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LIRS threatens to prosecute defaulters as deadline looms

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The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) says there is no plan to extend the deadline for filing individual annual tax returns beyond its statutory date of March 31, 2022.

Speaking at LIRS headquarters in Ikeja, Ayodele Subair, the executive chairman of LIRS, warned that the agency is set to use the full weight of the law in ensuring taxpayers who fail to meet this obligation are “brought to book”.

He urged taxpayers to file their annual tax returns before the expiration of the deadline to avoid payment of penalties, as well as other statutory sanctions, which may include prosecution.

“Filing of tax returns in Lagos State can only be done on the LIRS eTax portal using: https://etax.lirs.net,” a statement signed by Monsurat Amasa, head of corporate communications, LIRS, quoted Subair as saying.

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“It is therefore mandatory for all taxable persons in the State to register on the eTax portal, which is built purposely for the convenience of taxpayers. eTax is easy, convenient, and safe.”

Subair said that LIRS has in the last three months engaged taxpayers, using various mediums to remind them of their statutory obligations as provided in the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) Cap P8 2011 (as amended).

Taxpayers, he said, include self-employed persons and employees under the PAYE scheme in Lagos.

The statement added that tax officers have been designated at various tax stations to assist individuals to carry out online registration and filing of tax returns on the e-Tax portal.

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Tribunal sacks Adeleke as Governor

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo has sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

The tribunal in a split document of two to one is declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Adeleke and issued same to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

The majority judgement which was read by the Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume said Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 290,266.The minority judgement is ongoing.

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PANDEF hails Buhari over Arase’s appointment as PSC Chairman

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THE Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, led by the South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of former Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, retd as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC.

In a statement on Thursday by PANDEF National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, it said that it was particularly happy and impressed that President Buhari in this instance, recognized and rewarded competence, patriotism, and love for the nation which are the virtues that the former Inspector-General of Police boldly upholds and bespeaks.

The statement read, “The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of a former Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Dr Solomon Arase, as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

“PANDEF said it is particularly impressed that Mr President, in this instance, recognized and rewarded competence, patriotism, and love for the nation: virtues which the former Inspector-General of Police boldly upholds and bespeaks.

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“PANDEF also lauded the Nigerian Senate for its speedy confirmation of Solomon Arase’s nomination as Chairman of PSC.

“Noting that the appointment of Solomon Arase is coming at a time when equipoise was needed in the nation’s polity.

“PANDEF said, given the sterling career profile, and wealth of experience, of the former Inspector General of Police, and his commitment to National stability and peace, it is certain that his appointment will be immensely beneficial to the Nigeria Police Force, in particular, and the Country, in general.

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My Govt Will Be For Youths And Women, Atiku Promises

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate made the promise on Thursday at the party’s campaign rally in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

“We want our youth to be where we are. We are here to bring you up, our youths and our woman – we are your parents – we are bringing you up so that you can succeed us,” Atiku said at the Ebonyi Township Stadium.

“We are not going to be there forever. We want you to succeed us. For you to succeed us, you must be responsible citizens. You must be hard-working youths, young men, and women. We all came from very poor backgrounds but we worked hard. If you work hard, you can be anything.

“So, our young men and women, I want to assure you that the next government of PDP is going to be a government for the youth and for the women – the men are few because you are in majority and we must recognize that and we must give you the opportunity so that you can also be able to be leaders of this country.”

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