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Nigerians evading tax on foreign properties risk prosecution –FG
The Federal Government has threatened to prosecute citizens refusing to pay tax on their properties in foreign countries.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), further stated that any bank or intermediary that helped a Nigerian citizen to shield such properties would pay a fine which is the equivalent of the cost of the property.
“For defaulters who may be tempted to continue concealment of their offshore assets, Executive Order 008 as amended stipulates that any domestic or foreign bank, asset manager or intermediary that cooperates with defaulters, enabling them to conceal offshore assets and obligations pertaining to them shall, upon discovery, be liable to pay to the Federal Government a penalty on the total of such offshore assets, in addition to other penalties provided for under Nigerian laws or laws of foreign countries from which Nigeria can benefit,” Malami stated.
Kano youth who abducted, impregnated Ese Oruru jailed 26 years
A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, has convicted Yunusa Dahiru for abducting Ese Oruru.
Justice Jane Inyang sentenced Dahiru to 26 years in prison in a judgment she delivered on Thursday.
The abduction of Ese, the youngest child of Charles Oruru and Rose Oruru, occurred on August 12, 2015 at her mother’s shop in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Stop acting like Obaseki’s mouthpiece, Oshiomhole’s loyalists tell Oyegun
Loyalists of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, in the Edo State chapter of the party, have urged Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to stop acting like the mouthpiece of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Odigie-Oyegun, who is the immediate past national chairman of the APC, had while charging the party to hold credible primaries in both Edo and Ondo states, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had endorsed Obaseki and Akeredolu for second term.
Chris Azebamwan, spokesman for Oshiomhole’s loyalists, berated Oyegun in an apparent response to his statement.
FG asks churches, mosques, others to submit guidelines for reopening
The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has asked Churches and Mosques to come up with guidelines on how they would operate.
“This is what we’ve been advising every society, organisation, community, be it faith-based, cultural based, professionally based, to come up with guidelines for themselves. We are happy to advise and engage, but this needs to be led and owned by the leaders of those organisations.”
El-Rufai says doctors threatening strike risk job loss
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said medical doctors and other health workers threatening to embark on industrial action in the state risk losing their jobs, noting that his administration would not “bow to blackmail”.
In a statement on Thursday night by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor said he would keep the health facilities in the state running and protect workers who are willing to work.
Responding to the strike notice served by health workers in the state, El-Rufai said it is “criminal” to declare a strike action amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Observe sallah prayers at home, Sultan tells Muslims again
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has asked Nigerian Muslims to observe the congregational prayers for this year’s Eid-el-Fitri in their homes.
This year’s Eid-el-Fitri to mark the end of the Ramadan amid coronavirus outbreak is slated for Saturday or Sunday and the Sultan had urged Muslims to look out for the sighting of the moon.
Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigerian Muslims, also suspended all prayers, gatherings in the outskirts of towns and cities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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