A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has ordered the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges.
The judge Adedayo Akintoye, issued the bench warrant following the footballer’s failure to appear before the court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.
The Lagos State Prosecutor, Dr. Jide Martins had urged the court to issue the warrant after Okocha failed to appear in court since the case came up on October 5, 2017.
At the resumed hearing on February 19, the prosecution had not effected the arrest forcing the judge to, again, adjourn till April 15 and ordered that the warrant is executed by then.
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.
The offences are said to contravene 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.