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Love theory in Italian man's Ivory Coast kidnap

An Italian businessman kidnapped in Ivory Coast last year may have been lured by a love interest who posed as a young woman online, prosecutors say.
Claudio Formenton from Venice was abducted in November and rescued three days later in a police raid.
Mr Formenton had told his family he was going to help missionaries with humanitarian work in the West African country.
But now prosecutors believe he may also have been the victim of entrapment.
Citing testimony from the freed businessman and a special operations team in the military police, Rome prosecutors believe Mr Formenton may have been duped by someone with a fake profile.
According to Italian reports, Mr Formenton, 64, had been contacted on social media by someone claiming to be a young Ivorian woman named Olivia Martens.
Over months the pair were said to have exchanged messages and developed a romantic relationship. Mr Formenton, a businessman based near Venice, was told the woman had legal problems and he was asked for financial assistance.
He never sent any money but, according to Il Messaggero newspaper, he decided to fly out to Ivory Coast with the intention of meeting her.
The BBC has asked for a comment from a lawyer who has acted for Mr Formenton during the case but there was no immediate response.
Last month Stefano Marrone told local media that Mr Formenton had gone to Ivory Coast for voluntary work: “He was in contact with local missionaries. For years he’s been doing voluntary work on behalf of the populations of poor countries, especially in Africa.”
“He’s someone who does all he can for others, always ready to lend a hand to everyone. He has a strong attachment to religion. He was the subject of a sudden kidnapping, which fortunately was resolved without consequences.”
On 27 November, he took a week’s holiday and told his family he was travelling to Ivory Coast to work with a missionary community in the city of Abidjan on the south coast, Corriere del Veneto reports.
As soon as he landed, he found a taxi driver waiting for him, holding a sign with his surname on it. Thinking the missionaries had arranged for him to be picked up, he got into the taxi, and the kidnapping ensued.
For three days, the kidnappers moved him from one hideout to another until they hid him in a hotel in Bonoua, a town to the east of Abidjan.
The kidnappers had meanwhile demanded a ransom from Mr Formenton’s family, according to Corriere. But they were foiled when police managed to wiretap his phone to establish his whereabouts.
His location was passed to local police, who freed Mr Formenton in a raid and put him on a flight back to Italy. Reports at the time said he was shaken but unharmed.
Prosecutors believe that Olivia Martens, with whom he chatted online, had acted as bait and may not exist. Investigators suspect other wealthy Italians may have been targeted by the same character.
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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

According to a taxpayer perception poll performed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) for 2021, only approximately 13% of Nigerian taxpayers, particularly those in the informal sector of the economy, are unlikely to evade tax payment in Nigeria.

83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

“A bigger majority of workers in the sector, 83 percent, are inclined to avoid tax payments because they do not feel tax officials have the authority to compel people pay taxes,” according to the survey.

The survey demonstrated the public’s mistrust of the government.

 

According to the research, the informal sector in Nigeria accounts for around 65 percent of employment and a large percentage of the economy’s national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and infrastructure deficits.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes.” The research stated that “a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government continues to jeopardize the legitimacy of taxes.”

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and an infrastructural deficit.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes. The research stated that “the legitimacy of taxes is threatened by a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government.”

Mr Lanre Ajogbasil, senior programme manager, NGF/SFTAS, said weak transparency and accountability by the Federal Government and States internal revenue services; misunderstood tax law(s) and incomplete revenue codes; and multiplicity of taxation system, fees, and levies during a recent workshop organized by the national coordinating office of the Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) for financial journalists in Abuja.

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It's true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

The online entertainment goliath affirmed Monday that the Tesla Chief and the very rich person will gain the organization in an arrangement worth $44 billion.

And when the arrangement is finish, as most would consider normal by this year,

Twitter will turn into a secretly held organization.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy,

and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk tweeted to his 84 million followers.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features,

making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans.”
Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% in afternoon trading Monday.

“Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world,

” its CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet.

“Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by,

the work that has never been more important.”

Prior Monday, Musk tweeted,

“I trust that even my most terrible pundits stay on Twitter since that free discourse implies.

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Last week, Musk said he had arranged $46.5 billion in support to purchase Twitter,

and had been proceeding to haggle with the organization.

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