The Benue State Internal Revenue Service has sealed off the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, over non-remittance of Personal Income Tax running into N2.3bn.
The Chairman of BIRS, Mrs. Mimi Adzape-Orubibi, led the enforcement team of the board to the university to seal off the Vice- Chancellor’s office and the Office of the Registrar as well as the Office of the Bursar.
This was even as the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities described the move as an attempt to commence another round of illegal deductions of the salaries of its members and instigate crisis in the institution.
Adzape-Orubibi, while speaking shortly after the exercise, said the BIRS embarked on the action after the university failed to respond to several letters written to it to pay up the outstanding Personal Income Tax from 2007 to 2011.
‘’The BIRS got an interim order to restrain FUAM because it failed to deduct PAYE tax in some cases or deducted less in other cases. The institution would now have to pay almost N3bn inclusive of penalties and interest,’’ she stated.