ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA State Government says it has arrested some staff of the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) for fraudulent activities in connection with the diversion of government revenue. The government also said that it recovered some incriminating documents from the suspects.
The suspects were said to have engaged the services of touts,Â who work with them to defraud the government of it earnings. The arrest of the touts, led to the arrest of the BIR staff.
However, the number of the suspects was not disclosed by the government.
Meanwhile, the government has approved the opening of Cash Point by all the banks collecting revenue for the state in a bid to tackle the menace of fraudulent revenue workers.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Kingsley Emereuwa lamented the activities of the touts, who were engaged by BIR workers, saying that government would no longer tolerate such acts.
â€œThe attention of the Abia state government has been drawn to the activities of some staff of the Board of Internal Revenue, who engage the fraudulent services of touts to aid them in diverting accruing revenue to the state government.
â€œThe state government confirmed the existence of this age-long fraudulent racket when raids at some offices of the Board of Internal Revenue in Aba and Umuahia by security agents led to the arrest of many touts and their criminal collaborators within the Board of Internal Revenue. During these raids, incriminating documents were also intercepted.