Guaranty Trust Bank offices in Uyo have been sealed.
According to NAN, the affected offices are two branches in Uyo.
Leo Umanah, Executive Director Enforcement and Recovery, AKIRS who lead the team on the operation, told journalists in Uyo that the two branches were on Udo Udoma Street and Abak Road.
He noted that the government agency had acquired an ex parte order from the state High Court, Uyo Division, restricting access to the premises of the bank and its facilities.
According to him, the order was issued by Hon. Justice Imeh Umanah.
According to the AKIRS official, the bank had failed to comply with the warning after 10 months.
Mr Umanah said that the agency had exhausted reconciliation and negotiation opportunities with the bank.
He said AKIRS was left with no choice but get ex parte order to recover the government revenue.
He added that the bank was served the notice of distrain and under the law, they had 14 days to negotiate with AKIRS and vacate the order.
“If after 14 days, they do not comply, we have the mandate of the court to sell the property and recover the tax owed the state,” he said.
Mr Umanah observed that many business outfits in the state were withholding government taxes running into billions of naira.
He insisted that in the ongoing enforcement drive, AKIRS was poised to recover the state government’s revenue to enable it to realise its “completion agenda.”