Market women in Port Harcourt, River State have allegedly been paying tax for Governor Nyesom Wike’s perfume, reports say.
The women, who trade at Mile Three Market in the Diobu area of the state capital, made the claim while protesting at the Government House, Punch reports.
“Each of us pays levies ranging from N1, 500 to N4, 000. The one that is annoying us and forced us to embark on this protest is the N2, 000 for ‘Governor’s perfume’. They said the money would be used to purchase perfume for the governor,” one market woman, identified as Gift, said.
“The task force constituted by the government is using their position as to intimidate us and extort money from us. They charge us money unnecessarily. They coin name for each of the money they want to take from us.
“Sometimes we don’t sell anything, but they will ensure that we pay more than 1,000 naira daily. We don’t make much in our trade, but our small gains go into the government’s pocket,” she added.
In reaction to the claims however, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George has said that there’s no such existing tax for the governor’s perfume.
He also added that Wike had ordered the arrest of persons who had formed the habit of defrauding traders under the guise of tax.