Austin Okocha finally settles tax evasion allegation with LIRS out of court

Austin Okocha finally settles tax evasion allegation with LIRS out of court

Austin Okocha, Super Eagles legend, seems to have been cleared of tax evasion allegation levied against him by the Lagos Internal Revenue Service.

The 46-year-old according to the News Agency of Nigeria was said to have settled the situation out of court having visited the LIRS office.

Lagos state prosecutor, Y. A. Pitan, informed Igbosere High Court in Lagos that the ex-midfielder has reconciled his account with the body.

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The publication further stated that the state lawyer urge the court to adjourn the case to enable her file a notice of discontinuance of the charge preferred against Okocha.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye then agree to withdraw the warrant of arrest on the former Nigerian midfielder.

The case has now been adjourned until November 14 to enable prosecution file notice of discontinuance of the charge.

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Earlier, the prosecutor had filed a three-count charge against Okocha on June 6, 2017, accusing him of: "Failure to furnish returns of income for tax purposes with the LIRS, and failure to pay income tax.

"The offences contravene Section 56(a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8 of 2006 and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 (As Amended). earlier reported that Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick has been ordered to appear before the Abuja Federal High Court over the alleged misappropriation of $8.4 million.

The 46-year-old football administrator has been summoned to court next month on a 17-count charge along with four other members of the football association.

Both NFF first and second vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko alongside the body's secretary Sunusi Mohammed are also involved in the case.

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