Judge orders arrest ex Nigerian football captain Jay Jay Okocha over alleged tax evasion
London, Feb. 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Lagos High court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the former Super Eagles Captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha for snubbing the court over why he failed to pay his income taxes.
Okocha was dragged before the court by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice for failure to submit returns of his personal income tax.
The complaint was filed on 6 June 2017.
When the case came up for the first time on October 5, 2017 Okocha failed to appear in court.
Okocha equally failed to appear after several adjournments were granted to enable him to do do.
The frustrated prosecutor urged the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the High Court in Igbosere, on Jan. 29 issued a bench warrant for Okocha’s arrest and adjourned proceedings until February 19.
Okocha still failed to show up on Tuesday. And he has avoided arrest.
According to the prosecutor, Jide Martins, Jay Jay 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.
Justice Akintoye adjourned the case till April 15,2019 for the execution of the bench warrant and Okocha.