A Lagos High Court has on Monday renewed a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Super Eagles captain, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha, for alleged tax evasion. Justice Adedayo Akintoye refreshed the arrest warrant, made earlier on January 29, following an application by the Lagos State Government, the nation reports.
At the resumption of proceedings on Monday, prosecution counsel Mr. Yusuf Sule said Okocha had made contact with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) in an effort to settle out of court, the 2017 income tax evasion charge.
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.”
The government also alleged that Okocha had failed to appear in court since October 5, 2017, when the case first came up.
Granting his application, Justice Akintoye ruled: “Bench Warrant is to continue against the defendant. Case adjourned till May 28, 2019, for further directions.”