Edo prosecutes 15 for tax evasion, as FAAN official returns to prison for failing bail conditions


oshiomoleA total of 15 private business owners in Edo state have been arraigned before a Revenue mobile court in Benin City for alleged tax evasion.

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They were alleged to have failed to comply with the relevant tax laws as applicable in the state and arraigned for offences raging from failure to submit tax returns of all emoluments paid to their employees.

The amended Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) mandates every employer to file in returns of its employees in the preceding year to the appropriate tax authority not later than January 31 of every year.

The charge showed that the affected employers failed to file in their returns for the period between January 2012 to September 2013, an offence contrary to section 81 (2) and punishable under section 81 (3) of the personal income tax Act 2004 as amended.

A Bench Warrant was issued for five employers who were absent in court while those present took their pleas.

Four others were however granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each with a surety each, who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.

The case was adjourned to October 4 and 11, 2013 for further hearing.

Meanwhile, an official of the Federal Airport Authorities of Nigeria (FAAN), Adeboye.O.F has been re-ordered in prison custody pending when he perfected bail conditions.

Adeboye and two other FAAN officials, Ayodele Sunday and Aliu Ismhaipe were arraigned on a six count charge before an Edo State High Court for offences which included conspiracy to assault, molest and hinder officers of Edo State Internal Revenue Service, from performing their lawful duty of enforcing the payment of due taxes and refusing revenue officials to give effect to a detraining Order issued by a High Court of Edo State against FAAN.

They were granted bail and Adeboye could not meet all the bail conditions but Justice Joseph Acha gave some concession for him to go home.

At the resume hearing Wednesday, Justice Acha rescinded the concession granted him after he was informed by Adeboye counsel, Emmanuel Akhigbe that the bail conditions was not ‘technically’ perfected.

Justice ordered Adeboye to remain in custody pending when the bail conditions would be perfected.

The case was adjourned to November 14th for hearing following the absence of lead State Counsel, Austin Aleghe.

Akhigbe however told journalists that the bail condition would be perfected as the surety for Adeboye earlier travelled.

It would be recalled that activities at the Benin Airport was grounded on July 30 after the airport gates were locked by the Airport Manager when Edo tax officials went to serve a destraining order,

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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