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Court Orders Arrest of J.J Okocha

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One would have thought all was laid to rest regarding an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction about a month ago to arrest former Super Eagles captain, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha for alleged tax evasion until a high court sitting in Igbosere area of Lagos today, renewed the bench warrant to arrest the football star.


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BlackBox Nigeria gathered that Justice Adedayo Akintoye approved the warrant following Okocha’s alleged failure to settle a 2017 income tax evasion case brought against him by the Lagos State Government.



At the resumption of proceedings, the prosecution lawyer said Okocha had made contact with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS).

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He said: “The defendant (Okocha) is trying to settle, but he is yet to make any payment. In the circumstances, we will be asking for a further date.”


Granting his application, Justice Akintoye ruled:


“Bench Warrant is to continue against the defendant. Case adjourned till May 28, 2019 for further directions.”



Recall that BlackBox Nigeria has reported a month ago that the case has been on for two years but the former Super Eagles skipper failed to appear in court to defend himself despite several invitations. The case first came up in court in October 2017 and has been several adjourned because of the unavailability of the defendant who still didn’t turn up.



The situation is definitely not getting any better for the soccer legend!

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