Two staff of the Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue have been arrested by security operatives over allegation of corruption.
The Acting Chairman of the Board, Yakubu Isa, confirmed the arrest of the two officials, saying that the police had written to them that two staff, one on level 14 and the other on level 10, were picked up for investigation based on some allegations leveled against them.
He declined to disclose details of the arrest but said they were awaiting the outcome of the investigation by the security operatives.
Yakubu said, as a board, they value integrity and a situation where the public will view a tax collector as a trust worthy person and pledged the loyalty of the board to the current administration towards revenue generation by blocking all loopholes through which government revenue are filtered.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi State government has refuted report that two pregnant women died as a result of the on-going verification exercise in the state, describing the story as untrue, saying that such publications were borne out of mischief aimed at inciting the public against the government.
According a statement issued yesterday by the press secretary to the governor, Abubakar al-Sadique, it said, “government’s commitment to this was simply demonstrated by the governor’s decision to summary remove some management staff of the State Universal Education Board whose activities were capable of inflicting pain and worries on a segment of the state workforce” he stated.
In another development, Governor Abubakar has approved the removal of four top management staff of SUBEB following some irregularities. Also removed were the permanent secretary, director pension, chief accountant and cashier from local government pension board for exhibiting nonchalance to their duties that resulted to the delays in the on-going verification exercise and payment of pensioners.
The statement cautioned all civil servants against negligence of duty particularly as it affects the on-going verification of workers and pensioners exercise.