Glo and Airtel blackmail Kogi over N365m tax evasion: official

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The Kogi State Revenue Authority has accused tax-delinquent mobile telecommunications service providers Glo and Airtel of pressuring KGIRS officials to unseal their offices.

The Revenue Service had recently sealed off the offices of Globacom Nigeria Ltd. and Bharti Aitel Ltd. (Airtel) for unpaid tax debts.

The revenue department claimed liabilities were N300 million for Globacom and over N65 million for Airtel.

Acting Executive Chairman of KGIRS, Sule Saliu-Enche, told Lokoja that “no amount of blackmail could stop the authority from unsealing the offices without paying the debts.

“The liabilities of the two tax-defaulting companies covered both the business and social service contribution levy from 2017 to 2021,” the KGIRS chairman said.

Mr Salihu-Enche denounced the situation in which companies would use individuals and other organizations to blackmail the tax department into opening their business premises without paying liability.

“Different reports about us have been published in the media, but we will hold out until these debts are paid,” Salihu-Enche said. “In addition, various personalities and organizations have approached us to unseal the premises, but as I said, no amount of blackmail can stop us from unsealing the two offices.”

According to him, KGIRS expects maximum cooperation from all those doing business in Kogi to pledge to pay their taxes to the government.

Mr. Salihu-Enche appealed to the management of Glo and Airtel to settle their debts.

(NOPE)


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