Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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ITALY

Manchester United have made another move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. The 23-year-old scored 26 goals in Serie A last season and has been a transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea in the past. United’s advances have again been rejected as Torino try to hold on to the forward. (Tuttosport)

After moving closer to a deal for Sunderland striker Fabio Borini, AC Milan will decide who their last forward signing should be. The dream is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they have lined up Nikola Kalinic from Fiorentina as the alternative. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Juventus are closing in on Manchester United transfer target Federico Bernardeschi. Jose Mourinho saw the Italian as an alternative to Ivan Perisic, but the Serie A champions are favourites to land the winger. (Corriere dello Sport)

SPAIN

The agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he regularly meets with directors of Real Madrid, who are evaluating the Belgian. He said that his role is to update the player on the situation. (Marca)

Marco Verratti, a long-term Chelsea transfer target, has been encouraged not to return to Paris Saint-Germain’s pre-season training on July 4, suggesting that Barcelona will then make a bid for the midfielder. However, if he stays at PSG, Barca will move to plan B, with Riyad Mahrez and Ander Herrera leading the shortlist. (Sport)

Reported as a transfer target for Liverpool and Manchester United, Inter Milan have asked Atletico Madrid about the availability of defender Jose Gimenez. The 22-year-old played at centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield last season and Inter would see his versatility as a huge plus. The player only started 12 league games under Diego Simeone and is keen to find more first-team minutes. (AS)

Wanted by Real Madrid, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappe has updated his Twitter profile and it could include a masked hint about his future. His background has changed to show an advertising hoarding with the word ‘priceless’ behind the player. The 18-year-old might be suggesting the interested clubs need to look elsewhere. (AS)

FRANCE

Huddersfield Town will complete a move for Montpellier striker Steve Mounie on Thursday. The 22-year-old, who scored 14 league goals last season, is set to sign a four-year-contract and will cost the Yorkshire club around £11m. (L’Equipe)

After a reported £31m offer for Thomas Lemar was rejected, it is now claimed Arsenal’s bid was actually closer to £36m with bonuses, but Monaco still turned it down. Also a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, the London rivals are apparently preparing their bid for the France international. (L’Equipe)

West Ham United’s interest in Olivier Giroud is real and the London club are a ‘credible solution’ to the Frenchman’s future this summer. (L’Equipe)

GERMANY

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness admits that the German champions want to sign young players, giving an indication that Alexis Sanchez is not in the club’s plans this summer. ‘You can’t build a new team with €100m (£88m) transfers for a 29/30-year-old.” Although only 28 years old, there would be no sell on value for the Chile international if he moved to the Bundesliga side. (Kicker)

Werder Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald will sign for Leeds United on Thursday. The German club won’t stand in the way of his move to England. The 27-year-old made 25 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, keeping five clean sheets as his team finished eighth in the league.

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Court Fixes Oct. 10 To Hear Suit Seeking Magu’s Removal As EFCC Chairman

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed October 10 to hear a matter filed by Johnmary Jideobi, a lawyer, seeking to remove Mr Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

During court session on Thursday, Mr Mohammed Shehu, counsel to one of the respondents, asked the court for an adjournment to enable him familiarise himself with the case.

Shehu prayed the court to grant his request as this was his first appearance in the matter.

Jideobi who represented himself, said he had no objection to the application for adjournment.

Justice B.O Quadri adjourned the matter until Oct. 10 for hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jideobi is asking the court to make a pronouncement terminating the continuous stay of Magu as Acting Chairman of EFCC.

He said that the Senate rejected Magu’s appointment and by virtue of that expediency, the commission being headed by an acting chairman ended when the president wrote requesting for a substantive chairman.

However, the Federal Government, through the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation, objected to the application on certain terms.

Counsel to the Federal Government, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, said that one of the terms had to do with the powers of the president to appoint a chairman for the EFCC, whether in acting or substantive capacity.

Besides Magu, others named as defendants in the matter include the Senate, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and the EFCC.

(NAN)

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Presidency Breaks Silence On Why Nigeria’s Presidential Jet Remains With Buhari In London

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The Presidency on Thursday broke the silence as regards to the retention of the Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001, in London where President Muhammadu Buhari is currently receiving medical attention.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, it was borne out protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Shehu, said that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, “no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation”.

The statement further said from an operational point of view, Nigeria’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force are not to abandon their Commander-In-Chief in whichever circumstance he is. “This is a standard operating procedure”.

Shehu said, “The Presidency is constrained to decry criticisms, mostly on social media, on the retention in London of the Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001 as mostly informed by lack of understanding of protocol around foreign trips by Heads of State all over the world.

“It is important to state that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation.

“From operational point of view, this country’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force are not to abandon their Commander-In-Chief in whichever circumstance he is. This is a standard operating procedure.”

The presidential spokesman also debunked the parking fees being reported, saying presidential aircraft enjoy waivers worldwide.

The statement added, “We have also read claims about outrageous fees allegedly paid by Nigeria. The published amounts are totally untrue. Aircraft conveying Heads of State all over the world usually enjoy waivers even where payments for parking are differentiated by aircraft categories.

“We have been assured that where the waiver is not granted, payment will not exceed £1,000, which is a quarter of the amount being peddled.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this President is not the first to have a presidential aircraft standing by for him, as he will certainly not be the last. All past Heads of this country have had this privilege, and the part that surprises the most is that leaders who in the past travelled with three Nigerian aircraft did not suffer this trenchant criticism.

“We appeal to Nigerians to ignore opposition campaign aimed at derailing this administration’s big plans for the country.

“This is a government that is constructing the Second Niger Bridge, the Mambila Power Plant, the East-West and the North-South standard gauge railway lines.

“We are a government that has saved this country an annual loss of two trillion Naira from fraudulent petroleum subsidy schemes by influential citizens and their children and rid the public service of about 50,000 ghost workers.

“The Buhari administration certainly deserves a chance.”

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EFCC Arrests NABDA DG ‘Lucy Ogbadu’ Over N23 Million Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, the Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), over alleged N23 million fraud.

This disclosure was made by the Spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement he issued on Thursday.

Uwujaren said Ogbadu was picked up by EFCC operatives in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, following her alleged link with the Bayelsa State Director of Bio-resources Development Centre, Josiah Habu.

Habu, according to him, is being investigated by the anti-graft agency in a case of fraudulent diversion of N75 million.

He said investigations by the EFCC revealed that Ogbadu allegedly received N23m through a bank account belonging to the wife of Habu, Mrs Esther Habu.

The EFCC spokesman stated that Ogbadu admitted the transaction in a voluntary statement made to the commission’s investigators.

“Further investigations also revealed that Mrs Habu is one of the contractors with Bio-resources Development Centre, Odi, Bayelsa State.

“A total of N603 million has been traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of the centre across the country.

“Ogbadu’s involvement is being investigated. She has been duly served with bail conditions while investigations continue,’’ Uwujaren added.

Ogbadu, a professor of microbiology, was appointed NABDA director-general in November 2013.

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Jermain Defoe Pens Heartfelt Farewell To Sunderland Fans

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New Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has released a statement expressing his thanks to Sunderland fans following his exit from the club.

Defoe completed his move to Bournemouth on a free transfer earlier this afternoon having been allowed to leave the Black Cats following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

The 34-year-old scored 37 goals in 93 appearances during his two-and-a-half-year stay at the Stadium of Light, and he expressed his desire to see the club back in the top flight as soon as possible.

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Juvents Confirm Dani Alves Has Left The Club

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Juventus have confirmed that they have agreed to terminate the contract of defender Dani Alves.

Dani Alves still had 12 months remaining on his existing deal, but he has been heavily linked with a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

During his time in Italy, Alves made a total of 33 appearances in all competitions and helped the club to the league and cup double before Juventus suffered defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Earlier this week, the 34-year-old apologised to Juventus fans for wanting to leave Turin a year early

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Celtic Confirm Signing Of Highly-rated Midfielder Kundai Benyu From Ipswich

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Celtic have agreed to sign Kundai Benyu from Ipswich Town on a four-year deal, the Scottish Treble winners have announced.

The highly-rated 19-year-old officially joins on July 1 and will be link up with his new team-mates at their pre-season training camp in Austria.

I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Celtic,” Kundai told the club’s official website.

“It’s a massive honour to sign for the Scottish champions and one of the world’s truly great clubs.

“It’s also a great opportunity for me to continue to develop as a footballer under Brendan Rodgers.

“I’m looking forward to meeting up with my new Celtic team-mates. I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead of me but I am ready for this, I’m looking forward to the challenge and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Chelsea Encouraged To Make Bid For Roma Defender Kostas Manolas

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Chelsea have been encouraged to make a late bid to sign Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas.

Kostas Manolas was due to complete a £30m move to Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday, but he did not arrive for his planned 7am medical. And Manolas and his advisers have asked for extra time to negotiate his personal terms.

The Greek defender has been offered a five-year deal by Zenit, who are now managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. But Manolas has also been on a list of defensive targets Chelsea have been monitoring, as they attempt to replace John Terry.

And the news that his planned transfer to Russia may have hit a snag could tempt the Blues into making a move for the 26-year-old Greece international.

Manolas has been at Roma since 2014 and has made over 100 appearances for the Italian club, having previously been tracked by Arsenal.

Chelsea are already in negotiations with Juve over left-back Alex Sandro, who they remain confident of signing despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and his £60m valuation.

Fans of the Premier League champions are also awaiting confirmation of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s £35m switch to Stamford Bridge from Monaco.

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Manchester United Interested In Middlesbrough Star Marten de Roon

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Manchester United are interested in signing Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon, reports the Daily Express.

The report suggests Jose Mourinho is keen on strengthening his midfield options at Old Trafford and De Roon could emerge as a shock target.

Middlesbrough are thought to want around £9m for the 26-year-old.

The Red Devils manager is said to be closing in on a £40million deal for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and is also interested in Monaco’s Fabinho.

Lazio have reportedly already had a £7m bid for De Roon knocked back by Middlesbrough over the last few days.

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Swansea Sign Goalkeeper Erwin Mulder On Free Transfer From Heerenveen

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Swansea have completed the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder on a free transfer.

Mulder, 28, has signed a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium after leaving Heerenveen.

He began his career at Feyenoord, where he made 120 appearances, had a season on loan at Excelsior in 2008-09, and joined Heerenveen in 2015. In all, he has played more than 250 senior games in his native Holland.

Erwin Mulder will compete for the number one spot at the Liberty Stadium alongside Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfeldt, who he succeeded at Heerenveen when the Sweden international joined Swansea.

“I am very happy to be here,” Mulder told the official Swansea website. “Now the opportunity has come and I have taken it with both hands.

“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world. As a player, you want to be part of that.”

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Jermain Defoe Joins Bournemouth On Three-year Deal

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Bournemouth have completed the signing of England international Jermain Defoe on a three-year-contract.

The 34-year-old arrives at Vitality Stadium from on a free transfer, and has signed a three-year deal.

Jermain Defoe spent time with the Cherries as a teenager, setting a club record of scoring in ten consecutive league games while on loan from West Ham United. Here’s what he’s has had to say…

“It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” said Defoe. “When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.

“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be. The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has described Jermain Defoe’s signing as a big moment for the club…

“This a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction,” Howe said. “We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goal scorer.

“We have known him for a long time, since working with him as a young pro and playing with him. I have followed his career and am delighted to say he is going to be playing for AFC Bournemouth again.

Bournemouth are poised to make a further signing in Nathan Aké, who is on theverge of joining in a club-record £20m transfer from Chelsea.

The south coast club are not interested in bringing in John Terry, who will be a free agent on Saturday, when the summer transfer window opens.

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Lyon Complete Signing Of Ferland Mendy From Le Havre

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Lyon have completed the signing of Le Havre defender Ferland Mendy on a five-year deal, the Ligue 1 club have announced.

360Nobs understood Crystal Palace, West Brom, Brighton and Birmingham were interested in signing the 22-year-old.

However, Lyon have won the race to secure his signature, with the left-back committing his future to the club until 2022

Mendy was pretty much ever-present for Le Havre last season, starting 34 of the 35 league matches he appeared in, contributing two goals and five assists in the process.

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Football Headlines: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Jose Mourinho has reportedly urged Ed Woodward to bring Neymar to Manchester United.
  • Gabriel Jesus has revealed he spoke to Dani Alves about his future and hopes his compatriot will join him at Manchester City.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Arsenal have held initial talks with Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco over a deal to sign Thomas Lemar, and the Gunners retain hope they could pull off a world-record deal to sign Kylian Mbappe.
  • Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Kaylen Hinds is in talks over a £2million move to Wolfsburg.
  • Bayern Munich appear to have pulled out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez amid concerns about the spiralling cost of a potential deal.
  • Nathan Ake is flying back to England to finalise a £20m switch from Chelsea to Bournemouth.
  • New Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer is considering a raid on his former club Ajax for Joel Veltman.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Andy Robertson is back on Liverpool’s radar as Jurgen Klopp prepares to sign a left-back this summer.
  • Former England defender Stuart Pearce believes Everton have stolen a march on the Premier League’s leading clubs with their move for Burnley defender Michael Keane.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will hope that the bulk of the Magpies’ summer transfer business is done and dusted by the time they face Hellas Verona at St James’ Park in their final friendly.
  • The Magpies are in talks with Liverpool over a possible loan deal for Sheyi Ojo and are still waiting for a decision from Yoan Gouffran after offering the French winger a Premier League lifeline.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

  • Sunderland have confirmed that a proposed takeover has collapsed and that Ellis Short will stay in control of the club.

EVENING GAZETTE

  • Middlesbrough have appointed their former defender and captain Jonathan Woodgate as the club’s new Under-18s assistant coach.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed the club have rejected offers from two unnamed clubs.

EXPRESS AND STAR

  • Wolves are edging closer to landing Barry Douglas with Celtic understood to be out of the running to sign him.

STOKE SENTINEL

  • Mark Hughes will assure Bojan the slate has been wiped clean when the Spanish playmaker returns to the club for pre-season training next week.
  • Experienced defender Antony Kay says he has come to Port Vale to win promotion after completing his move from Bury on a two-year deal.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Bordeaux have approached Leicester City about the possibility of signing midfielder Papy Mendy.
  • Kasper Schmeichel has hinted that his future could lie with Leicester City after celebrating his six years at the club “so far”.
  • Several European clubs are lining up to end Bartosz Kaputska’s unsuccessful time at Leicester City.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Nottingham Forest are casting an eye over Olympiakos midfielder Andreas Bouchalakis, taking him on trial with a view to completing a loan move.
  • Forest have ‘no desire’ to sell Britt Assombalonga, says Mark Warburton, who insists: “I am looking forward to working with him.”

YORKSHIRE POST

  • Doncaster have decided to take striker Andy Williams off the transfer list – confirming he will stay at the club next season.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

  • Nathan Ake is understood to have returned from holiday to wrap up a £20million switch from Chelsea to Bournemouth.

THE ARGUS

  • Brighton have cooled their interest in Aaron Mooy.

READING POST

  • Reading FC defender Danzell Gravenberch is set to leave the club on loan.

EVENING TIMES

  • Brendan Rodgers has no intention of signing his son Anton for Celtic despite giving him a run-out as a trialist in the pre-season friendly against BW Linz last night

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Nigeria Offers Fresh 9-Month Amnesty For Tax Evaders

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The Nigerian government on Thursday launched its voluntary asset and income declaration scheme (VAIDS) to broaden the country’s tax base and offer incentives for tax evaders.

The VAIDS scheme was launched at the Banquet Hall of the State House which was presided by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

It was witnessed by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Governors of Ogun, Kaduna, and Zamfara among others.

ALSO READ: Osinbajo Declares “Tax Thursday” In Nigeria, Signs Executive Order On Asset Declaration Scheme

According to the Ministry of Finance, the tax amnesty will run for the next nine months, effective from July 1, 2017.

The Finance Ministry also said that from July 1 to December 31, the government would offer “waiver of interest and penalty, no prosecution of tax offences and no tax audit” to all tax evaders who declare their “hidden assets”.

While also from January 1 to March 31, there will only be “waiver of penalty, no prosecution of tax offences and no tax audit”.

“We are doing two things today: we are sending a clear signal to tax evaders in our country that the party is over,” Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, said.

“We’re also calling on these evaders to do the right thing and rapidly come clean for the good of their country or face the full consequences of the law. This window of opportunity will never be offered again.

“The proceeds of this scheme will not disappear. They will be invested in key infrastructure projects and for clearance of pension arrears.”

Osinbajo also declared every Thursday “Tax Thursday”, to create awareness among Nigerians on payment of tax and accrued benefits.

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Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Sues Nigerian Police Over Illegal Detention

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Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged illegal detention.

ALSO READ: Kidnap Kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law

The plea was contained in a fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed at the court on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Those who were included as respondents are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police Lagos State, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.

In his fundamental rights suit filed by his lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, the kidnap kingpin pleaded with the court to coerce the police to either charge him to court immediately or release him from custody unconditionally.

Evans: Notorious Kidnap Kingpin Leads Police To Detention Camps, “Where He Kept His Victims”

He further accused the police of infringing on his rights by detaining him.

In the suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail is an infringement on his fundamental rights.

Evans, in the suit, further argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

Evans: Rise Of The Invisible Neighbour

In a 27-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Evan’s father, Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.

Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.

Soldier Working With Kidnap Kingpin Evans Arrested By Nigerian Police

The deponent also averred that since his son’s arrest, all his family members have been denied access to him while media practitioners have been granted unfettered access to him.

NAN reports that the new suit has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.

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Osinbajo Declares “Tax Thursday” In Nigeria, Signs Executive Order On Asset Declaration Scheme

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declared every Thursday “Tax Thursday”, to create awareness among Nigerians on payment of tax and accrued benefits, Premium Times reports.

Speaking today at the launching of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) in Abuja, the acting president said the programme will last one year, and will target at least 4 million new taxpayers from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

In an attempt to buttress the declaration, Osinbajo also signed an Executive Order to Back the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS).

The Punch reports that the signing of the Executive Order was also done during the formal launch of the VAIDS scheme at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

It was witnessed by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Governors of Ogun, Kaduna, and Zamfara among others.

The Acting President said the new initiative is targeted at increasing tax awareness and compliance, as well as grant tax payers a time-limited opportunity to regularise their tax status without penalty.

He said the scheme will be jointly executed by the Federal and State Governments, and would concentrate on the obligations of all Nigerian companies and citizens to pay their taxes, wherever their income is earned, wherever they reside and no matter how rich they are.

Details later..

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Senatorial Election: APC’s Uchendu Declared Winner As Rivers Tribunal Sacks PDP’s Sekibo

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The Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked PDP’s George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East.

This is just as the Tribunal declared Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the senatorial election.

It also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Sekibo and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr Uchendu.

The Tribunal’s decision was hinged on the fact that Mr Uchendu won the lawful majority vote cast during the Rivers Re-run legislative election.‎

Uchendu had approached the tribunal with a petition asking the court to declare him winner of the poll, alleging that INEC failed to take into cognisance the results of some wards and polling units before declaring Sekibo the winner of the polls.

NAN reports that the Tribunal hinged it’s decision on substantial non compliance with the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.‎‎

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Governor Lalong Sacks 17 LG Transition Committees In Plateau

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has approved the dissolution of the existing Local Government Transition Committees with immediate effect.

Although the details of the reason for the dissolution were not given, it was gathered that the decision was to pave way for election in the 17 local government councils.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Affairs in Plateau State Government House, Dr. Emmanuel Nanle, in Jos, the state capital, the dissolution takes effect from Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Nanle, in the statement, quoted the governor as directing the chairmen and management committee members to immediately hand over the running of affairs of the local government councils to the Directors of Personnel Management pending further actions in line with the provision of law.

The statement reads: “The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, has approved the dissolution of the existing Local Government Transition Committees with effect from Thursday, June 29, 2017.

“The chairmen and management committee members are to immediately hand over the running of affairs of the local government councils to the Directors of Personnel Management pending further actions in line with the provision of law.

“It will be recalled that the Executive Governor had in exercise of his Powers under the Edict providing for the establishment and administration of the Local Government Councils 2005 (as Amended) and subject to the ratification of the House of Assembly constituted the management committees whose tenure expired by effluxion of time on June 28, 2017.

“The Governor wishes to express his profound appreciation to all members of the dissolved council management committees for their selfless service in the two years of their stewardship. He further wished them the best in all their endeavours and urges them to be available in the future for service when called upon.”

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360Recommends: Boogey – Liquor Nights ft. Tay

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Highly rated Nigerian rap artiste, Boogey, releases his first official single of 2017. “Liquor Nights” tells a tale of moral conflict and internal battle with addiction, within the mind of an alcoholic.

He narrates an experience (In Marrakech, Morocco) of a fun night that might have gotten out of hand and provides details with the right balance between fuzzy and vivid.

The song features vocals from fast rising singer, Tay Iwar aka Tay,  and a jazz-themed hip hop production by Sencosonic. It is the first official single from the “Nouveau Niveau” LP which is expected to be released this year.

 


 

 

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Hearn: Las Vegas Could Host Next AJ-Wlad Fight

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Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Las Vegas is leading the locations for a possible host of the rematch between Joshua and Klitschko.

Joshua beat the Ukrainian boxer in a stunning fight in Wembley, back in April and is waiting on a decision from Klitschko.

Hearn, who promotes Joshua, has spoken with the veteran boxer’s camp and is yet to hear anything.

“I have been in talks with Bernd Boente and the team,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ. “We’re getting close now to identifying the real options in terms of venues and locations.

“Vegas has taken a little bit of a frontrunner in those. I know the British fans would love to do a trip out there for Joshua-Klitschko.

“Nigeria is still in the mix, Dubai as well, and of course Cardiff. But like I said, Vegas has probably got its nose in front at the moment.

“I think in the next week, we’re looking to present all those opportunities to Wladimir Klitschko and his team. Speaking to Bernd Boente this morning, I feel like it’s going to take that special event to make this fight.”

Hearn hopes a final decision will be made in the next fortnight about the venue for the fight.

“I would like to keep it in Britain,” said Hearn. “The fans have been incredible to Anthony Joshua, but if it means travelling to make sure this fight happens for world boxing, and it means taking a few plane loads to Las Vegas for a night and an experience they won’t forget.

“Anthony Joshua is the world heavyweight champion, he’s not the British heavyweight champion. He wants to break boundaries and so do we.

“To see Anthony Joshua’s name up in lights on the Las Vegas strip is certainly something that appeals to us all.

“Yes, I would say the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking to make a decision in terms of the venue and location.”

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Ronaldo Is Angry, But He Is Not Leaving Madrid

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Florentino Perez admits Cristiano Ronaldo is angry at the moment, but insists he will not be leaving the club.

The Portuguese is reportedly enraged and tired with life in Real Madrid and Spain, after he was accused of tax evasion.

Perez says Ronaldo is angry on the matter, but believes he will not leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

“He has a contract with Real Madrid and, when he stops playing at the Confederations Cup, we will talk,” Perez said on esRadio’s El Primer Palo.

“He’s angry, that’s for sure, because he is an honest person who fulfils his obligations.

“I have not talked to him but we are delighted that he is in Madrid. I think he will continue in Madrid.”

Asked further about Ronaldo’s tax affairs, Perez added: “We all have to fulfil our fiscal obligations. Madrid is not responsible for the players’ declarations, but there has never been a concealment. Cristiano does not have to deny anything he has not said.”

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Karsdorp Joins Roma For €19 Million

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Roma has confirmed the signing of Netherlands defender, Rick Karsdorp from Feyenoord for €14 million, with €5 million in add-ons.

The 22-year-old right-back joins the Serie A side, after signing a five-year contract with the club.

After rising through Feyenoord’s youth system, the 22-year-old made over 100 appearances for the first-team. After playing a key role in the Rotterdam side’s Eredivisie title win, he spoke of his excitement at making the switch to the Italian capital.

“Moving to Roma is a big step for me,” he told the club’s official website. “I come here with great desire and enthusiasm to play and realise my dreams.

“I know I still have room for improvement and I hope to do that here.”

Roma sporting director Monchi said he is confident he can flourish in new coach Eusebio Di Francesco’s team.

“Despite his young age, Karsdorp has already shown his qualities,” he said. “We are delighted to be able to count on his performances and we are confident that he will fit Eusebio Di Francesco’s style.”

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