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FIRS prosecutes staff over forged tax certificates

09 July 2014, 20:51

Abuja - The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Tuesday commenced the prosecution of two of its officers accused of issuing forged and counterfeit tax clearance certificates to some persons.

Also arraigned with the FIRS officials before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa, for the alleged offence were two members of staff of Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue.

The accused, who are facing a 12-count charge are Igbanibo Inikio, Ayibadeinyefa Efamughe, Amula Jacob and Evelyn Amieghaye.

The prosecutor, James Binang, told the court that the suspects operated a syndicate that issued counterfeit tax clearance certificates to unsuspecting members of the public.

Binang said that the accused issued forged tax clearance certificates to Seebemm Int’l Ltd and Kofabem Int’l Ltd and some individuals.

According to him, one of the victims of the syndicate’s illegal act, who presented a forged tax clearance certificate given to him by the accused, to British Embassy, was denied visa to the United Kingdom.

One of the victims of the alleged scam, Chief Emmanuel Emberru, called as witness by the prosecutor, told the court that he could not attend his daughter’s wedding in London because of a fake tax certificate issued to him by the accused.

 Accounting to him, it is so shocking that tax clearance certificate obtained from revenue officials turned out to be counterfeit.

“It was so humiliating that I was denied visa and banned from re-applying for ten years.


“I could not attend my daughter’s wedding in London so I decided to ensure that the officials were brought to book,” Emberru, who is traditional ruler of Kabowei community in the state, said.

The judge adjourned the case till Wednesday for continued hearing.


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