The Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue boss, Alhaji. Yakubu Oseni is currently being investigated for funds diversion and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. A foremost civil society group the Anti-corruption and Integrity Forum petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission calling for the investigation of 3 billion naira and the prosecution of the Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue, Alhaji Yakubu Oseni, the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, Mr. David Edward Onoja and the APC chairman Bello Abubakar for money laundering.
In the Petition, it was revealed that the Kogi tax boss allegedly conspired with the aforementioned persons to open bank accounts disguised as those of the Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in order to launder money with them.
According to the petition, Dangote Group paid taxes of 3 billion naira and the money was diverted into 9 accounts created by the tax boss for the purpose of laundering it. The petition states that the above mentioned person have allegedly took part in it and also received proceeds of this crime. The anti-corruption organization requested that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission traces the money paid by dangote into a skye bank account before it was diverted to account numbers 0431486029 at First City Monument Bank, 2017770110 at First Bank, 0057904831 at Ecobank, 1015503782 at United Bank of Africa, 0025013646 at Union Bank, 1130071472 at Zenith Bank, 4030014272 at Zenith Bank, 0018496916 at Unity Bank, 0709993397 at Access Bank.
The funds were also laundered from account numbers 2882050558 at Ecobank, 1012670779 and 1130020085 at Zenith Bank, 0000106201 at Kogi Savings and Loans and account numbers 1751069541, 1751069383, 1751069280 at Skye Bank.
Shortly after the 3 billion naira was diverted, the chairman of Kogi State board of Internal Revenue acquired a multi-billion naira property (as pictured below) located at No. 1, Magaji Muazu Crescent off Patrick Yakowa Road, Katampe, Abuja.
The chairman of Anti-corruption and Integrity Forum said in a statement to Integrity Watchdog that the organization will ensure to investigate the Kogi tax boss and make public every property he acquired in and outside Nigeria. We will leave no stones unturned until we expose everyone involved in this mammoth fraud and ensure that they are prosecuted. Tax payer’s money should never end up in the hands of corrupt officials. How can money that could be used to fund projects that could positively impact the lives of the residents of Kogi state be stolen by the same persons put in place to secure it. It will not be tolerated.
This petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is just one of the many cases to be filed with the commission. He also stated that this exposition and that of the Akwa Ibom State Government is one of the organisation’s drive to expose corruption being perpetrated by public officials in several states in Nigeria.