Abia sets up mobile courts to try tax offenders

The Chairman of Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr.
Udochukwu Ogbonna, has decried the rate of tax evasion in the
state. He said mobile courts had been established by the
government to try defaulters.

Ogbonna said yesterday that the situation had adversely
affected the state’s finances, because its major revenue source
is taxes.He condemned individuals and corporate bodies like
banks that evade the payment of property taxes. He said some
of them were being tried by courts designated by the
government to handle tax matters.

According to him, there are over 1,000 cases pending before
these courts. He, however, lamented the slow pace of hearing
and prosecution of these offenders. He said: “If these cases are
heard and defaulters pay what is due, over N1 billion would be
realised by the state government.”He urged the citizens and
property owners to pay their taxes or risk their premises being
sealed off on conviction by the court.