Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Nollywood Actor, Monalisa Chinda

aNollywood actor, Monalisa Chinda may be arrested anytime from now, as a bench warrant has been issued for her arrest by a Lagos High Court in Igbosere, over allegations of tax evasion.

The courtorder was made by Justice Adedayo Akintoye, following an application by theLagos State Ministry of Justice, alleging that Coker had repeatedly failed tohonor a court summons.

The courtapplication borders on a two-count charge, accusing the actress of a 6-yearfailure to file annual tax returns and failure to pay income tax in respect ofher company, Monalisa Code Productions.

Before thecourt issued the warrant of arrest, prosecution counsel Y. A. Pitan, toldJustice Akintoye that the actress had not appeared in court since 2017, whenthe charge was filed against her.

“Thedefendant has been served with hearing notice. The proof of service is in thecourt’s file,” Pitan said, while making an application for the bench warrant.

Count one ofthe charges reads in part: “Failure to furnish and file annual tax returns forthe purpose of personal income taxation with the Lagos State Internal RevenueService (LIRS), contrary to Section 94(1) of the Personal Income Tax Act 2004(as amended).”

“Theparticulars of the count stated that Coker “of Monalisa Code Productions, beinga taxable person in Nigeria and carrying on business at… Lekki… failed tofurnish and file tax returns on your personal income for the years 2011 to2016.”

Count two reads: “Failure to pay income tax contrary to Section 56 of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law of 2006.”

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