Federal government obtains list of 500 Nigerians implicated in tax fraud

Federal government obtains list of 500 Nigerians implicated in tax fraud

- AGF Malami admits he met ex-pension boss Maina in UAE in 2016

- Senate indicts EFCC over Maina, says seized 222 properties are illegally shared

A list of 500 Nigerians implicated in various cases of tax fraud has been obtained by the federal government.

Laolu Akande, the spokesperson to vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday, November 23, Premium Times reports.

Speaking on the backdrop of the National Economic Council (NEC), held in Abuja on Thursday, November 23, presidential spokesperson told reporters that the Minister of Finance informed the Council the affected individuals were found to have under declared their assets.

He disclosed that the federal government plans to provide amnesty to those repentant tax defaulters in the country.

On the Voluntary Aid Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, the minister said there was progress and the list of 500 Nigerians who were believed to have under declared their assets has already been obtained," Akande said.

“She said the scheme would offer an amnesty opportunity for all tax defaulters,’’ he added.

“The Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) was formally inaugurated on June 29, by the federal government.

“VAIDS is an initiative designed to encourage voluntary disclosure of previously undisclosed assets and income for the purpose of payment of all outstanding tax liabilities.”

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Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has confirmed that he met Abdulrasheed Maina in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January, 2016.

Daily Trust reports that he said his meeting with Maina was in the presence of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, during an official assignment.

In a related report, the Senate ad hoc committee set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement of former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, has indicted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Punch reports that the Senate, at the plenary on Thursday, November 23, further asked the ad hoc committee to probe into the whereabouts of the 222 properties seized from alleged pension fund thieves and kept in the custody of the EFCC.

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NAIJ.com gathered that chairman of the committee, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, moved a motion to extend the probe to the seized properties in the EFCC’s custody, as they had been allegedly “shared.” He also asked for more time to carry out the assignment.

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Source: Naija.ng

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