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Fraud: EFCC intensifies grilling of ex-FIRS boss, Fowler as probe stretches into second week

CORRUPTION

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has continued its insistent interrogation of the former chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, over alleged multiple frauds while in office.

Fowler, who reportedly arrived at the Lagos State office of the anti-graft agency on Monday, is still being grilled over alleged corruption while serving as chairman of the nation’s apex revenue generating office.

The EFCC had invited Fowler for interrogation about two weeks ago over a case involving Alpha Beta Consulting.

Alpha Beta Consulting consults for Lagos State Government on internally-generated revenue (IGR) in return for a commission.

Several allegations of frauds, including tax evasion have trailed the firm following rare allegations made by Oladapo Apara, former managing director of the company.

Fowler had served as chairman of the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) before he was appointed head of FIRS.

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Apara had accused the Alpha Beta of defrauding the Lagos government and failing to pay tax.

In a recent suit filed at the Lagos high court, he alleged that the company has been diverting billions of naira from the coffers of the Lagos state government since 2002.

Apara also alleged money laundering, forgery and a number of corporate fraudulent practices against the company and its owners.

National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu whom Apara claimed is complicit in the fraud is also joint in the suit.

In 2018, Apara also alleged that the company had so far generated N1.5 trillion for the Lagos government, out of which the firm earned 10 percent as a commission but failed to pay tax.

The firm accused its former MD of “the worst form of libel,” in reaction to chains of allegations.

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