Court renews Okocha’s arrest warrant

An Igbosere High Court in Lagos State on Monday renewed a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Super Eagles captain , Augustine Okocha , over alleged tax evasion .

Justice Adedayo Akintoye extended the warrant , earlier issued on January 29, following an application made by the Lagos State Prosecutor , Mr Yusuf Sule .

Sule told the court that Okocha was yet to settle out of court a 2017 alleged income tax evasion charge .

The prosecutor said that Okocha had also failed to appear in court since October 5 , 2017 , when the case first came up .
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However , Okocha was not in court and was not represented by any lawyer .

Sule also said that Okocha had made contact with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service .

He said : “The defendant is trying to settle , but is yet to make any payment .

“ In the circumstances , we will be asking for a further date . ”

Granting the application , Justice Akintoye ruled : “ Bench Warrant is to continue against the defendant.

“ Case is adjourned until May 28 for further directions. ”

Earlier , the prosecutor had filed a three – count charge against Okocha on June 6 , 2017 , accusing him of :

“ Failure to furnish return of income for tax purposes with the LIRS , and failure to pay income tax .

“ The offences contravene Section 56( a ) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8 of 2006 and Section 94 (1 ) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (As Amended )” .

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