How Ag Chair Of Bauchi Board Of Internal Revenue Forged Documents To Get Himself Employed – Baba Saraki
Corruption in Nigeria is spread even among the professionals, who are seeing by their people, organization or institution as experts occupying big-big positions in either at the state or the federal level. Unknowingly, some of these experts obtained their documents illegally, just to serve people strenuously by force. There is need for the governments to embark on a thorough investigation on candidate’s documents before employment, employee previous work records need to be double-check whether on transfer of service, change of working environment or even a times dismissed by the previous institutions. This will help in identifying trickery, deviousness and frauds committed by the employee. If not, we can’t kill corruption but rather corruption can kill us.
I recently read an article published online by the Peoples Daily dated 29th July 2015, about the current happenings in Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue (BOIR), which call for dissolution of the management board. A group named United Bauchi State Group has called on the executive governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar to completely dissolve the board, and investigate the management directed by Yakubu Isa, the acting Chairman of the Board appointed by the former governor Isa Yuguda. The group professed that he is an incompetent, amateurish and unskillful for the post, and that he was dismissed by one of the financial institute due to his gross misconduct. They further bewailed that his appointment was done illegally by the corrupt Yuguda’s administration to serve his interest. He was appointed as a director and later on promoted to acting chairman for the board, while he reached his pensionable age of 45 years. This is considered unconstitutional and unlawful against the law of Nigeria (LFN 2004) section 87 PITA cap p8 and section 2. The government supposes to employ him on contract basis, not on permanent and pensionable scale, and hence, the group considers this as an illegal appointment done by the former governor’s administration.
Sometimes, I enjoyed substantiating information gotten from the net. Reading the published article quoted above, encouraged me to investigate this matter. In search for the true allegation above, I obtained an exclusively highly confidential documents forged by the acting chairman board of internal revenue Mr. Yakubu Isa, just to get himself employ by the board. The documents signposted that he reported to BOIR that he worked with Sky Bank Nigeria, Plc., as a Business Development Manager from 2008 until his resignation from the post in the year 2011. Usually, BOIR do request confidential report of its new employee from his/her previous employment. The board requested the report on a document number BIR/S/OFF/360/V.I dated 14th June 2011 asking the Bank to attest Mr. Yakubu’s attitude and conduct, by responding to some questions attached to the letter on the confidential report form.
Surprisingly, Mr. Yakubu Isa, has already tracked the request letter through his own way. He acted immediately and responded to the board of internal revenue by designing his personal confidential report form C77 (forge forms), fill out and submitted to the board without any stamp that will indicate the forms came from the Sky Bank (an act of cluelessness by the professional civil servant in the state!!). Likewise, Mr. Yakubu drafted a reply letter dated 19th July 2011 to re-support his claim that the responses are from the Bank, amazingly, the revenue board timely didn’t receive the letter until 7th February 2012. What stopped the letter from arriving the board on time until six months later?. In the letter, it was indicated “he started working with Sky Bank in the year 2009 and resigned in January 2011, and that in the course of his service with the bank, he demonstrated a high level of competence and professionalism in the discharge of his duty”. That he is reliable and the bank recommends him for any appointment deemed for him.
Contrary to his claims above, I discovered that the documents are completely forged and are not originally from the Sky Bank. This is because, the bank later sent its reply to the board of internal revenue dated 5th August 2011, expressing that Mr. Yakubu had only worked with them for a period of 14 months starting from October 2 2008 until November 1st 2009 when he disappeared from the bank with no excuse. They also reaffirmed that “he is no longer in their employment records and he is listed as AWOL which stands for; Absent Without Leave, and also he is unconfirmed at the time of his exit”. Comparably, you may notice that there is contradiction, lack of moral, and decency with Mr. Yakubu’s statement. Despite his depravity and evil act, the corrupt administration of Isa Yuguda hasn’t consider these as factors that may result to the disruption of our state own financial economy. They went ahead and took Mr. Yakubu Isa as Director at BOIR and now the acting chairman of the board. No wonder, the board is wholly disorganized.
Noticeably, he disorganized the revenue board by putting individuals that are unprofessional and untalented for the job. And transfer the most competent people of the board with good hierarchy for fear that he maybe replaces by some of those transferred intellects when the state governor discovered his cluelessness in financial services to the state, in ability to manage the board and above all, his guilty of forging documents to get employment by force in such a financial institute like BOIR Bauchi State. I therefore call on the good people of Bauchi State to say NO to professional crime, unscrupulous attitude, corruption, and tyranny in our financial sector. We need a free man with good character, who is not having any mischievous or vexatious record in the past to chair the board.
In view of these allegations against the acting chairman board of internal revenue Mr. Yakubu Isa, I call on the executive governor of Bauchi State, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, the State Head of Civil Service, and the State House of Assembly members to study the Audit Management Report and to also fully investigate this matter with urgency please.
Baba Saraki wrote from Bauchi State, Nigeria.