(BREAKING): Tax Evasion: Govt Seals First Bank Branches In Kogi
Kogi State Government has sealed-off all First Bank Nigeria PLC branches operating in the State.
The action was on the order of a Kogi High Court sitting in Lokoja.
The FidelinfoNews reports that this was effected on Monday by Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS), following what it described as the inability of the bank to liquidate its outstanding tax liabilities of over N411.12 million to Kogi State Government.
Speaking with journalists on the development in his office, Bar. Saidu Okino, Director, Legal Services of the KGIRS, said the amount represents outstanding withholding tax from the bank’s mobile banking agents from 2015 to 2022.
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.
He said: ”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 we were ignored.
“On the 25th of August, 2022, Notice of Refusal to amend their liability was served on them. We did not on our own roll out our machineries to go and seal.”
Efforts to get the comment from the officials of the bank proved abortive as none of them was available during a visit at the offices of the bank at the Post office and Ganaja junction, Lokoja.
Some of the customers of the bank who spoke with our correspondent on the issue expressed concern that they could not transact business with the bank beyond withdrawing money via ATM.
They stressed the need for the two parties to reach amicable resolution for the bank to resume business.
Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead
Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.
Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”
As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.
He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.
Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.
A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.
The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.
Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.
He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.
Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.
He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.
The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.
Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.
He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.
“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”
“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”
JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend
As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.
Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)
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