Nigeria: ICPC, Chartered Institute of Taxation declare war on tax offenders
Abuja, October 9, 2018 (AltAfrica)-A Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences, ICPC and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria , CITN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU in an effort to wage war against tax evasion
The signing ceremony which took place at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, according to ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okuduwa, said the agency’s Acting Chairman, Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar and CITN President, Chief Cyril Ekemefuna Ede appending their signatures to the document on behalf of the Commission and the Institute respectively.
Speaking during the brief ceremony, Dr. Abubakar, declared that tax evasion was an offence punishable under the ICPC law, and that training in areas of taxation would boost the performance of operatives investigating tax and non-tax related matters.
He noted that the Commission had frequently been able to nail suspects from the angle of their tax status, especially in cases that investigations seemed to have run into a brick wall.
The Acting Chairman also expressed optimism that having investigators and prosecutors of the Commission well-grounded in specialised areas would make the prosecution of offenders easier.
Earlier in his remarks, CITN President, Cyril Ekemefuna explained that part of the Institute’s effort was to ensure that corruption did not have a place in tax administration.
Chief Ede added that to be able to confront the challenges of tax evasion, officers needed to have the requisite knowledge, reiterating that continuous training and capacity development were essential towards building a strong institution.
The CITN boss described the signing of the MoU as the beginning of a commitment towards the survival of the Nigerian project.
He also commended ICPC on the successes it had recorded since its inception, saying that the Commission’s preventive initiative was a noble idea.
Under the MOU, the CITN commits to training ICPC operatives in the area of taxation, and equipping them with the required knowledge needed to fight corruption in the sector.