Anambra Govt Seals 24 Banks, Hotels, over Taxes, Levies

By Ikeugonna Eleke

The Anambra State Government has sealed off no fewer than 25 banks and hotels operating within the state capital, Awka, for failure to pay their taxes and levies to the state.

The facilities were sealed by the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, (AIRS) over the weekend.

It was gathered that levies were mainly those of sanitation, business premises and sundry government taxes.

Head of the team and desk officer in charge of Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA) in the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. James-Morgan Ezeodili, said the enforcement was made following a court order on 11th August 2022, to seal off the businesses.

‘This is because of their refusal or failure to appear in court after being served with a writ of summons as they refused to pay stipulated levies to the state government.

‘The exercise (sealing of businesses) was part of the state government’s resolve to boost its revenue and to ensure that the environment is clean by the removal of wastes across the roads and streets in the state,’ Ezeodili said.

Some of the facilities sealed are: Nigeria Police Force Micro Finance Bank, Mumbai Festus Hotel, Finotel Classic Hotel, and Shalom Hotel, all in Awka.

Others include: Zaramax Hotel, New World Lounge, Summit Splendor Hotel, Ndiolu Micro Finance Bank, and Landmark Hotel, Nibo, among others.