The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has shut 18 hotels, restaurants and event centers for failure to pay their taxes due under the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Laws of Lagos State 2009.

The Hotels and Restaurants were said to be owing the State a sum of N426,976,528.87

The Director Legal Services of the LIRS, Mr. Seyi Alade, on Friday 17 November 2017 during the state-wide tax enforcement exercise, warned that defaulting Hotels, Restaurants and Event Centers will henceforth face the full wrath of the law if they fail to deduct and remit their taxes as provided by the law.


He promised to release in due course the names of the entities affected by the enforcement exercise.

According to him, failure to deduct and remit taxes as at when due attracts very serious penalties that may lead to the sealing, seizure of the goods and chattels and criminal prosecution of principal officers of recalcitrant entities.

He said the LIRS usually gives a long rope by issuing multiple notices to the taxpayers to inform and also remind them of their tax liabilities adding that only recalcitrant taxpayers are shut down as in the present case.

He therefore urged all business entities operating in the state to ensure prompt remittance of their taxes to avoid costly disruptions on their businesses as a result of a distrain exercise.

 
The Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, BCAN, says that its members in Lagos State will start wearing uniforms from Jan. 1, 2018 for security and effective service delivery.

Israel Adeshola, the National President of the association, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Lagos on Sunday.

Mr. Adeshola said the operational uniform would bring sanity to the service in the state and the country as a whole.

According to him, the association has started training its members in Lagos State and educating them on the job procedures and attitudinal change while on duty.


“The association has been able to train a reasonable number of conductors on behavioural change.

“We started the registrations and training at Lagos State Drivers Institute for attitudinal and change in orientation of the members toward passengers and traffic rules.

“By January 1, 2018, all our registered members will be in their operational uniforms for proper identification and effective service delivery,” he said.

The president explained that part of the reasons for training its members was to ensure adequate security of passengers and good customer relationship with the people they relate with.

He said that putting on uniforms with identification numbers would ensure accountability and brought sense of responsibility among the members.
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Country music singer Mel Tillis, whose six-decade career included hits such as “I Ain’t Never” and “Coca Cola Cowboy” and who never let his stutter get in the way of him becoming a legend, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed. He was 85.

Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., his publicist Don Murry Grubbs said. The music legend is believed to have died from respiratory failure after he never recovered from intestinal issues he has been battling since 2016. He leaves behind his longtime partner, Kathy DeMonaco, his six children and six grandchildren.


Amir Khan has said his wife's unexpected pregnancy saved their marriage. Earlier this year, the British boxer and his partner, Faryal Mahkdoom, suffered a very public separation - caused by both social media jealousies and family feuds.

That a reached a head in the summer, when the pair officially went their separate ways.

But now, as he prepares to head into the Australian jungle for ITV's I'm A Celeb, he says his wife's shock conception sparked a reconciliation. "We have to think of the kids. I want to be a family man,” he said.


"We both sat down and thought, ‘Look, we’ve got a family, we’ve got a little girl’. I think we have to just move forward and move on from things. I’m ready to make some big changes in my life.”

He also made specific reference to his bizarre allegations that Faryal, from New York, quickly found comfort in Anthony Joshua.

“I did a lot of silly things. When I accused my wife of messaging Joshua, it was all just nonsense from the start," he added. “I lived my life on social media. I assumed things which were wrong and I really embarrassed myself.

“I’d just had my hand operation and wasn’t fighting as much, so I was frustrated about not being in the boxing ring and not being able to train. I think that made me hot-headed.”

“It was all just nonsense from the start."

 
 President Robert Mugabe has caused confusion during his address to Zimbabwe where it appeared that he has vowed to remain as head of state.

The dictator was expected to step down this evening after being given a deadline of 10am tomorrow to resign from his post.

But despite sources in Zimbabwe allegedly leaking information which suggested Mugabe was preparing to vacate the post, the 93-year-old leader did not step down.

Instead, he told the cameras that he would preside over congress in December where he said a range of issues within the party need to be addressed.

Now, the leader of Zimbabwe's war veterans said that plans to impeach President Robert Mugabe would go ahead as scheduled after the 93-year-old leader defied expectations.

Chris Mutsvangwa, who has been leading a campaign to oust Mugabe, is said to have told Reuters in a text message moments after Mugabe finished his speech that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday.

In a statement on state TV, he said he was aware of a range of concerns citizens of the country have and that his people need peace, security, law and order.

He added that events of the past week show people are determined to resolve their differences peacefully but that they were not a threat to the constitution or his authority as head of state.


Mel B's husband Stephen Belafonte cuddles up to six-year old daughter Madison at sunset on his first night out with her after winning back access.

The ex-Spice Girl had a temporary restraining order on him over domestic violence claims which she has now dropped in a divorce deal.

Film producer Belafonte, 42, shared his joy on Instagram saying: "First night out with my amazing daughter in 8 months and I felt like god gave us beautiful sunset to share!! #blessed"

He later posted a video of her in wig, moustache and chest hairs, writing: "My Maddy Bears had me dying last night!!!! My sister Hannah was playing dress up."


After the start of a deal was worked out last week, a source close to Belafonte said the agreement included "substantial custodial time" with their six-year-old daughter.




Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand have been spotted out in a rare public outing as they get ready to officially move in together.

The couple, who first started dating on the quiet a year ago, were seen out shopping in Manchester by themselves, having presumably left Rio's three children - Lorenz, Ria and Tate - at home.

Former TOWIE star Kate was wrapped up against the cold in a black puffa jacket worn over a long black tunic, black leggings and matching thigh-high boots.

She ditched the usual makeup for her casual look and carried a couple of bottles of drink in one hand while toting a designer handbag in the other.

Her long blonde hair was left down and staightened for the low-key look.

Rio, meanwhile, walked a couple of steps behind her and was dressed for comfort in a pale grey zip-down hoodie and jogging bottoms, carrying a takeaway coffee as he and his reality star girlfriend browsed the Christmas markets.




A French police officer who struggled to come to terms with his failing marriage shot his wife in the face, murdered three other victims before then turning the gun on himself.

The horrific incident took place in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles on Saturday following an argument between Arnaud Martin, 31, and his 25-year-old partner, who has not been named.

Pontoise prosecutor Eric Corbaux said: 'They were rowing in a car outside her parents' house just before the shooting.'

According to Corbaux, the pair were arguing about their separation before Martin took out his revolver and shot his wife in the face.


Despite her severe facial injuries, the woman has survived. Martin then shot dead a 30-year-old man and a 44-year-old father who had been celebrating his birthday with his children.

The killer then stormed his girlfriend's home a few yards away, killing her father and seriously injuring her mother.

He also shot the woman's sister in the leg and killed the family dog.

After his rampage, killed himself when he shot himself in the head in the garden.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said: 'He was someone who was going to separate from his wife. He couldn't bear it.

'At some point he totally went off the rails. He was armed, so could shoot anyone. It was a police drama.'

On the killer, Corbaux added: 'According to his superiors, he was a good civil servant, a very serious former gendarme.'

Francois Pupponi, the mayor of Sarcelles, said of the victims: 'They were all local people. I knew them well because I lived on this street fourteen years.'

Martin was one of the Paris police officers who has been allowed to bring his weapon home following the devastating terror attack on the French capital in November 2015, were 130 people were killed.

Authorities claim it is better for officers that they are able to carry their weapons at all times in case of an attack.

Yet the policy has sparked controversy, with depressed officers using their weapons to harm themselves and others.

In September, a policeman in Noyon, north of Paris, killed his wife and their two children before turning the gun on himself.

Yet Collomb he would not change the policy which allows officers to take home their guns.

There has been a sharp increase in police suicides this year, with 46 officers and 16 gendarmes killing themselves in 2017. At least half of those who took their lives used their service weapons.

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