6th September, 2011
Officials of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, this afternoon shut the Lagos office of Multichoice Nigeria, operators of the pay TV, DStv, for apparent tax offences.
The cable TV firm is said to be owing the state about N130 million in unpaid taxes.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Taxation, Mr Bola Shodipo, confirmed the development to P.M. NEWS on telephone.
Sodipo said Multichoice officials were already negotiating the terms for settling the tax arrears, and that their office would be reopened by the LIRS once the conditions were met.
Customers who went to the company’s head office on Tiamiyu Savage, on Victoria Island, this afternoon, were swiftly turned back by the tax officials.
A DStv subscriber who witnessed the incident said: “they (LIRS officials) asked us all to leave the premises after which they sealed the place. I had to go and make payment at Mega Plaza ( a shopping mall also on VI)”.
P.M. NEWS could not reach officials of Multichoice for comments on the incident.
By Tokunbo Olajide