The Oyo State government on Tuesday shut down the business premises of Obasanjo Farms located at Oluyole Industrial Estate, Ibadan alleging the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s company of tax default.
Firms, which suffered similar fate as Obasamjo Farms on the same grounds were: the University Press, Lack Horse, Heinemann Educational Books, Lister Flour Mills, Evans Brother, Brooking House, Group Medical Hospital, Butterfield Bakery, Chicken Republic, MRS Oil and Rasmed Publicity.
The exercise, by the combined task force teams of the Oyo State Inter-ministerial Enforcement Unit, was being coordinated by the Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue.
The companies were alleged to have defaulted in paying tax for two years.
According to the director general of the state Board of Internal Revenue, Bicci Alli, “We want to restrain some corporate organizations that failed to pay what is due to Oyo state government after giving due notices, demand notices and even public notices to that effect and they failed to pay.
“So, we went to those places to restrain them from having access to their premises and it’s going to be a continuous exercise, all through the week and even next week.
“What they are guilty of is the payment of the environmental development levy. Some of them owe about two years. We wrote to them and gave them notices to pay, they refused to pay. It was as a result of their failure to pay that we now embarked on the needful.”