Lagos High Court orders arrest of popular Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda

A Lagos High Court, Igbosere yesterday ordered the arrest of a
Nollywood actress and producer, Monalisa Chinda-Coker, over alleged tax

The presiding judge, Justice Adedayo Akintoye renewed the bench
warrant following the failure of the actress to appear in court for

Lagos State government had charged her with failure to file annual
tax returns and failure to pay income tax in respect of her company,
Monalisa Code Productions.

When the matter came up today, April 1, the defendant and her lawyer
were not in court. Hence, the Lagos State counsel, Mr. Babatunde Sumonu,
told the court that the bench warrant it earlier issued is yet to be

The judge, Justice Akintoye consequently held that the bench warrant
should subsist. She adjourned the case until June 5 for further hearing.

The court had, on January 21, 2019, given the order for the actress
arrest following an application made by the State Ministry of Justice.

The state submitted that the defendant repeatedly failed to honour court summons since 2017 when the charge was filed.

According to the prosecution counsel, the defendant failed to file
annual tax returns and pay income tax in respect of her company, to the
Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) for six years, stressing
that Monalisa Code Productions carries out its business from Lekki in
Lagos State.

The alleged offences, the prosecution said contravenes Section 94(1)
of the Personal Income Tax Act 2004 (as amended) and Section 56 of the
Lagos State Revenue Administrative Law of 2006.

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