised AMAC residents against paying revenue to illegal collectors, who parade themselves as AMAC representatives.
He reiterated that anyone who makes payment into any account other than that of AMAC would pay double to the appropriate account whenever the Taskforce comes for monitoring.
According to him, Consultants working for Council always received agreed percentage of their payment, even as he added that on no account should any business operator in AMAC pay a Consultant on behalf of AMAC.
He said: “As you know, after our inauguration on April 4, we were given the mandate of revenue monitoring, inspection and enforcement.”
“Today, we went round the Council and arrested these 13 illegal revenue collectors. We have mobile courts with four judges, so they will be prosecuted. They will face the full wrath of the law for defrauding AMAC,” he said.
“We need the revenue to provide dividends of democracy to AMAC residents. AMAC residents deserve potable water, good roads, better healthcare and other basic amenities”, the Chairman stressed.
He, therefore, berated the fake revenue collectors of depriving the residents these basic amenities; vowing, “We will not allow that to continue. We will continue the revenue monitoring, inspection and enforcement to ensure that people pay into the right AMAC account”.
Yunusa used the occasion to urge members of the public not to pay cash to any individual or pay into any account that does not belong to AMAC.
“We will monitor and arrest those who go to UTC to print receipts bearing AMAC, but with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. We will not rest until we sanitize the system and prosecute those involved, no matter who they may be,” he emphasized.