The sum of N139million paid to Rebisi Central Age Group by the Rivers State Government as compensation for the demolition of Ahiamakara market at Waja area of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State is currently causing crisis among three groups in Rebisi Kingdom.
The Tide gathered that the two opposing camps in Rebisi Council of Chiefs and Elders are at loggerheads over the compensation sum of N139 million paid for the demolition of market shades being managed by a socio-cultural organisation, Rebisi Central Age Group.
The Tide source hinted that the N139 million is now a subject of investigation by the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The sources further hinted that all the groups have been invited by the anti-graft agency for questioning.
Those invited include the leadership of Central Age Group and the other chiefs led by Chief Azubuike Nmerukini and Eze Uche Elikwu.
It was also learnt that the Rebisi Central Age Group headed by Elder Bennett Amadi as president general, Sunny Chuku as Secretary and Godspower Owhonda as treasure, respectively were petitioned by Rebisi Owhor Holders Council and Elders and Chiefs of Rebisi Kingdom in the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
The chiefs, in a petition by their counsel, U.G. Nwokocha alleged that the leadership of the age group and others tampered with the sum of N139 million paid as compensation by the state government for the acquisition of the said expanse of land and the payment was made through Zenith Bank into the account of Rebisi Central Age Group domiciled at First Bank of Nigeria PLC.
The petition urged the financial crimes agency to stop those concerned from the disbursement of the said sum of money, stressing that if not stopped, nothing would be left for the entire Rebisi Kingdom as they claimed that the demolished property was owned by the entire kingdom but managed by the Central Age Group.
It was also gathered that two weeks ago, the leadership of the Rebisi Central Age Group summoned a meeting of all Chairmen and secretaries of age groups affiliated to the Central Age Group and informed them that the President was made to sign an undertaking by the chiefs and elders headed by Nmerukini and Elikwu to return the sum of N69million to his group of chiefs and elders’ council.
According to the sources, this threat made the president general, to transfer the sum of N69 million from the coffers of the Central Age Group to the chiefs headed by Chief Nmerukini and Elikwu after the disbursement of N1.5million to each age group affiliated to the central age group.
It was on that note that the other group headed and a contender to the throne of Eze Apara Rebisi, Eze Victor Worluchem petitioned the Rebisi Central Age Group and other chiefs to return the said sum of N139 million to Rebisi kingdom.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the President General of Rebisi Central Age Group, Benneth Amadi confirmed that he was invited by the EFCC, last Thursday, and explanations were given as the area concerned was managed by the group.
Amadi regretted that the compensation had brought so much interest, but added that all along the Rebisi Central Age Group has been managing the stores and expanse of land which the money was paid for.
He argued that the expanse of land belongs to the Central Age Group, adding that the group has a judgment to that effect.
Nmerukini and Elikwu could not be reached for comment, but one of the chief whose counsel wrote the petition,Chief Cyprian Worenwu confirmed that they were all going to EFCC to sort out the issue.
He vowed that the alleged Eze Apara Rebisi Chief Victor Worlechem and his group of chiefs and elders would ensure that all legal means were exhausted to get the compensation to the owners.
‘’Our prayers is to the further sharing of the N139million and the N69million handed over to Eze Elikwu and Chief Nmerikini be retrieved immediately because the money was meant for all Rebisi indigenes and not a particular group.
When contacted, the Head, Public Affairs, Port Harcourt zone of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale confirmed that the commission was still investigating the matter, adding that those involved were also in the office of the commission for another round of interrogation, yesterday.
Oyewale said the commission would give those involved fair hearing while investigations are still on.
5 important things to know about trading in the stock market
As a person who is interested in the stock market, you probably know that it comes with a risk like any other financial decision.
Trading in the stock market can be a great way to gain financial success and diversify your investment portfolio. You can trade on the market on your own as well as with brokerage companies like HFM, which can become a reliable service provider in your activities.
But before you put down any amount of money, there are 5 key things you should keep in mind.
Let’s explore what is the stock market and what you should know about it together.
What is the stock market?
The stock market is a vibrant and reliable platform that ensures fair trade between buyers and sellers of securities. It allows them to discover the price of shares, serving as an indicator of economic conditions. All transactions are secure, liquid, and transparent thanks to continuous competition in the open market which safeguards fairness while providing great liquidity options.
5 things about trading in the stock market
Let’s take a closer look at some moments that are important for efficient trading in this financial market.
- Buy low, sell high
Despite the short-term downturn in oil prices, most consumers are still benefitting from cheaper fuel costs. However, any market dip is often seen as a sign of an impending bear market. In reality, though, stocks have historically been one of the best long-term investments and will likely continue to rise over time with or without intermittent corrections along the way.
- Think long-term
Trading on short-term earnings reports or data is not the best way to maximize profits as a trader. Instead, opportunities arise when a stock or sector that has been overlooked by the market shows resilience and delivers consistent returns in spite of economic conditions. An example is transportation stocks like airlines and railroads which can offer considerable gains when industry trends shift favorably.
- There is no certain metric
Professional and amateur traders alike all have their preferred methods when it comes to assessing stock values, from price-earnings ratios to dividend yields and profit margins. However, there is no single metric that can definitively distinguish between good stocks versus bad ones.
- Dividends are on your side
Dividend-paying stocks provide a degree of stability in comparison to other types of investments. However, caution must be taken when evaluating offers that seem too good to pass up – they may not hold their value as expected over time.
- Know what you need
The brokerage industry has become increasingly competitive, with firms vying to offer the best trading options. However, for most traders, their basic needs can be met by any provider. When placing an order it’s important to know what type you are entering. A market order will execute immediately at whatever price is available while limit orders only complete when within predetermined parameters.
In conclusion, trading in the stock market can prove to be a great opportunity if you make smart investments. Knowledge is key when it comes to successfully navigating the stock market, so always take the time to do your research and create an investment plan. Make sure that you understand where you want your money to go and how long you are willing to wait for a return on your investments.
NASS Asks CBN To Extend Deadline On Old Naira Notes By Six Months
The two chambers of the National Assembly have asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the deadline for acceptance of the old Naira notes.
The House of Representatives and the Senate in separate resolutions on Tuesday asked the CBN to extend the deadline till 31 July.
House of Representatives
The decision of the House to ask for the extension followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) during plenary.
Moving the motion, Mr Soli said banking and other financial institutions are struggling to cope with the rush by citizens to change their old currencies to new notes. He said the shortage of new notes is creating panic.
“Banks and POS outlets are struggling with the shortage of the redesigned new Naira notes ahead of the CBN deadline of January 31, 2023, consequently making it difficult for them to comply with the CBN directives as regards availability of the new notes for customers.
“Despite several concerns and appeals by the National Assembly, the Governors Forum, the Bank Customers Association of Nigeria, and a host of other stakeholders in the country for the CBN to extend the period for the currency swap of the new Naira notes as well as review of the cashless policy, the CBN has remained adamant on the given deadline,” he said.
He stated that the CBN should instead phase out the old currency within a longer period, like a year adding that the policy must get the buy-in of the people for it to work.
He informed his colleagues that traders in Katsina State have started rejecting the old notes.
Speaking in support of the motion, Ahmed Jaha (APC, Borno), said the CBN has been making efforts in Borno State to swap the old notes for new ones, however, the efforts are not enough to meet the deadline.
He stated that the activities of Boko Haram insurgents have shut down banking operations in most parts of Borno State.
“I just came back from my constituency yesterday; I want to use this opportunity to commend the CBN for taking certain steps to address this issue in my constituency. As I am talking to you, CBN staffs have been in my constituency since yesterday. They went there with some amount to swap the little currency with people. It is a very good move but I also realised that the amount taken there is not enough to swap the available old currency.
“For the past 10 years, my constituency is (has been) operating without a single bank branch. People transact in cash,” Mr Jaha said.
FG Rakes In N11.5trn From Company Tax Under Buhari
A data report has revealed that the Federal Government under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made N11.5trillion from taxes paid by companies and business organizations.
The data from Company Income Tax (CIT) reports, which was published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) between 2015 and 2022, showed CIT collected by the Federal Inland Revenue Service stood at N1.3tn when the President assumed office in 2015.
This amount dipped by 26 per cent in 2016 when the country’s economy went into recession due to a significant drop in oil prices.
It started an upward trajectory between 2017 and 2020, as the government generated a total of N5.3trillion during this period.
Companies Income Tax is a tax on the profits of incorporated entities in Nigeria. It also includes the tax on the profits of non-resident companies carrying on business in Nigeria.
The tax is paid by limited liability companies, inclusive of the public limited liability companies, and is commonly referred to as a corporate tax.
The CIT rate is 30 per cent for large companies (i.e. companies with gross turnover greater than NGN 100m), assessed on a preceding year basis (i.e. tax is charged on profits for the accounting year ending in the year preceding assessment).
According to the data, the highest contributors to the CIT were the manufacturing, Information Communication Technology and financial services sectors.
Also, a critical evaluation of 2022 CIT records showed a significant hike in taxes paid by companies across the board.
From the data, tax from firms in the information and communication sector rose by 158.51 per cent from N51.05bn in the third quarter of 2021 to N131.97bn in the corresponding period in 2022.
In the same vein, manufacturers paid the most taxes during the period in review, as the Federal Government increased the number of taxes collectable by the Federal Inland Revenue Services from 39 to 61 items.
Some of the new taxes as contained in the schedule to the taxes and levies (Approved list for collection) Act (Amendment Order), 2015, include: national information technology development levy, economic development levy, environmental (ecological) fee or levy; inter-state road taxes; mining, milling and quarrying fee; infrastructure maintenance charge; social services contribution tax, and wharf landing fee where applicable.
Others are entertainment tax, produce sales tax, property tax (where applicable); fire service charge; slaughter or abattoir fee, where state finance is involved, among others.
Further checks revealed that CIT paid by manufacturers increased by 52.3 per cent from N91.2bn paid in the third quarter of 2021 to N138.9bn in the corresponding quarter of 2022.
The scenario has created room where it appears the productive sector was being overburdened by taxes because of the government’s inability to widen the tax bracket and capture more taxpayers.
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