The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, resumed its enforcement shutting tax-defaulting companies in Lagos and Owerri, Imo State. In Lagos, where two FIRS enforcement teams worked in the Apapa area.
The FIRS visited the offices of Folawiyo Energy Trading Company on Creek Road. But the company, which the FIRS reckoned was owing N450 million, maintained that it was only owing for last year. The FIRS team did not seal the company, but advised its management to clear the matter up at the FIRS office in Ikoyi.
In Owerri, capital of Imo State, the FIRS enforcement team sealed the premises of two eateries and a hotel. According to the enforcement team, the three outfits were shut after concerted efforts by the FIRS failed to get them to defray their tax liabilities. The affected outfits are City Chef Restaurant, De Mange Eatery House and Comet Hotels and Conference Hall.
Speaking to newsmen after the exercise, FIRS enforcement team leader, Mr. Chinazo Udeh, explained that all due processes laid down by law were exhausted before the businesses were sealed.
“We assessed and gave them notice of what they owe as tax. They did not respond to our communication. This was followed up with two separate reminders. Thereafter, a demand notice was sent to them with all these largely ignored. After the expiration of the one month window following the final notice, we were left with no option but to enforce the law.”