Former super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, has expressed shock over his recent court arrest order, saying he was never contacted before the move.
A Lagos High Court last week ordered the arrest of Jay-Jay Okocha for failure to appear in court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income tax.
Jay-Jay Okocha was charged by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in a three-count charge, on failure to furnish return of income.
The Lagos State prosecutor, Dr. Jide Martins had on June 6, 2017 filed the charge, but when the case came up on October 5, 2017, the defendant did not appear in court.
Speaking for the first time since the order, Okocha told the Guardian in a telephone chat that as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he knows very well that nobody is above the law. But he was never contacted by anybody regarding income taxes and on issues before the court order. Stating further, he went on to say that he only read about it on the pages of newspapers.
The former Bolton of England midfielder and member of Super Eagles squad to Tunisia ’94 and Atlanta ’96 Olympics, however hinted that the issue had been settled.