Chairman of Awka-North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Cosmos Okonkwo, has denied an allegation that he is responsible for the disappearance of two guards and 16 cows kept in a pen in the slaughter house at the popular Amansea Cattle Market.
 The council boss earlier refused to comment on the matter, as he cancelled interview he previously booked with journalists at Awka.
However, while our reporter met him at Anambra State Election Tribunal at Awka, Chief Cosmos Okonkwo, described the allegation as unfounded.
 “That allegation is unfounded. An executive Chairman of a Local Government Area cannot extort money from people doing business within the area of his jurisdiction. The man laying such allegations had refused to pay his revenue, which is part of our Internally Generated Revenue, and we cannot allow him to go that way. They are two doing the business, one paid while the man in question refused”, he said.
According to Okonkwo, Obiano’s government never instructed traders at local government level not to pay revenue to the third tiers of government, even as the decision to collect the revenue from the butchers was a collective agreement reached out by the legislative, judiciary and executive arms of the local government area. 
While asked how he is managing the Local Government affairs despite the economic meltdown, he said that IGR was helping them to pay workers salaries and other things including the completion of so many projects at Mgbakwu, Isu-Aniocha, among other communities in the council.
 Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that butchers at the cattle market had in a press conference last week accused the council boss of being responsible for disappearance of two guards simply identified as Ahmed and Usman and 16 cows and cash worth several millions of naira.
They equally alleged that their lives were in danger as the chairman was bent on ensuring that their businesses stopped at the cattle market, and called on the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano to come to their rescue.
According to them, Chief Okonkwo recently threatened to close down the market sequel to the butchers’ refusal to pay revenue to his office and their opting to pay straightly to the state government.
The butchers, who spoke through the Chairman of the Amansea Butchers Association, Mr. Christian Nwankwo alleged that the Council boss began to intimidate them since the state government sent in a directive urging all abattoirs in Anambra State to pay tax to the state government instead of the respective council areas where they are sited.

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