Court issues warrant for arrest of Jay Jay Okocha

ABUJA, NIGERIA - FEBRUARY 4: Nigerian former professional footballer Augustine Azuka "Jay-Jay" Okocha speaks during an exclusive interview in Nigeria on February 4, 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria. Gokhan Kavak / Anadolu Agency

A Lagos High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, for failure to appear in court to answer why he has allegedly failed to pay his income tax.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye made the order on January 29, following an application by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice after Okocha allegedly failed to appear in court for a 2017 income tax evasion charge.

The prosecutor 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.

The football star is facing a three-count charge instituted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice bordering on failure to furnish his income returns and nonpayment of tax.

Okocha is the first high-profile Nigerian footballer to be dragged before a Nigerian court on allegations of failing to pay income tax.

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