A full scale investigation into the multimillion naira tax evasion and non-remittances of taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) by the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) was launched Wednesday by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts.
The committee, chaired by Hon. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, who also set up a sub-committee headed by Hon. Kehinde Odeneye to look into the allegations levelled against the NPS,
cleared the House Committee on Power of the Sixth Assembly on the N31million allegedly collected from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), for an overseas capacity training workshop which the members allegedly never attended as contained in the auditors’ query.
The integrity checks on the alleged NPS taxes evasion and non-remittance revealed that the service deducted over N76.43 million as various taxes during the year under review but remitted N54.9 million to the FIRS, leaving a balance N21.51 million as outstanding .
Also in the year under review, the NPS was also accused of deducting N153.3 million as various taxes and remitted only N22.71 million, leaving an outstanding of N33 million unremitted to the FIRS as required by the law.
On the supposed foreign trip swindle, Olamilekan said with the evidence including photograph, air tickets and other receipts presented before the Committee, it was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that the members of the House Committee then actually embarked on the trip contrary to the earlier claim that they never embarked on the training.
Olamilekan said in addition, the committee had also retrieved the records of the former Committee on Power in the sixth assembly which indicated that the members actually embarked on the capacity training workshop as claimed but that as at the time the auditors came, the receipts were not readily available which prompted the report by the auditors.