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Samuel Eto’o faces 10-years in jail and a whopping ‎€14million fine for tax fraud in Spain

Antalyaspor of Turkey football star Samuel Eto’o faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a huge €14m fine for tax crimes committed while he played in Spain.

According to Spanish paper, El Pais, the Cameroon footballer’s alleged tax crimes date from 2006 to 2009 when he played for Barcelona, and he managed to defraud the Spanish government of about 3.5 million euros through an illegal, well crafted structure for his image rights.

According to the report, 35 year old Eto’o, started two companies, one in Spain called Bulte opened in 2002 and one in Hungary called Tradesport which allowed him to cleverly divert his image rights and avoid paying for tax . He also through the company structure, allegedly avoided paying tax for the huge money (about 1.5 and 3 million euros a season) he received from his sponsorship with sportswear giants Puma.

Spanish prosecutors are demanding Eto’o be fined around £12m (‎€14m), as well a 10 year imprisonment term.

 

 

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Nigerian couple welcome set of twins after 20 years of marriage, 12 miscarriages [photos]

A Nigerian couple welcomed a set of twins after 20 years of waiting and 12 miscarriages. Pastor Regis Isaac of Winners Chapel, Calabar announced the testimony on his Facebook page. He wrote:

“Pre-Shiloh Testimony @ L.F.C, Calabar: Miracle twins after 20years of waiting, 12 miscarriages and 9years of pregnancy…… God of Shiloh @ work.” – Continue to see more photos below…

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Pastor makes congregation suck his d*ck in church by claiming it’s ‘holy milk dripping’

Multiple sources have reported an allegedly abusive sexual practice in a South American church. Reports allege that Brazilian evangelical pastor Valdeci Sobrino Picanto was arrested by police in Apore for oral sexual assault.

Reports say he allegedly persuaded churchgoers to perform fellatio on him by claiming that there would be religious benefits for them.

Media outlets have reported that the Pastor Picanto convinced congregants that oral sex would aid their communication God and lead to salvation because his penis was blessed and his semen was consecrated.
Media reports allege that the 59-year-old Picanto referred to his semen as sacred milk.

Other reports allege that Picanto has said a divine encounter in a brothel led to his mission to spread his holy seed to the faithful of his church, Apore Assembly.

According to reports, Picanto was also accused of sexually harassing a local merchant.

 

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Nigeria: President Buhari’s daughter Zahra set to wed Billionaire Mohammed Indimi’s son, Ahmed

Zahra, daughter of President Muhammadu and Aisha Buhari, will be getting married in December 2016 to Ahmed, one of the sons of Billionaire oil mogul, Mohammed Indimi….and this is 100% fact.

The Introduction between both families held at the Aso Villa, Abuja on Friday, Nov 18th, 2016. It was a small but eventful ceremony. Source confirmed that the President and Billionaire oil mogul have been very good friends with a lot of history between them and are pleased with the union of their children.

How did Zahra and Ahmed meet? Source revealed that they’ve been friends for quite sometime and this eventually led to love. Both Zahra and her future groom, who serves as the Head of Crude Oil Marketing in his father’s company, are said to be very happy.

The Wedding Ceremonies will be holding in Abuja and Maiduguri, between November 30th to December 4th, 2016. Although plans are being made to keep it quiet, one can definitely expect a grand wedding. After all, Zahra is the daughter of a sitting President and Ahmed, the son of an oil Billionaire.

Source: LIB

 

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“Why you should NOT visit South Africa”-By Ernest Danjuma

Over the last few years, the South African government through its tourism arm — South Africa Tourism has rolled out an aggressive celebrity-driven campaign to lure Nigerian and West African millennials to visit South Africa. The #NigeriaMeetsSouthAfrica social media campaign; which documents sponsored expeditions to South Africa featuring a cast of Nigerian superstars like musicians — Praiz, Blogger — Noble Igwe, designer — Mai Atafo, and photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi, seems more like a gimmick than a genuine effort to attract tourists. The PR campaign does nothing to address the fundamental reasons Nigerians and West Africans, in general, are increasingly opting for other friendlier destinations in Africa.

The exploitative, discriminatory, wrong-headed and downright inhumane visa policy carried out by the South African Embassy in Nigeria; which has outsourced its diplomacy to a third-party agency, which charges a 200% premium on a 3-month tourist visa.

The antagonism from Immigration officials at the South African borders, which once profiled, arrested and wrongfully jailed me at the airport on accusations of falsifying my South African visa (more on that later), and the continued violent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African Immigrants, which the government reluctantly decries, while continuing its own bigoted foreign policy.

My long and complicated relationship with South Africa started in the winter of 2008 when I led a group of bright-eyed business school students from Boston, Massachusetts on an innovative exchange program to the Western Cape of South Africa. The program facilitated by the Social Enterprise Institute paired young students from The D’Amore Kim Business School, Northeastern University with their South African counterparts from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) to consult with entrepreneurs in the townships of Cape Town. Of the thirty-something students and faculty that were slated to take the trip, I was the only African and one of 3 black people, and ironically the only one who needed a visa to embark on the trip. The rest of my American colleagues got their visas on arrival in Cape Town. So began what has been almost a decade-long cycle of visa applications and forfeiture due to delays, calling in favours at the South African consulate to help expedite the process and enduring often-unpleasant experiences visiting South Africa.

Now I understand the calculations that countries have to make in determining who needs a visa and who doesn’t — socio-economics, security concerns, diplomatic relationships, alliances, reciprocity and probability for abuse, but the South African Mission in Nigeria has pretty much outsourced its non-immigrant visa process — the first point of people-to-people diplomacy, to a third-party operator with no South Africans.

The Visa Facilitation Service VFS; which serves as a go-between to help countries with high volume of visa applications avoid long lines outside their embassies, has a documented history of charging outrageous premiums for its administrative service, for instance they charge a non-negotiable, non-refundable N18,800 fee for a South African visa that costs N8,600, that’s a total of N27,400 for a 3-month tourist visa or $85. Nigerians have to fork out this ridiculous and inexplicable cost, for the convenience of South African diplomats, who despite capping all visa applications at 180/week (in their Lagos office), are routinely unable to process a simple tourist visa in their self-imposed 6-business days. On the other hand, equally amazing and picturesque countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda have instituted smarter, friendlier and more humane visa policies, allowing most if not all African passport holders apply for tourist visas on arrival, understanding that you cannot alienate and antagonize your regional allies, while welcoming with open arms old colonial powers.

Earlier this year, I have travelled to all three countries and utilised their visa on arrival option, so I can testify to the remarkable difference in efficiency and in the way Nigerians are welcomed. It doesn’t hurt that the visa fees are $30 for Rwanda, $40 in Tanzania and $50 for Kenya as opposed to the $85 equivalent it costs to visit South Africa.

Those who are lucky enough (in the eyes of the South African embassy) to successfully scale the visa hurdle, soon encounter the unmistakable hostility that accompanies the tendering of the green Nigerian passport on arrival at the port of entry. I recall one such encounter while I was transiting through South Africa back to the United States after a short visit to Nigeria following the conclusion of the aforementioned exchange program in 2008. I arrived at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport on the red eye flight from Lagos and was going through Immigration when the attending officer determined after only a visual inspection that the entry visa; the same one I had to awkwardly explain to my American colleagues, was fake. After several failed attempts to get me to confess to illegally obtaining the visa, he decided to get tough. He brought me “upstairs” where he was allegedly going to process my deportation back to Nigeria. The whole time, I thought he was kidding since he never attempted to scan the bar code on the visa or swipe my passport biodata page. It wasn’t until I heard the screeching jail bars that I knew shit was real.

As I checked into my new digs, I pled with the guard to let me keep my phone on in case the rest of my colleagues; who were supposed to be meeting up with me at the airport, needed to reach me. Once they arrived and I told them I was locked up and why, they were so alarmed and immediately swung into action, informing the school’s high-powered attorneys, who were on the case. After almost 6 hours in the airport jail, they eventually got a hold of the South African consulate in New York, and the officer who issued the visa to confirm the legitimacy of my visa and ordered my immediate release. The arresting officer came and muttered, “you’re free to go!”. Without as much as an apology for the “mix-up” — if we can call it that.

The incidence, however, anecdotal made me think about the very real possibility that I would’ve been deported just for carrying a Nigerian passport — something no one should ever have to go through. I faced similarly aggressive interrogation on my return to South Africa in 2015, with immigration officers demanding to see ridiculous documents from the aimless yellow fever card down to dinner reservation confirmation. This treatment isn’t reserved for the average joe either, celebrities who usually visit for performances or to shoot music videos, and business travellers engaging in trade routinely have to deal with the same humiliation.

If the first few barricades don’t deter you, maybe the threat of a resurgence of xenophobic attacks; which have systematically targeted other African nationals including but not limited to Nigerians, will. I don’t know if I just happen to pick the worst times to visit South Africa, but when I did in 2008, the first wave of attacks occurred, claiming several lives and leaving scores injured, immigrant’s shops looted and their houses burned. When I returned in 2015, there was a flare-up of these attacks, this time on a larger scale claiming more lives and eliciting a backlash from Human Rights groups.

These rounds of attacks were purportedly incited by Zulu King Zwelithini, who delivered a speech telling foreign nationals to “pack their belongings and go back to their countries”. His sentiments were echoed by the President’s son Edward, who suggested South Africa was “sitting on a ticking time bomb”. Although the attacks were disavowed by government officials and lawmakers, who set up commissions to investigate them, it is impossible to separate the actions from the government’s foreign policy, which seems to endorse treating foreign nationals — especially Nigerians with suspicion.

For far too long, we have remained silent, enduring this abuse, even excusing it as atonement for the sins of previous Nigerians who have abused the system. But I offer a different explanation; its xenophobia and we must no longer condone and worse still, continue to reward it. I love the wonderful people and incredible culture and landscape of South Africa and admire the amazing work of South Africa Tourism, but can no longer sit idly by as we continue to pour our hard-earned Naira into an economy that exploits, disrespects, and mistreats us for wanting to visit or engage with them. Thus, I strongly urge my fellow Nigerians to skip all non-essential travel to South Africa, until the Government and its foreign mission stops treating all Nigerians like criminals-in-waiting and start living up to the ideals its tourism division preaches.

Written by: Ernest Danjuma

 Ernest Danjuma is a Nigerian and the founder & Managing Partner of Denda Group, a brand design and growth strategy company that uses design thinking and effective creative storytelling to build and grow start-ups, small businesses and social enterprises.

 

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South African Prophet, Lethebo Rabalago sprays insecticide to ‘heal’ church members

Images of a South African Pastor spraying insecticide into the faces of his congregants are circulating on social media.

Lethebo Rabalago, of the Mount Zion General Assembly (MZGA), in Limpopo, has openly posted photographs on his Facebook page of him spraying congregants with Doom Super Multi Insect Killer to cure various ailments.

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A post from Saturday was captioned as if quoting a congregant, saying:

“I came here with a pain on my back and stomach. Now, after the prophet sprayed me with Doom I am healed. My nose was blocked since last week, but after the prophet sprayed me with Doom I feel coming out of my nose. I thank God for healing me.”

MZGA could not be reached for comment, but in an interview with South African TV channel eNCA Rabalago said that God had told him to use Doom, and that he had healed countless people using it.

In a press statement, Doom manufacturer Tiger Brands said that it found the practice “alarming and extremely concerning” adding that it is “unsafe to spray Doom Super Multi Insect killer or any other aerosol spray for that matter, into people’s faces.”

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World’s oldest president, Robert Mugabe won’t contest in the 2018 elections due to health concerns

A senior official from the president’s camp has revealed that Robert Mugabe who is the World’s oldest and one of the longest serving Heads of State, will not be contesting in the presidential election in 2018, after he was reportedly advised to drop out of the race by his medical doctors.

Although, it’s yet to be officially announced but the unidentified official while explaining the state of the president’s medical records was quoted on ZimNews saying:

‘The President’s medical records are classified and private, I cannot disclose anything, but he (Mugabe) has a clean bill of health at the moment. However he is not going to contest the coming elections, after being told by doctors that the campaigning alone will take a heavy toll on him. You will soon find out for yourselves, but the long and short of it is that he is already out of that race.’

Report also has it that the president, who has endured a cocktail of health woes, including eye cataract problems, reported prostate cancer and paining swollen feet, will embark on another round of medicals in Singapore, Hong Kong or Malaysia when he goes for his annual Christmas holiday with his family in December.

Robert Mugabe aged 92, who assumed the office of the President in 1980 and having ruled for over 30 years.

 

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Experts say U.S election results may have been hacked in 3 states where Trump won…

A prominent group of election lawyers and computer scientists said presidential election results in three swing states that Donald Trump won may have been manipulated or hacked. Hillary Clinton is being urged by the group to demand a recount.

via NY Daily News:

The group held a conference call last week with Clinton’s top campaign lieutenants and lobbied for a challenge after finding something fishy in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, according to New York Magazine.

Members of the group told the Clinton camp that in Wisconsin, Clinton’s vote count was down 7% in counties that relied on electronic voting machines when compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots, the magazine said.

A statistical analysis showed that under those circumstances, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes. Clinton lost the state — and its 10 Electoral College votes by 27,000 votes.

Wisconsin’s metropolitan areas, where Clinton did well, use paper ballots. Rural Wisconsin, where she did not, relies on electronic machines.

The group apparently has no proof of hacking, but said the suspicious pattern is enough for an independent review.

Current tallies put Trump’s Electoral College toll at 290 to Clinton’s 232, a count that does not include Michigan’s 16 vote because that contest was too close to call.

If the die-hards could successfully challenge Michigan and Wisconsin, that would bring Clinton’s total to 258. Add the 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania, if those results are successfully challenged, and Trump goes back to being a private citizen.

The deadlines to challenge in those states are all next week, but it was unclear if the campaign plans to call for a recount.

The magazine said the Obama administration is against a recount because it wants a smooth transition.

 

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Toyin Aimakhu’s ex-boyfriend, Seun Egbegbe, allegedly arrested for stealing iphones at computer village in Lagos…

Actress, Toyin Aimakhu’s ex-boyfriend, Seun Egbegbe was yesterday allegedly arrested at Computer village in Lagos for allegedly stealing 9 iPhones.

According to reports, Seun this morning went into a phone shop pretending that he wanted to buy a phone. He asked the salesgirl to bring out two iPhone 7 and five iPhone 6+. He carried the phones and told the sales representative that he was coming back. He then crossed the road and entered into a waiting taxi.

The sales representative who claimed she was hypnotized, said she came back to her senses and raised an alarm. They chased after Seun and caught up with him. He was beaten up by angry traders and then handed over to the police.

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