Prevent Service Special Duty (PSSD) boss Mr. Al-Hassan Conteh from the National Revenue Authority, together with the Regional Crime Officer east, Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Sanie Sesay have met with the executive and members of the Bike Riders Association (BRA) in Kenema district.
Mr. Al-Hassan Conteh said visit to Kenema city is to launch the revenue drive operation against all non-custom bikes within the district.
He said that the peak at which bikes were being registered at custom was not going down well and have affected the income of the country drastically.
Adding that people are now use to evading custom which he said was against the law and strongly warned those in such habit to desist from it immediately as penalty will be levied on defaulters.
He explained the amount to custom a new motor bike cost at Le590.000 which he adequately analyzed as thus: income duty tax Le196.666.67, income sales cash Le324, 500, ECOWAS Tax Le9, 883,033, income tax Le59.000 which sum up to Le590.000.
He gave the end of June as the deadline and cautioned all to work within the law. Mr. Conteh encouraged all and sundry to willingly pay their customs or face the rough edge of the law.
In his statement the Regional Crime Officer east Samuel Sanie Sesay maintained that the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) as an institution believes in preventive policing and therefore appreciated the effort of the executive members of the BRA Kenema district for organizing such a timely meeting. He maintained that bikes plying the city of Kenema and the district without identification plates are very risky and hazardous to the public in term of security, and therefore warned both the riders and bike owners to comply with the NRA and custom their bike as the law is no respecter of a person. .
Responding the chairman of BRA Kenema district Augustine Tamba Momoh thanked the NRA boss and the Regional crime officer east for attending their meeting and proactively sensitizing them about the custom of bikes and the role of SLP in terms of taxation.