By Bisade Ojoye
The authority of Adonai International School, Ado Ekiti are mischievous and dishonest with a viral video being circulated. We view this concocted video as a clear attempt to blackmail the EKIRS, and ultimately to evade the payment of taxes.
Mr. Eleazar Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade, Executive Chairman of Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service (EKIRS) said today that it was sad to note that an educational institution with the burden of instilling values and civic responsibility into the younger generation, would not only fail to perform their civic obligations, but also dishonestly misrepresent facts to cause public disaffection against a government entity carrying out its legitimate duties.
He stated that the attention of the board and management of the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service (EKIRS) was drawn to the viral video by the School alleging that the enforcement team of the EKIRS sealed-off and locked the premises of the school with children trapped inside.
He said the insinuations in the viral video were untrue and not consistent with facts about the matter.
He narrated, “On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, in accordance with the law and due process, our enforcement, officers sealed off and locked the main gate of the premises of the school, due to non-compliance of the school authorities with their tax obligations. The pedestrian gate of the school was however left open for free flow of human traffic, while vehicular traffic was cut-off. The referenced video surreptitiously avoided showing the open pedestrian gate of the school, a fact that has been corroborated by many parents and staff of the school.
It is important to note that the enforcement exercise was carried out after numerous demand notices and reminders had been served on the school authorities, without a response. Despite this, it has been affirmed that our officers acted in line with extant provisions of the law, and genuine concern for the safety and security of staff and students at the school”.
He reiterated that there was never anytime any student was held, but rather in a gesture of magnanimity, they sealed-off vehicular traffic to the school, and left the pedestrian access open as well as allowing normal academic activities to go on, while giving the school authorities the opportunity to regularise their position with us.
He stated that the authorities of the school have acted in very bad faith. First, by resisting the enforcement exercise and physically assaulting our staff, and second, proceeding to break the lock on the sealed main gate after the enforcement had been carried out.
He described the behaviour of the authority of Adonai International School as an act punishable under the law, because according to him, they have manufactured the video to misrepresent the facts.
Mr. Ogunmilade stressed, “We view this concocted video as a clear attempt to blackmail the EKIRS, and ultimately to evade the payment of taxes. It is sad to note that an educational institution with the burden of instilling values and civic responsibility into the younger generation, would not only fail to perform their civic obligations, but also dishonestly misrepresent facts to cause public disaffection against a government entity carrying out its legitimate duties”.
The Executive Chairman of EKIRS reiterated the commitment of the institution to the enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy to tax evasion. “We are however humane members of the society and would always prioritise the protection of children and other vulnerable people in the course of our work”, he stressed.