By JIDAUNA DARING
PLATEAU State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) has appealed to the general public to disregard a false publication alleging that the Executive Chairman of the service blamed the Head of a Tax Consulting Firm, Mr. Solomon Osagie of Paben MBC Ltd for a traffic gridlock around Kungah – Rigizah village along Jos Bauchi road in Jos North Local Government Area (LGA).
The alleged false publication was published by an online media “THIS AGE” and “UNIVERSAL REPORTERS” titled tax officials, consultant Trade Blames over Gridlock (THIS AGE) and PSIRS pushes blame on tax invasion row on Highways to consultant firm (UNIIVERSAL REPORTERS) both authored by one Yakubu Busari and posted on August 17th, 2020.
A statement signed by PSIRS Head of Corporate Affairs and Programmes, Mr. Wulashik L. Dafa’an and made available to SUNDAY STANDARD in Jos states that “We wish to state categorically that the executive chairman of the service did not grant any interview or make any such comments to the author of the publication.
The executive chairman does not know and has never met the author of the publication either personally or in his official capacity.”
Dafa’an added that, the service as a corporate organization has a standard procedure of granting interviews, issuing press releases, holding press conferences among others to certified media houses that are on retainership with the service and selected media organizations subjects to the various media regulations.
PSIRS maintained that it was important to point out that the service was neither in a retainership agreement with THIS AGE and UNIVERSAL REPORTER nor has the service ever invited them to any of its media engagements.
It added that, in the light of the aforementioned, the service therefore demands from Yakubu Busari, THIS AGE’ media and ‘UNIVERSAL REPORTER’, an immediate retraction of their erroneous publications which have defained the executive chairman and PSIRS, and a public apology within 14 days from September 1, 2020.
PSIRS said that the apology must be published in 5 national dailies, adding that failure upon which the service shall initiate legal action to seek redress.