FESTUS KEYAMO JOINS PRESIDENT TINUBU IN UAE TO RESOLVE EMIRATES FLIGHT SUSPENSION, VISA BAN ON NIGERIANS
The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, is set to depart Nigeria tonight to the United Arab Emirates, where he is expected to join President Bola Tinubu and other government functionaries in a bid to resolve the Emirates Airline flight suspension to Nigeria, visa ban and other diplomatic issues.
Following the diplomatic rows between Nigeria and the UAE, the Emirates’ airlines suspended its flight operations into the country and placed a visa ban on Nigerians.
In 2009, the UAE established its embassy in Nigeria. In December 2020, a memorandum of understanding was executed between Nigeria and the UAE to provide a platform for both countries to engage bilaterally.
Recall that in February 2021, the Federal Government of Nigeria stopped the UAE national carrier, Emirates airline from subjecting Nigerian travelers to additional rapid antigen test, as against its stipulated negative PCR test at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure.
Emirates airline shut down flights to and from Nigeria owing to the disagreement between the airline and the Nigerian Aviation Authorities on the propriety of subjecting passengers travelling from Nigeria to emergency COVID-19 protocols.
Flights resumed subsequently, after an interface between the airline and the Ministry of Aviation. However, Emirates airline continued conducting test for passengers before departure from Nigeria, a development the Federal Government frowned at and suspended the airline from flying to and from Nigeria.
Following this development, there have been allegations that some legal resident Nigerians living in UAE lost their jobs on account of the refusal of the authorities to renew their work permit, which offends the letter of bilateral agreements both nations are signatories to. Amidst speculations that the actions of the UAE authorities are attempts aimed at putting the Nigerian Government under pressure to accept their conditions of service for their national airline that may have lost revenue from the Nigeria route, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development will be meeting with President Tinubu and other government functionaries at the UAE to resolve the Emirates airline flight suspension and Visa ban issues affecting Nigerians.
APC member allegedly shot dead by SDP thugs in Kogi, security agents urged to invite Ajaka
APC member allegedly shot dead by SDP thugs in Kogi, security agents urged to invite Ajaka
SECURITY AGENTS MUST FISH OUT, ARREST SDP THUGS WHO KILLED APC SUPPORTER – KOGI INDIGENES
. CALL ON PRESIDENT TINUBU, GOV. BELLO TO CALL MURITALA YAKUBU TO ORDER
. DON’T TAKE US TO OLD, DARK DAYS, INDIGENES WARN SDP, YAKUBU
Hundreds of Kogi indigenes, on Friday night, called on President Bola Tinubu and Governor Yahaya Bello to immediately put machineries in motion to curtail the excesses of thugs allegedly loyal to the Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the state, Muritala Yakubu, accusing them of being behind the gruesome killing of a supporter of the All Progressives Congress in Kotonkarfe and many cases of violence recorded lately in the state.
The over 5000 indigenes, under the auspices of Kogi for Kogites Movement, whose members are drawn from all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, said from non-partisan information gathered from eyewitnesses at the scene of the event, it was reliably gathered that the SDP thugs attacked APC supporters who were on a peaceful rally in Kotonkarfe on Friday.
In a statement signed by the Coordinator, Kogi for Kogites, Ahmed Ojonugwa, the indigenes said the stock in trade of the SDP under the leadership of Yakubu was “to commit gruesome crimes and turn around to play the victim”.
The statement read in full:
“Miffed by apparent rejection by the people of Kotonkarfe during his rally and visit to the paramount ruler of the town, we have been reliably informed that thugs loyal to the Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, committed a sacrilege by gunning down a lady, identified to have defected to the All Progressives Congress two weeks ago from the Peoples Democratic Party.
“From our non-partisan field polls today, September 29, 2023, it was reliably gathered from eyewitnesses that trouble started when the SDP supporters spotted the large crowd of APC supporters who were staging a solidarity walk in support of Alhaji Usman Ododo, the Governorship candidate of the party.
“Armed and hooded SDP thugs started shooting sporadically to disperse the APC supporters who were staging a peaceful walk. It was alleged that one Haruna Abacha, a supporter of the SDP in Kotonkarfe pulled the trigger that ended the life of the APC woman.
“The sacrilegious act of the SDP supporters is condemnable, criminal, undemocratic and should never be allowed to scale the hands of law.
“Their stock in trade is to commit gruesome crimes and turn around to play the victim.
“We call on the Governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ensure that these strange politicians, who have, right from the beginning of the SDP campaign, shown that they have nothing to offer Kogites other than hate campaign and violence, are seriously cautioned. Perpetrators of this gruesome act must also be immediately fished out and brought to book.
“Has anyone seen the Accord Governorship Candidate, Admiral Jibrin Usman (retd), being involved in this kind of senseless propaganda where human lives are traded? He is a well respected Igala man who has also pointed out the lies of the SDP in public fora.
“We call on the supporters of the APC not to take laws into their hands in the interest of patriotic indigenes. But if things go on this way, true sons and daughters of Kogi State would have no choice but to drag the SDP and its candidate to the highest courts of the land for this evil attempt to drag Kogi State back to the dark days.
“We also call on law enforcement agencies to immediately arrest the said Haruna Abacha and all his collaborators as well as question the security agents attached to the SDP candidate on why they watched thugs unleash mayhem on peaceful and defenceless people. This is unacceptable.”
Gov Abiodun committed to rule of law, democracy”
“Gov Abiodun committed to rule of law, democracy”
The commitment of the administration ofi Governor Dapo Abiodun in Ogun state to ensure the preservation of rule of law, battle corruption and protect tenets of democracy in the country has again been reiterated.
According to a top functionary of the government, apart from prioritising the welfare of the people, the administration is working hard to deepen the people’s beliefs in the nations democratic process.
Kayode Akinmade, a Chief Consultant on Media to the governor, who spoke while answering question of a television programme on Friday, said as a law abiding leader, the governor has always recourse to the judiciary to seek redress for himself and his administration whenever the need arises, rather than engage in self help.
Akinmade stressed that the decision of the governor to approach the court over the matter between him and the impeached chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area, Wale Adedayo, is a demonstration of his belief in the rule of law and his indisposition to ‘rule of force’.
Adedayo appeared before a Magistrate Court at Isabo, Abeokuta, on a petition filed by the State government against him, over an earlier allegation of diversion of funds meant for Council Areas in the state. Governor Abiodun is insisting that the former Council boss must prove his allegations against his administration or face the the wrath of the law for falsely inciting the people against the government.
Adedayo was arraigned on a two-count charge. According to Akinmade, it is wrong for people to rush to accuse the governor of persecuting Adedayo, who according to him, have “severally apologised to the governor in private while continuing with his ill-motivated misinformation in public.”
“The governor believes that taking Adedayo before the court will deepen our democracy and entrench the rule.of law. Unlike some other people in Governor Abiodun’s shoes who would readily recourse yo sending thugs after and unleashing other forms of violence on those who accused them rightly or wrongly, “our governor decided to seek redress in court. I think he should be commended by all and sundry for this. What he is doing is giving Adedayo a chance to prove his allegations.”
Speaking on the allegation by the impeached chairman that the governor is behind his removal, Akinmade said Adedayo was already facing removal from office before he raised the false alarms.against the governor. “He has already been accused of several impeachable offences before he wrote the letter alleging the governor. He had already reached out to the governor and other leaders of the party to help him stave off his removal. It was when he realized he may not survive the impeachment move that he connived with some other unscrupulous politician in the party to malign the governor and discredit the APC in Ogun state,” Akinmade said.
The Media chief added that claims.by Adedayo that he got zero allocation since he became.chairman of his local government were probed wrong by the FAAC committee in the state when the House of Assembly looked into his petition. He recalled.that other council chairmen in the state also debunked the allegation and even brought Adedayo with them to apologize to the governor for the wrong allegations. “But in spite of all these, he didn’t stop his scripted plot to tarnish the image of the governor. Hence, Governor Abiodun approached the court for redress.”
Speaking further, Akinmade recalled.that the impeached council boss has been in office for more than two years. “One then wonders why he is raising this alarm now. He claimed zero allocation but he has been collecting his monthly N3million security votes regularly. Local government staff in his LGA are not being owed and primary school teachers there are paid as at when due. We all should be asking him to explain what he meant by zero allocation,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu Gifts Palliatives To Lagos Safety Officers Amidst Excitement
LNSC Officers Get Palliatives, Commend Sanwo-Olu
Sahara Weekly Reports That Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s has as part of the efforts to ameliorate the effect of the removal of the Petroleum subsidy extended palliatives to Officers of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency.
The General Manager of the Agency, Prince Dr Ifalade Oyekan FISN, while overseeing the distribution of the palliative to Non-commissioned Officers of the Agency, expressed delight at the various efforts of the Governor aimed at ensuring Officers of the Agency serve residents and visitors to Lagos State effectively and efficiently.
Ifalade implored the Officers to remember that the palliatives are part of the motivation for a better and more efficient Officer Corp and reciprocate the gesture with dedication and commitment to manifest the safer Lagos vision of the Governor.
He said, “You need to realize that Lagos State has several Agencies and putting you among the priority cadre should motivate you to work with dedication and commitment. A safer Lagos which is the dream of Mr. Governor is achievable and that is why this government puts your welfare at the top of its list of needs, just as it expects you to put the good people and their safety at the top of your priority as Officers.
”Some of the Officers who spoke at the presentation commended Prince Oyekan for his zeal at rebranding the Agency and thanked Mr. Governor for the palliatives. One of the Officers said, “It’s quite amazing the way the Governor treats our Agency. We are one of the Agencies that gets constant attention from him at all critical times; providing necessary tools for our work, improving the welfare and commending our work.
A female Officer said, “I am short of words. I am just short of words. This to many people may look like a token, but I can’t tell you how this will help me as a single mother with an aged mother to feed at home. Thank you, our dear Governor,”.
The distribution will be done in batches, starting from the most vulnerable.
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