IRS demands Achimugu’s tax returns after lavish birthday

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The FCT-Internal Revenue Service has asked Abuja-based socialite, Aisha Achimugu, to provide details of her annual tax returns to the agency.

In a now-deleted post on its official X (formerly Twitter) platform, the FCT-IRS had reached out to the socialite to avail the agency of her tax returns.

It said, “The FCT-Internal Revenue Service extends our warmest birthday wishes to you!

“May this special day be filled with joy and blessing. Remember to fulfill your tax obligations by filing your annual tax returns.’’

The move by the tax agency came on the heels of viral reports of how Achimugu partied with friends and cronies on the Caribbean island of Grenada to mark her 50th birthday.

A dedicated website for the seven-day birthday party included information regarding visa arrangements, available chauffeurs, travel schedules, and the nearest airport to the event venue, among other details for the guests.

The birthday fete was reportedly attended by high-profile names including the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

However, the governor, in a statement countered claims that his visit to the Caribbean island was to party with Achimugu and her cronies.

The Lagos State Government released photos of Sanwo-Olu in Grenada presenting a miniature of the Blue Line train to Grenadian Prime Minister Dickon Michelle.

The government, on its X handle, said the presentation was made after talks on bilateral relations between Grenada and Lagos State in St. George at the weekend.

It said, “The two leaders exchanged ideas on tourism, agriculture and other economic interests. Mr Sanwo-Olu also attended some social engagements during his visit. Michelle spoke about Granada’s 50th anniversary coming up in February.”

Achimugu’s guests were reported to have camped at Calivigny Island, an 80-acre private and exquisite location that costs about $132,000 per night.

Those familiar with the event alleged organisers rented the Island for seven days, amounting to about $924,000 in total, in addition to other charges.

The festivities commenced on 16 January with the arrival of guests. It ended on January 23 with an all-white breakfast culminating in a luxurious dinner-themed ‘glitz and glam’ before guests bid farewell to Grenada.

While responding to the media buzz which surrounded the event, Achimugu, who is the Managing Director of Abuja-based Felak Concept Group described herself as the most popular person in the world.

In a statement, the socialite insisted that she was not apologetic about how she celebrated her birth anniversary and that Nigerians should ‘expect more.’

She said, “Good evening, everyone, lovers of mine. This is not an official thank you for being there for me and coming to Grenada. It is a very tough time. It was a moment for me to thank everyone whom I should be concerned over the pleasant media help about this famous Aisha.

“And I want to congratulate myself for being the most popular person in the entire world, apart from the Gaza and Israeli fight, I guess something that’s most popular on the news globally. I give God the glory, and I thank God for my life. And for those who have genuinely shown concern over the media, I want to assure you that I’m well, I’m in a high spirit.

“I really don’t give a hoot. I’m doing me; I’ve always done me, a happy soul, doing what makes me happy. And again, celebrating people who love me, genuinely love me, who have always been there for me in the last 50 years and even less, but feels like they’ve known me all my life. I thank you all.”