FIRS Director nabbed over N25 million tax fraud

By The Citizen

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Abumere Joseph Osagie,  deputy director, regional tax office, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS,  in a case of abuse of office and bribery. The suspect was picked following a complaint about his attempt to extort a University proprietor N5million.

Osagie and one Jamila Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Senator Ahmed Datti, the Chancellor of  Baze University, Abuja and gave him a tax assessment of N20,029, 496.00 through a letter of  intent, which he paid.

However when he requested for the assessment certificate, they refused to oblige him. Instead they allegedly demanded  for N5million gratification. All pleas by him fell on deaf ears. Consequently, he petitioned  the EFCC, and was advised  to play along. Consequently, marked N5million was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation. Ojora was arrested after she collected the  N5m. He confession

led to the arrest of Osagie. The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC , and documents recovered. The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwuaren, who issued the statement, said investigation into the matter would be intensified.