Benin — The Edo State government has sealed off the Gabriel Igbinedion owned Independent Television/Radio (ITV/Radio) in the state.
In a statement signed by Courage Eboigbe, Head Media, Edo State Board of Internal Revenue, the agency said, "Based on a subsisting court order, the Edo State Board of Internal Revenue sealed off the business premises of Independent Television/Radio (ITV/Radio) this morning for failing to pay accumulated tax to Edo State Government from 2005 to 2010.
Indeed, all well-meaning residents of Edo State appreciate the concerted efforts of the Adams Oshiomhole administration to rebuild the state. As a matter of policy, the administration has deployed enormous resources to build social infrastructure with a view to creating more enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
It is only reasonable that corporate citizens assist the government by fulfilling their tax obligations to sustain the progress. The board wishes to reassure the public that it will continue to enforce the tax law without fear or favour.
At some point in the past, the board had cause to seal off NTA, NDDC, PHCN, UBTH, NPDC, Union Bank, First Bank, Mainstreet Bank among others. These corporate citizens have since settled their liabilities to the state government and are operating freely in the state".
Reacting, acting General Manager of the broadcast outfit, Ogbeide Uwumwonse, denied that the station is owing the state government.
"They said they had an order on November 4, we went to court to swear a counter affidavit and the court will sit on it tomorrow (Thursday). The money they are talking about is not correct because we have paid money to them and we have all the receipts and documents," he said.