* 19 million Nigerians now pay taxes, says Osinbajo (Tribune) * Lawyer accused of killing husband remanded in Kirikiri prison (Punch)

* 19 million Nigerians now pay taxes, says Osinbajo (Tribune)         * Lawyer accused of killing husband remanded in Kirikiri prison (Punch)



19 million Nigerians now pay taxes, says Osinbajo (Tribune)

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday declared open the 2018 edition of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) conference with a revelation that the nation had increased its tax net from 14 million in May 2017 to 19 million this year. Osinbajo, who was the Special Guest of honour at the event, stated that as at Dec. 2017, only 943 Nigerians paid self-assessed taxes of less than N1 million. “Earlier, I noted that as of May 2017, only 14 million economically active Nigerians pay taxes. “I am pleased to note that the number is now in excess of 19 million and still growing. Read more

Lawyer accused of killing husband remanded in Kirikiri prison (Punch)

A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the remand of one Udeme  Odibi, a lawyer, for allegedly stabbing her husband to death. The accused, 48, who was arraigned on a charge of murder, was remanded in Kikiri prison.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that her plea was not taken by the court. Chief Superintendent of Police Effiong Asuquo, the Officer in Charge of Legal Department of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department Panti,  told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 3  at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki. Read more

Oshiomhole declares for APC chairmanship seat Thursday (SUN)

Immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole will, on Thursday, formally declare his intention to run for the National Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the party’s National Convention scheduled for June, this year. The declaration ceremony which will take place, in Abuja, is expected to be attended by APC chieftains, including the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, APC Governors and National Assembly members. Read more

Secondus, Ekweremadu laud Ekiti PDP primary (Nation)

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus says that the successful conduct of hitch free and transparent gubernatorial primaries in Ekiti state on Tuesday is a consequence of the party rebranding and repositioning project that has proved to be on course. Prince Secondus said that the real winner from the exercise is democracy and not any individual as the PDP family in Ekiti would be healthier from the primary. In a congratulatory message he sent to Governor Ayodele Fayose and other leaders and members of PDP in Ekiti state soon after the primary, the National Chairman appreciated them for conducting themselves well. He charged them to note the pre- primary understanding that there will be no winner or loser but contestants all. Read more

Retired Perm Sec declares for Nasarawa Guber Race (ThisDay)

A retired federal permanent secretary, Dauda Shuaibu Kigbu, has declared his intention to contest for the Nasarawa State governorship race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Kigbu, who had worked as permanent secretary in the federal ministries of youth development; industry, trade and investment; mines and steel development; works, and the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, declared for the governorship race Wednesday in Lafia. When addressing a mammoth crowd that turned out to witness his declaration, the retired federal permanent secretary said his mission to govern the state was borne out of his desire to create an environment that would enable all ethnic groups to live in an atmosphere of peace and harmony with equal opportunities for the development of Nasarawa State. Read more

Judge’s absence stalls trial of Alleged Killer of Adeleke (ThisDay)

The arraignment of Alfred Aderibigbe in  an Osun High Court for  the alleged killing of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke  was on Wednesday in Osogbo stalled following the  absence of the presiding judge, Justice Ayo Oyebiyi. The Solicitor General of the state, Mr Dapo Adeniji, however, agreed with Aderibigbe’s counsel, Mr Soji Oyetayo, on June 8 as the new date for  the arraignment of the accused. The Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara-led coroner inquest had recommended Aderibigbe for prosecution having established that he administered the  drug overdose that killed Adeleke. Aderibigbe, said to be a nurse, while testifying before the coroner, said the drugs he gave the late senator were those given to him by the deceased. Read more

NYSC  tasks employers on welfare, security of corps members (Nation)

Mr Remigius Amaefule, the State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Scheme ( NYSC )  in Kwara,  has advised employers to make the  welfare and security of corps members deployed to them their  priority. The coordinator gave the advice on Wednesday at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area, at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ orientation course. He said the 1,940 corps members were posted according to their disciplines across the 16 local government areas of the state based on the NYSC policy. “I wish to state categorically that the optimum welfare and security of our corps members is paramount to us. Read more

Boss Mustapha, Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi to speak at Songs of Nigeria 2018 (SUN)

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha and the wife of the first military head to state, Victoria Aguiyi-ironsi, are scheduled to speak at the 2018 Songs of Nigeria Festival (SONIFES). Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Executive Secretary of SONIFES, Chuks Akamadu, said the 2018 edition was designed “primarily to promote Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage, unity in diversity and peaceful coexistence by means of creative deployment of art forms such as music, drama, dance-drama and a cocktail of other cultural performances.” Read more

6,000 jobs: Police recruitment not for sale, DIG Dikko warns (Nation)

The Deputy Inspector General of Police in-Charge of Logistics and Supply, Maigari Abbati Dikko has warned applicants undergoing recruitment in Kano zone not to indulge in any form of bribery and other nefarious activities. Dikko who spoke in Kano on Wednesday during the inspection, said “ the IGP directed all the DIG’s to move to all the geopolitical zones to supervise the recruitment exercise in other to ensure hitch free one. According to him, “the process did not just start today. When we received the approval from Mr. President, the first step we took, was to make it public.  We did not hide it and we called every Nigerian to inform them and for them to apply. Read more

Group donates relief materials to victims of Benue herdsmen attacks (SUN)

The Tito Group of Company, on Wednesday, donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue with a call on the federal government to ensure security of lives and property of all Nigerians irrespective of tribal or religious affiliation.Chairman of the company, Chief Isaac Akinkunmi, who led members of staff to donate the materials at Abengana IDPs camp located along Makurdi/Lafia highway, described the  killings of innocent people in the country, and Benue state in particular as unwarranted. He regretted the incessant attacks on the people of Benue state since the beginning of the year which has rendered over 200,000 persons displaced and left several children out of school. Read more

Trader wins N10m in Fidelity Bank promo (Tribune)

Ekenechukwu Bartholomew Nnalue was Wednesday presented with the N10 million grand prize in the Fidelity Bank Get Alert in the Millions promo at a ceremony, which held at the bank’s regional office in Abuja. At the event, which was witnessed by officials of National Lottery Commission, various other winners also went home with consolation prizes ranging from N2 million to household materials such as generators and television sets. Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank, Mr Mohammed Balarabe explained that Fidelity Bank commenced its savings promo about 10 years ago and has so far executed seven in the series. Read more

Lagos Vision Zero Conference kicks off June 26 (ThisDay)

Activities are in top gear towards a successful hosting of the Lagos Vision Zero Conference scheduled to hold from June 26th to June 27that the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island. Part of the activities includes several meetings being held by the planning committee while sub committees are being set up by the Lagos State Safety Commission towards a successful hosting of the significant event. It is expected to be the biggest Safety and Health Conference in Nigeria with technical presentations from safety experts from all over the world. Read more

Man arraigned over alleged disruption of Ekiti APC governorship primary (Punch)

The police on Wednesday arraigned a 50-year-old man, ‎Ojo Olakunle, before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly disrupting the Ekiti APC governorship primary. Olakunle, whose address was not provided, is facing three counts of destruction of ballot box, interference with the ballot box and acting in disorderly manner. The Police Prosecutor, SP. Femi Falade, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some other persons still at large on May 5 at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, in Ado-Ekiti. Read more

Gbekemiye, Marcus win national triathlon (Punch)

The National Triathlon Championships held  at the National Stadium in Lagos with some exciting results. According to the Nigeria Triathlon Union, over 106 athletes from 21 states and seven clubs took part in the championships. Williams Gbekemiye won the men’s elite category after beating Perelate Gbagi and Ibrahim Akinlabi to the second and third place respectively. Rosemary Marcus won  the women’s elite category while Gloria Odiaze and Joy Tonjor  finished second and third respectively. Sadiq Yahaya won the male junior category while Osamuyiwa Uyi finished second.  Yemisi Alabi won the female junior duathlon while Kate Oyewole won silver and Oluwapelumi Adedotun won bronze. Read more

Asaba 2018 LOC to set new standards (Punch)

The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for  the Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships Solomon Ogba   says they will aim to set new standards  for the next hosts of the competition. The championships take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium from August 1 to 5. Ogba said, “The  African championships are  just like the European championships or the Asian and American equivalent. I have attended many editions of our championships, without being disrespectful to previous hosts, our standard is not at par with that of other continental or area championships. Our aim is to raise the standard so that all our star athletes will, from this edition, attend our premium championships.’’ Read more

West Ham manager David Moyes won’t discuss future until end of season (BBC)

Manager David Moyes says he will delay talks on his West Ham future until the end of the season, despite the club now being safe from relegation. Moyes took over the Hammers in November with the club in the drop zone, signing a deal until the end of the season. His side confirmed their Premier League status with victory at Leicester on Saturday after a turbulent season. “We have always said we will talk after the end of the season so we will wait until then,” said Moyes, 55. “It’s always the way I wanted it and I won’t change my views until we get the last two games out of the way. Read more

Gennaro Gattuso reveals he ate a live Snail before game against Manchester United (Sportbible)

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso really doesn’t give a s**t.

This latest story has only added to already quite strong perception that the man is a bit different than most top European managers. Andrea Pirlo recently revealed that, during his Milan days, Gattuso once ate a live snail.

Yep. A Live. Snail.

We know what you’re thinking: “Of course, we all love a tall tale, Pirlo. There’s always the urge to add to the mythology of a character with these types of stories,” etc, etc. Read more

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Aubameyang & Bellerin included after Arsenal display (Goal)

The Gunners duo are named in the latest star squad from EA Sports, which also includes Dimitri Payet and Douglas Costa in the starting XI. Arsenal duo Hector Bellerin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been included in the latest FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week. The Gunners have two players featured in the starting XI following their 5-0 win over Burnley, where Gabon international scored twice and assisted another. Bellerin also provided two goals in Arsene Wenger’s final game at the Emirates Stadium. Read more

Ebola: 17 people die in DR Congo (Guardian)

Officials said 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola. It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s, and comes less than a year after its last outbreak which killed eight people. “Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an international public health emergency,” the Health Ministry said in a statement. Read more

Donald Trump announces three US prisoners being freed by North Korea (Independent)

US President Donald Trump has said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will return from a trip to North Korea with three American detainees, who “seem to be in good health”.  “I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health,” Mr Trump tweeted. Mr Trump said he will greet Pompeo and the Americans when they land at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, early on Thursday morning. “Very exciting!” he wrote on Twitter. Read more

Thousands mourn Mozambique rebel leader as talks to press on (Abcnews)

Thousands of people on Wednesday attended the funeral of Mozambican rebel and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, with the country’s president and Dhlakama’s successor pledging to forge ahead with peace talks. Dhlakama died at age 65 last week in his rural hideout in central Mozambique, where he had run a renewed military campaign against the southern African nation’s government after pulling out of a 1992 peace accord that ended 16 years of civil war that killed up to 1 million people. His death came not long after he had renewed negotiations with the government. Read more

ISIS claims role in deadly Indonesia prison riot (Cbsnews)

A riot at a police detention center near Indonesia’s capital left five officers and a prisoner dead and another officer held hostage Wednesday. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) said its fighters were involved but authorities blamed the violence on a food fight. Negotiations were underway for the release of the hostage, said national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal. The riot erupted in Depok, on Jakarta’s southern outskirts, where four days earlier police arrested three Islamic militants they say planned to attack the headquarters and other police stations in the same town. ISIS’s Amaq News Agency said its fighters took part in the riot late Tuesday. Read more

Google bans abortion ads ahead of Irish referendum (Belfasttelegraph)

Google is to ban all adverts related to Ireland’s abortion referendum. The move comes as part of efforts to improve “election integrity” in the run-up to the Eighth Amendment poll. Facebook announced on Tuesday it would block foreign campaign material on its platform after fears were raised over outsider influence. A Google spokeswoman said: “Following our update around election integrity efforts globally, we have decided to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment.” Read more

Royal Brides-to-Be! Meghan Markle’s wax double debuts at Madame Tussauds (People)

Even if you can’t attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now you can do the next best thing — get a selfie with the couple. On Wednesday, Madame Tussauds London unveiled its figures of the soon-to-be royal newlyweds in front of a 15-foot wide video wall, allowing visitors to select a backdrop when posing for pictures (including joining them on a beach getaway and for their big cake-cutting moment). Harry, a member of Tussauds’ royal family display since 2014, now sports a beard. Meghan’s mannequin models the elegant dark green P.A.R.O.S.H dress she wore when the couple first announced their engagement to the world. Read more

Royal wedding weather: an early look at the forecast (CNN)

The final countdown is on and everything has been meticulously planned down to the final detail. But there is one wild card that even the Queen herself cannot control: What will the weather be for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day on Saturday, May 19? Since we are still 10 days out, it’s still too early to make a definitive call on rain or give detailed predictions about the timing of any potential showers — but we can look at the long-range weather models and get an idea of what the general weather pattern will be while the world’s eyes are on England. Read more


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