Some of the major markets in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, have been shut down by Ogun State Internal Revenue Service, for non-payment of taxes by traders in the market.
The affected markets are Kuto, Omida and Panseke.
Other markets in the state already shut by the revenue agency in its on-going revenue drive, includes the Oke-Aje and Ita-Osu markets, both in Ijebu Ode, and Kara Market at Isheri, on Ogun State’s border with Lagos State.
Director of Informal Tax of the revenue agency, Mr Dipo Shotande, in an interview with Rockcity FM, expressed concern over the rate of non-payment of taxes by traders in the markets.
He explained that some of the traders, especially those in Kuto market, have been defaulting in the payment of personal income tax for the past three years, adding that, the agency has obtained a court’s order, to enforce the closure of the markets.
The Iyaloja of Kuto market, Alhaja Isiwat Adewuyi, blamed the traders for failing to heed earlier calls to clear their tax arrears, which is N1, 600 yearly.