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Court orders arrest of actress, Monalisa Chinda over tax evasion

A Lagos High Lagos in Igbosere on Monday, April 1 mandated the arrest of actress and producer, Monalisa ChindaCoker, over a tax evasion charge via the issuance of a bench warrant.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye renewed the order for Chinda’s arrest following her failure to appear in court for trial, allegedly since 2017.

She adjourned further proceedings till June 5.

When the case was called Monday, neither Chinda nor her lawyer was present.

However, the prosecution counsel Babatunde Sumonu told the judge that the bench warrant was yet to be affected.

“The bench warrant is to continue,” Justice Akintoye held.

The judge made the original order for Chinda’s arrest on January 21, following an application by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

The state alleged that Chinda repeatedly failed to honour a court summons.

The application for her arrest flowed from a two-count charge accusing Chinda of failure to file annual tax returns and pay income tax in respect of her company, Monalisa Code Productions, for six years.

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