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An Islamic cleric Ahmad Gumi has said he would no longer interface with bandits until “the political situation changes”.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had declared bandit groups as terrorists.

Gumi, who had asked for amnesty for the bandits, said in an interview with Premium Times that he no longer had anything to do with them.

He said: “Since the Federal Government has declared them terrorists, I don’t have anything to do with them anymore.

“I will not like to expose myself to danger again and to put a spotlight on myself unnecessarily.

“I have tried all I could do to admonish the nation on the best way to do it, but it seems my advice has fallen on deaf ears.

“I have endangered my life for peace by going to the forest and engaging the bandits.

“Among them, there are rock bandits, they are dangerous, armed ready to fire.

“It is dangerous, but still we risked our lives to see that we bring peace to this nation.

“Somebody has to take that risk and we took it and thanked God we came out safely and knowledgeable, knowing how to come about this issue.

“Maybe in the future when the political situation changes for the better, we can do it again so that there will be peace, harmony and tranquility in the country.”

I have exposed myself enough to danger by putting myself on the line to unite the Nation. I have stopped because people misunderstood my moves by calling me ‘a sponsor of banditary’ even calling for arrest. I am a free man now. I have no parts with bandits anymore – Gumi Says

An Islamic cleric Ahmad Gumi has said he would no longer interface with bandits until “the political situation changes”. The … Read more

Nigerians will start paying value added tax (VAT) for using Facebook, beginning from 1st of January 2022.

TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the tax is directly to Nigerians who use the platform as a means to market or sell their products.

Already, Facebook has started informing users on the platform of the development via email.

With the development, Nigerians will now pay a VAT at the applicable rate of 7.5 percent.

The email to Facebook users seen by TNG reads: “Due to implementation of a value-added tax (VAT) in Nigeria, Facebook is required to charge VAT on the sale of ads to advertisers, regardless of whether you’re buying ads for business or personal purposes.

“All advertisers with a business country of Nigeria will be charged an additional 7.5% VAT on advertising services purchased beginning 1 January 2022.

“If you’re registered for VAT and provide your VAT ID, your VAT ID will show up on your ads receipts. In the event that you’re entitled to recover VAT, this may help you recover any VAT you paid to the Nigerian tax authorities if you are a VAT registered business in Nigeria”.

TNG reports the new tax regime is in pursuant of the Companies Income Tax (Significant Economic Presence) Order, introduced in 2020 as an amendment of the Finance Act 2019.

The document imposes tax on any “foreign entity with respect to certain services or digital transactions tax foreign digital service providers offering services to Nigerians and earning revenue in naira.

Also, this is carried in the Finance Bill 2021, which scaled second reading at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly (NASS) on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the federal government has in recent times gone hard on social media platforms, especially Twitter.

The Nigerian government slammed an indefinite suspension on the operations of the microblogging platform in the country, citing activities capable of undermining the nation’s corporate existence. And till date the suspension is yet to be lifted.

To be captured into the CIT net beginning from next year as well are social media platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, among others.

All foreign digital companies involved in transmitting, emitting, or receiving signals, sounds, messages, images or data of any kind including e-commerce, app stores, and online adverts are also captured into the CIT net.

Also in the coming year, the federal government has proposed to widen the Company Income Tax Act (CITA) to a broad segment of businesses covered by lottery and gaming.

Such businesses include: “betting, game of chance, promotional competition, gambling, wagering, video poker, roulette, craps, bingo, slot or gaming machines and the likes”.

Also, the Finance Bill 2021 seeks to bar those without Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) from opening bank accounts. Besides, account holders would no longer be allowed to operate their accounts without providing TIN.

Nigerians to start paying tax for using Facebook from January

Nigerians will start paying value added tax (VAT) for using Facebook, beginning from 1st of January 2022. TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports … Read more

Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated on Friday after a US air raid killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces, or PMF.

The Pentagon confirmed the attack at Baghdad’s international airport, saying it came “at the direction of the president”

Soleimani and al-Muhandis’s deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East and are expected to draw severe retaliation from Iran and the forces it backs in the region against Israel and US interests.

Here are all the latest updates amid the heightened tensions as of Friday, January 3:

Trump: Ordered killing of Iranian general to prevent war, not start one

President Donald Trump said he ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani to stop a war, not start one, saying the Iranian military commander was planning imminent attacks on Americans.

“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” Trump said, adding that the United States does not seek regime change in Iran.

3,000 additional US troops heading to Middle East: Officials

The US said it is sending nearly 3,000 more troops to the Middle East with defence officials saying the soldiers were from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said the troops were in addition to about 700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne who deployed to Kuwait earlier this week after the storming of the US embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters.

UN chief: ‘World cannot afford’ another Gulf war

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the “world cannot afford” another Gulf war.

“The secretary-general has consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf,” a spokesman for Guterres said in a statement.

“This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf.”

Trump: Soleimani behind ‘thousands’ of US deaths, ‘hated’ by Iranians

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend his decision to kill Qassem Soleimani, claiming that the Quds Force commander was behind the deaths of “millions of people”, including US citizens and his own Iranian compatriots.

Soleimani “killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more,” Trump said.

“He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself,” he added

Iraqi parliament speaker condemns US air strike

Iraq’s Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi said in a statement: “Yesterday’s targeting of a military commander in Iraq’s armed forces near Baghdad international airport is a flagrant breach of sovereignty and violation of international agreements.”

“Iraq must avoid becoming a battlefield or a side in any regional or international conflict,” he said.

Al-Halbousi, who as speaker is Iraq’s top Sunni Arab politician, called on the government to take all steps needed to stop such attacks.

Dozens of US oil workers leaving Iraq

Dozens of US citizens working for foreign oil companies in the southern Iraqi oil city of Basra were leaving the country on Friday, the oil ministry said.

The US embassy in Baghdad urged all its citizens to leave Iraq immediately.

Iraqi officials said the evacuation would not affect operations, production or exports.

‘US remains committed to de-escalation’: Pompeo

Washington is committed to “de-escalation” after a US air raid in Baghdad killed Soleimani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Pompeo said on Twitter that he spoke to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi about the US decision to eliminate Soleimani.

Soleimani’s body to be sent to Iran

Flags at Iranian embassies abroad were ordered to fly at half-mast and preparations were being made for Soleimani’s body to be transferred to Iran. The date for the funeral has yet to be announced.

Responding to the US’s killing of Soleimani, Iran’s National Security Council spokesman Keyvan Khosravi said: “The legal, political, security, and military consequences of this crime is on the US government.”

“The costs that Washington has to pay will be much more severe than the mirage-like achievements of this sort of blind moves,” he added.

Tens of thousands rally against ‘US crimes’

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Iran to protest against US “crimes”, after US raids killed Soleimani.

Chanting “Death to America” and holding up posters of the slain commander, the demonstrators filled streets for several blocks in central Tehran after Friday prayers.

State news agency IRNA reported similar demonstrations in the cities of Arak, Bojnourd, Hamedan, Hormozgan, Sanandaj, Semnan, Shiraz and Yazd.

Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed

Protesters in Tehran demonstrated against the killing of Qassem Soleimani [Vahid Salemi/The Associated Press]

Khamenei appoints Soleimani’s successor

Iran’s supreme leader appointed Esmail Qaani as the new head of the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations arm.

“Following the martyrdom of the glorious general haj Qassem Soleimani, I name Brigadier General Esmail Qaani as the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement posted on his official website.

In Pictures: Iran’s Qassem Soleimani killed in US air raid

This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq. [AP Photo]

This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following the air strike in Baghdad [The Associated Press]

U.S. Strike Ordered by Trump Kills Key Iranian Military Leader in Baghdad

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