Kogi Govt drags GLO to court over tax evasion

    KOGI State Government has taken to court mobile telecommunication giants, Globacom, over its refusal to clear up an outstanding tax balance of over N222 million naira owed the  Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, Inside Story has reliably gathered.

    The trial judge, Justice Henry Olusuyi, while ruling on a preliminary objection raised by counsel to Globacom, struck it out on the grounds of incompetence, noting that it did not follow laid down procedures, hence it unacceptability.

    On his part, Counsel to Kogi State Internal Revenue Service Barrister Patience Ekele filed a motion on notice seeking the leave of the court to compel Globacom to pay the outstanding tax balance belonging to the revenue service.

    She submitted a 32 paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Alhaji Jubril Saidu who is in charge of tax drive and enforcement of the revenue service.

    Barrister Ekele informed the court that she attached seven exhibits to the motion in support of her motion including her oral submission.

    According to her, no counter affidavit has been filed by the defendant and that she has not received any document from the Council to Globacom.

    She however urged the court to grant her application, saying what the revenue service was asking for is what is due to the state as tax, stressing that the company had been paying in the past.