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Alpha-Beta Fraud: Ex-Revenue boss Tunde Fowler in EFCC net

Mr. Fowler was recently mentioned in serious allegations of tax evasion and fraud to the tune of N100 billion against Alpha-Beta Consulting.

• November 2, 2020
Babatunde Fowler
Babatunde Fowler

The immediate past chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, is currently being grilled by the EFCC for his alleged role in corruption allegations levelled against Alpha-Beta Consulting, officials said Monday afternoon.

The former tax chief, who had previously chaired the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, was invited by the anti-graft body to answer questions relating to an ongoing probe, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren told Peoples Gazette. Mr. Uwujaren did not immediately provide details of the invitation, but said it was prepared by the Lagos offices of the anti-graft office.

Mr. Fowler was recently mentioned in serious allegations of tax evasion and fraud to the tune of N100 billion against Alpha-Beta Consulting, a revenue contractor to the Lagos government.

The Gazette had reported that a statement of claim recently filed at the Lagos State High Court by Dapo Apara described how funds were moved in apparent money laundering from Alpha-Beta Consulting to businesses and individuals allegedly linked to former governor Bola Tinubu.

Mr. Apara, a foremost executive of the firm, also alleged that N1 billion was illicitly transferred to the company that publishes The Nation, and two other printing companies namely Afkar Printing Press and Lagoon Press Limited in 2017.

The Gazette could not immediately ascertain Mr. Fowler’s role in the alleged crimes. It was unclear whether he honoured the invitation with a lawyer.

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