A Lagos High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles skipper, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, over his failure to appear in court severally to answer questions on why he has allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.
The bench warrant issued on February 19 after the prosecution failed to effect the one issued on January 29 by Justice Adedayo Akintoye.
The prosecutor, Dr Jide Martins, had on June 6, 2017, filed the charge, adding that the case came up for the first time on Oct. 5, 2017, but the defendant did not appear in court.
The prosecutor had 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.d
Justice Akintoye adjourned the case till April 15 when it is expected that the warrant of arrest would have been executed.