Enugu State Seals Eight Banks: See the Banks and Branches Affected

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The government of Enugu State through the office of the State Board of Internal Revenue sealed eight banks this morning for failure to remit about #1,000,000,000.00 (One Billion Naira only) in taxes it collected for the state government.

According to the Chairman, Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Emeka Odo, “the Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue (ESBIR) on February 6 and 16, 2017, obtained Exparte Orders from the Enugu State High Court to distrain the affected banks. The Board began the enforcement exercise this morning, and I wish to state that it was very successful.”

The affected banks include Access Bank PLC, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Skye Bank, Union Bank, Unity Bank, Heritage (Enterprise) Bank, Keystone Bank, and Sterling Bank.

“The branches of the affected banks in the State, which are now under lock and key will remain locked until they pay to the state government the taxes they have collected on its behalf” he said.

The government has been encouraging individual tax payers and tax agents to comply voluntarily by paying their taxes promptly. We have reformed the process of remittances of government revenues to make it easy for banks to pay their taxes like other corporate citizens.

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“In the past one year we have written the affected banks severally and held meetings with them on the subject matter but they would rather hold onto government funds illegally.” Said Odo.

The action of the affected banks has been denying the State government of the funds it needs to execute its developmental programmes that would impact positively on the lives of the people.

The eight banks have a combined branch network of 36 branches in Enugu metropolis and the neighbouring towns of Agbani and Ituku  Ozalla.

Mr. Emeka said “the sealing of the banks is the first phase of the enforcement exercise on major companies and institutions to ensure that they perform their civic obligation to the state government.”

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