Ex-FIRS Chair, Fowler, arrested over alleged N100nb fraud

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Former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, is being interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged N100 billion tax evasion levelled against a tax firm, Alpha Beta Consulting, according to multiple reports.

Alpha Beta Consulting, a firm said be owned by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is alleged by its erstwhile Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dapo Apara, of evading tax to the tune of N100bn at a time Fowler was in the saddle of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, in a petition to the EFCC.

The petition, which Apara’s lawyer, Adetunji Shoyoye and Associates, authored read in part,   “Over the years the company(Alpha Beta) has been protected and shielded by some powerful politicians and people in the society which made them to always boast of being untouchable, but our client, feeling the need not to keep quiet again and strengthened by his belief in the fact that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is keen on fighting corruption, which has been the bane of our country, is of the firm belief that it’s time to expose and open the can of worms called Alpha Beta Consulting.”

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