The probe of the tenure of Babatunde Fowler as Chairman of the Federal Inland Income Service (FIRS) has commenced.
In 2019, DAILY POST reported President Muhammadu Buhari queried Fowler for poor income collections between 2015 and 2018.
The question signed by the late Chief of Employees, Abba Kyari, was titled “RE: Budgeted FIRS Collections and precise collections”.
On Thursday, the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) arraigned Peter Hena, ex-FIRS Coordinating Director and eight others earlier than Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja.
They’re Mohammed Bello Auta (Director of Finance), Amina Sidi (Finance and Account division), Umar Aliyu Aduka (Inside Audit), Mbura Mustapha (Deputy Supervisor), Obi Okeke Malachy (Companies Group), Obaje Napoleon Adofu (Head of Finances), Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred (Officer II) and Benjamin Jiya (Assistant Director) .
Two years in the past, Hena and Auta had been arrested however later launched by the EFCC, over a multi-billion naira scandal.
The officers had been grilled for allegedly diverting about N6billion tax funds that ought to have gone to the Nigerian authorities.
At present, the EFCC docked them on a 42- depend cost bordering on corruption, fraud and felony misappropriation of funds to the tune of N4,558,160,676.
One of many prices mentioned between January, 2017 and December 2018, the defendants and another FIRS employees conspired to hide funds that are proceeds of an illegal actions to wit: Corruption, Fraud and Prison Misappropriation of Funds.
“You thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 18 and punishable underneath part 15(2) (a) and (3) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 ( as amended by Act No. 1 of 2021)”, it learn.
The defendants pleaded “not responsible” when the costs had been learn to them.
Prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho requested the courtroom for a date to begin trial. The defendants, by means of their counsel, prayed the courtroom to grant them bail.
Justice Ojukwu granted bail within the sum of N100million every and sureties in like sum.
The sureties should be Nigerians residing in Abuja, have a landed property inside the jurisdiction of the courtroom and supply proof of Tax Clearance.
The defendants should deposit their travelling paperwork with the courtroom and to should search permission earlier than travelling overseas.
The matter was adjourned till June 14, 15, 23, 24, 28, 29, 2021 for graduation of trial.