General Overseer of the International God’s Way Church Bishop Daniel Obinim has dragged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to court.
The sue comes at the back of the Revenue Authority securing into the account of the pastor over claims of non-payment of rent taxes on a block of twenty-one units of shop situated at Tema which he uses as a guest house.
In a writ of summons sighted by thepublisheronline.com, Bishop Obinim is seeking nine reliefs from the Court. Among them are “a declaration that, the Plaintiff has paid all taxes due and demanded by 1st Defendant [GRA] from the Plaintiff in respect of rents taxes payable on the Twenty-One (21) shops for the period of 2014 to 2018 and that; he does not owe in taxes, the sum of Seven Hundred and Sixty-Nine Thousand, Ninety-Five Ghana Cedis, Eighty-Seven Pesewas (GHC 769,095.87) purportedly representing rents taxes payable on the Block of Twenty-One”.
It is the further prayer of the Bishop that “an order for perpetual injunction restraining the 2nd Defendant [Fidelity Bank] from placing lien on the Plaintiff’s bank accounts and from paying of any funds held in the Plaintiff’s bank accounts and fixed deposits to the 1st Defendant in respect of the Garnishment Notice issued at 10am, 27th day of June 2019 by the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, 1st Defendant herein and in respect of any future Garnishment Notice in respect of the same rents taxes payable on the Block of Twenty-One (21) units of shops for the period of 2014 to 2018 and also payment of any Value Added Tax (VAT) due and owed by Abroso Guest House Limited (if any) without recourse to a Court order”
In addition, Bishop Obinim seeks “an order directed at the 2nd Defendant [Fidelity Bank] to remove any lien and/or charge placed on Plaintiff’s funds in his bank accounts a and all other fixed deposit investment held with the 2nd Defendant and make all/same accessible to the Plaintiff as well as Punitive Damages against the 1st Defendant for unlawful issuance of the Garnishment Notice”.