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FIRS: Fowler probe begins as EFCC arraigns directors, others for N4.5bn fraud

The probe of the tenure of Babatunde Fowler as Chairman of the Federal Inland Income Providers (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 Workers, 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 different earlier than Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal Excessive Courtroom 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 (Providers Group), Obaje Napoleon Adofu (Head of Finances), Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred (Officer II) and Benjamin Jiya (Assistant Director) .

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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.

In the present day, the EFCC docked them on a 42- depend cost bordering on corruption, fraud and prison misappropriation of funds to the tune of N4,558,160,676.

One of many fees mentioned between January, 2017 and December 2018, the defendants and another FIRS workers conspired to hide funds that are proceeds of an illegal actions to wit: Corruption, Fraud and Legal Misappropriation of Funds.

“You thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 18 and punishable below part 15(2) (a) and (3) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 ( as amended by Act No. 1 of 2021)”, it learn.

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The defendants pleaded “not responsible” when the fees had been learn to them.

Prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho requested the courtroom for a date to start trial. The defendants, by way of their counsel, prayed the courtroom to grant them bail.

Justice Ojukwu granted them bail within the sum of N100million every and sureties in like sum.

The sureties should be Nigerians residing in Abuja, have a landed property throughout 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 in another country.

The matter was adjourned until June 14, 15, 23, 24, 28, 29, 2021 for graduation of trial.

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