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Lagos Govt slams actress Iyabo Ojo with  ₦18.6m tax, gives 7 days ultimatum

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The Lagos State Government has given popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo seven days to pay the sum of  ₦18,640,092.00 as personal income tax or risk going to jail.

The Lagos government in a letter sent to the actress accused her of owing  ₦7,376,000.00 tax for the year 2022 and  ₦11,264,092 in back taxes for the 2021 tax year.

Responding to the letter on Monday 5th June 2023, Iyabo Ojo criticised the method used to determine what she described as an exorbitant tax bill she received.

Sharing the picture of the bill on her Instagram page, she said: “@jidesanwoolu @lagosstategovt, please, how do you people come up with these outrageous personal income taxes you send on a daily basis?

“After paying for different types of taxes for one’s businesses, house & all…. you still come up with all this huge amount and give me 7 days to pay up, lol.

“Last time, you people asked me to come to your office, I came, you asked me to explain and declare what I earn, which I did with my tax consultant, but no you did not respond to my letter, because you want me to pay you an outrageous amount that I do not have, make I go thief ni? I ask again, ‘How do you people come up with such outrageous bills?’

“What have you people ever done for me as a government? NOTHING. Since you guys insist, You can gladly come and close down my business, arrest me, jail me, or kill me for all I care, we all will die one day.”

Nigerians have begun to speculate that this may be politically motivated because of the actress’s political stance, as she has always opposed the antics of the ruling party, APC. In the last presidential election, the Nollywood superstar staunchly supported the LP candidate, Peter Obi whom most Nigerians feel was robbed of the presidency after an election that has been described by Nigerians and international political commentators have described as the worst election in the history of the country.

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