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Alleged tax evasion: Okocha, LIRS settle out of court


Jay Jay Okocha

Former Super Eagles skipper, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has reached an out of court settlement with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) over alleged tax evasion.

WuzupNigeria reports that the LIRS had dragged the former footballer before Igbosere High Court in Lagos for evading tax since 2017.

However, on Wednesday, a Lagos State Prosecutor, Mrs Y. A. Pitan, told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that the defendant visited the LIRS office and reconciled his accounts.

Pitan then prayed the court for an adjournment to enable her file a notice of discontinuance of the charge preferred against Okocha.

Justice Akintoye, consequently, withdrew the warrant of arrest earlier issued on the defendant.

She adjourned further hearing until Nov. 14, to enable prosecution file notice of discontinuance of the charge.

The prosecutor had on May 28, informed the court that the defendant visited the office of LIRS to reconcile his accounts.

The prosecutor then said that the defendant could not reach a common ground with the agency.

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

“Failure to furnish returns 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)”.