The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe Kasmal International Services Limited over stamp duty collection. Kasmal is owned by Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Malami’s Media Adviser, Salihu Othman Isah, in a statement noted that the purported consultancy agreement entered into with Kasmal International Services Limited for the collection of stamp duty from banking and other financial institutions in the country between the Nigeria Postal Service and the company would be investigated by the EFCC, which has three weeks to submits its report.
It affirmed that the agreement in question led the Kasmal Group “to purport to waive all arrears of remittances owed the Federal Government of Nigeria by Commercial Banks and other Financial Institutions in the Country from 2004 till the commencement of CBN Circular No CBN/GEN/DMB/02/006 of January 15, 2015.”
The spokesman quoted part of the letter, which reads: “The Chairman of Kasmal International Services Limited is one Prince B. Kashamu who is a Senator representing Ogun State in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Acting Post Master General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Postal Service is one Mr. Enoch Ade Ogun.
“You may also need to interview Ibrahim Mori Baba, the former Post Master General of the Nigerian Postal Service and B.S Yakubu, Secretary/Legal Adviser of the Nigerian Postal Service respectively in the course of your investigation.”
Reacting, Kashamu’s camp said “although we have no doubt that right minded observers will see the injustice in the move by the AGF’s office to deprive KASMAL of the fruits of its efforts, we believe that AGF’s directive is mischievous and calculated to bring the judicial process into disrepute.
“We will bring this unlawful abuse of office to the attention of the court at its next sitting on this matter on the 17th of April 2016.”