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Edo Govt Seals UNIBEN Offices Over Tax Evasion

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The Edo State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) has sealed some offices in the Unviersity of Benin.

The shutdown is related to alleged tax evasion.

University of Benin (UNIBEN)
University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The offices affected included the Office of the Vice Chancellor Prof. (Mrs.) Lilian Imuetinyan Salami

According to a report by NAN, the offices were sealed in the early hours of Monday.

Other offices affected were Senate Chamber, Open Registry and Bursary.

However, Dr Benedicta Ehanire the Public Relations Officer debunked such incident in the institution.

Ehanire said: “As you can see, I am in my office working. My boss is also in her office working. The office was not sealed.”

But some staff members who spoke in anonymity due to the sensitity of the issue said UNIBEN deducted tax from their salaries on a monthly basis.

The source, according to NAN, wondered why the taxes were not remitted to the state government.

The staff blamed the past administration by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Osasere Orumwense, adding that Prof Salami only resumed fully on December 2.

The office of BIR, NAN reports, refused to give details of the incident when contacted.

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