AGF Orders Probe Of Kashamu’s Firm

 AGF Orders Probe Of Kashamu’s Firm

SENATOR-ELECT-BURUJI-KASHAMUThe Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the involvement of Kasmal International Services Limited believed to be owned by Senator Buruji Kashamu a stamp duties deal with the Federal Government.
Specifically, the AGF requested the EFCC to establish among others, the legitimacy of the purported consultancy agreement between Kasmal and the Nigerian Postal Service (NPS), for the firm to collect stamp duty from commercial banks and other financial institutions in the country.
The AGF, who noted Kasmal, acting on the said agreement, purport to waive all arrears of remittances owned the Federal Government by banks and other financial Institutions from 2004 till the commencement of CBN Circular No CBN/GEN/DMB/02/006 of 15th January, 2015.
AGF’s media aide, Salihu Isah said, in a statement Wednesday, that the minister has given the EFCC three weeks to conclude the investigation and report to him.
The AGF’s directive to the EFCC, it was learnt, was contained in a three-page letter dated March, 4, 2016 and signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation (DPPF), Mohammed Saidu Diri.
Part of the letter 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,” it said.
Isah quoted the AGF as observing that the Nigerian Postal Service is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria established by virtue of Section 1 (1) & 2 (a) (b) of the Nigerian Postal Service Act, Cap. N127, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
He added that a total of eleven documents were attached to the letter by the AGF to the EFCC including the Nigerian Postal Service reference No. NIP/LSD/LSA/04/VOL.11/25 dated 30th October 2013; Nigerian Postal Service reference No. NIP/PMG/019/VOL. X dated 06th November, 2013; Nigerian Postal Service reference No. NIP/PMG/019/VOL/XVIII dated 4th, December, 2015; as well as Kasmal International Services Limited letter dated January 16, 2016 to the Post Master General.
Other documents are Kasmal Group letter dated 28th October, 2013; Kasmal International Services Limited dated 21st January, 2016 to Post Master General; Central Bank of Nigeria memo CBN/GEN/DMB/02/006 dated the 15th January, 2016; Nigerian Postal Service reference No. NIP/PMG/113/VOL.1/57 dated 2nd July, 2014 to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Nigeria Postal Service reference No. NIP/PMG/019/VOL/XVIII dated 4th December, 2015; Nigeria Postal Service reference No. NIP/PMG/019/VOL.X dated 6th November, 2013 a well as Nigerian Postal Service reference No.NIP/PMG/181/VOL.11 dated 1st February, 2016 to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation & Minister of Justice.
Another document is titled, ‘Request for the Investigation of the purported consultancy agreement for collection of Stamp Duty from banking and other financial Institutions (BOFI) between Nigeria Postal Service and Kasmal International Services Limited (also known as Kasmal Group) which led Kasmal Group to Purport to Waive all Arrears of Remittances from 2004 till the Commencement of CBN Circular No. CBN/GEN/DMB/02/006 of 15th January, 2015 which Nigeria Postal Service was entitled under Section 89 of the Stamp Duties Act LFN 2004 to Collect as well as the N20 Penalty on Every Such Unpaid Remittance of N50 as Prescribed by the said Stamp Duties Act’.
“In the Nigerian Postal Service reference No. NIP/PMG/181/VOL.11 dated 1st February 2016, the Acting Post Master General of Nigerian Postal Service confessed that there is no formal memorandum of understanding/contract MOU agreement between NIPOST and Messrs Kasmal International Services Limited stating any term of engagement yet Kasmal International Services Limited proceeded to grant a waiver to all Commercial Banks and Financial Institutions by letter dated 22nd December, 2015 all arrears of remittances from 2004 till 1st January 2016 which NIPOST was entitled under Section 89 of the Stamp Duties Act to collect as well as the 20 Naira penalty on every such unpaid remittances of 50 Naira as prescribed by the Stamp Duties Act.
“See also Kasmal International Services Limited letter dated 21st January 2016 to the Post Master General/CEO, Nigerian Postal Service, Abuja. The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation respectfully request that your Commission investigate this matter and submit a Report to him within three weeks of the receipt of this letter”, the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation directed on behalf of the AGF.
It was learnt that the Special Assistant to the AGF on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla had, in an internal memo dated 17th March, 2016 advised the minister to take over the representation of the Nigerian Postal Service in the Appeal pending in the Court of Appeal.
Obono-Obla was also said to have requested the AGF “to take over the representation of the Nigerian Postal Service in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/100/2016 filed by the Kasmal International Services Limited against the Nigerian Postal Service and the Honourable Attorney General and other Federal Government agencies in the Federal High Court, Abuja.”

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