Colonial Taxation, Corruption and Resistance in Igbominaland

  • EO Ibiloye


The introduction of tax by the British Colonial Administration in the Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1904 was a function of the prevailing circumstances at the onset of colonial administration in this part of the country. While taxation definitely stimulated economic activities in Igbominaland at this period, the modality for its collection seriously compromised the purpose for which taxes were introduced by Lord Lugard. The Ilorin Native Authority responsible for tax collection was not only corrupt, but the policy guideline on which the system operated was shrouded in secrecy. Corrupt local tax collectors often took advantage of the weakness in the tax collection system, a situation resented by the people. The resentment generated by the activities of corrupt officials and the burden of heavy taxation engendered a string of protests and agitations in Igbominaland. The Resident Officer and the Emir could not ignore the agitators and had to make example of some Ajias who were summarily dismissed from service.

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