Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud.

His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.
They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights.

However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail.
Under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.
The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday's ruling by the court in Barcelona.

As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m "corrective payment", equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013.
The sentence can be appealed against via the Spanish supreme court.


During the trial, Lionel Messi insisted he "knew nothing" about the management of his financial affairs, saying his father dealt with them while he was "playing football".
For his part, Jorge Messi claimed he did not have enough knowledge to orchestrate such a fraud, blaming his tax consultants instead.

Lionel Messi retired from international football late last month. He has won the Fifa World Player of the Year five times and is one of the richest athletes in the world.

Salah tragedy: How actress Bukky Ajayi died at age 82

The cold hands of death has snatched one of African best actress, auntie Zainab Bukky Ajayi, fondly called Mummy AJ.

The well respected veteran actress died today July 6th at the age of 82 years after an ailment which has subjected her to wheel chair for some weeks now.
Mama was supposed to appear in a major movie tittled “Mama Afrika” from the staple of ICON PICTURES.

She made her last public appearance at the 2016 AMVCA in March where she won the AMVCA Merit Award to appreciate her efforts in the industry where she had appeared in over 200 movies and still counting. May her soul rest in peace

Tongues wags as actor Jide Kosoko goes back on stage 3 weeks after wife’s burial

 Barely 3 weeks after his late wife, Henritta Kosoko, who died of suspected diabetics was buried, popular Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, back on stage. Jide is back to the Nollywood Industry. He's pictured during the rehearsals of an upcoming stage play - Wole Soyinka's - Trials of Brother Jero.

The actor, who has been accused at several times of knowing one thing or the other about the death of his now 3 wives, was also accused of not properly marrying Henritta. The move which made her family to demand for her dead body to be brought home in Delta State for proper burial.

A concerned friend of Henritta who confided in omonaija said; “that is insensitivity on his side. How can he suddenly forget all her hustle to make things work for him. How much are they going to pay him at the stage play that he can forgo to honour his late wife. I’m just short of words now, but God knows the best”

Check some of the pictures at the rehearsal.