Austin Okocha A Lagos High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, for failure to appear in court severally to answer questions on why he has allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.According to Channels Television, the prosecutor, Dr Jide Martins, had on June 6, 2017, filed the charge, adding that the case came up for the first time on Oct. 5, 2017, but the defendant did not appear in court.The prosecutor had told the court that the defendant had failed to furnish the Lagos State Internal Revenue Services, with a return of income for tax purposes. He said that the offences contravened Sections 56 (a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No.8, 2006, and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.Justice Adedayo Akintoye, on Jan. 29 issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the football star and adjourned until Feb. 19.However, the prosecution failed to effect the arrest on that date, leading the court to order that the warrant should be executed on the next adjourned date.All attempts to reach Okocha for his reaction on the matter failed as calls to his mobile phones were not answered.Okocha is the first high-profile Nigerian footballer to be dragged before a Nigerian court on allegations of failing to pay income tax.Top footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have faced similar situations in Spain. Ronaldo was handed a suspended jail term recently in addition to paying millions of Euroes to the Spanish authorities.If this case pulls through, most Nigerian ex-internationals who returned to the country after years of football careers in Europe may face similar actions in their state of residents in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Some of it came in the form of Lamonte Turner’s foul of Carsen Edwards with two seconds remaining in regulation. Edwards missed his 3-point attempt, but the foul sent him to the line, where he hit two of three attempts to knot the game 82-82 and force OT. The Boilermakers eventually won 99-94.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleThe internet, it seems, can’t agree wither Turner should have been called for the foul. The play in question, for review:Upon further review … The foul call that gave Carsen Edwards three free throws at the close of regulation should never have been awarded. Terrible foul call. pic.twitter.com/hGklaoBXlZ— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) March 29, 2019Tennessee coach Rick Barnes told reporters after the game he thought it was a foul. Turner, for his part, said it shouldn’t have been called. Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup between 2-seed Tennessee and 3-seed Purdue was a phenomenal game, one of the best thus far in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It featured lights-out shooting from both teams, a tremendous comeback by the Volunteers and an overtime finish.It also featured a fair amount of controversy. “I told the refs all game, ‘(Edwards is) kicking his legs out every time he shoots,'” he told reporters after the game (per Bleacher Report).While it does look like Edwards extends his leg — and that Turner did attempt to avoid bumping him on his way down — Turner did touch him in the air with his right hip.In the end, it was a judgment call, and certainly not an egregious one. That may be cold comfort for Volunteers fans, but they can take solace, perhaps, in the fact their team played one of the most exciting games of this tournament.