As Lagos high court, sitting at Igbosere has once again ordered the arrest of Monalisa Chinda over tax evasion.
The presiding judge, Adedayo Akintoye, renewed the order for her arrest following her failure to appear in court for trial, since 2017.
She adjourned further proceedings till June 5. When the case was mentioned, neither Coker nor her lawyer was present in court.
The prosecuting counsel Babatunde Sumonu reminded the court that the bench warrant issued for her arrest is yet to be executed.
Consequently Justice Akintoye ordered that “the bench warrant is to continue.”
The judge consequently held that the bench warrant should subsist. She adjourned the case until June 5 for further hearing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the court had on January 21 given the order for the actress’s arrest following an application made by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
The prosecution said that the defendant failed to file annual tax returns and pay income tax in respect of her company, to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, for six years.
According to the state, Monalisa Code Productions carries out its business from Lekki in Lagos State.
The alleged offences contravene Section 94(1) of the Personal Income Tax Act 2004 (as amended) and Section 56 of the Lagos State Revenue Administrative Law of 2006. (NAN)
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