The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is presently interrogating former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler, over N100 billion tax evasion allegation levelled against a tax firm, Alpha Beta Consulting.

Fowler, who was Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LSIRS), responded to an invitation from the EFCC.
A former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Beta Consulting, Dapo Apara, had accused the firm of tax fraud to the tune of N100 billion.

In a petition to the EFCC in 2018, Apara stated that Alpha Beta, the firm given exclusive rights to monitor and collect Internally-Generated Revenue on behalf of Lagos Government, “has become an avenue for official corruption by government officials, a conduit pipe for massive money-laundering scheme, tax evasion, among other vices.”

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The EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the development, yesterday, said that Fowler was with the commission.

“Yes, Fowler responded to an invitation this morning. I believe he is still here,” he said. Uwujaren, however, did not comment on the investigation.


Guardian NG