Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a marching order to launch an investigation of the involvement of Kasmal International Services Limited on collection of stamp duties.
The company is believed to be owned by Chief Buruji Kashamu, a Senator in the National Assembly
The minister directed the EFCC to report back to him within three weeks.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the minister on Media and Publicity, Salihu Othman Isah and made available to journalists on Wednesday, the minister requested EFCC to conduct a full investigation of the purported consultancy agreement entered into between Nigeria Postal Service and Kasmal International Services Limited for the collection of stamp duty from banking and other financial institutions in the country.
According to the statement, the minister’s directive is contained in a three paged-letter dated 4th March, 2016 and signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Diri and addressed to the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
The statement said that the agreement in question led the Kasmal Group to purportedly waive all arrears of remittances owed the Federal Government 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 15th January, 2015.
The statement named the Chairman of Kasmal International Services Limited as one Prince B. Kashamu who is a Senator representing Ogun State in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and recalled that the Nigerian Postal Service is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria established by Section 1 (1) & 2 (a) (b) of the Nigerian Postal Service Act, Cap. N127, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
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’s letter dated 28th October, 2013; Kasmal International Services Limited’s letter 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.