Kogi Govt. Seals off First Bank over tax evasion.

Kogi State logo
Share This:

Kogi Govt. Seals off First Bank over tax evasion.

A Kogi High Court sitting in Lokoja has granted the Kogi State Inland Revenue Service’s request to seal off all the First Bank branches across the state, following inability to liquidate its outstanding liabilities of N411.12 m to the Kogi state government.

Kogi @31: Bello Commends Poly Rector, Usman Ogbo, As Symbol of His Govt.

Kogi State Government therefore, on the power granted it by a court of competent jurisdiction,on Monday,directed the sealing off of all First Bank Nigeria PLC branches operating in the state.

To buttress on the legality of the seal off, Barr Saidu Okino, Director, Legal Services at the KGIRS, said the amount represented outstanding withholding tax from the bank’s mobile banking agents from 2015 to 2022.

READ:  New Direction Practice: Federal High Court Judge, Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho Introduce New Way Of Law Practice In Abuja

He said that the action of the board was as a result of the refusal of the bank to liquidate the liability despite several demand notices to that effect.

Okino said that approaching the court was as a last resort as all other measures to make the bank pay up proved abortive.

“Before we went to court, there was a Demand Notice to that effect dated 12th day of October 2021 and signed by the then acting chairman, Abubakar Yusuf.

“We made several attempts we sent them a notice of the intention of the service to take warrant of distrain so that we can do whatever is needful on 25th day of February, 2022 but was ignored.

He recalled that on the 25th of August, 2022 Notice of Refusal to amend their liability was served on them, but could not respond and on their own rolled out their machineries to go and seal.

READ:  Gov Ortom brought Peace, Happiness To A Young Family As Groups Lauds His Effort Over Angbos Reconciliation¬†

He said that the service (claimant) had to approach the court through a Motion Ex-parte number HC/457M/202, dated August 29 and filed August 30th, 2022.

The Service, he said, prayed for an Order of the Court to execute Warrant of Distrain against the defendant by her goods, chattels, bonds, security or any other property.

It also sought distrain upon the land, office, business premises or place of management of the defendant (First Bank Nigeria Limited)’s offices in Lokoja, Okene, Kabba, Ajaokuta and any other movable property of the defendant found Within the jurisdiction of Kogi State.

The Board also sought an order that “the defendant bears the cost of executing the distrain in pursuance of section 104(5) of PITA and section 51(5) of the Kogi State Harmonized Tax Law, 2017, as accessed in the sum of N250,000 per site each day.

READ:  Vice Chairman Toto LG, Alhaji Kwanakis Congratulates Newly-Inaugurated Supervisory Councillors, Other Cabinet Members

The presiding judge, Justice Rukkayat Ayoola in her ruling granted all the reliefs sought in the Motion Ex-parte supported by an eight-paragraph affidavit and deposed by Mohammed Ibrahim, a civil servant.

“The Order for the defendant’s failure and or refusal to liquidate her debt to Kogi State Government in the sum of N411,120,966.77 being the outstanding tax liabilities owed the Kogi State Government for the years 2015 to 2020 is hereby granted”, Justice Ayoola¬† said.

Share This:

Leave a Reply