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Over two hundred million naira worth of Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, was lost to fraudulent practices by market leaders at Ogbaru Main Market, in the last three years.

The state Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Market and Wealth Creation, Dr Christian Madubuko, who disclosed this to journalists in Awka, said five agents working for the chairman of Ogbaru Main Market Traders Association, Chief Victor Nwawuzie, were now cooling off their heads at the Directorate of State Security, DSS, Awka.
The Commissioner further alleged that the market leadership perpetrates this fraud with fake receipts, adding that they intimidate market men and women into paying varying sums of money as government levies which they diverted to their private accounts.
Dr Madubuko warned traders against besieging his office with money and other forms of gratifications, for himself and staff of his Ministry, threatening to arrest anybody or group who come up with such intentions.
He renewed his warning against those who engage in illegal reprinting and counter signing of the state official tax, stallage and development levy receipts.

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