Updated! Court commands Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest for tax evasion

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A Lagos High Court in Igbosere renewed a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Super Eagles captain, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha, for alleged tax evasion.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye extended the arrest warrant, originally made last January 29, following an application by the Lagos State Government.

Prosecution counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule told the judge that Okocha had yet to settle out of court, the 2017 income tax evasion charge.

The government alleged that Okocha had also failed to appear in court since October 5, 2017 when the case first came up.

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

He said the defendant (Okocha) is trying to settle, but he is yet to make any payment. Granting his application, Justice Akintoye ruled Bench Warrant is to continue against the defendant.

Case adjourned till May 28, 2019 for further directions. The government filed a three-count charge against Okocha on June 6, 2017, accusing him of.

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