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Borno accuses WHO, UN of tax evasion… moves to seize property

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Borno accuses WHO, UN of tax evasion... moves to seize property

The Borno State Government has said that it would commence confiscation of seven United Nations agencies’ properties in the state over tax evasion.

The Executive Chairman, Borno State Board of Internal Revenue Service (BO-IRS), Mohammed Alkali, stated this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday.

He listed the names of affected UN agencies as World Health Organisation (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with operations offices in Maiduguri.

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“It is noteworthy to note that the aforementioned organisations are generally exempted from payment of tax from their operational funds.

“They are, however, mandated by law the provisions of the personal income tax act CAP P8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to remit to the state government what is known as PAYE ( Pay As You Earn) with withholding tax (WHT) for their staff and individuals and enterprise contractors respectively.

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“But unfortunately, all efforts to make them respond positively to the demand proved abortive, thereby forcing BO-IRS to serve them with 30-day- notice of seizure of property which is due to lapse on February 24 as earlier mentioned.

“This service will thereafter trigger its enforcement powers by using legitimate means to seize the properties of the agencies involved.”

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