Court orders arrest of Nigerian actress, Monalisa Chinda Coker over tax fraud allegation

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Nigerian actress, Monalisa Chinda-Coker

A Lagos state High Court in Nigeria has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Nigerian actress and producer, Monalisa Chinda Coker over a tax evasion charge.

In a report by Nigerian website The Nation, the case was file by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice alleging that the actress had repeatedly failed to honour court summons.

The state filed a 2-count charge against Monalisa over failure to file annual tax returns for 6 years and to pay income tax in respect of her company, Monalisa Code Productions, The Nation added.

The charges were filed since 2017, according to prosecution counsel, Y. A. Pitan who said the actress had not appeared in court since 2017.

Justice Akintoye granted the application for arrest and adjourned further proceedings till February 2nd. By February 2nd, the bench warrant was not yet effected.

The judge ordered that the warrant should continue and adjourned again till April 1.

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