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Court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

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The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has ordered the arrest of former Super Eagles stars, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges. 

Jay Jay Okocha has repeatedly failed to appear before the court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.  Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, issued the warrant for the arrest of the former Eagles captain on January 29 and thereafter adjourned until February 19.

The football star is facing a three-count charge instituted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice bordering on failure to furnish his income returns and nonpayment of tax.

The state filed the charges through its prosecutor, Jide Martins, in June 2017 and the suit began four months later. The defendant, however, had failed to appear in court.

After several adjournments without Mr Okocha appearing despite was served the court papers, Mr Martins prayed the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

According to the prosecutor, Mr Okocha had failed to furnish his income returns for tax purposes to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service.

Mr Martins also said that the defendant had failed to pay his income taxes.

He said the offenses contravened Section 56 (a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8, 2006 and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

 

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