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In a bid to generate more revenue, the Akwa Ibom state government has announced that henceforth, tax will be paid for consumption of alcohol in hotels and beers parlous in the state.

This was made known by the Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Finance, Akan Okon, on Saturday while speaking in Uyo, the state capital.

Some people who lodge in hotels and consume alcohol will henceforth pay taxes to the state government.”

The focus is to look inward to see how the various opportunities that are available in the state can be harnessed to raise the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR),” the commissioner said.

While stating that more revenue will be raised if the informal sector paid their taxes, the Commissioner berated businesses who don’t pay taxes.

The commissioner said: “We have in place a new consultant that is working closely to ensure that we block all the leakages associated with revenue collection system in the state.”

We are introducing electronic e-receipt instead of the manual receipt, this is one of the avenues we believe will help sort out some leakages that are associated with a manual receipt.”

Okon said that the Akwa Ibom government will soon call a state summit to discuss the issue.

As a state, we intend to ensure that we widen the tax net and also engage the informal sector to ensure that we derive the maximum opportunity that is available in this area.”

With the summit coming up, the issue of poor tax payment will be a thing of the past
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PulseNG reported Yemi Alade made the confession at her album listening event which was held in Lagos on Tuesday March 1.

In her words,

My producer Fliptyce and so many other people they’ve been calling me Mama Africa” because they noticed that your girl no dey stay one place.
Today I go dey Angola, tomorrow I go dey Kenya. I dey waka too much and mostly to African countries. So den start to dey call me “Mama Africa” you no go sit down one place?
She added that when it was time to name her album, no other name came to mind other than “Mama Africa”.

“Mama Africa” which comes out on March 26, 2016 will feature top African act such as Sauti Sol, DJ Arafat, Sarkodie, Selebobo, Flavour, P-Square and Rotimi Keys.

Yemi Alade’s album also features production from BeatsByEmzo, DJ Arafat, Masterkraft, Mr Chidoo, PhilKeyz, Rotimi Keys and Selebobo.

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Clara Onah is a 35 year old graduate of Microbiology of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a post-graduate student of Mass Communication. She graduated with a 2:1

Perhaps, she thought selling fake drugs was a way to quick money but her devices was cut short by vigilant members of NAFDAC.

She got nabbed recently by the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and was charged to court on behalf of the Federal Government.

When her case was presented at the Federal High Court, Lagos, the prosecutor accused her of possessing and selling fake drugs. She was found guilty of selling fake brand of 200 mg of Amazon Amagyl Metronidazole tablets to members of the public.

Clara tearfully pleaded that she was unaware they were fake but her pleas fell on deaf ears.

The prosecutor countered her claims saying that she deceitfully took the operatives of NAFDAC to an address that does not exist. When they were finally able to trace her residence, they then discovered items she was using in manufacturing the drugs.

In his judgment, Justice (Prof.) Chuka Obiozor said those who took her drugs and died had no second chance.
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Africa’s leading e-commerce platform Jumia says it has won funding of more than $325 million from French, German, South African and U.S. companies eager to invest in one of the continent’s fastest-growing online economies.
Parent company Africa Internet Group said the investment boosts its value to nearly $1.1 billion

 The investment announced Thursday comes from U.S. investment bankers Goldman Sachs, French insurance multinational AXA, German startup Rocket Internet and a long-time backer, South African telecommunications giant MTN.

Jumia was founded in Nigeria in 2012 to provide a platform for local African businesses to sell products online. It has expanded to 11 African countries while Africa Internet Group’s activities have grown to include online taxis, travel, real estate, and job and food delivery marketplaces

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A BellaNaija reader who is a Youth Corper in Kaduna, sent in a very horrific story about one of his female students.

Read the story below as published on Bella Naija


Hello, my name is Opeyemi and I’m a Corper in Kaduna, Kaduna south to be precise and I’m a teacher in a village secondary school named GSS Idon.

One of my female students was raped by soldiers in a barrack and This is the story..

On the 22nd of February 2016, a 17 year old female student of GSS idon (Kajuru,Kaduna south) named Name Withheld was abducted by 2 male soldiers and brutally raped by 4 male soldiers.

According to police reports Patience went to idon town (the village she resides) to collect her note from her friend, on her way back two male soldiers on a bike were cat calling her. She ignored them and according to her they blew a white powdery substance on her face rendering her unconscious .

She awoke in an empty room in a barrack (Army Central Ammunition Depot Barrack, Kachia) and for 3 days she was brutally raped by 4 military men and they gave her razor cuts on her face, arms and legs. While raping her they continuously whispered in her ears that her friends were next.

On the third day after series of screaming by Patience a different male soldier who was passing by heard her and rescued her. He took her to the hospital for treatment where she was admitted on drip for two days. The Commandant of the barrack and policemen in the community have taken the case up but the girls friends claim she knows one of the guys who raped her, the girl denies it and refuses to snitch saying she doesn’t know any of the soldiers.

Other sources disclose that she went to visit a soldier in the barrack and he and his friends had their way with her. Basically the four soldiers who raped her are still unknown and the females in the village are scared
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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Primary Health Care Board at the weekend launched the Sexual Assault Standing Order and Sexual Assault Evidence Examination Kit, also referred to as rape kits.
Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the launch was done at a training session for Health workers of Primary Health Care Centres.
She listed the five pilot centres to include Ogudu, Ita-elewa in Ikorodu, Ajilete in Ifako-Ijaiye, Palm Avenue in Mushin and Oshodi in Oshodi-Isolo.
She said the selection of the pilot PHC’s was methodically done as statistic reveals that sexual and gender based assault related crimes are most prevalent in these areas. These centres render 24 hours service, laboratory, HIV Counselling and Testing, and Maternal and Child Health Services.
According to her: “the Rape Kits contain the necessary instruments used for evidence gathering and examination some of which include microscope slides, saline water, swabs for collecting fluids from delicate body parts like the lips, cheeks, thighs, private parts.
“The Kit also includes materials for blood samples, comb, paper sheets for evidence collection such as clothing fibres and hairs, nail pick for scraping debris from beneath the nails, gloves. The documentation forms which include the consent form and Patient History/ Sexual Assault History are also in the rape kit.
Mrs. Vivour-Adeniyi said the Lagos State Sexual Assault Standing Order, the first of its kind in Nigeria, was produced to guide the provision of health care services as well as set the minimum acceptable standards for the provision of quality health care to the survivors of sexual assault.
She expressed optimism that The Standing Order will equip healthcare providers with tools to facilitate examination, treatment and management of sexual assault patients.
“The output of this training in terms of knowledge shared with the workers will ultimately facilitate examination and management of patients after sexual assault, and also improve the quality and documentation of evidence collection. The Training was organised by the Lagos DSVRT with technical support from United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and FHI 360.
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FedEx acquires TNT Express recently. The acquisition of Dutch parcel company TNT Express NV, was unconditionally approved by European Union regulators ending a six-month antitrust investigation that had been one of the biggest hurdles toward the near-$5 billion deal.
The merger would allow FedEx to acquire an extensive ground network in Europe and Nigeria, making it a bigger player in the burgeoning e-commerce market.

Expanding in Europe and other overseas market including Nigeria is just one aspect of FedEx’s strategy to grow revenue and profit. Fedex aims to gain market share in the European market, especially in Europe’s fast growing e-commerce market. On similar terms, Red Star Express, a licensee of FedEx in Nigeria stands to gain from this merger as it will open up cost synergy opportunities.

This deal poses a formidable challenge to other players in the market. FedEx’s unmatched global air network and TNT’s road network in Europe could make this new entity the forerunner in the market. The Merger is the third-largest company in Europe’s international express-delivery market behind DHL and UPS, and would “provide significant value to the employees, customers and shareholders of both companies, and even here in Nigeria

Red Star Express Plc., is a premium logistics solution provider in Nigeria in area of revenue, network coverage and market share in the domestic and international market. It enjoys a domestic strength of 169 offices in Nigeria, delivers to additional 1,500 communities, over 1400 highly trained personnel and over 500 vehicle fleet. It operates as the Nigerian licensee of FedEx, which is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories around the world

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A dog was kept locked up in a small cage for two years without exercise by police, it has been reported.

Stella, a pit bull-type dog, was kept in a 1m by 3m cage by Devon and Cornwall Police, the BBC reported

She was seized after her owner was arrested on an unrelated matter in 2014 and was considered potentially dangerous by police.

A worker at the private kennel used by the force said police instructed staff not to exercise dogs held under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Laura Khanlarian told the BBC that Stella left her kennel just twice during her stay so her behaviour could be assessed.

“We were always told not to exercise or go into a kennel with any dogs, regardless of character, that had been brought in under the Dangerous Dogs Act,” she said.

“We were under no circumstances allowed to touch any of those dogs at all under any circumstances - which was hard.

“Animal welfare comes before anything, and that was my job. I don’t believe I would be doing it properly if I would sit back and think that’s ok. It wasn’t ok - it’s not ok.”

The dog’s owner, Antony Hastie, attended court 11 times about her future. Earlier this month, it was ruled the dog should be destroyed.

Sgt Allan Knight, from the Devon and Cornwall Police dog handling unit, told the BBC: “There will always be some dogs, for whatever reason, that cannot go back, and cannot get walked by staff because of the danger they possess.”

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Authorities in clare have been urged to investigate the discovery of two animal carcasses on a beach in the tourist village of Doonbeg.

The dead animals – believed to be a calf and foal – were found on Whitestrand beach yesterday by a passerby.

The Animals Rights Action Network (Aran) said the animals appear to have been dumped on the shore.

The group believes the find may be connected to the dumping of at least 16 horses, cows and calves at the base of nearby Baltard Cliffs in Doonbeg back in April 2014.

Those animals were thought to have been thrown over 100 metres from the top of the clifftop.

John Carmody of Aran said: “We urge the gardaí to find those responsible and to come down on them like a ton of bricks.

We would like that after authority investigations the bodies of these gentle, unfortunate animals can be carefully buried and given some final peace.

He said the group fears other animal carcasses could wash up in the same location over the coming days.

Clare County Council said it was investigating the case to determine the origin of the animals and circumstances under which they died.

Officials sent to the beach today discovered one of the dead animals and are now searching for the second, the council said.

The council is currently arranging for the first animal to be safely disposed of.

Gardaí said they had not yet received any reports of the incident.

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An airstrike in war torn Yemen has left 30 people dead.
The airstrike near the Yemeni capital of Sanaa is the latest in the current War between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels.

The Yemeni government led by Mansour Hadi is backed by Saudi Arabia while the Houthi fighters are reportedly backed by Iran.
No one has claimed responsibility for the airstrike.
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