A trader, Mrs Toyin Adelanke, 38, has reportedly died when tax officials of Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State wanted to collect tax from her, as reported by New Telegraph.
The deceased mother, Mrs Abike Ijiyemi, 8, told journalists that her daughter Toyin was to give her food the day she died in the hands of the tax collectors.
It was reported that Toyin slumped while dragging her television from the government officials which they were about seizing due to her inability to pay the money demanded.
The local government tax collector was said to have to take the television into their vehicle and ignoring Toyin on the floor.
Reports have it that the woman died and her remain was deposited at the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital, Akure.
Speaking to Journalists, Mrs. Ijiyemi, Toyin’s Mother told said: “In the morning of the day she was killed, she called me and said that she had bought some foodstuffs for me. She promised to bring them to me at Idanre the second day. Instead of coming to fulfil her promise, it was the announcement of her death they brought to me.
“My daughter was a widow. Her husband died four years ago. She has been singlehandedly taking care of their only child since then. She was the one who sponsored the education of their 24-year-old son up to the Gateway Polytechnic in Ogun State. She was the person taking care of me and paying my debts. Also, Toyin’s sister, Mrs Mojisola Otitilowo, said the deceased was in her shop at Bolajoko Street, Oke-Aro area of Akure about 2 p.m. when the government officials invaded her shop.
“They were four in number. Three of them disembarked from the vehicle they brought. “They did not accept her plea. One of them removed the television from where it was but Toyin started dragging it with them.
She fell down. Despite that, the council officials went away with the television. “A woman, who came to buy sachet water, discovered that Toyin was unconscious where she lay on the floor of the shop and raised the alarm which attracted neighbours who rushed in and started pouring water on Toyin to revive her.
“When it was realised that Toyin had given up the ghost, the matter was reported at the Police B Division, Oke-Aro.”
Toyin’s son, Ayodele Adelanke, demanded that his mother’s killers be brought to book, saying she must not die in vain. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, described it as unfortunate. Joseph said some suspects had been arrested over Toyin’s killing.