Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo of Anambra State has ordered the immediate arrest of some prominent citizens of the State if they refuse to appear before the Chairman, Flying Revenue Committee and State Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, by Wednesday this week.
The order to arrest some of the State’s prominent citizens including Chief Ngozika Okpagu and Mr Akai Egwuonwu follows government suspicion that they allegedly divert revenue accruals to the State government in the last eight years.
The government is worried over tax diversion in some quarters in the last 8 years and wished to unravel some of the mysteries, hence the decision to go after the untouchables in the State.
Sources close to Governor Soludo told journalists the State Deputy Governor, Dr Ibezim, who doubles as the Chairman of the Committee on Flying Revenue has been briefed to invite all those managing flying revenue windows in Anambra who were hitherto assumed to be untouchables.
They are all expected to appear on Wednesday November 2nd, 2022 at the Deputy Governor’s Conference Hall, Government House Awka.
For Akai Egwuonwu, who is the MD Zara stores Awka, and proponent of Anambra Rice, Soludo wants to know why ‘Anambra Rice‘ concept and branding has been personalized and would want to know if he pays any taxes and revenue to the State for such branding and business.
Chief Ngozika Okpagu, on his part, is being summoned to explain why he is operating a park at Onitsha South, Fegge Onitsha. He is expected to show evidence of payment to Anambra State Internally Generated Revenue for his businesses in the last 8 years.
Apart from the duo, many others were invited for interview on flying revenue windows in the State.