As the new governor of Lagos, Akinwumi Ambode settled and swore his cabinet members into office to implement this consolidation agenda for the people of Lagos, the need to wade into the shady activities of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service, (LIRS) is imperative because the exclusive information at our disposal about workers of the agency is not palatable.
Also, if the promised words of new LIRS Boss, Mr. Folarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo is to be taken cognizance of, it is safe to say that his administration will not take corruption with levity as he promised that his tenure will stop at nothing to enact zero tolerance for corruption; there is enormous work to be done on workers of the agency than running after tax defaulters in the state.
Ogunsanwo had also during his screening at the Lagos State House of Assembly promised to have a strong and efficient management of LIRS, and to build a motivated, skilled and competent workforce by introducing information technology, e-filling of taxes, integrate motor vehicle administration, Lands Bureau charges and land use charges among others.
But the exclusive information at our disposal revealed that some workers of the agency have turned it into a personal medium for wealth creation. We reliably gathered that some of the LIRS officials have been diverting tax payers’ money into personal accounts.
It was gathered that some of the workers operate as agency within the umbrella body disguising as representatives of the LIRS.
Bubble burst recently when a victim of the alleged LIRS fraudsters told us that they sent a letter with official letterhead paper of LIRS stating his offence and the section of tax law he contravened as well as the steps he needs to take to prevent being persecuted for tax evasion.
The letter also had names and phone numbers of LIRS officials to be contacted for further information, but surprisingly to him, he said when he contacted one of the numbers, he was told not to bother visiting the head office of LIRS, that he should meet them at a particular venue to discuss the matter.
At the meeting, the victim said the fraudsters promised to help him work around the acclaimed huge debt.
We gathered that he was consequently told to pay certain amount of money into a particular bank account. He made enquiry into the validity of the account details given to him and he discovered that the account was not the official bank account of LIRS.
Therefore, the victim became aware that his accomplices were fraudulent LIRS officials.