7 injured, vehicles destroyed in AMAC taskforce, firm’s brawl over sticker

Management of G-Complex Nig. Limited has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to probe the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Task Force on Haulage, Light and Heavy Duty Vehicles, alleging that their activities are capable to destabilising peace in the city.

Managing Director of the company, Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari, made the call Thursday in Abuja, following an altercation between his staff and members of the task force over payment of levies that left about seven of them seriously injured while two hilux vehicles belonging to the company were also destroyed by the taskforce.

“Our driver of one of our pick-up trucks was on his way to convey materials and to take staff from Idu to another of our offices in Jabi when he was blocked by the members of the taskforce at Gwarimpa junction,” he said.

Zari explained that the driver was asked to pay for daily receipt which he did before he was asked again to pay for sticker which cost about N35, 000.

According to the CEO, the driver called the office, however, before people from the office got to Gwarimpa, the vehicle had been taken to Jabi where the taskforce has its office.

“The moment they saw the company staff coming, they started harassing them with cutlass and in the process they inflicted cuts and injured about seven of them, some on their head, leg and hands.

“Luckily for us, a police team on patrol saw what was happening and intervened and helped to bring the vehicles here (station).

“This morning, some of them were boasting that the police are their own, and that there is nothing that can be done to them.”

The G-Complex boss pointed out that the activities of the taskforce were in contravention of Section 2 of the Tax Act, which states that: “No person, including a tax authority should mount a road block in any part of the Federation for the purpose of collecting any tax or levy.”

When contacted, the Head of Department, Operations of AMAC taskforce, Douglas Badi, told our correspondent that workers of the company first attacked their staff who fought back in self defence.

According to him, staff of the construction company numbering about 30 stormed their office after the close of work Wednesday.

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