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VAT Collection In Nigeria: Wike Threatens To Takeover FIRS Offices

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VAT Collection In Nigeria: Wike Threatens To Takeover FIRS Offices

Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to takeover the offices of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in the oil-rich South-South state.

While addressing business owners at a meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the governor said he would have no choice but to operate the offices of the revenue-generating agencies in the state should it continue its bullying.

As reported on Newsrand, in August, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, in a suit marked FHC/PH/CS/149/2020, held that the Rivers State government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory.

FIRS on Monday, September 7, prayed the court to stay execution on the judgment.

But the presiding judge, Justice Stephem Pam, thought otherwise, as he rejected the application, saying granting it would negate the principle of equity.

Speaking on the matter, Wike said he cannot continue to beg the Federal Government for what belongs to his state, as he warned the FIRS to desist from “bullying” the state with federal power.

“I overhead the FIRS chairman saying that he will show me the powers of the Federal Government that the Federal Government will muzzle the judiciary. It is not my business. The court has decided,” the governor said.

“All these bullying (by) FIRS. They should mind the state they are bullying. FIRS should be very careful. You don’t bully state like us…I have the political will to do a lot of things. I am not one of those governors that will shy away. If they continue to bully us, all their offices in the state, I will take,” he stated.

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters who have been posting fraudulent messages relating to the e-Naira launched recently.

Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, Director, Corporate Communications, said in a statement posted on the bank’s website on Wednesday, that the bank was not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens as claimed by the fraudsters.

“Following the formal launch of the eNaira on Monday, Oct. 25, the attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to criminal and illegal activities of some individuals and a fraudulent Twitter handle, @enaira_cbdc purported to belong to the Bank.

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The impostor handle and fraudulent persons have been posting messages related to the e-Naira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria, among other falsities, is disbursing the sum of 50 Billion e-Naira currency.

“These impostors are bent on defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion e-Naira currency.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Central of Nigeria is not the owner of that Twitter handle (@enaira_cbdc) and indeed suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s ban. In effect, the Bank is not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens,’’ Nwanisobi said.

He urged Nigerians to always endeavor to seek clarifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the e-Naira website: www.enaira.gov.ng or calling the e-Naira contact center on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them.

He also advised anyone seeking clarity to visit the digital currency’s current official social media handles: www.facebook.com/myenaira; www.instagram.com/myenaira and www.youtube.com/myenaira.

Nwanisobi urged that suspicious activity by members of the public should be reported to the CBN using helpdesk@enaira.gov.ng or to relevant law enforcement agencies. 

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

Following an undercover investigation by Isa Jere Idris, the acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), which uncovered corrupt practises, some officials of the service have been removed from their respective offices.

As reported on Newsrand, Idris ordered the arrest of some NIS corrupt officials after he disguised as a passport applicant on Monday, October 18, 2021.

In a follow-up to the undercover investigation, some officers were removed from their offices, leading to a shakeup in the service.

Amongst those affected was the passport control officer at the Ikoyi passport office under the Lagos State Command of the NIS, Ibrahim Liman, a deputy comptroller of immigration.

Liman’s counterparts at the Ikeja and FESTAC Town passport offices of the NIS, N.J Dashe and Adeola Adesokan respectively, have also been removed from their offices.

While Liman and Adesokan have been transferred to the service headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Dashe has been transferred to the zone ‘A’ command of the service which covers both Ogun and Lagos states.

A deputy comptroller of immigration service, Abolupe Oladoyin Bewaji, has been appointed as Liman’s replacement while Dashe and Adesokan were replaced by R.L Bukar and S. Umar, both of whom are also deputy comptrollers of immigration.

The new posting is contained in an internal memo.

The memo, signed by the deputy comptroller general of NIS in charge of human resources, A.B Yarima, noted that the new posting is with immediate effect.

“I am directed to convey approval for the following posting with immediate effect,” the memo reads in part, listing eight officers concerned.

Also affected in the new reshuffle include A.I Bambale, who has been moved from zone ‘A’ command to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Bambale, a comptroller of immigration service, was replaced by Sunday James, who was moved from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to zone ‘A’ in Lagos.

James is the immediate past spokesperson for the service who was replaced in June by an assistant comptroller of immigration, Amos Okpu.

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