Alleged fraud: Abia govt suspends Erondu over alleged breach of revenue collection ethics

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The Abia State Internal Revenue Service has suspended the appointment of Azubuike Ihuoma Erondu, a Commissioned Revenue Collector, for allegedly collecting the Unified Emblem levies.

It was also alleged that Erondu had consistently carried out the collection of the Unified Emblems levies without adopting ABIRS e-ticket/e- emblems, upload system rules.

The suspension was contained in a letter endorsed by the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the revenue service, Agbara Celestine and made available to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital.

It was gathered that Erondu, had flagrantly flouted laid down regulations, code of conduct, ethics in collections and enforcement of compliance of the revenue windows.

The ABIRS boss equally faulted Erondu for reverting to the hackneyed understanding with Abia State Passenger Integrated Manifest Scheme (ASPIM) against the settled understanding while his appointment with ABIRS subsisted.

Part of the letter read, ” sequel to our appraisal of your quarterly performance, we write to inform you of our displeasure over your poor performance based on the following criteria: collection of levies without using ABIRS e-ticket/e-emblems approved platforms.

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“Collecting above amount as authorized by ABIRS and engaging enforcers without recourse/ clearance from ABIRS.

“Approaching the court while an appointment subsists with intent to Coax ABIRS, from proceeding to quarterly review your performance.

“Continuous fraudulent collections outside ABIRS authorized prices.

“In line with the conditions of your appointment, be informed that ABIRS has with immediate effect, suspended your appointment pending further investigation”.

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