9 senior FIRS officials reportedly in EFCC detention over alleged diversion of N6bn tax fund

9 senior FIRS officials reportedly in EFCC detention over alleged diversion of N6bn tax fund

- Some officials of the FIRS have reportedly been arrested by the EFCC for alleged fraud

- It was reported that N6 billion tax fund meant for the federal government has been diverted

- The EFCC also confirmed the arrest of the officials

Nine senior officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) have reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to Premium Times, the officials were arrested over the illegal diversion of N6 billion tax funds that should have gone to the Nigerian government.

It was reported that the director of finance and accounts of the FIRS, Mohammed Auta, is one of those in detention.

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Another director of the agency, Peter Hena, is also alleged to be involved in the scandal.

Hena is reportedly out of Nigeria but sources within the anti-graft agency reportedly said he would be arrested when he returns.

It was learnt that most of the other affected officials are from the finance and account department of the FIRS.

All the officials have been in the EFCC detention since April 1.

The EFCC spokesperson, Orilade Tony, confirmed the detention of the officials.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered the interim forfeiture of a property linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke, Donald Chidi Amangbo and Sequoyah Properties Limited.

The former minister of petroleum resources has reportedly been hiding in the UK since the commencement of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Daily Trust reports that court which was presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor granted the interim forfeiture of the property which is located at Plot 9, Azikiwe Road, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

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