Fowler is a marked man. And he has played into the hands of those eyeing his position.
among other eye-watering figures. The international passports of 10 of the officials were seized to restrict their movement to the country pending investigation. For now, he can’t travel as investigations are ongoing.
The EFCC said the officials, many of who are trusted and loyal aides of Fowler, were arrested for “alleged inflation of Duty Tour Allowances, humongous payments to staff, diversion of funds and outright stealing of public funds.” It added that there was information that some senior management officials were using their subordinates to siphon funds from the accounts of the FIRS in the guise of travelling allowances. The practice was that the funds were paid to the staff and after little deductions; the bulk of the money was transferred to the senior management staff.
blic service. This is a case of stealing and money laundering.”
, consulting and reaching out to the powers that be to ensure that whatever happens, he is returned to the lucrative position but sources say he may not find favour in the president who has been inundated with tales of Fowler’s lifestyle.
From his days as chairman of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service, LIRS, Fowler has been regarded as a socialite with a deep pocket; a large heart and a penchant for making the dreams of many people to become car owners come true. But the arrest of his boys took a toll on Fowler so much that he was a shadow of himself when his daughter, Olufunke Leila, got married for the second time to banker Aigbovbioise Aig-Imoukhuede weeks back.
s and cognacs, Fowler looked morose for the most part of his daughter’s wedding ceremonies.