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Dangote cement factory sealed as hoodlums attack Kogi Revenue Staff over N2 billion tax liability



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Staff of Kogi State Revenue Service (KGIRS) have been attacked by hoodlums and Truck drivers at the premises of Dangote Cement, a conglomerate business concern of Alhaji Aliko Dangote in Obajana, Kogi State on Wednesday.

After the incident, CAPITAL POST, learnt, staff of Kogi State Internal Revenue sealed the facilities of Dangote for giving a cover to two foreign companies operating under the Dangote Cement Factory in Obajana over their refusal to pay taxes worth over Two Billion Naira to the Kogi State Government.">">

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The sealing followed earlier Court judgement stating that the defaulting companies pay off their tax liabilities to the State government.

The head of Enforcement Directorate of the Revenue Service, Mr. Suleiman Bajehson, leading the team explained that the two companies: Ayoki Fabricon Limited and Sinoma (O&M) Investment Limited were owned by foreigners, they have also refused to meet their tax obligations that accumulated to N2, 634, 866, 662 : 07k, insisting the factory would not be reopened until they have liquidated their outstanding taxes.

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Explaining the breakdown of the taxes owed by the two companies, Bajehson revealed that Ayoki Fabricon Limited refused to liquidate its tax liabilities running into N1, 383, 826, 187: 97K which comprised of unremitted PAYE and Development Levy from 2010 to 2019.

He added that Sinoma (O&M) Investment Limited also refused to pay the State Government the sum of N1, 251, 040, 474 : 10K as unremitted PAYE and Development Levy covering 2013 to 2019.

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According to him, “The Service has written several letters to the management of the companies to persuade them to fulfill their tax obligations but they rather responded with a sheer disinterest.

He described as unfortunate, the attack on his team by the hoodlums and truck drivers which he said was on the instruction of
the Chief Security Officer of the companies who claimed to be a retired colonel of the Nigerian Military.

According to him, heavily casualties were averted because Police officers whisked away his enforcement team and took them to the Police Station at Obajana.

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