Two senior Tax Officials in the service of the Federal Government in Delta and Benue States have been suspended.
Their suspension followed verified tips from Whistle-blowers.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun who approved the suspension of the two officers made this known in Abuja when she presided over a meeting at the Whistleblower Unit and the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).
She said tax officers were accused of demanding bribes, and promising to procure backdated tax clearance certificates as well reduce taxes payable.
Mrs Adeosun maintained that these allegations are being investigated, stressing that the Ministry will take decisive action.
The meeting which also reviewed the country tax administration and revenue collection efforts so far, also discussed how the nation can reform and improve existing processes and systems.
According to the the Minister of Finance, the ministry had commenced the process of sanitising the nation’s tax administration and revenue collection system.
Similarly, the Minister pointed that she has directed the reorganization of Whistleblower’s Unit to enable the ministry fastracked the analysis of reports related to AsoRock’s revenue generating agencies.
Mrs Adeosun maintained that while it was reasonable to encourage citizens to pay taxes as a matter of law but also stressed that tax payment was also a matter of trust.
She therefore charged officers in tax offices to demonstrate highest level of integrity.