FIRS To Sue Timi Frank For Libel Over Allegation It Spent N90Bn For Buhari’s Campaign

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) says it will sue Timi Frank for allegations he made against the Service regarding a N90 billion campaign fund he claimed was made available to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The government agency said they do not have that kind of money because it is almost their annual allocation.

Frank had alleged that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was given N90 billion for purposes of election campaign by FIRS. Frank who is a member of PDP is also a close ally of Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement released on Monday, Wahab Gbadamosi, FIRS’ director of information, dismissed the claim, saying the service’s annual allocation is not even up to the said amount.

“The entire allegation being spread by one Frank Timi that the Federal lnland Revenue Service spent N90 billion to fund the last election is mendacious, wicked, malicious and a calculated attempt to smear the image of the Service and that of his Excellency, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,” the statement read.

“In the last four years since Mr Tunde Fowler has supervised operations at the FIRS, the agency had not received up to N90 billion, per annum, as Cost of Collection from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC. Mr. Frank and his band of liars might wish to cross-check this from FAAC, a public institution, whose records are open to the public.

“It is from the remittances from FAAC—which had never grossed up to N100 billion, PER ANNUM, that FIRS pays the salary and emoluments and trains it’s over 8,000 staff, runs over 150 offices and provides for other needs of the Service.

“Given the above, IT IS NOT PLAUSIBLE nor DOES IT MAKE ANY SENSE that FIRS will commit its resources to a phantom campaign of N90 billion as suggested by Mr Timi Frank and FIRS does not fund political associations.”

FIRS said it is a public trust which operates on behalf of Nigerians.

Taxpayers money including its operational funds, the FIRS said, are sacred and they exercise extra care and diligence in expenditures, even after such funds must have been appropriated by the national assembly.

“The agency is subject to the eagle eye scrutiny, supervision and close monitoring by the National Assembly, the Federation Account Allocation Committee and the Ministry of Finance through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF,” the statement further read.

FIRS went further and accused Frank of seeking cheap popularity adding that it would file a libel suit if Frank refuses to tender an apology in three major newspapers within the next 24 hours.

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