With the incessant desire to amass wealth at the slightness opportunity by apostles of corruption who pose as public office holders across the country, SecretReporters can authoritatively report that Babatunde Fowler, the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is not left out in this horrid trend as there are reports of his alleged involvement in the fraudulent act by fleecing funds meant for the agency into his private pockets.
Information on our news desk reveal that the chairman in a bid to conceal his putrid activities and appear blameless in the eyes of the law while lobbying for the position of Minister of Finance allegedly on the advice of his “godfather “Ahmed Bola Tinubu invited the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the directors and some senior officers of the commission whom he believed will be a stumbling block for the achievement of his evil plans.
However, SecretReporters garnered that the planned investigation which was meant to be in his favour was seen to have boomeranged, as over N300Million was traced to a single account supposedly belonging to one of the Aides of the FIRS chairman by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Confessing to the illicit acts after being interrogated, the aide stated that the money was not hers, but that of the chairman. She further revealed that the said account was a conduit through which Babatunde Fowler wires funds of the agency to his proxies, friends, and families.
Also in a shocking confession, the aide after being detained, in the bid of not been the sole victim of the criminal charges leveled on her by the EFCC, unraveled top secrets of the Commission as she also disclosed that recently, Babatunde Fowler, as usual, used the same account to route out millions of Naira from which he bought his girlfriend a Porsche car as her birthday gift.
The Commission’s Director of Finance, Mohammed Auta, and the outgoing Coordinating Director (CD) Mr Hena when interrogated also confessed to these nefarious and illegal embezzling of funds activities carried out by Babatunde from the coffers of the FIRS.
Regrettably, this evil trend has eaten deep like a virulent cells into the lifeblood of the commission as this online medium learned that in spite of the recent detention of some directors of the Federal Inland Revenue Service by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for close to sixteen days over various offenses bordering on diversion of Government funds and financial recklessness, more than N2 Billion was also uncovered in one of the Director’s account during the investigation process with no verifiable source.
SecretReporters also gathered that this malicious plan by the chairman and his godfather to probe the directors was a glaring opportunity to cede the coordinating director (CD) whom they believe has the likelihood of succeeding him as the Chairman of FIRS, not only because of his experience and dedication to duty but that the CD who knows so much of his questionable and heinous activities in the agency might let the cat of the bag.
The aftermath of these investigation sources revealed allegedly led to an order by the EFCC for the arrest of Babatunde Fowler who immediately absconded upon receiving intelligence that the anti-graft agency was coming to raid his office and home.
A close source in the FIRS, who pleaded anonymity further revealed that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is hell-bent on bringing all those indicted during the investigation who have turned the Revenue Service to their cash cow to book, as he also revealed that Babatunde Fowler is allegedly currently taking custody in Tinubu’s Abuja residence, believing that the Vice President would wade in to save him from the impending prosecution.