08 September 2014, News Wires – A Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has ordered the seal up of the Ewekoro Power Plant, located in Lagos, for failure to pay its outstanding tax liabilities totaling N114 million.
The development was confirmed by a statement issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service and signed by the agency’s Head, Communications and Liaison Department, Mr. Wahab Gbadamosi
The statement said the move followed a suit by the FIRS and a prayer that a bench warrant be issued by the court for the arrest of key officials of the company who evaded arrest.
It said the court gave the order after series of adjournments occasioned by the refusal of the company’s officials to appear in court in the case brought against it by the Service.
It said the seal up exercise was carried out by the court bailiffs, with a combined team of the FIRS officials and officers of the Lagos state Police Command.
The statement added that the FIRS approached the court to compel the company to meet its tax obligations but the company neither appeared nor represented in the court prompting multiple adjournments.
It said, “Dissatisfied with the company’s conduct, the court issued a bench warrant to compel appearance which the officials of the company equally evaded necessitating the sealing of the company’s premises.
– The Punch