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Alleged Tax Evasion: Judge Directs Lagos Government To Effect Court Service On Seun Anikulapo Kuti At The Airport

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja on Thursday directed the Lagos State government to lay siege for Seun Anikulapo Kuti, one of the sons of the late Afrobeat King, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, at the airport and effect court serve on  him once he arrives from tour.

Justice Oshodi arrived at the decision after counsel to the state government hinted the court that the state government had tried to serve him but that Seun Anikulapo Kuti was always on tour outside the shores of Nigeria and had to be served through a third party.

It would be recalled that the state government had initiated a criminal action against Seun Anikulapo Kuti, who has been flying the flag of Afrobeat in Nigeria and across the world.

During proceedings on the matter, Seun Anikulapo Kuti was conspicuously absent in court and was also not represented by any lawyer.

But Justice Oshodi had insisted that if Seun Anikulapo Kuti is always traveling the prosecution should wait for him at the airport and serve him once he arrives from tour.

Efforts by journalists to get the charge against the late Fela's son from the prosecutor and court officials proved abortive.

Investigations carried out however shows that the charges were not unconnected with alleged tax evasion. 

It was specifically alleged that the Afrobeat musician reneged on his tax obligation to the state government for years.

Justice Oshodi has adjourned till September 19, 2019 to enable Seun Anikulapo Kuti to be properly served and subsequently arraigned.

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