Umahi suspends Ebonyi IGR board over allege fraud




The Ebonyi state government Wednesday suspended members of the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) board indefinitely  over allegation of fraud.

The state government which made this known  in a statement issued to Journalists in Abakaliki by the Secretary to the State government (SSG) Dr Kenneth Ugbala said that records of monumental fraud was discovered in the IGR operation of the state.

 Ugbala urged members of the public not to have any dealings with the suspended board members as regards IGR collection for the state.

He said all IGR matters of the state are henceforth domiciled in the Office of the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, saying payments and receipts must be authorised and certified by the deputy governor.

He warned that ten years prison term without option of fine awaits any defaulter of the order.

The statement reads in part, “the indefinite suspension is as a result of their failure to properly discharge their duties of their offices and the discovery of records of monumental fraud in the IGR operation of the state.

“As a result of this, all banks operating in the state as well as tax payers are advised not to have anything to do or any dealing anymore with the company concerning the IGR of Ebonyi state as all IGR matters are henceforth domiciled in the office of his excellency the deputy governor of the state.

“To this end, all IGR  payment and receipt must be authorized and certified by the Deputy Governor . Members of the public are further advised and warned that ten years imprisonment without the  option of fine awaits any defaulter of this order in line with the state IGR law”.

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