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VIRAL SCHOOL LOCK-UP VIDEO: PUPIL’S MOTHER LIED SAYS EKITI STATE GOVERNMENT

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The Ekiti State government has come out to say that the originator of the viral video that portrayed school children being locked up for default of local taxes is a misrepresentation of facts.

In a viral video, pupils of Adonai Nursery and Primary School were locked up inside the school for failure of the school authorities to pay up statutory taxes to the state.

In a press release by the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service and signed by its Chairman, Eleazar Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade, he stated that “that the insinuations in the viral video are untrue and not consistent with facts about the matter.”

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“EKIRS would like to state categorically that the insinuations in the viral video are untrue and not consistent with facts about the matter. 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. We reiterate on good authority that there was never anytime any student was held, but rather in a gesture of magnanimity, we 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.

“On the other hand, 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. An act that is punishable under the law. Third, they have manufactured this video to misrepresent the facts.

“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.

“EKIRS would like to reiterate our commitment to the enforcement of our zero-tolerance policy for 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.”

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