Gov. Fayose sacks Ekiti revenue boss over alleged fraud

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has sacked the Chairman of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Ropo Ogunjobi, over multi-million Naira fraud allegedly uncovered in the agency.

Although the amount involved could not be immediately ascertained Friday, the fraud angered Fayose which made him to relieve Ogunjobi who also doubled as his Special Adviser on Revenue Matters.

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A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade said Ogunjobi was removed for “negligence.”

Two other persons were apprehended by agents of the state government and immediately handed over the suspects to the police.

Investigations reveal that perpetrators include some staff of the board who collaborate with outsiders to commit the crime.

The two suspects handed over to the Police by Fayose are a revenue officer, Omotayo Ojo and a printer, Akinniyi Akinsola

Fayose revealed that the duo colluded together to print fake revenue receipts as well as issuing fake tax clearance certificates to unsuspecting residents.

The suspects were said to have printed and began putting to use a total of 10 packets of fake revenue receipts before nemesis caught up with them.

Fayose warned the people of the state to stop paying money directly to any revenue officer but to pay through the designated banks.

The state Commissioner of Police, Etop James, who confirmed the development, explained that the command has launched investigation into fraud.

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