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After a tip-off, troops raid Gombe International Hotel for Boko Haram members.

The Nigerian army has said that it carried out a raid of Gombe international hotel on suspicions that Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Niger were lodging there.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sani Usman, a brigadier general, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

“Based on tip-off on the presence of foreign elements of Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Niger, troops carried out cordon and search operations at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe state.

“However, nothing incriminating was found. More vigilance is being maintained in the area.”

Usman also said that one soldier has lost his life in an ongoing operation to rid remnants of terrorists from their hideouts in Borno and the north-east.

He said that the operation involved ambushes and search of the suspected remnants hiding places in the remote areas.

He added that two soldiers are still missing and 13 others are wounded

Usman said that efforts were ongoing to locate the two missing soldiers.

He said troops of 159 battalion artillery detachment, based on information and confirmation on the presence of suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Tula Udah forest, carried out heavy bombardment to neutralise them.

He said during the operations, 505 persons were rescued while nine arrests were made.

Usman said that one Boko Haram camp was destroyed during the exercise and two vehicles recovered, adding that the owner of one of the recovered vehicles was also arrested.


Source: The Cable

FIRS Shut Down Bolingo Hotels Over Failure To Pay Taxes.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service in it’s bid to bring defaulting tax payers to the book have shut down the popular Bolingo Hotel in Abuja over failure to pay outstanding tax of N24,422,572.84.

According to a statement from the tax body, Bolingo Hotels and Towers, located in Central Business District (Central Area) is said to have accumulated the debt in taxes from 2002 till 2016.

An enforcement team led by Bukar Umar Gana had carried out the continued crackdown on tax defaulting companies in Abuja Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

In the same vein, the FIRS enforcement team in Lagos sealed the offices of the Nigerian German Chemicals Limited, located at Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja, over a tax debt in excess of N146.6 million.

Inside Beyonce’s Plush $10,000-A-Night Airbnb Super Bowl 50 Rental Home

Beyoncé went all out with her Super Bowl digs over the weekend.
Rather than opting for a hotel, the singer decided to stay in a plush $10,000-a-night rental home. She splashed out the huge amount on Airbnb for the 12-acre estate in Los Altos Hills, California, ahead of her performance at the halftime show at Levi Stadium with Coldplay and Bruno Mars on

Beyoncé posted a number of pictures of herself at the property – which has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a pool and spa – on social media and wrote: “It was a Super weekend Airbnb.”

Anambra Govt. Seals Banks, Hotels, Schools Over Tax Evasion

The Anambra Government on Thursday sealed-off no fewer than 35 buildings in the industrial town of Nnewi over the refusal of the owners to pay property rate of over N150 million.



The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the buildings included commercial banks, hotels, business plazas, filling stations, hospitals, residential homes as well as primary and secondary schools.



Mrs Chinenye Okafor , the Head, Human Resources and Administration, Anambra Property and Land Use Charge (APLUC), explained that the closure followed various court judgments obtained against the tax evaders.



Okafor said after the exercise, that the affected buildings owed the state government a total sum of N150, 455, 814.59


She said that the agency, in 2014 and 2015, carried out similar enforcement in Awka and Onitsha on 125 buildings, noting that more buildings would be sealed-off as soon as judgments were obtained.



“We are advising property owners in the state, particularly in Onitsha, Awka, Ogidi and Nkpor, to go and pay their property rates or face the wrath of the law.

“We had discussion with some of them and they had promised to pay since November 2014, but up till now, we have not seen any positive response from them.

“We are no longer interested in continuing with appealing or sensitising them because we have tried it for more than two years now and nothing was coming out of it.




“The government has considered the second option of litigation and enforcement this time after dialogue had failed,” Okafor said.





Man Dresses Up As Beautiful Woman To Lure Men To Hotels, Drug & Rob Them

A former stylist in China robbed men he’d met online by dressing up as a beautiful woman, luring them to a hotel and drugging them, police said.

The 48-year-old, surnamed Tang, pretended to be a well-off, divorced woman who was just “looking for a good time.”

He’d entice men with sexy snaps over social media to hotel rooms in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

But once they were together, he’d slip them sleeping pills and make off with their cash and valuables.

Tang, who used the alias “Black Rose,” targeted at least six people with the sophisticated scam.

But he was finally captured when he invited 22-year-old Zhang Jun to a hotel.

Zhang awoke the next morning to find his mobile phone and cash had been pinched, and contacted police.

Cops had previously been unable to gain a good description of Tang.

But Zhang gave such a detailed account of what he looked like that officers were able to arrest him at another hotel later that day.

Reports said that not even police realised Tang was a man when they brought him into custody.

They had originally thought he was a female con artist, until he removed his wig and make-up.

Tang told authorities that he learnt how to do make-up when working in a barber shop during his younger years.

He is apparently married but separated from his wife, with whom he has a son in his 20s.

Tang is being held by police and will be charged on multiple counts of fraud and robbery.

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Hotels For Dead People In Japan

Tucked away in the backstreets of Osaka, the Hotel Relation building is nondescript and bland. It’s the kind of place you’d scroll past if you were looking for a room on a hotel booking site.

But decor and ambiance are probably not a priority for the guests who use the six rooms at the Hotel Relation. That’s because it’s a “corpse hotel”, and the guests at this final resting place are all dead. No need for room service here.

The term “corpse hotel” sounds like a bad setting for a D-grade slasher flick. But in a rapidly ageing society, the demand for these hotels is booming in Japan’s big cities.

Ninety-nine percent of people are cremated in Japan – the highest rate of cremation in the world. And with more and more people dying each year, some families have to wait up to four days for their deceased loved ones to be cremated.

That’s where places like the Hotel Relation come in. They function as a temporary mortuary, and their popularity is evident: every day, their rooms are full.

Inside the hotel, up to four relatives can sleep in an adjacent room with twin beds and a TV.

Yoshihiro Yurisu has run Hotel Relation for the past 10 years. “You can see the deceased whenever you like in our hotel. Even when they are kept in a refrigerating room… you can call them up by pushing a switch,” Yurisu says with enthusiasm.

Another burden for bereaved families is cost. Japanese funerals are among some of the most expensive in the world. The service alone can cost $23,000 with an array of pricey services like fleets of cars, big funeral halls and expensive food as optional extras. Added all together, the cost of a funeral is ten times higher than a memorial service in the UK.

So Yuisu has started holding small funerals in Hotel Relation. “I think we will see the simpler and cheaper funerals like the ones that we hold at this hotel in the future,” Yuisu says.

This may be no surprise, given that Japan is in the economic doldrums. Some of Yuisu’s guests have stayed at his hotel for three weeks. Corpse hotels like the Hotel Relation cost $150 a night for lodging.  Not a bad price – but the breakfast buffet is not included.

Credit: Al Jazeera