There was pressure in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Tuesday morning following the alleged killing of a “Keke Napep” operator by Taskforce personnel over non-availability of tax ticket.
The deceased whose identification was given as Mr. Isaac Kosud, from Ogbia Native Authorities Space, of the state, was mentioned to have been approached and arrested by a staff of process pressure personnel working beneath an Agent hooked up to the States Ministry of transportation, at Tombia space of the state capital for not having the N200 tax ticket on Monday morning.
An eyewitness account revealed that argument ensued between the Taskforce and the deceased which resulted in an altercation.
The deceased was mentioned to have been overpowered by the personnel who had been extra in quantity, resulting in his demise.
Protests erupted within the main road of the state capital when the information of the combat filtered in, the keke driver was then taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, however didn’t survive.
DAILY POST gathered that indignant Keke riders invaded the workplace of the Taskforce positioned on the Swali street and burnt it down.
The rampaging rioters stopped all tricycle operators on the road, burned tires and threatened to assault all tax brokers within the state.
A involved Keke rider, Malam Abdul instructed DAILY POST that the oppression from the Taskforce was an excessive amount of and shouldn’t proceed.
He mentioned ”how can we obtain something with the quite a few taxes imposed by completely different brokers of the federal government, even the police and street security will nonetheless not allow us to relaxation. They’re all thugs who’re all the time drunk and standing on the street to implement cost and assortment of tax. We undergo loads from them over a number of taxes.
In accordance with the Bayelsa State Chairman of Tricycle Operators/ Homeowners Affiliation of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Adokeme, the deceased solely slumped and died whereas arguments had been nonetheless on, including that no one beat or fought him.
He mentioned”The Taskforce personnel held him for not having tickets which could be very regular; the deceased by means of eyewitness account mentioned he would kill himself if he wasn’t left alone through the argument and later we heard that he died”
However we now have been assembly with the assorted teams for them to sheath their sword and stay calm, all of us need to see ourselves as companions in progress. The operators ought to know that there’s authorities on floor, and so they should abide by all guidelines and laws which make everybody a company citizen.