A coalition of 18 trade unions at the Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos, has protested against Iyaloja General, Folashade Tinubu Ojo for alleged imposition of illegal levies on traders. Our correspondent was told that Tinubu-Ojo allegedly imposed a Iyaloja and a Babaloja on the traders in June 2019. The new market leaders, who displaced the
existing leadership arrangement, allegedly introduced new levies.
CMM gathered that traders at the ICT hub started the protest last Monday and shut the market pending the resolution of the issues. The spokesperson for the coalition of trade unions in Computer Village, Nonso Bethel, said some hoodlums working for the new leaders, started charging outrageous sums.
Bethel said the traders endured the charges until the traders were asked to start paying N50 everyday.
He said when they rejected this, they were mandated to pay N1,000 every month.
“Outside of this, we pay income tax, corporate
tax, VAT and local government permits. So, we
don’t know the constitutional authority that the
Iyaloja has to be collecting N12,000 every year from shop owners. Those who sell by the
roadside, they charge them between N1,000 and N1,500 on a daily basis,” For instance, as a stall owner, if you take
delivery of goods from the airport and you are
bringing them into the market, the touts will collect N500 from the porter carrying them for you. If the goods are in your car, you will pay N2,000. But if you used a truck, they will collect
N5,000,” he added.
The police also arrested two people in the
market and also things got to a
head when a gate erected for security in the
market was pulled down because there was no
permission from the new Iyaloja.