Following the outcry by motorists on the emergence of a squad forcefully collecting upward of Twenty Five Thousand (N25,000) for Carriage Waste Permit from motorists in Badagry Local Government, Mr. Sewedo Samuel, the Chief Press Secretary to the Badagry Local Government Chairman, Mr. Olusegun Onilude, through a press release had distanced the Chairman and the Badagry Local Government from the operation, calling it illegal while advising residents not to fall victim.
“It has been brought to the knowledge of the Chairman, Badagry Local Government that some people impersonating as Badagry Local Government staff are collecting unlawful taxes from motorists.
“The Chairman wishes to condemn this act in strong terms as he has not given permission to any staff of Badagry Local Government or authorized any agency to collect CARRIAGE WASTE PERMIT on behalf of Badagry Local Government.
“If there is anything of such, it is criminal and the perpetrators will be made to face the wrath of the law.
“The public are enjoined to report any form of unlawful collections to the Chairman’s office at the Badagry Local Government Council Secretariat, Ajara-Badagry” he said.
A resident, Comrade Yewhenu Peter who brought the situation to the fore said the squad claimed they were saddled with the responsibility of generating revenue for government through an agent. He claimed about 15 different papers were given to payees. Of these, one is Lagos State waste permit and the second is Badagry Local Govt Offloading while the remaining 13 were in the name of Kogi State Government.
It is claimed that the chairman is aware of it and they have gone to sensitise the royal fathers of their operation. A claim the government has denied and calling their operation criminal.