Lebanese, others arrested for alleged tax evasion

The Delta State Board of Internal
Revenue (DBIR) has arrested a Lebanese businessman, a bank official and
several others for alleged non-remittance of income taxes collected on
behalf of the government. It was gathered that the Managing Directors of Laila Mechanical
Engineering Services and Contracting Company (LAMESCO), Warri, Carlos
Elias, a member of staff of Vincelo Nigeria Limited were quizzed by the
police and DBIR officials over the allegation.
The legal aide to the DBIR Chairman, Clark Ekpebe, said the arrests
were part of the board’s decision to enforce the recovery of the debt
owed it by companies and banks. He said: “We have arrested them and we are taking them to the police headquarters in Asaba.” But, Elias said he was not arrested but “invited following a misunderstanding with DBIR, which we are clarifying.”
Ekpebe said the Petroleum Training institute (PTI) owes the board about N3.59Billion in unremitted taxes.
But PTI’s legal consultant O.J Oghenejakpo said the case is in court. He said:”I’m not aware the PTI owes but I’m aware that there is an allegation of debt and the matter is in court.” – via The Nation
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