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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Davido reacts to report that he's on the list of top tax defaulters In Nigeria alongside Obasanjo, Omisore and others'

The Federal Inland Service (FIRS) on Monday August 19, published a list of 19,901 individuals and organisations, who default on tax payment in Nigeria. (Read HERE)

Owners of the 19,901 accounts including Obasanjo Farms Nig. Ltd (Feedmill); Iyiola Omisore & Par; Citiroof Aluminium Co. Ltd; Coldstone Creamery Limited (Yaba); Davido Music Worldwide Ltd; and others were given 29 days to pay their taxes or see it get deducted from their bank accounts.

Reacting to the news, Davido took to Twitter to simply say, 'Lol I’m on my cash shit'.

Lol I’m on my cash shit ?— Davido (@iam_Davido) August 21, 2019

Wadume: Ibi residents kick against arrest of Taraba kidnap kingpin, say they’ll miss his ‘generosity’

The arrest of Hamisu Wadume, seems to have left a sour taste in the mouths of some residents of Ibi which is the hometown of the multi-millionaire kidnapper in Taraba state.

The kidnapper whose escape was initially aided by some soldiers who ended up killing 3 police officers and a civilian, was re-arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team on Monday evening, at Lai Mai in Alo Holo area of Kano State.

However some residents of Ibi community have kicked against his arrest as they revealed they will greatly miss his generousity, including building a mosque for the people of his hometown.

“His arrest is no good news to the people of Angwan Motori in Serkin Kudu area of Ibi in Taraba State; and other people who had been beneficiaries of his “generosity.”

“He was a benevolent philanthropist that did not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion or tribe.

“Wadume is constructing a mosque in our area. The project is almost completed and his arrest will stall the project,” Yahaya Maikifi Ibi told Punch.

Another resident of the community pointed out the borehole which Wadume drilled and also alleged that he did well by eliminating poverty out of some families.

“I wish you were here to see the mood of the people. Nobody is happy over the development.

“Let’s be truthful to ourselves, Hamisu has done well with the people of Ibi and beyond.

“For some of us here, he has done well by eliminating poverty out of some families,” Michael Adi said.

The former caretaker chairman of Ibi Local Government Council, Adasho Johnson also commented on the arrest of Wadume. According to him, the arrest of Wadume was good for the community as everyone lived in fear of the indiscriminate arrest by security operatives after the kidnap kingpin escaped.

“Now that the man in the eye of the storm has been arrested, we will have a relief.

“We will also wait in good faith to know the true state of the allegations against him" he said.

Ubi Franklin shares adorable new photo of his son, Shiloh.

Ubi Franklin took to Instagram to share this adorable new photo of his son, Shiloh.

The music executive and his South African babymama, Nicola Siyo, welcomed the child back in April.

Ubi Franklin shares adorable new photo of his son, Shiloh.

Ubi Franklin took to Instagram to share this adorable new photo of his son, Shiloh.

The music executive and his South African babymama, Nicola Siyo, welcomed the child back in April.

President Trump says 'Jews who vote for Democrat show great disloyalty'

President Donald Trump has said Jews who vote for Democrats are either ignorant or disloyal after two U.S. congresswomen were blocked from entering Israel because they support a boycott of the country over its treatment of Palestinians.

“Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump said on Tuesday during an Oval Office meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

The president’s comments came in response to a question about two freshmen Democratic representatives -- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar -- who he said were plotting a “propaganda tour” of Israel and the West Bank.

Trump had encouraged Israel not to let them into the country, a move that was ultimately criticized in Washington by Democrats and Republicans alike. Trump has called Tlaib and Omar the “face” of the Democratic Party and has seized on their criticism of Israel to attract Jewish voters.

“Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this, even three years ago, of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people. I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel?” Trump said, referring to Tlaib and Omar’s suggestion that U.S. aid to Israel should be slashed.

Anthony Joshua speaks on people asking him to sack his trainer ahead of Andy Ruiz rematch

Anthony Joshua has blasted those calling for him to sack trainer Rob McCracken as “shallow and small-minded”.

The British heavyweight star plans to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO belts he shockingly lost to Andy Ruiz Jr later this year with the rematch set for December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

Critics questioned whether AJ should continue working with his coach McCracken after his seventh-round TKO defeat to the Mexican in June at Madison Square Gardens.

But when asked on Sky Sports’ Joshua said: "Whoever said that is a clown. Part ways with McCracken? No way. These people don't understand loyalty'.

“These people aren't cut from the same cloth, if that's what they are suggesting. Whoever has that mindset should not bother talking to me, if they have that mindset.

“How could they say that? I've worked with two people in boxing - Sean Murphy, my trainer [at Finchley amateur gym]. Then a year-and-a-half later I was up to Sheffield training with Rob McCracken.”

“They have built me, aside from boxing, as the man I am today. A father, a family man, a businessman who understands the responsibility of being a young African-British kid. They built that in me.

“You can't take that away. You can take the belts away - they will be gone when I retire. The man that they built? You can't take that away. The man that will help to inspire my kids and other kids? You can't take that away.

“I should never get rid of those types of people. Because I lost the belts I should get rid of the people that built me? No way. It's shallow-minded, small-minded. “Mike Tyson could have lost to anyone but you can't get rid of [his trainer] Cus D'Amato. People do not truly understand what these people mean to your life.”

He added: “I want to make positive reinforcements and bring in new troops on the battlefield to combat this war.”

Boy, 13, hanged himself after finding out his crush has a boyfriend

A 13-year-old schoolboy took his life after finding out the girl he has a crush on had started dating somebody else.

Harry Storey, told friends on Whatsapp that he was feeling suicidal but they thought he was joking. Later that night on March 1 his father Andrew found his body at their home in Chilton, Oxfordshire.

Mr Storey said: "I could not comprehend what I was seeing."

He carried out CPR and when his wife walked in he shouted for her to call emergency services. Harry was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he died three days later.

An inquest heard yesterday that it was unlikely that Harry had intended to kill himself.

The deceased's father said: "We watched a programme where the female star had hanged herself but her friends rescued her. It made us wonder whether he had a sensationalised view of what might happen."

Paying tribute to his son, Mr Storey said: "Harry was a charismatic, caring boy and sport was a huge part of his life, playing rugby, cricket and tennis. He would talk to anyone with ease and he had a natural ability to strike up a conversation, which I admired him for.

"He seemed to us to be just a normal teenager but he did have high expectations of himself. It came as a complete shock to me."

Detective Sergeant Lou Heffernan-Glover said: "I think he lost consciousness unexpectedly. It could not have been predicted or prevented by his family."

Coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of misadventure.

He said: "Harry did the action himself and had made comments about suicide. However teenagers do say things of that nature.

"There is an element of speculation but it seems to me that Harry did not intend it to be fatal. Therefore the conclusion is one of misadventure. Misadventure is similar to an accident, it is the deliberate undertaking of a risk that goes wrong, causing death."

Cheerleader accused of murdering her newborn baby and burying her in garden days after school prom

A young woman accused of murdering her newborn baby before burying her in her family’s garden has been told she will face trial for murder.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, allegedly smashed her baby’s skull and attempted to set fire to the infant’s body so as to burn the baby's corpse before burying her.

But she denies the accusations against her and says her baby, who she named Annabelle, was stillborn in her bathroom in July 2017, just days after her senior prom.

Police were first alerted to the baby after they were contacted by a doctor Skylar had visited a few weeks before she gave birth. The baby’s remains were found soon after and prosecutors claim Skylar, who was 18 at the time, buried the baby shortly after delivering the child.

Richardson, a high school cheerleader from Ohio, US, has been charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

She will go on trial on 3 September.

Her lawyers had applied to delay the trial and have it moved from her home county Warren County, claiming it would be impossible to assemble a jury that was not prejudiced against Richardson in light of all the media coverage around the case.

However, on Monday, August 19, Judge Donald Oda II denied three motions put forward by the lawyers, including requests for the jury to be allowed to view the alleged crime scene and to have the indictment dismissed. Motions filed last week by the defence seeking to ban Richardson’s diary and lighter fluid found in her family home from being presented as evidence were also dismissed by the judge.

County Prosecutor David Fornshell claims Skylar killed her baby because she and her family had been worried about community reaction to her out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

He said: "Skylar and her family, particularly her mother, were pretty obsessed with external appearances and how things appeared to the outside world.

"You have a situation where, you know, she’s a cute high school, recent high school graduate; she was a cheerleader described (as) a good girl by her attorney as you heard after the arraignment.

"And I think that kind of perception is one that Skylar wanted to perpetuate and her mother wanted to perpetuate."

Richardson’s lawyers have accused prosecutors of creating "a false narrative" to sensationalise the case. They say the baby was delivered stillborn and that an expert witness concluded there was no sign of burning or of trauma that would have caused the baby’s death.

In a motion to move the trial, Richardson’s lawyers said: "What started as an 18-year-old high school girl who was frightened and saddened because of giving birth to a stillborn baby whom she named Annabelle and then telling her doctor of the stillborn and burial in the backyard turned into something sinister and grotesque."
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