A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has ordered the arrest of Monalisa Chinda over tax evasion charges.
According to The Nation, the Lagos State Ministry of Justice had filed an application alleging that Chinda had repeatedly failed to honor a court summons, which prompted Justice Adedayo Akintoye to make the arrest order on January 21.
The application flowed from a two-count charge accusing Coker of a six-year failure to file annual tax returns and failure to pay income tax in respect of her company, Monalisa Code Productions.
Prosecution counsel, Y. A. Pitan told Justice Akintoye that Coker had not appeared in court since 2017, when the charge was filed against her.
“The defendant has been served with hearing notice. The proof of service is in the court’s file,” Pitan said, while making an application for the bench warrant.
Granting the application, Justice Akintoye adjourned further proceedings till February 2.
But on February 2, the court heard that the bench warrant had yet to be effected.
It ordered that the warrant should continue and adjourned till April 1.