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VAT amendments: NBA, SANs caution National Assembly, fault FIRS planned revenue court
VAT amendments: NBA, SANs caution National Assembly, fault FIRS planned revenue court
The Nigerian Bar Association and prominent senior lawyers, on Thursday, warned the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the National Assembly against any illegality in their bid to amend the Value Added Tax law in the country.

The Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Rapulu Nduka, and Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa and Afam Osigwe, gave the warning in separate interviews with our correspondents in response to the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, which held that the Rivers State Government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory.

While the NBA urged the lawmakers representing the various states to be on the lookout for the request by the FIRS to include VAT on the Exclusive Legislative List, the SANs supported moves by the Lagos and Rivers state governments to take over the collection of the tax.

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Following the court’s rejection of the FIRS’ application for stay of execution, the Rivers State Government ordered….
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Ohanaeze laments marginalisation, Buhari says Igbo control economy
Ohanaeze laments marginalisation, Buhari says Igbo control economy
The apex Igbo socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has lamented that the people of the South-East are marginalised in Nigeria’s governance structure.

Ohanaeze’s spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, who said this in an interview with one of our correspondents on Thursday, noted that the fact that the Igbo were scattered all over Nigeria and were successful in business should not be a reason for the current regime to deny them their share in the governance structure of the country.

He spoke in response to the remarks…..
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2023: North Central group insists on presidency
2023: North Central group insists on presidency
A group under the aegis of North Central Coalition for Leadership, on Thursday , insisted that the zone should be allowed to produce the President come 2023 in the interest of equity and justice.

This was contained in a statement, signed by the group’s Director General, Williams Oluwatoyin after a meeting held in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday.

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He expressed regret that the zone which has been the political stabiliser between the North and South has been left out of the power equation since the democratic dispensation began in 1999……
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Anambra poll: APGA rejects use of electoral materials from Imo
Anambra poll: APGA rejects use of electoral materials from Imo
The All Progressives Grand Alliance has condemned the alleged plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission to distribute electoral materials for the November 6 Anambra governorship election from Imo State.

In a statement attributed to the INEC National Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the commission had said due to the destruction of its property in Anambra State by gunmen, it would use its zonal stores in Owerri to organise movement of non-sensitive materials for the Anambra governorship election.

But in a statement on Thursday in Awka by the National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors, Chinedu Obigwe, the party said doing this meant the electoral body had been compromised.

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While calling on INEC to rescind the decision, Obigwe said the electoral body had no justification to keep materials for Anambra election in Imo State….
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Ndidi, Iheanacho join Leicester today
Ndidi, Iheanacho join Leicester today
Super Eagles duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho will join up with their Leicester City teammates Friday (today) ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester City at the King Power stadium, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Both players were involved as the Super Eagles began their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier on a bright note in Lagos last Friday, beating Liberia 2-0 courtesy of Iheanacho’s double strikes.

According to the Foxes coach, Brendan Rodgers, the duo will join up with the rest of the squad today, along with the rest of the players who were on international duty.

“It’s always a challenge (when players go on international duty),” Rodgers told a pre-match conference on Thursday….
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Bauchi C J Grants 11 Inmates Freedom in Bauchi, Cautions Sharia Judges on Sentencing Suspects of Minor Offenses

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By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

Bauchi State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Rabi T.Umar had in her third quarter visit to Custodial Centres in the State, released a total number of eleven inmates(11) from Custodial Centres in Bauchi State Command.

A press statement signed and issued Wednesday evening by the public relations officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Bauchi State Command, SC Adam Abubakar Jibrin said during the jail delivery exercise, the Chief judge, along side members of the Administration of criminal Justice committee, comprising of the Nigerian Police, the Director Public Prosecution(DPP) from Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association Bauchi Chapter and the Controller of Corrections, toured Misau, Zaki,Gamawa and Azare Custodial Centres respectively.

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Others centres visited include Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi Custodial Centres, where the CJ reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her and released deserving ones.

While addressing the released inmates, the Chief Judge admonished them to be law abiding citizens and shun crime. The Chief judge also took time to address inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been languishing in custody for a long time without trial.

She assured them that government and relevant agencies are doing everything possible to address their problems, urging them to remain calm and exercise more patience.

Also addressing Sharia Court judges, the Chief Judge urged them to refrain from sentencing all manners of suspects into custody especially those with minor offences because, according to her, that brings about congestion in Custodial Centres.

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In his remarks, Controller of Corrections Bauchi State Command, CCS Kabir Abba Galadanci Commended the Chief Judge and the State government for making the visit to Custodial Centres possible.

He said the visit will go along way in decongesting the Centres and further give hope to the inmates.

Some freed inmates

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

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Lai Mohammed says the military has already drastically reduced banditry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on the media to give more attention to the military’s offensive against bandits in the northwest region.

Military operations against them have been stepped up in recent weeks, with the government shutting down telecommunications services in many parts of Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto to cut off the bandits’ information flow.

Mohammed said during a meeting with the Katsina State government on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 that the strategy is working, and has already drastically reduced banditry.

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

The minister however lamented that the government’s positive efforts have not received the kind of media attention given to the bandits.

“There is no doubt that the table is turning against the bandits, since Katsina and other affected states came up with a number of novel measures that got the bandits boxed in, and the military stepped up its kinetic approach,” he said.

The 69-year-old said the government’s success ‘should be trumpeted’ so as to encourage more states to adopt similar measures, and boost the morale of security agencies.

He said the government is very worried about the wave of violence in the northwest region, and expressed confidence the military will soon put an end to it.

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House of Representatives on Wednesday called for investigation into the alleged exclusion of Rivers from projects to be financed by a fresh World Bank loan.

Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had alleged in the house that Rivers is the only state that would not benefit from the loans.

He stated that the report, if true, rendered the Federal Government’s action as contrary to the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution.

He added that it would be discriminatory against the people of Rivers and capable of creating a sense of alienation, exclusion and discontent.

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Bob added that the house had a responsibility to ensure that the affairs of the federation were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law of equity and fairness.

This, he said, should be followed with an overriding responsibility to deploy its Constitutional powers to ensure compliance on the part of the Executive.

He added that Nigeria is a federation that professes equity, fairness and social justice and that there were several constitutional provisions prohibiting all forms of discrimination on the basis of partisan leaning, religion, place of origin or tribe.

Reps to investigate exclusion of Rivers from World Bank loan benefits

He said that some sections of the Constitution imposed a duty on the Federal Government to ensure equitable distribution of resources and projects across the federation.

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The consequently mandated its Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management to liaise with the office of the Adviser on National Assembly Matters to the President to ascertain the veracity of the allegation.

It also mandated the committee to revert in 14 days for further legislative action.

The house noted that if other states were listed, Rivers should be included to benefit from the projects to be executed with the fresh loan.

(NAN)

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