The government of Lagos state has filed a 12-count charge against popular interior designer and socialite, Ehizogie Ogbebor, for alleged tax evasion. The state, which filed the charge before a state High Court, said that the defendant had refused to pay personal income tax to the state internal revenue service from 2014 till date. According to the prosecution counsel of the state, Mr A. I. Alli Alli, the defendant is a taxable personality but has evaded tax.
He said the offences contravened Sections 41 and 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act, Cap. P8, Laws of the Federation, 2004 and Sections 56(a) (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law, No.8, 2006. When the case came up on Monday, Alli told the court that he had a motion for substituted service. He said he had not been able to serve the defendant the charge.
Alli, therefore, asked for an order of the court to effect substituted service on the defendant. “We seek the leave of this court for substituted service to paste the notice on the last known address of the defendant, at plot 59, Fola Osibo St, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos,” he said. Justice Yetunde Adesanya gave a short ruling and granted the order for substituted service. She adjourned the case until Oct. 26 for hearing.