Alleged manipulation of tax :Borini Prono company urges court to stop Police investigation 

A limited liability company Borini Prono & company Nigeria Limited, whose Directors are under investigation over alleged crime of fraudulent practice to cheat the Federal Inland Revenue on tax and to deny contract facilitators of financial entitlement has dragged Inspector General of Police before a Federal high court in Lagos South West Nigeria, 
The Borini Prono company is urging the court to restrain the defendants Police officers from inviting, interrogating, investigating, or detaining the officers of the company.
Joined as co-respondents in the suit are, The Assistant Inspector General of Police CID zone 2 Police command, The Commissioner of Police CID zone 2 Command, The Assistant Commissioner of Police CID Zone 2 Command, and a Lagos businessman Christopher Uzodike. 
In an affidavit sworn to by a Director of Borini Prono & Company Nigeria Limited Paolo Prono of 11 Burma Road,Apapa, Lagos state averred that by invitation letter dated 20th March, 2019 Mr Gianfranco Albertazzi,, the join Managing Director of the company was invited by the Zonal monitoring Unit of the Nigerian Police Force Zone 2 Headquarters.
On 25th of March, 2019 he reported at the Zone 2 Police Command, in the company of his lawyer, upon his arrival, he was shown a petition written against him by Mr Christopher Uzodike on the basis of alleged outstanding contractual indebtedness of his company to him.
He was interrogated and was admitted and release on administrative bail and was instructed to return on 2nd of April, 2019 with documentation in support of the position of his company. 
He reported as instructed but officer in charge of his case was not available.
However, to his utmost surprise at about 5am on the morning of 3rd April,2019 he was arrested at his residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, by officers from criminal and investigating Department Zone 2 Onikan Lagos and detained on the assertion that he failed to report as instructed. 
Thereafter joint meeting was held with the petitioner, his lawyer with the officer in charge of the criminal investigation in respect of a second petition and was requested to report back on 10th April, 2019.
On the 10th of April, he made statement on behalf of the company, and the commissioner in charge of CID after reading the content of the petition of Mr Uzodike  and questioning the parties came to the conclusion that the matter is purely related to civil contractual transaction which was outside the purview of the Nigerian Police, therefore he was requested to report back on May 6, 2019, 
However, he sought the advice of his lawyer, who adviced him that, continuous, invitation, interrogation and arrest by the Police at every material time has continued to disrupt business and operation of the company, particularly in respect of critical road construction currently being executed.
Consequently, he urged the court to restrain the defendants from further inviting, interrogating, investigating, or detaining, the Directors, Managers, Secretaries or any officer of the company as Nigerian Police being law enforcement agency, is not empowered to entertain petitions in respect of civil or contractual disputes. 
However in a counter affidavit sworn to by Inspector Fidelis Ilobun, Police Officer, serving at Zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Zone 2 Police command,  He averred that he is a member of the Police Team that is investigating criminal allegations against the company  captioned Re: FRAUDULENT PRACTICES BY THE FOREIGN COMPANY BORINI PRONO & CO. (NIGERIA) LIMITED. TO CHEAT THE FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE OF TAX AND TO DENY LOCAL PARTNERS AND CONTRACT FACILITATORS OF THEIR HUGE FINANCIAL ENTITLEMENTS, reported to the  Assistant Inspector General of Police Criminal investigation Department Zone 2 by a Lagos businessman Mr Christopher Uzodike against the Borini Prono company from which this suit arose.
Inspector Ilobun who claimed to be a member of the Police Team investigating the criminal allegations of fraudulent practice to cheat the Federal Inland Revenue on tax and to deny local partners and contract facilitators of financial entitlements reported to the Assistant Inspector General of Police against the Company stated that in the course of Police investigation of the alleged crime alleged  above, the police invited the officers of the Borini Prono company, namely; Messrs Gianfranco Albertazzi and Mr. Paolo Prono via Police invitation letter dated 29th March, 2019.
Mr Albertazzi reported at the Zone 2 Police command on 25th March, 2019 together with his Lawyer, Mr. Remi Dalley, and having read through the petition against the Applicant, volunteered statement to the Police as one of the officers of the company , who acted for it in his dealings with Mr Uzodike, from which the petition to the Police arose.
Mr. Albertazzi was granted Police administrative bail and released to his Lawyer who stood as surety for his bail on the same 25th March, 2019, immediately after his statement was made to the Police.
During his response to the criminal allegations made against his company, Mr. Albertazzi stated that the relationship which the company had with Uzodike was that he supplied iron rod and cement to the company which they have fully paid for, with invoices for payment dully issued as evidence.
The Police requested Mr. Albertazzi to produce the invoices evidence mentioned by him to the Police in order to assist Police investigation, and he was further requested to report back at the commissioner’s office for the interview of the parties, on the 2nd April, 2019, together with Mr. Prono, who failed to honour Police invitation along with Mr. Albertazzi on the said 25th March, 2019.
Despite that Albertazzi was duly informed by the Police and also informed in his bail bond executed by  him and his surety, to report back to the commissioner’s  office on 1st of April,2019.
He failed to honour police invitation  on that day. The failure of Albertazzi to report at the commissioner’s office on 1st of April ,2019,which was in clear violation of his bail bond, led to the cancellation of the commissioner’s interview schedule for both parties in the case, and the interview was therefore rescheduled to 2nd April, 2019.
The rescheduled interview prompted the police to send another invitation letter to messrs Arlbertazzi and Prono on 2nd April, 2019 requesting them to report at the Commissioner of Police’s office on 2nd April 2019.
Mr Albertazzi and Mr. Prono, again failed to honour police invitation to report on 2nd April, 2019, and no police officer informed him that commissioner was not in the office on that day.
Due to the failure of Albertazzi and Prono to honour Police invitation letter served on them on 1st April,2019 to report on  2nd April, 2019 to find out the reason for his absence on 2nd April, 2019, which he could not give any reasonable reason for at the instance of Albertazzi and his lawyer,  the interview for both parties was rescheduled for 10th April, 2019.
Mr Arlbertazzi together with Prono and Uzodike with their lawyers  all reported at the commissioner’s office for the interview on 10th April,2019. Prono volunteered statement.
During the interview section, where Lawyer to both parties were also present, Mr. Arlbertazzi stated that it was iron rod and cement that the petitioner supplied to the company, on which the company duly issued invoices as evidence of supply and payment. This was vehemently denied by Uzodike who maintained he is a contract facilitator to the company, on which the Applicant through Mr .Albertazzi and Mr. Prono, manufactured fraudulent invoices with the sole aim of  manipulating the Company’s taxes payable to Federal Government of Nigeria and cheat their contract facilitators.
Based on these new facts discovered during the interview, the commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation Department  requested the company‘s officers, i.e. Mr .Arlbertazzi and Mr Prono to make the invoices mentioned by them and disputed by Uzordike available to the police, to assist the on-going investigation.

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