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EFCC Arrests FIRS Director for Tax Fraud, Extortion

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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.

Wilson Uwujaren

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, reports DailyPost.

Wilson Uwujaren, Head, EFCC Media and Publicity, on Friday evening said the suspect was picked following a complaint about his attempt to extort N5 million from a University proprietor.

Osagie and one Mrs Jamila Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Senator Ahmed Datti, the Vice 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.

Consequently, the Vice Chancellor petitioned the EFCC, and was advised to play along. 

Thereafter, ‘marked N5million’ was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation.

Ojora was arrested after she collected the N5m. 

Her confession led to the arrest of Osagie. 

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


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