N228.7m Tax Default: Akwa Ibom Threatens to Sell Keystone Bank, Heritage Bank Properties

October 27, 2023
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Akwa Ibom State Government, through its Internal Revenue Service, has sealed three branches of Keystone Bank and Heritage Bank over their alleged failure to remit outstanding tax liabilities of N228.7 million to the state government.

The banks were shut down on Thursday, October 26, during an exercise conducted by the revenue board’s Enforcement and Recovery Department, following an order of Notice of Distrain from the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Eket Judicial Division.

The affected banks included two Keystone Bank branches, located at Abak Road and Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, and Heritage Bank, situated at Aka Road, Uyo.

Speaking at the exercise in the state capital, the Akwa Ibom IRS (AKIRS) board’s Executive Director, Enforcement and Recovery, Mr Leo Umana, said Heritage Bank failed to remit its N100,270,910 tax liabilities to the state while Keystone Bank refused to pay N128,413,882 owed to the state government as tax liabilities.

The state government, thereafter, threatened to sell the properties of the two financial institutions if they failed to remit the funds within two weeks.

“If, after 14 days, they do not comply, we have the mandate of the court to sell the property and recover the tax owed the state,” he said.

Mr Umana said the banks were given warning notices but failed to comply after several months, adding that the AKIRS had exhausted reconciliation and negotiation opportunities with the financial organisations before resorting to court action.

According to him, under the law, the banks that are served the notice to distrain have 14 days to negotiate with AKIRS and vacate the order.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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