Revenue Officer Impersonators Convicted With 1 Year Imprisonment

According to the First Information Report of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Adejobi Benjamin reported to the B Divisional Police Headquarters, Ilorin on 7 May 2016that Mustapha Babatunde and Lawal Martins with two others reported to be at large stopped him, introduced themselves as revenue officers of the Ilorin-West Local Government and forced him to pay N15,000 naira for revenue papers. This reported was investigated and the suspects were found to be impersonating and performing illegal duties. The suspects were as such charged to the court.

At this criminal prosecution involving COP vs Lawal Martins and one other where the suspects were arraigned at the Area Court 1, Adewole Area, Ilorin on the following count charges, criminal conspiracy, forgery, impersonation and extortation contrary to Section 91, 364, 179 and 291 of Penal Code Law. On the day of the arraignment, the accused first pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned. Following investigation and the presentation of evidences the court returned on the adjourned date, 12 May 2016. The accused then pleaded guilty at the adjournment hearing.

The Hon Judge gave summary judgement in this regard and the accused were convicted with imprisonment for a term of one (1) year with an option of fine.

Police Arrests Suspects for Assault and Harassment of KW-IRS

The Nigerian Police have arrested one Mr Femi Ogundeji of No 17, Gaa-Akanbi area of Ilorin-East, Ilorin, Kwara State who allegedly threatened and assaulted a staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).

The arrest was made on 12 May 2016 in his residence where the suspect did not only obstruct the activities of KW-IRS but also smashed the official tablet device of the staff which is worth Three Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira (N390,000).

Mr Femi’s friend, who threatened with charms as well as his wife were also arrested as a lesson for whoever may want to take laws into their hands.

The case has been been transferred to Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigerian Police Force for further investigation.

KW-IRS Disclaims Fake Consultants

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service wish to disclaim the activities of Engr. Micver Bello, City Maintenance MM (Nig) Ltd and Solid Ash Nig Ltd who had been fraudulently collecting money from the general public and okada riders in particular. The Executive Chairman KW-IRS, Dr. Muritala Awodun made this statement at the Revenue House today 13 April 2016. He advised Kwarans to beware and do business only with KW-IRS staff and its approved consultant. He further advised okada riders to refer to their union heads for any information required on who they are to do business with as any transaction done with any person(s) other than the staff of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service or it’s approved consultants is conducted at client’s risk.

Thank you.

Signed

The Executive Chairman

Dr. Muritala Awodun

No Increment on Tax by KW-IRS

The attention of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is drawn to the publication of National Pilot dated 21 March 2016 with the title “IGR: Kwarans groan over tax increment”.

We wish to state categorically that no tax increment has been made by KW-IRS. The identified items: Registry Weddings and Citizenship Certificate are all collectibles by Local Governments which are yet to be handed over to KW-IRS. As such, if there was any increase, it is by Local Governments and unofficially so.

Till date, collections on the stated items are still done by Local Government Officials. More so, the stated items, Registry Weddings and Citizenship are revenue items, not tax. While tax is to the State Government, the stated revenue items are fees under the Local Government collection list.

The Joint Revenue Committee (JRC) made up of all Local Government Chairmen is currently working on the harmonisation of State and Local Government collections as provided for in the Kwara State Revenue Administration Law No. 6. However, even after harmonisation, such items still continue to belong under the Local Government collection and if handed over to the State Government, KW-IRS would only collect on their behalf and remit to the Local Governments’ accounts appropriately.

Please note that all revenue collected by KW-IRS accruable to the Local Governments and State Government are paid into the Kwara State IGR accounts domiciled in all the commercial banks of the State.