Benue state government has stated that henceforth, all operators of illegal revenue collection checkpoints in the state will be treated like armed robbers when apprehended.

Governor Samuel Ortom read the riot act on Monday while signing into law the amended Benue Internal Revenue Administration Law of the state.

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He warned those indulging in such acts to steer clear of revenue collection in the state or face the wrath of the law.

He explained that revenue collection in the state had been contracted to consultants and urged interested persons to work with them, stressing that anyone caught operating illegally will be treated like a criminal.

The Governor acknowledged the decline in revenue generation and the need to improve on all areas to be able to cater for the needs of the state.

The Governor appreciated members of the Benue State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the amendment and pledged sustained cordial working relationship between the executive and the legislature.

Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji who represented the Speaker of the House of Assembly said the amendments were done after due consultations with critical stakeholders and relevant provisions of the law.