The Delta State Police Command has arrested the managing director of an oil servicing company and some police officers, who allegedly assaulted officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service in Warri, the state capital.
The arrest of the alleged perpetrators of the attack on Wednesday followed a formal complaint and appeal by the FIRS State Coordinator for Edo, Delta and Rivers states, Joel-Onowakpo Thomas.
Thomas was said to have lodged the complaint at the police command headquarters in Asaba, prompting the state’s Commissioner of Police, Baba Alkali, to order that the brains behind the attack be fished out.
Following the complaint, the police apprehended the Managing Director, Jemtech Global Engineering Company Limited, Eric Jemijereye; the company secretary and some security men attached to the company.
Jemijereye, at the office of the Commissioner of Police, apart from regretting the assault, said his company had been paying taxes but had not been filing the papers with the agency.
“I know it happened for a purpose. In fact, I cannot explain it. I don’t create violence. I cannot encourage abduction. Please, forgive us,” he said.
Thomas, the FIRS coordinator, commended the police for their prompt response, which led to the arrests of those who aborted the tax monitoring work of the staff of the service.
He lauded the effort of the state police commissioner who showed good example by not shielding those involved in the assault on the men of the FIRS who were on official duty, particularly when some policemen were fingered to have been involved in the alleged attack.
He warned that the FIRS, under the watch of the Executive Chairman, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, would not tolerate any act of lawlessness in the process of tax collection.
Alkali condemned the assault, moreso, after the tax officials had identified themselves, adding that the Federal Government was taking the issue of Internally Generated Revenue very seriously.
The police commissioner gave the management of Jemtech two weeks to resolve the matter with the FIRS or go to court.
He ordered that the policemen who joined in attacking the tax officials be punished.