The PUNCH newspaper on its website recently reported that two South Koreans, Son Chun Gili and Jung Wookshin, alongside two Nigerians, Akeem Idowu and Chikwendu Emeka have been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly attacking, assaulting and detaining some officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). The four men were arraigned with their Company, Solpia Nigeria Limited.
According to the Prosecuting Counsel of the FIRS, Moses Ideho, the defendants allegedly assaulted and detained Idogo Adah, Gbolagade Dada, Mustapha Ismail, Akingbade Olatunji and Dayok Klingri (all officials of the FIRS), who had come to the office of the defendants to inspect the company’s books for a tax investigation. PUNCH stated that the Prosecutor stated that these acts violated Sections 41(a) of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act of 2007 and were punishable under Section 41(d) of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007.
PUNCH further stated that the defendants pleaded not guilty to these charges, and the Prosecutor urged the court to remand them in prison pending the determination of the case. Counsels to the defendants, however, pleaded for bail. The Presiding Judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo, granted bail to each of the defendants in the sum of NGN1 million, with one surety each in like sum.
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