The Nigerian House of Representatives has expressed concern over the extortion of business owners by officials the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The lawmakers, on Tuesday, noted that business outlets had been under threat, intimidation and coercion by the task forces operating under different guises, forcing business owners to pay illegal levies into private pockets.
Yusuf Tajudeen, who moved the motion during plenary, lamented that revenues meant to boost the FCT economy end up in the private pockets of Abuja Municipal Area Council officials, who extort supermarkets, hotels, cafeterias, furniture shops, artisans and other businesses.
The green chamber was disturbed that the continued extortion of business operators in the FCT in the guise of collecting levies, tenement and other charges was affecting businesses, as some entrepreneurs who could not cope with multiple levies were forced out of business.
Tajudeen observed that if the illegal activities were not stopped, it would lead to loss of jobs, impact negatively on the economy and increase insecurity.
The house, therefore, resolved to suspend task force activities in the FCT, pending the completion of investigation.
It mandated the committees on FCT and FCT council areas to investigate the matter and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.
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