Tax evasion: Court renews arrest warrant against Monalisa Chinda

A Lagos High Lagos sitting in Igbosere on Monday renewed a bench warrant for the arrest of actress and producer, Monalisa Chinda Coker, over tax evasion.

Presiding judge, Adedayo Akintoye renewed the order for Coker’s arrest following her repeated failure to honour court summons.

When the case was called Monday, neither Coker nor her legal representatives was present in court.

Prosecution counsel, Babatunde Sumonu, informed the judge that the bench warrant issued in January had yet to be effected.

“The bench warrant is to continue,” Justice Akintoye held.

Justice Akintoye made the original order for Coker’s arrest last January 21, following an application by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

The state alleged that Coker repeatedly failed to honour a court summons.

The 44-year-old actress is facing a two-count charge of failing to file annual tax returns and pay income tax for her company, Monalisa Code Production, over a six-year period.

Proceedings have been adjourned till June 5.