Stakeholders kick as as Saudi takes over Hajj Airlift

The inability of Nigerian local Airlines to fill their quota in the Bilateral Air service agreement with other countries has resulted in foreign airlines fleecing Nigeria through multiple entries into the countries. The latest of this ripoff appear to be the Saudi Airline, Flynas, which the ministry of Aviation has allocated 45% of the Haj airlift of passengers, claiming that the Saudis insists on 50% of the passenger airlift from over a hundred countries. Already most European Airlines have multiple entry points to the country, and sadly is the preferred…

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Ministers Are Jittery as Buhari Wields the Big Stick

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   There are strong indications that following the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachair Lawal for alleged corruption in the award of contract under the Presidential Initiative on Northeast, PINE, President Muhammadu Buhari is now poised to overhaul his cabinet to weed out Ministers connected with corruption allegations as well as those he perceived as under performing.   Prelude to this, Ministers have been instructed to tender their report cards by the way of briefing the president on the activities of their…

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Mixed Reactions Trail the Suspension of Lawal and Oke

The suspension of Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIS, Ambassador Ayo Oke, and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal, elicited dramatic responses from both officials who were involved in a mild drama on hearing of the development. While Oke was suspended over the $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million cash found in a luxury apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, Lawal was suspended over involvement of his companies in the controversy surrounding the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East. Secretary to the Government…

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Enrique Looks Forward to El-Clasico Triumph

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists his final season in charge can still end in glory despite bowing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Juventus. Luis Enrique Juventus held onto their 3-0 first leg lead to progress to the last four by blunting Barca’s star-studded attack in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday. Neymar left the field in tears, but around the Camp Nou there was appreciation for Barca’s valiant effort by the near 100,000 crowd. “It’s a sad night, but we tried until the last minute and…

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Court orders interim forfeiture of N449.77m recovered by EFCC in a shop

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered an interim forfeiture of N449. 77milion recently uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a shop at LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Victoria Island, Lagos. Trial judge in the matter is Justice R.M. Aikwa. The order followed an ex-parte application by Rotimi Oyedepo, an EFCC prosecutor, pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006. In his ruling, Justice Aikawa ordered anyone interested in the money to appear before him at…

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CDHR lauds IGP for ordering the dismantling illegal road block

By Akinwale Kasali The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights CDHR, Ogun State chapter has commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for ordering the dismantling of Illegal road blocks, unlawful extortions by Unions and Incessant Obstructions of Freedom of movement CDHR said that it was a welcome development, as this will restore sanity on our roads, and also brings about respect for the fundamental Human Rights of Nigerians and the efforts to salvage the masses from the shackles of conspirator’s oppression. In a statement signed by CDHR…

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Nigeria ranked 152nd in human development index by UNDP

By Akinwale Kasali Nigeria is now at the bottom of economic growth in new rating involving 188 countries. The oil rich country is only fairly better than 36 poorest countries in the world. The 2016 Global Human Development Index Report of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) ranked Nigeria 152nd out of the 188 countries surveyed. The magazine gathered that the 2016 Human Development Report focuses on those communities that are left behind, despite the development progress over the last 25 years. The report, released in Abuja, saw Nigeria retaining…

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