5% VAT on online purchases: mixed reactions trail plan

Mixed reactions have trailed the proposed plan by the Federal Government to slam a five per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods bought online. Experts told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos, that the plan could discourage the growing digital economy, while some expressed worry that the revenue realised would not be properly utilised. NAN reports that Mr Babatunde Fowler, the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) had said that the government was considering a five per cent VAT for online purchases to raise revenue…

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Exclusive: Head of Service of the Federation Oyo-Ita Landed in Abuja Hospital after EFCC granted her Administrative Bail for #3.5b Fraud, shuns further Invitation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has quizzed Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita over alleged N3billion contract scam. She was also interrogated for alleged abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering and stealing of government funds. After a four-day grilling during which she was in custody of the anti-graft agency beginning from August 8, Mrs Oyo-Ita has landed in the hospital after being granted an administrative bail. She has been given restricted access to visitors at the private hospital in Jabi area…

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It is Official: Buhari Suspends Obono-Obla for Grand Sleaze, Certificate Forgery

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla. This was confirmed via the official twitter handle of the Presidency. According to the Presidency, the suspension is to be in effect until the conclusion of ongoing investigations by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). President @MBuhari has directed the suspension from office, with immediate effect, of the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla. (1/2) — Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) August…

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Ex-INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega back in Govt, To head JAMB Admissions Committee

Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has been appointed as chair the Committee on Internationalization of Admissions into Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says. Jega will be assisted by Professor Emeritus, Olugbemiro Jegede, former Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria. Other members of the nine-man committee include former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Prof Olushola Oyewole, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, Prof Aminu Mikailu, Prof Domwini Kuupole and former Chairman…

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Governor Akeredolu bans Okada on Ore Expressway

The Ondo State Governor has placed a total ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called `Okada’, on the Ore Expressway following the frequent incidences of crimes in the area. The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donal Ojogo, stated this in a press statement he made available to newsmen on Thursday in Akure. He said that the ban had become imperative in view of the activities of some unscrupulous elements using their `okada’ to perpetrate evil on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway. He said, “We…

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REBUTAL: El-zakzaky preventing Indian hospital authorities from treating him, want Five-Star Hotel – Nigerian Govt

The Federal Government has said that Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), who was taken to India for medical treatment, was frustrating the Indian hospital instead of subject himself to medical treatment. The cleric, who was arrested in 2015 following a clash between his members and military personnel in Zaria, was granted bail on medical grounds, following a Kaduna High Court order on Aug. 5, 2019. El-Zakzaky, along with wife, subsequently traveled to India, via Dubai, for medical treatment on Sunday, Aug. 12, after…

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Shiites: FG, American agents in collaboration with Nigerian Govt frustrating El-Zakzaky’s treatment in India

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has accused the federal government of frustrating the medical treatment of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader, in India. El-Zakzaky and his wife left Nigeria for the Asian country on Monday based on a leave granted by a Kaduna high court. He was accompanied by some family members and security operatives. In a statement on Tuesday, Abdullahi Musa, secretary of academic forum of the movement, alleged that the federal government and some security operatives “working for the US government” were conniving to ensure that the IMN…

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Liverpool win Super Cup after penalty shootout

Champions League winners Liverpool won the Super Cup 5-4 on penalties against Chelsea after the game ended 2-2 following extra-time on Wednesday. With the first nine penalties all converted, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham saw his effort blocked by the legs of Liverpool keeper Adrian to hand victory to Juergen Klopp’s side. Chelsea went ahead in the 36th minute when N’Golo Kante drove from midfield and found Christian Pulisic, who turned inside and delivered the perfect through ball for Olivier Giroud to confidently slot home. American Pulisic then beat Adrian with…

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Next Level: Senate will provide enabling environment for agenda implementation – Omo-Agege

Deputy President of the Senate Ovie Omo-Agege, has assured Nigerians that the 9th National Assembly would provide the enabling environment for implementation of the “Next Level” agenda. Omo-Agege’s reassurance was contained in a statement on Wednesday by Yomi Odunuga, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. Odunuga said Omo-Agege made this known in a message when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari, in Daura, to felicitate with him on the Eid-el Kabir celebrations. “It is also to reassure him that going forward, the National Assembly is ready to provide the enabling…

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