Former Super Eagles’ captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, appears to be fighting several legal battles both at home and abroad following revelation that he was dragged to a court in the United Kingdom, May 31, 2019.
The ex-Nigeria international who was yet resolve an alleged tax debt case brought against him by the Lagos State Government appeared before a City Sheriff Court in Aberdeen for alleged money laundry charges.
According to the Scottish Sun, the 45-year-old faced two charges in the behind-closed-doors hearing.
He faces one charge in relation to alleged acquisition, use and possession of criminal property and another relating to allegedly concealing, disguising, converting and transferring criminal property.
It is understood the appearance relates to alleged incidents said to have happened in the north-east of Scotland in 2015.
Police began an investigation in 2015 which spanned two years before charges were brought against Okocha and six others – five of whom are alleged to have carried out fraud related to north-east businesses.
Okocha, who also netted 14 times for Nigeria in 73 appearances and starred in the country’s 1994 World Cup campaign, made no plea during the hearing.
The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner, whose general address was given as Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was however granted bail.
The case against him was continued for further examination and no date has yet been fixed for his next court appearance.
Last Tuesday, a Lagos High Court in Igbosere heard that Okocha was yet to liquidate his alleged tax debt owed the Lagos State Government. The government’s lawyer, Mrs. Y.A. Pitan, told Justice Adedayo Akintoye that Okocha had visited the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) office, but failed to settle the 2017 income tax evasion charge out of court. The judge, like she did last April 15, renewed a warrant for Okocha’s arrest. The warrant was originally made last January 29. Like in previous proceedings, Okocha was neither in court nor represented by a lawyer when the case was called.