The Azikel Group, an indigenous sand dredging firm, has resumed business in spite of the sealing of its sitee by Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) Dec. 15, over alleged tax evasion amounting to N30 million.It have been reported that the gates had been forced open. Dr Azibapu Eruani, the President of Azikel Group, had on Thursday in Yenagoa, said that the allegation of non -remittance of pay-as-you-earn tax against the firm was false.
Eruani said in a statement by his Media Assistant, Mr Tari Ebibo, that Azikel Group was not indebted to the Board of Internal Revenue. He said that the alleged tax debt was not only misleading, but also aimed at maligning the Group known for its unblemished record and excellence in the state and Niger Delta. The president urged the Board to stop misleading the public and address the substantive suit in court.
“Azikel Group has continued to contribute to the human capital development in the state as an indigenous company owned by a Bayelsa person. “It has brought hope to the people of the state by bridging the unemployment gap.