Tax Evasion: Court Orders The Arrest of Former Super Eagles Captain, Jay Jay Okocha

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A Lagos High Court in Igbosere on Monday renewed a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Super Eagles captain, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha, for alleged tax evasion.

Justice Akintoye made the order following Okocha’s alleged failure to settle a 2017 income tax evasion case brought against him by the Lagos State Government.

On January 29, 2019, the same court ordered Okocha’s arrest for failing severally to appear in court to defend himself on the allegation of tax evasion brought against him.

Okocha, who was not in court, was not represented by any lawyer.

The prosecution had told the court that the defendant had failed to furnish the Lagos State Internal Revenue Board with a return of Income for tax purposes.

At the resumption of proceedings Monday, Sule said Okocha had made contact with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).

He said: “The defendant (Okocha) is trying to settle, but he is yet to make any payment. In the circumstances, we will be asking for a further date.”

Justice Akintoye immediately ruled: “Bench Warrant is to continue against the defendant. Case adjourned till May 28, 2019 for further directions.”

The government filed a three-count charge against Okocha on June 6, 2017, accusing him of:

“Failure to furnish return of income for tax purposes with the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service contrary to Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (As Amended).

“Failure to pay income tax contrary to Section 56(a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8 of 2006.

“Failure to furnish return of Income for tax purposes with the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service contrary to Section 94(1)of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (As Amended).”

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