Nigeria Anti-graft Commission arrests varsity graduate for tax fraud
By Adetokunbo Fakeye
London, September 23 (AltAfrika) The Nigeria anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a suspected Internet fraudster, for tax fraud. The Commission has also stated that there will be no sacred cow in its efforts to fight the cancerworm that has eaten deeper into the society.
The suspect, Ake Oluseun a 30-year-old and a graduate of Computer and Information Science, was arrested in Lagos Nigeria’s former capital city following intelligence report.
The suspect Ake Oluseun. (Image EFCC)
According to the agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the suspect, who owns Canbit Music, Canbit Resources (Nig.) Limited, Istartup Enterprise and Volta Company, allegedly sent an email to an employee of an American company requesting for the W-2s of the staff. The W-2 form, is a document that shows the reports of an employee’s annual wages and the amount of taxes withheld from his or her pay cheque, which an employer sends to his or her employees and the Internal Revenue Services, IRS.
Alternative Afrika learnt that the suspect, who impersonated the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the American company, was alleged to have received 790 ( Seven Hundred and Ninety) W-2s from the staff, which he sold to some anonymous buyers.
Oluseun, who is also being investigated for different offences including Business E-mail Compromise, BEC, printing of an American bank cheques, was allegedly paid with e-currency such as bitcoins and perfect money.
Items recovered from the suspect include American cheques, three external hard drives, mobile phones, two laptops, Spectranet Router, flash drives, printer and USB modems.
Meanwhile, the Acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has once again stressed that no one will be “untouchable” as the agency intensifies its anti-corruption crusade.
“We are winning the war against corruption, because the age of impunity is over, and never again would anyone be treated as sacred cow,” he said.
Magu made this declaration in a paper he delivered at the 20th Anniversary Public Lecture and Award Ceremony of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria, FICAN, In the paper entitled, Corruption and National Development: Issues, Challenges and Solutions, Magu, who was represented by Tony Orilade, acting Head, EFCC’s Public Interface Unit, pinpointed corruption as the main reason why Nigeria has been unable to fully reach its potentials as the Giant of Africa.