By Mukwuzi Joseph

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, over an alleged N100bn fraud perpetrated under his watch.

Fowler, a long-time ally of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and also a close friend of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, arrived at the EFCC Lagos office this morning.

Fowler was invited for questioning after a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Beta Consulting, Dapo Apara, petitioned the antigraft agency, accusing the firm of tax fraud to the tune of N100bn.

Yes, Fowler responded to an invitation this morning. I believe he is still here,” said EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.

According to reports Fowler is being interrogated over an alleged N100 billion tax evasion as it relates to Alpha Beta, a tax consulting firm.about:blank

Alpha Beta has often been linked to Tinubu.

In a petition to the EFCC in 2018, Apara stated that Alpha Beta “has become an avenue for official corruption of government officials, a conduit pipe for massive money-laundering scheme, tax evasion, among other vices.

“Over the years the company has been protected and shielded by some powerful politicians and people in the society which made them to always boast of being untouchable, but our client, feeling the need not to keep quiet again and strengthened by his belief in the fact that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is keen on fighting corruption, which has been the bane of our country, is of the firm belief that it’s time to expose and open the can of worms called Alpha Beta Consulting.”

Fowler’s tenure as chairman of EFCC expired in December 2019 and was not renewed by President Buhari.

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