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High court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

Amadin Ogbewe

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A High court has ordered the arrest of retired veteran footballer, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha over alleged tax fraud. 

A Lagos High Court, on Thursday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the former Super Eagles international for failure to appear in court severally to answer questions on why he has allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.

The prosecutor, Dr Jide Martins, had on June 6, 2017, filed the charge.

Okocha failed to appear in court since 2017 when the case began.

The prosecutor had told the court that the defendant had failed to furnish the Lagos State Internal Revenue Services, with a return of income for tax purposes.

He said that 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 Adedayo Akintoye, on January 29 issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the football star.

However, the prosecution failed to effect the arrest at the resumed hearing, leading the court to order that the warrant should be executed after the Presidential elections.

Okocha has not responded to the accusations or the order for his arrest.

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