250 petty traders decry coordinated mass extortion by youths and local gov’t of Calabar South LGA

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From data and estimates made available to NEGROIDHAVEN Calabar South Local Council exerts unreceipted daily ticketing for a year to the tune of N9,750,000; annual space subletting amounting to N7,500,000 and monthly payments to youths totalling N1,500,000 in a year, resulting to the gross total of N18,750,000.

Mr Ike Bassey a Cross Riverian and the Chair of United Traders Association at Shopping Centre while appealing to Gov Ben Ayade to intervene in unprecedented extortion disclosed that, ‘We are not slaves… We pay N30,000 annually for space to Calabar South Local Council, N500 monthly to community youths and N750 daily for ticketing’.

These 250 petty traders have declared categorically that ‘we are not slaves!’ Accordingly, they’ve passionately appealed to the Cross River State Government, CRSG to wade into the outrageous extortion.

These hoodlums also manhandled a sales girl on Friday (yesterday) at Shopping Centre complex at Watt Market for failing to pay the unexplainable N5,000 who insisted on displaying her wares for anticipated sales.

The activities of the peoples and local government of Calabar South runs contrary to the laws on taxation of low income earners as well as multiple taxation passed by the 9th Cross River State House of Assembly and assented to by Gov Ben Ayade.