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It is haram for Sharia States to collect VAT from alcoholic proceeds – Islamic Professor
Sanusi Lafiagi, a Professor of Islamic Studies at the Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State, has revealed that it’s haram for sharia states to partake in VAT on beer and other alcoholic drinks.
He noted that a sharia state cannot be destroying bottles of beer and also collecting VAT from the proceeds. According to Islamic scholar, “Islam forbids the sale of beer and partaking in the proceeds from such haram product is haram. Sharia-compliant states must have nothing to do with the proceeds of alcohol, if they are sincere in their practice of the Sharia. This is the truth.”
No discussion on 2023 presidential zoning yet – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it has not taken any decision on the zoning of the presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election. The statement came following reports that it was planning to retain the zoning of the presidential and vice-presidential slot to the North-East and South-East, respectively.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our party is yet to discuss the 2023 presidential election, overtly or covertly, at any time whatsoever,” the party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said. Read the story here
APC can handle Edo crisis – Presidency
The Presidency in its reaction to the crisis dividing the ruling party in Edo State says that there is no cause for alarm as the party is capable of handling the situation.
The reaction came following the attack on the convoy of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, at the home town residence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Naija Buzz News had reported how Obaseki, the Oba of Lagos, and Prof. T.O.K Audu, the Pro-Chancellor of Edo University, were attacked by youths led by a man identified as Romeo, said to be a cousin of Oshiomhole. They visited the home of the APC National Chairman to honour a lunch invitation by Oshiomhole himself after convocation of the Edo University.
ICPC arrests Kogi official for N68million fraud
Khadijat Karibo, the Manager for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in Kogi State, has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for N68million fraud.
Following the petition, the anti-graft commission further discovered that she instructed banks to place a lien on the accounts of 627 cooks from which over N40million out of the January 2019 payment was debited and credited into the accounts of 10 companies. Read more
NDDC owes ghost contractors N3trillion
Cairo Ojougboh, the Executive Director of Project, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has revealed that the commission owes over N3trillion to ghost contractors.
“The NDDC is owing over N3tn to phantom contractors. It is these contractors that are making this noise because they know the interim management will not compromise,” he said.
“The genuine contractors have not been paid while phantom contractors have been paid. Some of the contracts have been terminated but the contractors failed to return money,” he added.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.