Alpha Beta: Fowler honours EFCC’s invitation, grilled

Babatunde Fowler, former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Monday honoured the invitation extended to him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed that the ex-FIRS boss, also a former Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, has been taken into custody.

“Yes, Fowler responded to an invitation this morning. I believe he is still here,” Mr Uwajaren responded to Punch Newspapers.

This is sequel to the petition of a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Beta Consulting, Dapo Apara, to the EFCC accusing the firm of tax fraud to the tune of N100bn.

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

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