Court Fixes June 29 to Rule on Kogi State Suit Against Globacom Over N222m Unpaid Tax

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Justice Henry Olusuyi of the Kogi State  High Court sitting in Lokoja has fixed Thursday, 29th June , 2017 to rule on a suit filed by Kogi State government against the telecom giant, Globacom over its alleged refusal to settle an outstanding tax balance of over N222 million to the state Internal Revenue Service.

Ruling on a preliminary objection raised by counsel to Globacom, Justice Olusuyi struck it out on the ground of incompetence, saying, it did not follow the laid down procedures and cannot be accepted by the court.

Subsequently, counsel to Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, 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 said that the 32 paragraph affidavit was in support of the motion deposed to by Alhaji Jubril Saidu, in-charge of tax drive and enforcement of the revenue service.

According to her, no counter affidavit had been filed by the defendant and that she was yet to receive any document from counsel to Globacom.

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

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