The newly inaugurated Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) is engulfed in employment scandal, as some of the staff of the agency has been accused of collecting the sum amount, as bribe from applicants.
One of the applicants, Emmanuel Kukah told newsmen in Abuja yesterday that he and 14 other applicants paid the sum of N200, 000.00 each to some officials of service, with the hope of getting job.
Kukah said after waiting endlessly with getting the job, in which they have paid for, he decided to expose the transaction, adding that he would take the matter to any length to seek justice.
He however, regretted that the money was paid without receipt to backup their claims, noting that the transaction was carried out based on trust and in secrecy.
“Some of us were lured into this employment scam through subtle but dubious means of replacement of existing vacancies in FCT Internal Revenue Services. They told me specifically that N200, 000.00 will guaranty me the job since the procedure for filling the existing vacancies will not follow newspapers advertisement.
“In my desperate state, I rally round family members to raise the money for the job. This happen shortly after the inauguration of the board last year.
Between February and March this year, we started hearing different stories why the recruitment exercise was delayed. At one breath, they will tell us that the list has been sent to Federal Character Commission for harmonization, and in another breath they will tell us that they are waiting for National Assembly approval.
“I became suspicious when some of us discovered that over 150 desperate applicants paid for the few vacant replacement positions. The situation is no longer bearable and we are prepared to embarrass the FCT-IRS through the media and to physically occupy their premises until justice is done.”
However, every effort made to get the reaction of the chairman/ chief executive officer of the service, Mr. Abdullahi Attah, did not yield any result, as he refused to make any comment on the matter.