Tax Default: FIRS Seals Companies in Lagos, Kano, Onitsha


Kunle Adewale
The Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) yesterday stepped up its tax enforcement duties, shutting company offices in Kano, Lagos and Onitsha for non-payment of outstanding tax liabilities

 In Kano, the FIRS enforcement team led by Mr. Umar Garba, sealed off Sani Brothers Transport Company Limited, Triumph Nigeria Limited, Multi System Nigeria Limited and NorthWest Cable Manufacturers Limited.

The companies are owing N12. 3million, N6.5million, N3.3million and N5.8million respectively.

At each of the company offices, Garba read relevant laws empowering the FIRS to shut down their operations.

He also told staff of the companies that he was relying on figure from the FIRS.
In Lagos, the enforcement team sealed of the office of Secure ID Limited, situated at 2, Olawale Dawodu Street, Ikoyi, over a tax liability of N151million.
In Onitsha, the warehouse of Next International Company was sealed.
The company has tax liabilities of N20.4million.

The breakdown showed that the company has failed to pay Company Income Tax, Withholding Tax and Education Tax since 2006.
Prior to yesterday’s installment of the enforcement exercise, the FIRS had shut down company offices in Lagos, Abuja, Asaba and Onitsha.

In Abuja, the office of Urban Shelter Limited, a property development firm, located in Shippers Plaza in the Wuse Zone 5 Area of Abuja, was shut over a tax debt of N637 million in arrears of taxes accumulated between 2008 and  2016.

In Lagos, the office of Venro Energy Limited, situated at 250B, Ikorodu Crescent on Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, was shut over the company’s tax debt of N29million.
Also sealed was the office of Enegas, situated at 14 Oladipo Diya Street, 2nd Avenue Estate in Ikoyi.

 In Asaba, the FIRS sealed the premises of Davnotch Nigeria Limited for failure to meet its tax obligations totaling N34.5million and comprising Company Income Tax, Education Tax, Withholding Tax and Late Return Tax.