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Traders in Benin protest against increase in taxation

Traders in Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State on Wednesday abandoned their business to stage a protest against alleged increase in taxation by authorities of Oredo Local Government.

Amenze Obarisiagbon reports that the protest hindered free flow of traffic while it lasted.

Angry traders drawn from various markets, in a protest march, against increment in taxation by the Oredo Local Assembly and Government.

The traders, who took their protest to Edo State House of Assembly and Government House said a letter was issued to them recently, stating an increase in their taxes with over one hundred percent.

Reacting to the complaints by the traders, the state comrade, Philip shaibu said the Local Government harmonized levies and bills were initially collected by some contractors who failed to remit the money to the state government, a situation that made Governments to take over collection of levies.

He informed the protesters that a meeting has been scheduled with the leadership of Oredo Local Government and Coalition of Traders and Artisans, stated for Monday, next week with a view to resolving the issue amicably.

All shops in Oba Market, New Benin Market, Lagos Market, Forestry and Mission Road, were locked while the protest lasted.

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