The case against tax consultancy firm, Alpha Beta, and Bola Tinubu has encountered a delay, following the destruction of Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, which was burnt by Hoodlums during the curfew announced by the State Government in response to the ENDSARS protests.
Tinubu, Alpha Beta, and the current Managing Director of the firm, Akin Doherty had been dragged to court for money laundering by his business partner and former Managing Director of Alpha Beta, Dapo Apara. Apara stated that Alpha Beta is under Tinubu's control.
Alpha Beta collect and consult on taxes for Lagos State Government, and 10 per cent of the taxes collected on behalf of the state goes to Alpha Beta. Apara also stated that NGN20 billion was mysterious transfered to various companies - this he discovered while probing the finance of the company - that's how his faceoff with Tinubu started.
AllNews had reported that Alpha Beta is being used for “massive corruption purposes including tax evasion, bribery of government officials, diversion of funds” and money laundering. Alpha Beta was founded in 2002 to consult for Lagos State and help improve the state's tax collection - but not without Tinubu allegedly getting the lion share of thee company.
These claims were contained in a writ of summons marked LD/7330GCMW/2020. The case file was burnt when hoodlums set the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere ablaze. According to Apara’s lawyer, Tade Ipadeola, a new court case will have to be filed at Ikeja High Court.
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“Everything in Igbosere High Court got burnt including the registrar’s copy of our application. In fact, the whole building was burnt to ashes. So, we will have to file again. The registry has been moved to Ikeja.
"We may have to file the case afresh at the Ikeja High Court but we have not yet been instructed to do so.” Ipadeola told Punch.