Okocha: Former Nigeria’s super eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha. Okocha’s arrest is reported to have been ordered by A Lagos State High Court.
Okocha’s arrest was because of his refusal to appear before the court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.
Premiumtimes reports that Justice Adedayo Akintoye had issued the warrant for Okocha’s arrest on January 29 and thereafter adjourned until February 19.
But this could not be effected thus forced the judge to, again, adjourn till April 15 and ordered that the warrant is executed by then.
The football star is facing a three-count charge instituted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice 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 having been 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 offences 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.