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Five Docked Over Fake FIRS Jobs, Promotion


Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja.

Five persons accused of impersonating officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and deceiving members of the public into parting with money for non-existent FIRS jobs and fake promotion promise to officials of the Service, were Monday 27th October 2014 docked at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered that the five be remanded in Kuje prison custody until they meet their bail terms, to which prosecuting Counsel: Chinazo Edeh and counsel to the defendants: Ebenezer Abadaki agreed before the judge ruled.

Those docked include: Alex Oki, David Kachia, Mohammed Shuaibu, Kehinde Jamah, Ogbonna Agwu. Three other accused persons are at large.

Count 2 of the charge read: that you 1. Alex Oki (M), 2. Ogbonna Agwu (M) 3. Shuaibu Mohammed (M), 4. Kehinde Jamar (M), 5. David Nuhu Kachia (M), 6. Aminu Ibrahim (M), (Now At Large), 7. Onyekachi (aka Don Chris (M) (Now At Large) and 8. Paschal (aka Sullivan Ajah) now at large) in May 2014, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court unlawfully assumed the character of officers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service for the unlawful purpose of deceiving unsuspecting members of the public into believing that you are authorized officers who could get them employment into the Federal Inland Revenue Service and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 46 of the FIRS Establishment Act (2007).

The suspects were also accused to have deceived members of the public to pay the sums of N16,500, N20,000 and N10,000 at different times into a UBA Account Nos: 3068721925 and 2057796059. This, said the charge sheet, contradicts Section 419 Criminal Procedure Act, Cap C28 LFN 2007.

Citing the right of the accused persons to bail; that the offences are bailable offences and the accused persons rights’ to liberty, Abadaki asked the court to grant bail to the suspects under very liberal terms.

He cited Sections 35 (4) and 36 (5) of the 199 Constitution to press his claims.


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