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 id was given as Mr. Isaac Kosud, from Ogbia Native Authorities Space, of the state, was stated to have been approached and arrested by a group of job power personnel working below 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 stated to have been overpowered by the personnel who have been extra in quantity, resulting in his dying.
Protests erupted within the main road of the state capital when the information of the struggle filtered in, the keke driver was then taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa, however didn’t survive.
DAILY POST gathered that offended Keke riders invaded the workplace of the Taskforce situated 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 stated ”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 fee and assortment of tax. We endure quite a bit from them over a number of taxes.
In keeping with the Bayelsa State Chairman of Tricycle Operators/ House owners Affiliation of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Adokeme, the deceased solely slumped and died whereas arguments have been nonetheless on, including that no one beat or fought him.
He stated”The Taskforce personnel held him for not having tickets which may be very regular; the deceased by eyewitness account stated he would kill himself if he wasn’t left alone in the course of the argument and later we heard that he died”
However we have now been assembly with the varied teams for them to sheath their sword and stay calm, all of us must see ourselves as companions in progress. The operators ought to know that there’s authorities on floor, they usually should abide by all guidelines and rules which make everybody a company citizen.