Nigeria’s number one taxation body, the Federal Inland Revenue Service’s (FIRS) webpage has remained unavailable for more than 72 hours, with the page showing the hyperlink error, 403.
New National Star first observed this anomaly on Monday, February 1, when it tried to access the agency’s press release column. Subsequent trials to access other services on the page including ‘pay tax online’, ‘due dates’ and ‘e-services’ column proved abortive.
On Thursday morning, this newspaper observed that on the Google Chrome browser application the website’s home page was completely inaccessible while on the Firefox browser the home page was available while other columns remained forbidden.
HTTP 403 according to Wikipedia means that access to the requested resource is forbidden and this usually happens when the directory listing has been disabled in the server.
The FIRS website is supposed to make payment of taxes easier and keep the Nigerian public abreast of the activities of the agency.