A staff of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) and four others have been arraigned before Magistrate Shade Lawal of the Kwara State Revenue court on charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery of receipts of the revenue agency.
This was disclosed in a statement at the weekend by Barr. Lateef Okandeji, the Director of Legal and Enforcement, KWIRS.
Okandeji said that the five accused persons are staffers of both KWIRS and the Kwara State Bureau of lands.
He disclosed that sometime in August, the agency discovered that some prospective tax payers within Ilorin and its environs were being issued fake receipts of the agency and also indicating payment of huge sums of money by the tax payers.
Okandeji noted that the agency thereafter petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State command who arrested the accused persons in the course of investigation.
Okandeji listed the names of the accused as Adebola Ajibare, 37 (KWIRS), Adeleke Hakeem, 34, Moshood Isiaka, 33, Adisa Abdullahi, 32 and Ayilara Adenike 42 who are staff of the Bureau of Lands. He confirmed that they have also confessed to the crime.
The director said the accused conspired and forged the documents of the revenue agency to sabotage the revenue generation of the state government and defraud innocent tax payers.
He noted that the judge, Magistrate Shade Lawal, admitted the accused to bail and adjourned the case to October 10, 2017 for further mention.