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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has shut down about nineteen companies in three states of the federation over unpaid taxes. The operation took place across three states namely Lagos, Rivers and Delta.

In Warri, Delta State, over six establishments were sealed off on Monday. Some of the companies that were affected in the city include- West African Pumping Service, Bridge View Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel, and Sam-Pira International Limited, etc.

On Tuesday, an FIRS team led by  Mrs. Anita Erinne sealed off at least three companies in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The companies are- Octopus Clan Nigeria Limited, DSV Pipetronix Limited, and Red Transport Logistics. These companies owe ₦198,775,513.55, ₦99,814,873 and ₦1,918,764,246

Meanwhile, between Tuesday and Wednesday, the FIRS team also closed down about seven companies in Lagos. Some of the affected companies are-  Seabulk Offshore Operations Nigeria Limited which owes about ₦34.546m and De Rembrandt Hotel which owes ₦34.60m.

Others include associated Port and Marine Development Company (₦12.5m), Kunoch Limited (₦34.3m), Jinhua Group (N3.1bn), Anisha Enterprises (₦24m), and  Citeco Global (₦99m).

The affected companies, some of which have owed taxes since 2014, were advised to pay their taxes to avoid further sanctions.

We are not punishing you. Once you comply with payments, we will come and unseal -Mrs. Anita Erinne

The Federal Inland Revenue Service is a Federal Government agency which was initially established as a colonial tax organisation under the name Inland Revenue Department of Anglophone West Africa. The department’s scope of administration covered Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

In 1943, the Nigerian Inland Revenue Department was carved out of the Inland Revenue Department of Anglophone West Africa and established as an autonomous body under the supervision of the Commissioner of Income Tax.

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Emmanuel holds an MSc. in International Relations and a B.A in Philosophy & Logic, both from the University of Ibadan. He is a communications professional. As a Lead Business Analyst at Nairametrics, he focuses mostly on quoted companies, their products/services, and the economy in which they operate. Emmanuel is also experienced in the areas of corporate communication, brand communication, corporate storytelling, public relations, business research, management/strategy, etc. You may contact him via his direct cell phone line 09023017285 or his email- emmanuel.abara@nairametrics.com.

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