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Thursday, January 24, 2019

We would soon increase VAT on carbonated drinks, others– Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed says

Two days after an increase in Minimum wage was announced, the Federal government has announced plans to also increase Value Added Tax.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, announced this at the launch of the Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative in Abuja. According to the Minister, some of the items that will be having an increase in VAT include carbonated drinks as well as some luxury items.

“There will be a VAT increase. During the course of 2019, we will have clarity as to which items and what the rate will be and we will have to take a request to the National Assembly for amendment before it takes effect. There is also going to be luxury tax. Already, there is luxury tax imposed on things like jets, yachts and few exceptional items that are classified as luxury and the Chairman FIRS will speak to that but we are contemplating increasing excise duties on carbonated drinks just like we have excise duties now on Tobacco and alcohol.

“But this is going to be a subject of study because we have to identify which ones will be affected and the best way in which to apply the taxes” she said

2019: 'I am ready to submit myself to any transparent process that will produce a consensus candidate' - Fela Durotoye reacts as Oby Ezekwesili drops ambition

Moments after Oby Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal from 2019 presidential race saying she has opted to help build a coalition to defeat APC and PDP in the February election, Fela Durotoye has issued a statement saying he's ready for a coalition.

According to him, 'I am ready to submit myself to any transparent process that will help us arrive at a selection of a Consensus Candidate from amongst us'.

He went on to say, 'to be clear, if the process produces any other candidate apart from myself, I AM READY to support whoever the Consensus Candidate is and to do all I can to support the coalition to win the 2019 Presidential elections for our generation'.

See his full statement below...

I have always believed that leadership is about service and sacrifice and today, I would like to commend Dr. (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili for leading the charge to forming a viable coalition to presenting a Consensus Candidate for the 2019 Presidential elections.

To ensure that an alliance is formed and we present a united front, I AM READY to come into any coalition talks with my brothers Omoyele Sowore and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu and to submit myself to any transparent process that will help us arrive at a selection of a Consensus Candidate from amongst us.

To be clear, if the process produces any other candidate apart from myself, I AM READY to support whoever the Consensus Candidate is and to do all I can to support the coalition to win the 2019 Presidential elections for our generation.

Once again, I implore the frontline candidates in our generation.

Let us come together and seize this historic window of opportunity for our generation to select one of us to go ahead of us ... so that ALL OF US can come together and speak with one voice at the 2019 General Elections.

Together, we can do the perceived impossible.

Our generation is depending on us.

We must not let them down.
Fela Durotoye
Presidential Candidate
Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)

Photo: Nigerian man arrested in India for duping a man with fake job offer in America

The centre for cyber crime investigation (CCCI), Noida, India has arrested a Nigerian, Aujo Olaniyi for allegedly duping a Greater Noida resident of Rs 22 lakh on the pretext of offering a job in the United States.

According to Times of India, the accused, who stays in Bengaluru had impersonated as an official of a US-based firm claiming to offer a job in the reputed company trapping his target in a web of money trail that took officers of the CCCI to at least eight bank accounts opened in Bengaluru and Mizoram.

The accused was arrested after the cyber cell took the help of Google to trace his mobile number which he had been using at the time of orchestrating the fraud.

The accused Olaniyi (35), who had been putting up in Bengaluru till now - was arrested from Bengaluru on Monday and brought to Noida on transit remand on Wednesday, January 23.

Aujo claims to work as a garment exporter who ships the clothes to Nigeria via cargo.

SP (crime) Ashok Singh told TOI that Raj Kumar, a resident of Greater Noida, had lodged a complaint in the Kasna police station about the fraud orchestrated between February and May 2018 for which an FIR was lodged on July 9, 2018.

An FIR has been lodged in the matter under IPC sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471 and sections 66, 66 c and 66d of the IT Act.

However, the investigation was then transferred to the cyber cell after about four months and the latter started an investigation in November.

According to Raj Kumar’s complaint, Aujo had come in touch with Raj Kumar after accessing his email ID.

He then made internet calls and voice calls to Raj Kumar offering him a job at a reputed US-based brewing company.

“Aujo impersonated as an official of the company and offered him a job as a technical expert in the company. Through repeated calls, he gained the trust of the victim and then sought money in exchange of visa fee and for other documentation to complete the recruitment process,” CCCI inspector Satish Chand told TOI.

Raj Kumar apparently had to borrow money from his friends and also mortgage his property, he added, stating that he paid Rs 22 lakh to Aujo in four months.

However, after taking all the money from Raj Kumar, Aujo then started avoiding Raj and stopped all the contact. Raj lodged a complaint in July after he realised that he was duped.

According to CCCI officers, the money was transferred in at least 16 different accounts - eight in Bengaluru and eight in Mizoram.

“These accounts were opened in the names of different individuals - mostly Indians. Their names are being verified and they have apparently taken some percentage of money from Aujo. We are trying to verify the accounts,” Chand said.

CCCI officers said that when the investigation was shifted to the cell, they tried to track the gmail account from which transaction was made.

A formal request was sent to Google in November seeking the registered phone number with the gmail account being used by Aujo which the software giant provided in January.

“We then traced the mobile number and found that he was based in Bengaluru,” Chand said.

Aujo was arrested on Monday after which Noida police officers got a transit remand from a local court and brought him to Noida on Wednesday.

His passport has expired and it has been recovered by the Noida police from his possession including Rs 1000, two laptops and two mobile phones.

Cat returns home after going missing for 10 years and it turns out it's been living in neighbor's house

A cat which went missing 10 years ago has turned up alive and well to the shock of her owner.

Alex Elliott, 39, was heartbroken when her cat Lilly disappeared in 2009. Alex and her family put up posters in a desperate attempt to find Lilly. When they didn't find her, they assumed she had been run over by a car.

However, Alex was shocked when two weeks ago, she got a call to say Lilly was at a local vets. She visited the vet this January and found her cat there. The cat had been traced back to her original family because she had been microchipped.

The cat, now 15, had been living in a house less than a mile away from Alex's home. A man had adopted the cat after finding her and thinking she was a stray.

Alex, whose youngest child had not even been born when Lilly disappeared, was amazed by this discovery. It turns out that the house where the cat was living in was on a route which Alex took every weekday on the school run with her daughters Emily, 10, and Kate, 7.

Alex was only reunited with the pet after Lilly was scanned by vets when the neighbour decided he no longer wanted her.

Alex, a nurse from Driffield, East Yorkshire, in England, said:

At first she went missing for a couple of weeks back in 2009 and then came home.

She had always been a cat who liked to explore and I assumed she’d been locked in a shed or something.

When she went missing again soon after, I didn’t panic straight away. A few days passed and I put posters out and asked around the village. Eventually I thought she’d probably been knocked down by a car.

She added:

The man who’d been keeping her had decided he didn’t want a cat anymore so the RSPCA collected her and took her to the vets.

She’d been kept inside as a house cat for ten years and he had a dog too.

I was crying my eyes out when I saw her again, I just gave her a big cuddle.

She was in good condition although her coat was coarse as if she’d not been stroked much, and I could tell she’d not had much attention.

It’s been awful for me. I should have had her with me for the past ten years.

I really want to highlight the importance of microchipping, as I would never have got her back otherwise.

If you think a cat is a stray, don’t start feeding it. Report it to the RSPCA who will take it to be scanned for a chip.

Alex has four other cats – Harry, Eddy, Imogen and Leo – and Lilly has settled in well to the family.

Alex said:

I introduced them to her slowly and they all seem to get on well.

She’s 15 now so she’s old. I got her as rescue kitten.

My seven-year-old daughter had only ever seen photos of her and my ten-year-old was a baby when she went missing.

They adore her, they have such a loving bond.

Marriage between pregnant Russian model, 25, and Malaysian king, 49, who abdicated his throne to marry to her 'is on the rocks'

According to multiple reports in Moscow, the marriage between the outgoing Malaysian king and a Russian model is on the rocks.

Before their lavish ceremony in the Russian capital in November, Russian model Oksana Voevodina, 25, who is reportedly pregnant converted to Islam to wed Sultan Muhammad Vof Kelantan, 49, who recently abdicated his throne after just two years for the sake of their marriage.

Media outlets in Russia are now saying the marriage is in trouble.

Izvestia headlined its report: Izvestia – 'King of Malaysia and Miss Moscow 2015 decided to divorce.'

Telegram channel Tolko Nikomu' reported: 'The fairytale about the Russian Cinderella who married a king is likely to be over… preparing the necessary documents is already underway. The marriage lasted just a couple of months.

Another news source wrote: 'End of the fairytale - Russian wife of Malaysian King is sent back to Moscow.'

But celebrity magazine Starhit citing unnamed 'insiders' said relations between the ex-king and the Russian beauty queen had 'deteriorated'.

'The feelings of the couple have cooled and they decided to cancel a marriage that was registered just couple of months ago,' stated the report. There were 'rumours' of frequent 'rows'.

The representatives of both spouses are busy preparing paperwork for the divorce', it was claimed.

Although there is no official statement about the state of their marriage, but the bride's father, Russian orthopaedic surgeon Andrey Gorbatenko, played down the reports saying: 'It's nonsense. I do not read the internet but I would have been the first to know.'
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