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Tax Evasion: Court Issues Warrant for Arrest of Jay Jay Okocha

Jay-Jay-Okocha-Tax-fraudA high court sitting on Igbesere Lagos state has ordered the arrest of Nigerian football legend, Jay Jay Okocha.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye who preceded over the court gave the judgment over the ex-super eagle case of alleged tax evasion.

Jay Jay has failed 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.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, on Monday, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Super Eagles captain, Augustine Okocha, aka Jay Jay Okocha, over 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.

The prosecutor, Dr Jide Martins had on June 6, 2017, filed the charge and when the case came up for hearing on October 5, 2017, the defendant did not appear in court.

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.

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

Meanwhile, Jay Jay Okocha with the likes of Carlos Puyol and Mutiu Adepoju is in Uyo for the Heineken Unmissable match and UCL Trophy tour.

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