The Oyo State government Tuesday shut down the business premises of Obasanjo Farms located at Oluyole Industrial Estate, Ibadan.
The exercise, by the combined task force teams of the Oyo State Inter-ministerial Enforcement Unit, was being coordinated by the Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue.
Other affected firms in the clampdown were the University Press, Lack Horse, Heinemann Educational Books, Lister Flour Mills, Evans Brother, Brooking House, Group Medical Hospital, Butterfield Bakery, Chicken Republic, MRS Oil and Rasmed Publicity.
The companies were said to have defaulted in the payment of tax for the year 2017 and or 2018.
Bicci Alli, the director general of the state Board of Internal Revenue, said the exercise became necessary due to the failure of the affected firms to comply with the state tax laws after series of formal communication failed.
“The exercise we carried out today (Tuesday) is not something new and not outside the law. It is within the law. We want to restrain some corporate organizations that failed to pay what is due to Oyo state government after giving due notices, demand notices and even public notices to that effect and they failed to pay.
“So, we went to those places to restrain them from having access to their premises and it’s going to be a continuous exercise, all through the week and even next week.
“What they are guilty of is the payment of the environmental development levy. Some of them owe about two years. We wrote to them and gave them notices to pay, they refused to pay. It was as a result of their failure to pay that we now embarked on the needful.
“But it’s so sad that not until we have to take this step against the firms that they are now actually coming out to pay.