- Cattle dealers in Nigeria say the extortion of its members transporting cattle and other foodstuffs from the north to the south has become unbearable
- Mohammed Tahir Ibrahim, the national president of the cattle dealers union, notes that his members may withdraw their services if nothing is done about the issue
- Mohammed accuses some state and local governments of using gangs to mount roadblocks in the name of revenue drive to molest and sometimes injure their members
Cattle dealers in Nigeria have threatened to embark on strike over what they described as multiple taxation from illegal gangs in some parts of the country.
Mohammed Tahir Ibrahim, the national president of the amalgamated union of foodstuffs and cattle dealers of Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday, November 5, said the extortion of its members transporting cattle and other foodstuffs from the north to the south has become unbearable, Daily Sun reports.
He said the union had already informed President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, ministers of labour and agriculture and the director general of DSS over the issue.
Mohammed said the union may withdraw its services and embark on a nationwide strike since the authorities have not done anything about the issue.
He said though the ministers have urged them not to embark on strike in the interest of the economy, the failure to check the multiple taxation will leave the union with no option.
The president of the union accused some state and local governments of using gangs to mount roadblocks in the name of revenue drive to molest and sometimes injure their members.
Detailing how the multiple taxation occur from loading point to where goods are discharged, he noted out that there were over 300 military checkpoints, 110 police checkpoints, and other security agencies mounting separate checkpoints in 35 locations.
He listed Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Cross River, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi as the states where members face worse difficulties.
Meanwhile, barely one week after the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, representative of herders across Nigeria, apologised to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, over the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state, another crisis has ensued.
The Nation reports that despite the initial apology by the herders, the group threatened that governors must establish cattle colonies or know no peace in their states.
Legit.ng gathered that while reacting to the threat, Ortom, through his chief press secretary, said that the group was not above the law. He added that he would take necessary sanction against anybody who violates the law of the land.
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