Popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has come out to cry out after she is forced to pay the sum of 18 million Naira in three months for her tax default by the Government.
The actress made a post on her Instagram page sharing her story.
According to her, she believes she is being witch hunted after fighting against her senior colleague in Nollywood for sexually assaulting a young girl and also supporting Labor party in the recently concluded elections.
Iyabo Ojo claims she already paid her tax debts for 2014-2019 but they still insist she must pay for the defaulted debt of 2020-2022 before the end of November or risk going to court.
She has made efforts to get them to reduce it or give her a payment plan she can work with, even going as far as writing an apology letter but nothing was changed for her.
She further stated that fans should not blame celebrities who do not speak up as doing so comes with a lot of negative consequences.
In her words,
“I’m too outspoken, too confrontational, too blunt, they say …….. my opinion must not be heard, unless it aligns with theirs, i must stay silent or get crippled, the witch hurt in eating deep into my soul but ……. damn, the hate screams louder. i fought for a girl child who was sexually molested, i was labelled bad & evil bcos one of my own (Yoruba) (senior colleague) was the accused, again i chose to follow my heart & support LP & the hate & resentment grew even worse & i was labeled an (Omo Ale Yoruba) & now i must pay a compulsory best of judgment based on my celebrity status by the Lirs of over 18m personal income tax…. so now i have paid from 2014 – 2019….. but i must pay the remaining of almost 18m for 2020 – 2022 b4 the end of Nov or go to court…. every effort on my part to reduce it was rejected, even when i had to forcefully accept it, my payment plan has also been rejected, i even had to write an apology letter, yet they refuse to give me an easy payment plan, now tell me if this is not witch hurting, and I’m suppose to stay silent 🤔
Since 2020, which was the Covid 19 lockdown season, who really made money, tell me? if i had made so much i won’t have bought my house on mortgage, since 2020 my business has been going through ups and downs, yet i still constantly pay all my business tax, mortgage tax, loan tax etc……
I’m the breadwinner, over 30 people depending on me, dollar raising almost everday, fuel high, diesel high, everything expensive, but still i was given 3 months to pay over 18m, how?????
The money we make, the bills are so overwhelming even to save is a problem…
Which kind of business will you people have me do to make a profit of 18m to pay you this period…
Why is my payment plan being denied, Why ?
Guy’s, please don’t blame celebrities who chose not to speak up or lend their voice, Doing so comes with a lot of consequences.”