Ex-FIRS Chairman, Tunde Fowler, Interrogated By EFCC Over Alleged N100bn Tax Evasion Fraud Levelled In opposition to Alpha Beta Consulting
Babatunde Fowler, an ex-Chairman of the Federal Inland Income Service, FIRS is presently within the custody of Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC and is being interrogated in regards to the N100 billion tax evasion allegations levelled in opposition to a tax agency often called Alpha Beta Consulting.
Fowler, a long-time ally of the Nationwide chief of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and in addition an in depth pal of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, arrived on the EFCC Lagos workplace this morning.
Fowler was invited for questioning after a former Managing Director and Chief Govt Officer of Alpha Beta Consulting, Dapo Apara, petitioned the antigraft company, accusing the agency of tax fraud to the tune of N100bn.
Within the petition which was filed in 2018 and signed by his counsel Adetunji Shoyoye and Associates, Apara said that Alpha Beta, the agency given unique rights to watch and gather Internally Generated Income on behalf of the Lagos Authorities, “has grow to be an avenue for official corruption of presidency officers, a conduit pipe for the large money-laundering scheme, tax evasion, amongst different vices.” Apara additionally alleged that the fraud had been lined by highly effective politicians within the state.
The petition reads partly;
“Over time the corporate has been protected and shielded by some highly effective politicians and folks within the society which made them to all the time boast of being untouchable, however our shopper, feeling the necessity to not hold quiet once more and strengthened by his perception in the truth that the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari is eager on preventing corruption, which has been the bane of our nation, is of the agency perception that it’s time to show and open the can of worms known as Alpha Beta Consulting.”
Fowler’s tenure as chairman of EFCC expired in December 2019 and was not renewed by President Buhari.
President Buhari’s Senior Particular Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, in an interview granted in December 2019, disclosed that Fowler’s tenure as FIRS Chairman was not renewed over his lack of ability to generate sufficient income for the nation.
It isn’t but sure if he can be launched or detained after immediately’s interrogation.