25 banks and hotels sealed in Anambra over non-payment of taxes, levies (SEE LIST)

Posted by News Express | 21 August 2022 | 2,635 times

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By PAMELA EBOH, Awka

Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS), weekend sealed 25 banks and hotels over non-payment of taxes and levies, which include sanitation, business premises and sundry government taxes.

Prominent amongst the facilities sealed are: Nigeria Police Force Micro Finance Bank, Mumbai Festus Hotel, Finotel Classic Hotel, and Shalom Hotel, all in Awka.

Others include: Zaramax Hotel, New World Lounge, Summit Splendor Hotel, Ndiolu Micro Finance Bank, and Landmark Hotel Nibo, among others.

The head of the team and desk officer in charge of Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA) in the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. James-Morgan Ezeodili, who spoke to journalists on the development over the weekend, said the enforcement was made following a court order on August 11, 2022 to seal off those business premises for their refusal or failure to appear in court, after being served with writ of summons, as they refused to pay stipulated levies to state government.

He explained that the exercise was part of the State Government’s resolve to boost its revenue, and to ensure that the environment was clean by removal of wastes across the roads and streets in the state.

On his part, the Anambra Central Zonal Coordinator, under Non-Tax Department of AIRS, Mr. Sylvester Uzoh, disclosed that the exercise would be sustained to ensure that every dime owed to the state government would be paid.

He warned business owners and companies not to pay levies or taxes to anyone by hand, but through the designated government’s account with their ANSSID number, adding that the payments would guarantee dividends expected of the state government.

Uzoh enjoined Ndi Anambra to support Governor Chukwuma Soludo administration.

Counsel for AIRS, Barnabas Udemba, pointed out that violation of the court order after being served with court summons occasioned contempt of court, saying that defaulters would be punished, accordingly.


Source: News Express

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