EFCC arrests nine FIRS officials over alleged multi-billion naira fraud


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested nine senior officials of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over alleged multi-billion naira fraud, Premium Times reports.

One of the FIRS officials in EFCC custody is Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA), Mohammed Auta.

Coordinating Director, FIRS Support Services Group, Peter Hena, who is said to be close to FIRS chairman, Babatunde Fowler, is on the wanted list.

The newspaper said EFCC officials have concluded plans on arresting him as soon as he returns from his official medical leave.

It also gathered that most of the officials involved in the matter are from FIRS finance and account department.

The officials, who have allegedly been in detention since April 1, are being questioned over alleged diversion of N6 billion tax funds that should have been accrued to the Federal Government.

It is not clear if Mr Fowler is connected to the alleged scandal.

EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, when contacted by the paper, was quoted as saying that he had not been briefed on the matter, requesting for more time to get details.

FIRS revenue under Fowler has grown considerably with the agency recording about N5.32 trillion in 2018, the highest in the country’s history.