Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

9 April, 2019 | Akeem

Fire Razes Section of Imo Airport

A section of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, Imo State, was yesterday 8th April, 2019 razed by fire, forcing passengers to flee for safety. The cause of the inferno, which lasted for over 30 minutes, was not ascertained.

It took spirited efforts by men of the fire service and airport workers to put out the blaze, though no life was lost.

The General Manager Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Henrietta Yakubu, said the fire was “curtailed swiftly” by officers of the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Department of FAAN, aiding the restart of normal operations at the airport. Yakubu said the authority had commenced preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident.

 

Gunmen Invade Rivers Communities, Kill 12

Again, gunmen suspected to be cultists struck in three communities of Rivers State on Monday April 8th, 2019 and reportedly killed 12 persons.

Five persons, including a 64-year-old man, were killed in a fresh cult clash in the Rumuohia and Rumuche communities in the Emohua Local Government Area, seven persons were allegedly murdered in the Kanni Babbe community in the Khana Local Government Area of the state.

On Sunday April 7th, 2019, it will be recalled that eight persons had reportedly lost lives when suspected members invaded the Mgbuodohia community, Rumuolumeni in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.

 

FIRS: New Automation for VAT Charge On Lottery, Betting

On Monday April 8th, 2019, in Lagos, The Federal Government engaged the lottery and gaming operators, as it unveiled an automation collection process that would be used to charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on lottery and gaming activities. This is coming against the backdrop of government's increased efforts to raise its non-oil revenue profile, a development that has been seen as '' hunting without barriers".

The forum which was organised by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in conjunction with the National Regulatory Commission (NLRC), the FIRS Chairman, Mr Tunde Fowler, assured the sector operators that every concern would be addressed and transparently.

The founder of Nairabet and House of Representatives member-elect, Akin Alabi said, FIRS should have consulted operators before taking the decision to impose five per cent VAT and the automation of collection. Responding, Fowler said that the tax burden is to be borne the customers, not by the operators, adding: “Tax has to do with law and the law says that for every transaction that is ‘VATable’, five per cent should be charged". You have to be aware that we are automating collection in all industries.

 

We Use N285 Million On Children Feeding Monthly - Kebbi Govt

The Kebbi State Government has declared that the sum N285 million is used to feed school children monthly under its school feeding programme.

Alhaji Muhammadu Magawata Aliero, Kebbi State Commissioner for Education, made this disclosure on Monday April 8th, 2019 in Benin Kebbi.

Aliero, who noted that this has helped to improve school enrolment in the state, added that the State Governor, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, also injected about N2 billion on construction of school furniture to cater for the surge in enrolment.

He further expressed the commitment of the state government to sustain the Cash Transfer programme, saying the government was already working on expanding the programme to other local governments in the state.

According to him, the cash transfer programme is being implemented in nine local government areas: Argungu, Bagudo, Dandi, D/Wasagu, Gwandu, Maiyama, K/Besse, Shanga and Suru.

 

EFCC Arrests Eight Train Ticket Racketeers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested five suspected train ticket racketeers in Abuja on Saturday April 6th, 2019, while three others, including a Nigeria Railway Corporation worker, were apprehended at the Rigasa station in Kaduna on Sunday April 7th, 2019.

According to the spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, said on Monday April 8th, 2019 that the suspects sold the N1,300 economy ticket for N2,000 and N5,000 while they sold the first-class ticket for N7,000 and N15,000 instead of N2,500.

Orilade said, “The commission acted after receiving an intelligence report alleging that some people at the Idu and Kubwa train stations had been making it difficult for passengers to have access to tickets and further sabotaging government’s efforts in ensuring easy transport across the country.The suspects were arrested during a sting operation at the stations. They will soon be charged to court.”


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