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UK govt battles ‘Iya Adura’ Esther Ajayi for alleged tax evasion

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+ Why she can’t visit London

Who is after Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, the General Overseer of Love of Christ (LOC) Generation Church, United Kingdom? This is the mind-boggling question that has been troubling many of her admirers and followers.

The highly revered evangelist, preacher, motivational speaker and philanthropist has become a subject of derision among some Nigerians living abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, where her church is based.

The church, which sources said is small, is reportedly located in Clapham, London.

Sources disclosed that Iya Adura, as Rev’d Mother Ajayi is fondly called, has a tax evasion case hanging on her head. The government of the United Kingdom is alleged to have found her deliberately misrepresenting the true state of her financial affairs to the tax authorities so as to reduce her tax liability.

She was also alleged to have included dishonest tax reporting such as declaring less income, profits or gains than the amounts actually earned, or overstating deductions in her income.

The sources further revealed that before the investigation of “the great servant of God” could be concluded, she was advised to leave the UK for Nigeria, so as to cool off for a while.

However, almost two years after she arrived Nigeria, Reverend Mother is yet to return to London. She is reported to fear being arrested and being jailed by the UK government, which does not spare anyone found to have committed tax evasion crime.

According to some sources who spoke with First Weekly Magazine, the fear of being arrested by the UK government was what prompted Reverend Mother Ajayi to move her annual conference; “Celebrating The Comforter” to the United States of America last year. And she has decided to host this year’s edition in Nigeria.

The sources also disclosed that the wealthy prophetess realized the severity of the case at hand last year. She was alleged to have attempted to visit London to attend the Christening ceremony of her grandchild.

However, she reportedly had a change of mind, when the feelers she got from the UK government indicated that she would be picked up and arrested once she arrived at the immigration border. So, she retreated into her shell and stayed back home.
It was also gathered that the woman was placed on visa ban by the UK Government over money laundering allegations, and that the resident permit of her daughter was recently revoked by the British Government.

The Ooni of Ife in Osun State, Nigeria, HRM Oba Enitan Ogunwusi allegedly pleaded with the British Government on her behalf, but it was gathered that the pleas were rejected.

Meanwhile, some people who worship in the church, owned by the wealthy prophetess, have become impatient with her disturbing absence from the church. Their impatience is gradually growing into anger.

Sources squealed that these members are now grumbling about being abandoned by their shepherd. They can’t understand why their spiritual mother would desert them at a time they needed her the most.

Meanwhile a source, who is privy to the happenings around Iya Adura’s life, dismissed the tax evasion allegation.

The source revealed that contrary to the rumour making the round, Iya Adura has no tax evasion case hanging on her head.

According to the source, the wealthy philanthropist is presently committed to establishing a church in Nigeria.

“People are just being mischievous. If Iya Adura has a case to answer with the UK government, why hasn’t her church been locked up? Just because this woman does not make noise about how her ministry is being run does not mean she is shirking in her spiritual obligation.

“Why should it bother anyone if she decides to stay in Nigeria? Those who are complaining about why she hasn’t been going to the UK should wait till when she completes the construction of her church in Nigeria. After that, they will quit wondering and asking baseless question”, he said.

Informants revealed that the woman, who was previously resident in London, is now domiciled in Ghana, adding that “her source of wealth remains questionable.”

– Source: First Weekly Magazine

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Ex-BBNaija star, Efe to release new single ‘campaign’

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Nigerian rapper and winner of the 2017 edition of Big Brother Naija reality television show, Efe is set to release a new music single featuring Nigerian hip hop king, Ice Prince and popular singer, Bolaji Ojudokan also known as BOJ.

The song titled “Campaign” will be officially released on Friday September 20th, 2019 on all music platforms.

The song is produced by versatile WXLA.

The song which is already being tipped as one of Efe greatest hits since winning the BBNaija show is already trending on social media platforms including Instagram and twitter.

Efe said his new song will be the new hit on Nigeria’s airwaves.

The singer, who has previously worked with some A-list singers including Olamide, disclosed that BOJ took the chorus for the much anticipated song.

Ahead of the release date for “Campaign”, Efe whose latest song “Scammer” is still banging on radio and television stations has released a one minute rap video teaser titled “Before the Campaign.”

According to Warri crooner, the new single is an afro hip hop vibe that will leave every speaker banging. He added that the song is relatable.

“It’s a hip hop feel good vibe. BOJ did the chorus and Ice Prince took some verses. It’s a mad jam I can assure you. People will testify of what they will hear”, the ex-BBNaija added.

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All set as Lagos awaits Zenith Bank’s Aspire Music Festival

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All is now set for the “Zenith Bank Aspire Music Festival” holding on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Harbour Point Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos by 5pm.

Dubbed as the most anticipated entertainment event of the year, the
breathtaking festival promises to be a night to remember, as it will feature captivating and thrilling musical performances by some of Nigeria’s biggest artistes including Olamide, Flavour, Phyno, Niniola, Mayorkun and Rema.

Also on hand to anchor the event and trill the audience with rib-cracking jokes is Kenny Black, while celebrity hypeman, Do2dtun, will be revving up the crowd throughout the night.

The Festival, which is a must attend event for music lovers, tourists and fun seekers, is one of a series of events lined up by Zenith Bank to usher in “Style by Zenith 2.0”, the bank’s annual lifestyle fair which will take place towards the end of the year.

Attendance at the music festival is exclusively reserved for Zenith Bank customers. However, non-Zenith customers can still participate by simply opening a Zenith Bank account and registering to attend at www.zenithbank.com/style.

Zenith Bank Plc is recognized as one of the most innovative financial institutions in Nigeria and was voted the most customer-focused bank in Nigeria for the Retail and SME segments in the 2018 KPMG Annual Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey (BICSS).

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REDTV’s Red Hot Topics goes live… As Millennials bare all

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Following the immense success of its drama series, The Men’s Club(TMC), REDTV is about to launch its own chat show, Red Hot Topics. The show follows a panel of young people discussing current and hot topics that affect everyday life. They will openly and frankly touch on topics ranging from equality to infidelity, sex, relationships, honour, business and the choices we all must make.

Take 12 exciting, energetic, hot young folks, ask them the most daring of questions and watch them thrash out opinions that will make you think long and hard.

Produced on set in the brand new studios of REDTV, Red Hot Topics will defy the norms and break down all barriers. The boys- T.J, Ihechi, O.D, Tayo, Ola , Martin and Farouq and the girls- Lolo, Ada, Coco, Bukky and Ariyiike are stunning, stylish, suave and ready to talk. If it’s honest, they will tell it. If it is taboo, they will uncover it. But most of all, if it’s forbidden and unchartered, – they will go all the way and bring the heat!

Speaking on REDTV’s latest series, Executive Producer of the Show, Bola Atta said ‘Red Hot Topics is a chat show that will change how people think and act, in a positive way. The conversations of the vibrant youths are as essential as they are interesting and engaging. The cast is fun, honest and fresh, all speaking straight from the heart, with no holds barred.’

Red Hot Topics will premiere on the 11th of September, 2019 on the REDTV YouTube channel. Follow all the REDTV channels across social media for more information and to watch the movement live!

REDTV is a fast paced lifestyle channel that puts Africa on the global stage. Proudly powered by the United Bank for Africa(UBA).The network is here to entertain and inform, with rich content that features the very best of Africa;focused on entertainment, fashion, news, design, music, sport, movies, travel and much more.

REDTV collaborates with the most talented visionaries, creative minds daring to believe in a New Africa, putting together content that reflects it. Feel the Heat on REDTV.

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