EFCC to arraign FIRS director for bribery Thursday


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will arraign Abumere Joseph Osagie, a deputy director in charge of Regional Tax Office of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on Thursday.

Mr. Osagie will be arraigned alongside his accomplice, Jamila Ojora, on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and receipt of gratification.

One of the counts read: “Abumere Joseph Osagie and Jamila Ojora on or about January 27, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, corruptly accepted the sum of N5,000,000.00 from one Senator Ahmed Datti as a gift for having done a tax assessment for Baze University”.

Mr. Osagie and Ms. Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Mr. Datti, the chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and gave him a tax assessment of N20,029,496.00 through a letter of intent, which he paid.

“However, when he requested for the assessment certificate, they refused to oblige him. Instead they allegedly demanded for N5 million gratification.

“All pleas by him fell on deaf ears.

“Consequently, he petitioned the EFCC, and was advised to play along. Consequently, marked N5million was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation.

“Ojora was arrested after she collected the N5 million. Her confession led to the arrest of Osagie.

The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC and documents recovered.

The two suspects are to be docked before Justice O.O. Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja.


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  • SAM .A

    The war against corruption is gradually catching up with the decadent civil service , that body is the most rotten in terms of corruption. They trained all other arms of government in fraudulence and bribery, next to them is Bar and the bench then politicians . Surely and steadily Niger will be cleaned .

  • favourtalk

    Let them all face the law, those tat stole our money heartless ways should pay

  • Peter_Edo

    This is what we want to see…

  • Mizch

    ARRESTS! ARRESTS! ARRESTS! We want to see them convicted and jailed after fair trial. After nine months, it is all sensational arrests, roadside attractions. When will Nigerians see people going to jail?

    • wode

      That’s democracy and the so called rule of law for you. It has to go through trial in Court. That’s with the Judiciary.

    • Julius

      They have to go thru the legal process however long it takes. If not, we will all be yelling due process and the rule of law. They will end up in jail soon.

  • Dexter

    They are heading to Jail.This is an Open and Shut case since the EFCC claim to have a lead and manifest proof. Kirikiri is about to welcome two extra offenders.