Court orders arrest of actress Monalisa Chinda over tax evasion charge


About two weeks after a court ordered the arrest  of former Super Eagles player, JJ Okocha, over an alleged tax default, another celebrity seems to be in soup for a similar reason.

This is actress Monalisa Chinda Coker, on whom a  Lagos High Lagos in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant for arrest over a tax evasion charge.

According to ‘The Nation’, Justice Adedayo Akintoye made the order on January 21, following an application by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, alleging that Coker had repeatedly failed to honor a court summons.

“The application flowed from a two-count charge accusing Coker of a six-year failure to file annual tax returns and failure to pay income tax in respect of her company, Monalisa Code Productions.

Monalisa Code Productions carries on its business from Lekki in Lagos. Prosecution counsel, Y. A. Pitan told Justice Akintoye that Coker had not appeared in court since 2017, when the charge was filed against her,” the paper added.

Pitan was also quoted as saying the defendant had been served with hearing notice. The proof of service is in the court’s file,” Pitan said, while making an application for the bench warrant.

The particulars of the count stated that Coker “of Monalisa Code Productions, being a taxable person in Nigeria and carrying on business at… Lekki… failed to furnish and file tax returns on your personal income for the years 2011 to 2016.”

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