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Anambra begins 10 percent tax refund disbursement

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Anambra State

Anambra State government has commenced the disbursement of 10 percent tax refund to traders and business owners in the state.

Chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service AiRS, Dr David Nzekwu who announced this on Thursday at a stakeholders meeting on COVID-19 palliatives for Traders and Business Owners in the state, said the refund was from last year taxes.

He said the package which would be remitted online was in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Willie Obiano as part of measures to cushion the effects of the pandemic.

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He said:

“In order to ensure business are taken care of, the governor announced some stimulus package that touched the poorest of the poor, including traders, business owners and the elderly.

“At the wake of the pandemic, the governor announced tax relief package for traders and business owners and extension of various assistance to the elderly and most vulnerable.

“Most important of the packages is the 10 per cent tax relief to be given to every trader and business owners in the state. We’ve been working on a system that will make it seamless for them to claim the stimulus package.

“Today, we’ve called all the various associations in the state to put them through on the various steps to take how they could access those claims.”

Commissioner, Trade and Commerce, Uche Okafor, appreciated the challenge in tax payment, especially with the present economic challenges, but noted that the payment was much easier when the dividends were obvious.

“We all remember how armed robbers waylay traders and collect their money. But those are now history with the high level of security made possible by the Obiano-led administration. That’s one of the magics of tax payment.”

One of the beneficiaries, Hope Okoye, commended the state government for the gesture, but regretted the activities of numerous illegal revenue collectors, calling on government to check the ugly trend.

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Mali protests resume as thousands call for president’s resignation

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali’s rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down despite international mediation efforts to resolve a political crisis.

Protests led by an opposition coalition called M5-RFP have raged since June, caused by contested local elections and perceived government corruption and incompetence.

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Tensions escalated in July when police shot dead at least 11 demonstrators.

Regional powers are worried that prolonged unrest could derail the fight against Islamist extremists in the region, many of whom are centred in Mali. Their presence has rendered large areas of the centre and north of Mali ungovernable.

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Keita had hoped that concessions to opponents and recommendations from a mediating delegation of regional leaders would help stem the tide of disaffection.

But the majority of protestors appeared unmoved as they filed into Bamako’s heaving Independence Square in their thousands on Tuesday, shouting “Keita step down” and “listen to your people”.

“M5-Rfp demands purely and simply the resignation of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his regime to allow for a democratic transition,” prominent M5-RFP member Ibrahim Maiga told the cheering crowd.

Reuters

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Nigeria pardons terrorists, wants to kill man for blasphemy – Apostle Suleman

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President of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the death sentence handed down to a 22-year-old man by a Kano Upper Shari’a Court on Monday for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

Suleman via his Twitter page on Tuesday said Saudi Arabia will be shocked at the development.

He stressed that he could not understand how the death sentence would be awarded for blasphemy while Boko Haram fighters are pardoned.

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He wrote, “A country that pardons terrorists want to kill a man for blasphemy. I am sure even Saudi Arabia is shocked..the worst form of deception is self-deceit.”

Saudi Arabia regularly hands down the death sentence for drug trafficking among other crimes.

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Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

The incident caused riots in the city. His family house was burnt down in the process.

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Ogun traffic Corps arrests drivers of unlatched containerised trucks

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