FIRS to arraign ex-staff for tax certificates’ forgery


The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) plans to arraign five of its ex-employees before the Federal High Court, Abuja this week for alleged involvement in the forgery of some tax certificates issued to firms.

It has already filed a 13- count charge against Benjamin Ojo, Atere Olutayo Ayodeji, Adegbite Adewale, Yusuf Olatunji and Mustapha Dodo. The men, who have since been arrested, were taken to court yesterday, but could not be arraigned because of some administrative hitches. The charge, filed on November 18, 2015 was endorsed by FIRS’ Assistant Director, Legal Services, James Binang.

The men were charged with conspiracy, making of counterfeit companies income tax clearance certificate, making counterfeit seal of the FIRS forging of signature and unlawful possession of “instruments and materials for forgery.”

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The offences, allegedly committed between 2013 and 2015, are said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 43(a) and (d), 46, 48(b) FIRS (Establishment) Act 2007 and sections 480(1)(b) and 516 of the Criminal Code Act 2010.


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