FIRS Director Arrested for Tax Fraud


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

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. Te confession led to the arrest of Osagie .

The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC ,
and documents recovered.


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