The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed how a former Federal Inland Revenue Service coordinating director Peter Hena received over 700 million Naira between January 2017 and December 2018.
Investigations by the anti-corruption agency indicated that Hena and eight others were split 4.5 billion naira in illegal stakes and fraudulent tour compensation.
The Commission arrested Hena last Thursday on 42 charges before Judge Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
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The director of finance, Mohammed Auta, was also arrested; Amina Sidi (Finance and Accounting Department); Umar Aduka (Internal audit); Mbura Mustapha (Deputy Director); Obi Malachy (Service group); Obaje Adofu (responsible for the budget); Udo-Inyang Alfred (Officer II) and Benjamin Jiya (Deputy Director).
A copy of the indictment obtained by The punch of the EFCC on Tuesday, detailed how the defendants divided the N4.5b.
The statement revealed that as the coordinating director of FIRS, Hena accepted Aua’s cash of N45 million without going through a financial institution, contrary to Article 1 (a) and punishable under Section 16 (2) (b) of the Prohibition of Money Laundering Act 2011, as amended. by Law No. 1 of 2012.
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EFCC investigations also revealed that Hena had received another cash payment of 75 million Naira from Mbura and 99 million Naira from Okeke.
Count Six of the prosecution further stated: “That you, Peter Hena, while serving as the Director of Coordination of the Federal Tax Service between January 2017 and December 2018 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court , accepted N127m from Benjamin Jiya who exceeded N5m without going through a financial institution contrary to section 1 (a) and punishable under section 16 (2) (b) of the 2011 Prohibition Act money laundering, as amended by Law No. 1 of 2012. ”
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The first defendant is also said to have received 145 million naira from Sidi from the finance and accounts department of the FIRS.
Detectives also discovered that Hena had also received N 92 million in cash from Aduku and another N 128.6 million from Aua who allegedly took possession of N 258.6 million from other FIRS officials.
In addition, the EFCC said that Auta, while serving as chief financial officer, kept 85 million naira “under the pretext that the funds were intended for stakeholders” when he should reasonably have known that the fund was the product of illegal activity, fraud, corruption and criminal appropriation of public funds. .
Aduku was found to have transferred 200 million Naira to Hena and also paid 97.1 million Naira into his own GTB bank account number 0023004712 under the guise of tour duty allowances.