Kaduna Government Declares War On Banks Over Levies
The Kaduna State Government is at war with commercial banks operating in the state.
The government, through the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, KDIRS has threatened to seal all the banks if they fail to pay their communication mast and signage fees.
Legal Adviser to KDIRS, Francis Kozah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Thursday that the defaulting banks were given two weeks to pay or be sealed.
Kozah explained that the Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law 2016 provided that all bank branches operating in the state with communication mast and signage were to pay certain fees.
He, however, said that except for UBA, most of the banks have failed to pay, particularly for 2016 and 2017.
“We have served them demand notices, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency equally served them, asking them to come and settle their liabilities but they have failed to do so.
“Now, we have finished preparing our documents and we will take them to court in the next two weeks.
“We will seek for an order of the court to seal off all defaulting banks in the state,” he threatened.