The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, arraigned Abumere Joseph Osagie, a former deputy director, Regional Tax Office of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), and one Jamila Ojora, on a two count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and receipt of gratification, before Justice O. O. Goodluck of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja. See more photos below..
According to Sahara Reporters, Abumere Joseph Osagie and Jamila Ojora corruptly accepted the sum of five million naira from one Senator Ahmed Datti as a gift for having done a tax assessment for Baze University. Osagie and Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Senator 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. N5 million was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation and she was arrested during the collection. Her confession also led to the arrest of Osagie. Their houses were searched by operatives of the EFCC and relevant documents were recovered.