EFCC arrests FIRS director over attempt to defraud Baze University owner

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Abumere Joseph Osagie, a Deputy Director, Regional Tax Office of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for allegedly attempting to extort N5 million from the Chancellor of Baze University, Abuja, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Mr Osagie was arrested with one Jamila Ojora for abuse of office and bribery.

A statement issued by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the FIRS deputy director was arrested following a complaint by the victim.

The statement said: “Osagie and one Jamila Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Senator Ahmed Datti, the Chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and gave him a tax assessment of N20,029, 496.00 through a letter of intent, which he paid.

“However, when he requested for the assessment certificate, they refused to oblige him. Instead they allegedly demanded for N5 million gratification. All pleas by him fell on deaf ears.

“Consequently, he petitioned the EFCC, and was advised to play along. Consequently, marked N5million was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation. Ojora was arrested after she collected the N5 million. Her confession led to the arrest of Osagie.

“The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC and documents recovered. Investigations continue.”

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