Lagos 2015: Jimi Agbaje owes N1.6 million tax, Lagos government insists

Jimi Agbaje

The Lagos State government has insisted that Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate, is owing tax arrears amounting to N1.6 million.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the state government said that Mr. Agbaje had failed to pay for Land Use Charge at his business premises at 9 Randle Close, Apapa, between 2009 and 2012.

“We consider it necessary to make a response to the rebuttal of Mr. Jimi Agbaje in some newspapers to the assertion by His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, Governor of Lagos State on the subsisting default in Land Use Charge payment of N1,629,064.62 by JayKay Pharmacy Limited on the above mentioned property,” said the statement issued by Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser to the governor on Media.

“For clarity, the issue at hand has to do with Mr. Jimi Agbaje’s business premises at 9, Randle Close, Apapa and not 1, Bombay Crescent, Apapa GRA, for which he was commended.”

Last week, Governor Fashola and Mr. Agbaje traded accusations after the former accused the latter of tax evasion.

Speaking at the 8th Annual Stakeholder Taxation Conference in Lagos, last Wednesday, the governor had branded the PDP candidate a “tax evader” who only paid his Land Charges for 2013 and 2014 as a result of the forthcoming election.

Mr. Agbaje’s camp responded swiftly by publishing a letter of commendation from the Lagos State government to their candidate stating that its payments’ records review from 2011 showed that he had been consistent with the payment of Land Use Charge.

“The Lagos State Government wishes to express its appreciation to you on your consistent fulfilment of your civic responsibility and your singular contribution towards the development of the state,” read the letter signed by Ayo Gbeleyi, the state Finance Commissioner.

But Mr. Bello, in his statement, said that Mr. Gbeleyi’s letter was in respect of No. 1, Bombay Crescent, Apapa GRA, and not No. 9, Randle Close which hosts JayKay Pharmacy.

“The Land Use Charge on the business premises of JK Pharmacy at 9, Randle Close, Apapa, was not paid for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012,” said Mr. Bello.

“As Governor Fashola acknowledged, payment was made for 2013 and 2014 on 9, Randle Close, Apapa, perhaps in preparation for the election.

“The payments for 2009 to 2012 remain outstanding and unpaid and those monies go to the Local Governments to fund primary education and primary Healthcare.

“The amount due and unpaid is N1,629,064.62. The only way this debt owed to the people of Lagos will go away is if it is paid.”

In his response last Thursday, Mr. Agbaje said although he founded JayKay Pharmaceutical, he ceased being a director in the company since 2006. He also said he stopped becoming involved in the running of the company since that date.


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  • Truthometer

    Chronic tax evader wants to rule Lagos? Tufiakwa!

  • DD

    Lasg sure have a case. He should go and pay and stop disturbing our ears.

  • B

    Agbaje, pay your Taxes

  • koko lele

    Itz unfortunate that the Lagos State Govt has resulted to cheap blackmail. BRF should prosecute JK for tax invasion if the man has defaulted in payments. APC Lagos is just afraid becos Jimi boy would free Lagos from the shackles of BAT and his criminal gang.

    • umunnem

      This aint no blackmail. It is a FACT. It is either the taxes were paid or not paid. Haba. Please be objective. In civilized places, Agbaje’s check list would include tax payment of EVERY PLACE that has his name, whether he is active director or passive director. Lets grow in the practice of modern ethics in politics.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      If this is a lie, then it is blackmail. But since it is not a lie, going by the clarification given by the government, JK’s candidacy has suffered an irreparable damage, and he should be honorable by stepping down immediately

  • umunnem

    Advise the current Board of Directors to do the needful, period.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Jimi Agbaje should immediately accept his failure in civic responsibility and step down as the candidate of the PDP for the Governorship of Lagos. A tax dodger should not aspire to be the Governor of any state, least of all that of Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence. So long, JK!

  • humm

    Dead beat aka onigbese that wants to become Lagos state governor? God forbid, lol

  • Lawrence Aje

    If Mr Jimi Agbaje ceased from running Jaykay pharmacy since 2006, why did he update the company tax payments for few years close to election year (2013 and 2014) and failed to do the needful for those previous years? The fact that he has no hands in day to day operations of the business does not mean that he is not the owner of that particular company except if he is saying that he had sold the company to another owner since 2006. Is that what he meant?

  • sammyctu ode

    With this clear clarification, JIMI AGBAJE IS A TAX DEFAULTER, A CHEAT AND LIAR. Seems the two ex-convicts- bode George and ogunlewe have taught you all the criminal tricks in the world and AGBAJE, YOU ARE NOT FIT TO CONTEST THE ELECTION. Governor Fashola is not a man that wakes up and say anything to malign anybody, he is a very thorough intelligent man and I believe him. JIMI AGBAJE YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO EVERYBODY.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Better focus on issues. If you knew Agbaje owed that amount what did you do all this while before this election campaign? Rather, the State government is liable for dereliction of duty.

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      If State government charge him before now, you will be the same person to shout political persecution. The truth must be told regardless of the time. In a sane society, JayKay officials will be in prison by now

  • adetolure taiwo

    That is foolishness side of IFA TI SHOLA and his lie man ANGRY APC. SO what do you waiting for since and now that the election is around the corner that mr AGBAJE is owing you 1.6 m why 1.6 billion useless group of old peoples groups