EFCC grills Fowler over fraud allegations against Alpha Beta

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is presently interrogating a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, over the N100 billion evasion allegations levelled against a firm, Alpha Beta Consulting.

Fowler, who is also a former Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, responded an invitation the EFCC Monday.

A former Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Beta Consulting, Dapo Apara, had accused the firm of fraud the tune of N100bn.

In a petition the EFCC in 2018, Apara stated that Alpha Beta, the firm given exclusive rights monitor and collect Internally Generated Revenue behalf of the Lagos Government, “has become an avenue for official corruption of government officials, a conduit pipe for massive money-laundering , evasion, among other vices.”

In the petition which was written by his lawyer, Adetunji Shoyoye and Associates, the ex-CEO claimed that the fraud had been covered by powerful politicians in the .

The petition signed by Adetunji Adegboyega behalf of the firm, read in part, “Over the years the company has been protected and shielded by some powerful politicians and in the society which made them to always boast of being untouchable, but our client, feeling the need not to keep quiet again and strengthened by his belief in the fact that the government of President Buhari is keen on fighting corruption, which has been the bane of our country, is of the firm belief that to expose and open the can of worms called Alpha Beta Consulting.”

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Fowler was with the commission.

“Yes, Fowler responded to an invitation this morning. I believe he is here,” he explained.

Uwujaren, however, did not comment on the .