A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has issued a warrant of arrest for a former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, popularly known as Jay-Jay Okocha for tax evasion.
This order was made by Justice Adedayo Akintoye on January 29, following an application by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice after Okocha failed to appear in court for an alleged 2017 income tax evasion charge.
The ministry filed a three-count charge against Okocha in June 6, 2017, which accused Okocha 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 the 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).”
The Prosecuting Counsel Y. A. Pitan, who moved the application for the warrant on January 29, told Justice Akintoye that the case came up for the first time on October 5, 2017, but Okocha failed to appear in court, even though service had been effected on him.
He added that Okocha still didn’t appear after several adjournments.
In a bench ruling, Justice Akintoye granted the application and issued a bench warrant for Okocha’s arrest.
On which the judge adjourned further hearing till last February 19.
During the case adjournment which came up on February 19, the warrant has not been effected by the prosecution, which the court ordered that on the next adjourned date the order should have been executed.
Akintoye made the adjournment for a further hearing scheduled until April 15.