Lagos Land Use Charge: SARS Seal Off Iroko TV Office
Police officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have sealed off a building occupied by Iroko TV in Lagos over what is believed to be unpaid land use charge.
Founder of Iroko TV, Jason Njoku, posted a photo and a short video with uniform men seen patrolling a sealed-off building in Opebi, Lagos.
“Paid the required rent, 1-year in advance per usual. Invested a further N15-17m in the @irokotv outbound floor in Opebi. Task Force+Police comes to lock the entire building and most of the street down because Landlords seems to have not paid the Land Use Charge.” Njoku tweeted.
“Asked my guys to start taking pictures to document. Police starting breaking phones. If only was there. @followlasg I think there are more business friendly ways to collect tax.
“Would prefer to focus on business, product and customer development. But no. Always some ish to deal with. Was in Accra and Nairobi last week. Cape Town and JoBurg this week. People tell me I am too harsh on Lagos and Nigeria. Come and see o.”
Earlier in the year, the Lagos State Government jerked up the land use charge payable by 400% as enabled by the Land Use Charge Law of 2018, which led to protest in Ikeja and on social media.
However, in March, 2018, the state government announced the reduction in the Land Use Charge.
As a result of the reduction, the government has cut commercial charges by 50 percent, reduced charges for owner-occupier with third party — including industries and manufacturing concerns by 25 percent; waived penalty for late payments across board, given tax credits for LUC charges already paid, and introduced Installment Payment System.
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