Niger Govt. shuts 8 banks, AEDC office over alleged N456m tax debt

Niger Govt. Shuts 8 Banks, AEDC Office Over Alleged N456m Tax Debt ~ Daily  Asset Online

The Niger State Internal Revenue Service (NGSIRS) on Monday shut down eight commercial banks and the state head office of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company  (AEDC) over alleged N456 million tax debts.

Mr Mohammed Etsu, the Executive Chairman of the internal revenue Service, told journalists following the exercise that it was carried out in line with the provisions of the relevant tax laws of the state.

“What we are doing is in line with the provisions of the relevant tax laws,” he said.

Etsu identified the affected banks and their liabilities as: Stanbic IBTC (N113.2 million) Polaris Bank (N74.8 million), UBA (N68.9 million), Union bank (N47.1 million), First Bank (N45.7 million), Heritage Bank (N31.5 million) Unity Bank (N14 million) and GTB (N8.2 million).

Other defaulting  organisations, he said, were: AEDC Plc, with a debt of  N45.8 million, Aloe Vera International Hotel, in Minna, (N3.9 million) and Rashida Restaurant, also in Minna, (N3.2m).

The Chairman explained that all efforts by the Service to make the defaulting organisations pay their respective tax liabilities, yielded no positive results, thereby leading to the sealing of their business premises.

He called on other debtors to pay their outstanding tax liability, to avoid sealing of their offices by the Service, as the tax drive exercise was a continuous one.

Reacting to the development, however, Dr Sidikat Shitu, a Minna resident, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said she went to withdraw money at First Bank, only to meet it sealed.

Shitu said the exercise, which took the customers of the various banks by surprise, had brought untold hardship to the people, as the banks were sealed off, preventing members of the public from transacting any business.

“I have an emergency to attend to but I cannot withdraw money here now,” she lamented.

NAN reports that the banks and other organisations, owing the NGSIRS were yet to reconcile with the Service, as at the time of filing this report.  (NAN)

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