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
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
The judge adjourned the case till Wednesday for continued hearing.
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