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FIRS of Fraud: How Corrupt Officials Lavish Tax Payers’ Money

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has continued to beam its searchlight on alleged fraudulent activities rocking the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS. On Tuesday, 17 April, not less than nine senior officials of the service earlier detained by the anti-graft agency were released on bail, while investigation continues to unravel more misappropriations going on in the FIRS.

FIRS’s Director of Finance and Accounts, Mohammed Auta is among those detained, while Chairman, Babatunde Fowler is also fingered, but not arrested. They are being questioned over some fraudulent payments made to some staff of the agency.

Wahab Gbadamosi, the spokesperson for the FIRS, said enquiry by government investigative agencies is a continuous and routine exercise which occurs from time to time. He added that the FIRS as a law-abiding agency of government will cooperate with investigators in its efforts to unravel the alleged fraudulent payments.

He added, however, that some of the claims reported in the media since the news broke were exaggerated and inaccurate. He assured that the FIRS will clarify the issues as appropriate.

Mr Gbadamosi emphasised, also, that Mr Hena, the Coordinating Director, Support Services Group of the FIRS, is not on the run. He said that the director is officially on medical leave and will return to the country as soon as his leave period lapses.

EFCC sources said that Mr Hena will be arrested as soon as he returns to the country. He is the second most senior official of the FIRS and is believed to be one of the closest officials to the agency’s chairman, Babatunde Fowler.

Executive chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler has been alleged to be involved in series of sex scandal, lavishing tax payers’ money on women who warm his bed in expensive hotels.

In December 2018, Fowler allegedly contacted Kika Osunde, a.k.a. Kika Good Hair, asking to see the pretty lady he has always longed for. He had asked her if she was available in that December. Kika Good Hair as she is known, is a long-time friend of Fowler whom she had known and dated from when he was appointed in 2005 to Head of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service. She owns a sprawling unisex salon, a bar and eatery all in Lagos.

December 15, 2018 Wells Carlton Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja, had a grand opening. The list of invited top dignitaries included Vice President Yomi Osinbajo,  Tunde Fowler, Pastor Paul Enenche, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and a host of other A-list Nigerians. Fowler had flown-in Kika, one Chioma,

Toke and few others into Abuja via a private Jet owned by Captain Nosa for the event. They were all seated at the hall in Wells Carlton Hotel like “Attendants.”

As the event rolled into the night, Fowler and Kika allegedly disappeared into one of the rooms at the new hotel while the others were pimped out. She allegedly cashed out N8million after that night and returned to Lagos a fulfilled lady.

Tega Enajehero had just completed the compulsory National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, program in Abuja and needing a job and a good life. A mutual friend had linked her with one “nice sugar daddy in town.” It was Tunde Fowler. Both had spoken and met few times and agreed to meet again.

Fowler’s favourite love nest is the Fraser Suites, Central Area where he stays at the One Bedroom N180,000.00 a night Executive Suites. February 10, 2019, Fowler had his usual room fixed at the Fraser Suites, Central Area Abuja. Ms. Enajehero moved into the room and waited for Fowler. Few hours later in the evening, Fowler crawled into the room. They both had a “good night” and next day, Ms. Enajehero got herself a brand-new black Honda coupe and with a jaw-jaw smile, told her friends “my baby got it for me.”

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