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Odumosu tackles tax offenders in new TV series


Alhaja Dotun Yusuf-Abdulkarim of Affadot Studio (left), Amata, Odumosu and Mrs. Fashola at the premiere in Lagos.

Alhaja Dotun Yusuf-Abdulkarim of Affadot Studio (left), Amata, Odumosu and Mrs. Fashola at the premiere in Lagos.

With a new tax drive by all tiers of government in the face of dwindling revenue, veteran movie producer Jimi Odumosu has premiered a new television series focusing on activities of tax offenders.

The television series, Special Tax Investigations Department (STID), show that Odumosu is ready to break into a new ground in the nation’s entertainment industry.The pilot of the TV series, titled: A Can Of Worms, which was produced by Jimi Odumosu Productions and Affadot Studios, was screened to a select audience at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, recently, where he was joined by Abdulkarim Adeniyi Yusuf to co-produce the thriller.

Those in attendance including the wife of former Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola; President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) Ms Teju Somorin; the institute’s vice president, Ms Jumoke Simplice, notable actor Sadiq Dabba, Yinka Ogundaisi, President, Director Guild of Nigeria (DGN) Fred Amata, Lilian Amah Aluko; AJ Dagga Tolar and others hailed the film.

Ms Somorin said she was impressed, adding that the movie would go a long way in educating Nigerians on tax issues. She also said the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the 36 state tax bodies and tax bodies outside the country would be interested in the movie.“We should try as much as possible to promote this film to as many tax authorities as possible,” she said.

In the pilot episode, a firm, Niger Motors, is involved in tax evasion and a murderer from a past business is also on the loose. An STID official was brought into the case, but he was brutally killed while working at the office at night.

The Niger Motors’ Chief Accountant was also killed after a night out. The killer’s attempt on the owner of Niger Motors was unsuccessful. In all these, the police efficiently track the killer, eventually nabbing the otherwise efficient ‘soldier’ and exposing the tax crime.

The setting of the episode, nightlife, secrets and killings attempt to submerge the viewers into the world of taxation, the many intrigues surrounding tax offences and their resolutions.

A Can Of Worms stars actors such as Tope Tedela, Najite Dede, Vanessa Kanu, AniIyoho, Paul Utomi, Godswill Uchechukwu, Baaj Adebule, Christian Paul, Chris Biyibi, Sandra Eze, Gregory Ojefua, Dotun Yusuf-Abdulkarim and others.

Speaking on the film, Odumosu said: “Producing a film of this kind is never easy in a country like Nigeria and you have to have a certain appetite for high risk to put your personal money into a project of this sort. But I like to think of myself as a true artist, who has great passion for his craft.”

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