A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has renewed a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles captain, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha for alleged tax evasion.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye made the order following Okocha’s alleged failure to settle a 2017 income tax evasion case brought against him by the Lagos State Government.
The judge first made the order on January 29, following an application by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
In response to the January 29 order, Okocha said he was never contacted by the court or the prosecutors over his alleged failure to pay income tax.
“I only read about it on the pages of newspapers. No one contacted me. As a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I know very well that nobody is above the law. But honestly speaking, I was never contacted by anybody on issues before the court order,” Okocha said
The former Bolton of England midfielder, and member of Super Eagles squad to Tunisia ’94 and Atlanta ’96 Olympics, however hinted that the issue had been settled. “It has been settled, but I won’t be able to give you details,” he stated.
The prosecutor, Dr. Jide Martins, had stated that he filed the charge on June 6, 2017, adding that the case came up for the first time on October 5, 2017 but the defendant (Okocha) did not appear in court.
It led to several adjournments before he urged the court to issue a bench warrant.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye had adjourned the case until April 15 for the execution of the bench warrant and further hearing.
Today’s Echo has not been able to contact Okocha for his own side of the story.