Kaduna Airport: Kidnappers prowl along roads, Airport still a huge construction site

Three weeks into the six weeks deadline to finish the Abuja runway, Kaduna is still suffering from teething problems. Three weeks into the use of Kaduna Airport as alternative to Abuja, construction works are still going on at the Airport. The Airport is far from ready to go. There appears to be confusion at the check-in areas as regards local and international passengers. But of far more concern were reports that the Kaduna-Abuja road has suddenly become a veritable zone for armed robbers and kidnappers.”Kaduna – Abuja road…..the latest ATM…

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AMCON sells Keystone Bank to Northern interests

In line with the current Northernisation policy, the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, has sold Keystone Bank to the Sigma Golf-Riverbank consortium, comprising of Sigma Golf Nigeria Limited and Riverbank Investment Resources Limited. Keystone Bank, formally BankPHB, is the last of the three banks to be sold.Already, Mainstreet Bank and Enterprise Bank has been sold. The consortium is being financed by the Modibos-Umar Hamidu Modibbo and Adamu Mu’azu Modibo. Over a year ago, AMCON asked for expression of interest in the sale of the Bank, resulting in 18 firms…

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Court grants Andrew Yakubu, former GMD NNPC N300million bail

The former Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, has been granted bail by an Abuja high court. He is to produce two sureties. He is to pay N300million as bail bond. It will be recalled that Yakubu was sacked by the Jonathan Administration for corrupt practices. Recently, the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, found $9.8 million in his house which he claimed is his personal money.He was taken to court and later remanded in prison. Details late… Share on: WhatsApp

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David Rockefeller’s exit leaves a vacuum in the New World Order, marks end of an era

One of the pillars of the New World Order and an elite member of international manipulators of political and Financial turf, David Rockefeller, dies of congestive heart failure in his sleep. He was 101 years old. A statement from The Rockefeller Foundation confirmed his death, describing him as “one of the most influential figures in the history of American philanthropy and finance, considered by many to be ‘America’s last great international business statesman’.” Rockefeller, who would have been 102 in August, had his seventh successful heart transplant last year in…

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AMCON: Aero notifies staff of disengagement, unions kick

In line with the thought that AMCON takeover of organizations usually leave it worse off, Aero contractors, the latest victim of their acquisition, has sent redundancy notice to over sixty percent of their staff. For example, the latest acquisition of AMCON, Arik Air, twenty aircraft were grounded, leaving only eight to operate out of the original 28 aircraft. AMCON has never given credible justification for taking over Aero. Bu, in a release by the airline, it becomes clear that they can no longer bear the burden of reduced air crafts…

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Memo: El Rufai fires first Salvo towards 2019

The current trending memo by the diminutive Kaduna state governor,Ahmad Nasiru el-Rufai, appear to have exposed the underbelly of the ruling elite group, generally regarded as the hawks around President Buhari, generally referred to as The Cabal. El Rufai has last week written a memo to president Buhari, which was conveniently leaked online and immediately topped the trending items online.In the memo he complained of those who have taken over the running of the government, indicating that the presidency is not in charge.He questioned, for example, why ministers hardly see…

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Breaking: U.S apologizes to Britain over wiretap accusation

The allegation that former president Obama of the United States used the GCHQ-the initial for the British Intelligence finding Agency-to spy on trump Towers before the elections just hit an embarrassing low as the Trump presidency may have apologized to Britain for the goof. the controversy started when a Media commentator judge on Fox news, a pro Republican television station with substantial influence from the Bush Dynasty, alleged that Obama used the GCHQ to wire tap Trump Towers, an allegation that Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary.and denied by GCHQ, who…

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Update: FG bans, Unbans Helicopters from Kaduna

The confusion bedeviling the movement from Kaduna Airport to Abuja has resulted in policy somersaults of the ministry of Aviation as it involves the chief security officer of the president. With the arrival of the President from medical Vacation, there were already in top gear arrangement for Bristow and possibly Calverton, the Helicopter charter companies, to start airlift of dignitaries, especially foreign dignitaries who needed to come to Abuja for business. Initially, the office of the National security adviser circulated a memo advising the stoppage of any planned or existing…

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Kaduna Airport: Passengers prefer Train as the Aviation Industry count losses

The relocation of Abuja airport has began to take its toll as passengers shun the Kaduna-Abuja shuttle buses and opt for trains, resulting in high demand for first class train tickets. Besides that, helicopter shuttle has become the preferred mode of transport from kaduna to Abuja by elite travelers. But the ministry suddenly woke up and decided that helicopter airlift be banned due to security reasons-the same reason critics objected to the closure in the first place. With promises of patrol vans monitoring the roads, passengers still feel unsafe using…

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Update: Abuja finally closed, Kaduna hosts only Ethiopia, local airlines

Federal Government made good its promise of closing down Abuja Airport for six weeks and diverting flights to Kaduna International Airport even when the new terminal building was yet to be ready. It was gathered that as at midnight of Tuesday March seven when the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport was closed for six weeks to effect some repairs, particularly on the runways. It was gathered that the last furnishings-putting up the water cisterns (WC), paintings, and some other internal fittings were still outstanding when the flight divert became effective.The only…

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NCAA: Professional considerations jettisoned in Appointment of New Directors,Says Aviation Unions

The recent appointments of Directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is already causing turbulence in the industry as Unions take up arms against what one staff called pecuniary considerations for technical and sensitive positions. A cross section of staff talked to by this magazine felt that imposition of some Directors on the Agency was tantamount to the killing of aviation in the industry. “Every decision taken by the ministry under this government appears directed to kill the industry. Look at Arik. Every body knows that any airline taken over…

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Kaduna Airport: Fears of missing deadline as Foreign Airlines desert Kaduna

Despite heavy security promised by the security agencies, foreign airlines are still reluctant to carry their passengers to Kaduna en route Abuja.Only Ethiopian Airline has agreed to fly in to kaduna even after the invitations by the government for inspection of the facilities. Lufthansa, for example, has been equivocal in their position on the issue, and British Airways have categorically decided it is not worth the risk. The flight diversion is effective march 8 to April 9. The Police has declared their preparedness for the month long diversion, while the…

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Rumbles in the Presidency over Osinbajo’s Performance

The five odd weeks (and counting) of Medical vacation by President Muhammadu Buhari is churning up anxieties in political quarters as political configurations are being broken and series of political alignments and realignments intensify towards the 2019 elections. This is particularly evident in the activities of the power brokers in the Aso Rock, who, this Magazine was informed, are miffed that the country seem to have woken up under the Acting Presidency of Yomi Osinbajo. For One, more strains are being put on Aso Rock staff who are now compelled…

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After thirty years, Onnoghen becomes the next non-Northern CJN

The Senate today confirmed Justice Walter Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, thereby ending months of controversy over his nomination. For over three months, the presidency has foot dragged in sending his name to the National assembly for confirmation despite having ample time for it. Finally, it was under the acting presidency of Yomi Osinbajo that his name was finally submitted to the senate. The confirmation was done at the senate plenary where Onnoghen was screened. He came with some of the past CJNs. It was presided over…

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Popular Musician, Banky W, loses property to fire

The home of pop crooner Bankole wellington, known generally as Banky W, was early Tuesday morning gutted by fire. His Admiralty way, Lekki Phase one home was reported to have gutted by a fire which eye witness account said started early in the morning. It was fought gallantly by neighbors before the fire service arrived the scene. It is not clear whether the house was insured, as at press time but it was gathered that most of the awards were lost in the inferno. details later… Share on: WhatsApp

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Update: FG appoints five Directors, one General Manager

In replacement for the people relieved of their duties at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Government has approved the appointment of replacements. They areGroup Captain Edem Oyo-Ita (Director of Air Transport Regulations, DATR), Ahmed Abbas Sanusi (Director, Human Resources and Administration, DHR & ADMIN), Bilikisu Adamu Sani, (Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA), Odunowo Tayyib Adetunji (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, DAAS), Engr.Ita Awak, (Director of Airworthiness Standards, DAWS), Lawrence Mathew Kwajok, (General Manager, Air Navigational Standards, ANS).The appointments are with immediate effect. Details later… Share on: WhatsApp

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Breaking: Court sacks senator Akpan, putting his plans to decamp to APC in jeopady

A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has nullified the election of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan. Akpan, who represented Akwa Ibom North East in the red chambers,has been making moves to decamp to the ruling party APC when he became aware the odds are against him in the court and that he needed the necessary immunity offered by being a member of the ruling part. In recent times, a certain modicum of sainthood has been offered to decampees, whose corruption charges are in some quarters believed to…

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Huricane Sirika makes landfall at NCAA, stirs up dusts in FAAN

The crisis rocking Aviation industry took a new turn when the Federal Ministry of Aviation swept off eight directors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, directing them to hand over to their deputies while awaiting substantive replacements. Before the dust could settle, the Ministry retracted the sack letter of two of the directors in what an insider described as a product of high powered lobbying. Sources within the ministry however are towing the official line of errors in the distribution and signing of the letters. Two of the…

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Credibility crisis hits Nigeria Media, FG

Nigerians are generally becoming antsy about reports emanating from Nigerian media due to a growing sense of credibility crisis, particularly in the wake of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vacation in the United Kingdom. Various versions of the trip has flooded the social media while the mainstream media are being circumspect in their reports, opting rather to follow official positions on the issue. But the official positions usually are in apposition to the position held by close family members. For example, while the minister of information, Lai Mohamed, insists that President Buhari…

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AMCON: FG suspends flight to Johannesburg and London in response to SA and BA withdrawal

Embattled Arik Air has suspended flight operations to London and Johanesbourg pending the resolution of their biff with the Federal Government in connection with their debt profile. The company was taken over by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON,, because af an alleged N300billion debt profile, and claimed to source for N10 billion to stabilize the company. But fears are expressed in some quarters that AMCON was using the takeover as a ruse to convert the Airline to the much talked about National Carrier. Arik has already said they…

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