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Lagos court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

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A Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, has ordered the arrest of former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha.

This is as a result of the players alleged failure to appear before the Court to answer to charges borderind on tax evasion.
Okocha 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 defendant, however, had failed to appear in court.

The presiding judge, Adedayo Akintoye, had earlier on January 29, issued the warrant for the arrest of the former Eagles and adjourned until February 19.

When the court sat on February 19, the prosecution had not effected the arrest forcing the judge to adjourn the matter till April 15 and ordered that the warrant is executed by then.

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

The state filed the charges through its prosecutor, Jide Martins, in June 2017 and the suit began four months later.

The prosecutor said that the ex-football star had failed to furnish his income returns for tax purposes to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service.

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

According to the prosecutor, the offences alleged committed by the former Bolton Wanderers captain, contravened Sections 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.

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.

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