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We Are In The Process Of Building 10 Airports – Nigerian Government

The Nigerian government has announced that it is in the process of building 10 airports in various states of the country to boost its economy.

The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika made the announcement while appearing before the Senate Committee on Civil Aviation on Tuesday to defend his ministry’s 2021 budget.

The parliamentary committee expressed concern over the deterioration of some of the country’s airports.

Hadi Sirika said the government now sees the aviation sector as a way to boost its economy, which is why it is considering building airports in Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Nasarawa and Ebonyi states.

He said the federal government had already taken over the management of Dutse, Osubi and Kebbi airports from the state governments, adding that the Gombe state government had also written a letter requesting the federal government to take over the management of the airport.

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You’re A ‘Little Hitler’, Nnamdi Kanu Bombs Wike, Tells Rivers LG Chairmen What To Do

You're A 'Little Hitler', Nnamdi Kanu Bombs Wike, Tells Rivers LG Chairmen What To Do

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has described Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has a “little Hitler“.

Naija News reports that the IPOB leader described Wike as a “little Hitler” in reaction to a threat by the governor that he would sack all Local Government chairmen in Rivers over the activities of the

This online news platform had reported earlier that Governor Wike had charged the 23 LG chairmen, and youths in the state to fish members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the south-south state.

Governor Wike made this statement during a meeting with all the 23 Local Government chairmen, Community Development Committees, and youths leaders at the Government House, in Port Harcourt on Monday, October 26.

The Rivers State Governor warned that any council chairman that allows IPOB to hold processions and hoist its flag within their jurisdiction in Rivers State, risk sack.

Speaking further, Governor Wike described Rivers state as the most accommodating state for all Nigerians. To buttress this, he stated that there has never been any historical incident of different ethnic groups clashing in the State as has been witnessed in other parts of the country.

“There is one terrorist group they call IPOB. I did not declare them terrorist group, the court declared them terrorist group. Not me. The federal government declared them a terrorist group. IPOB cannot use Rivers state to be place where they will be launching attack. If you allow that, your future, your children’s future is gone” the governor had said.

Reacting to Governor Wike’s directive to the LG Chairmen, Kanu in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, on Wednesday afternoon,  told the charimen of all LGA’s in Rivers that Wike’s ” ‘order’ to you to ‘fish out’ IPOB members in your LGAs is demeaning, unlawful and anti-people. ”

The IPOB leader told the LG Chairmen that it is in the best interrest of their people and their conscience to ignore Wike and stand with their “people, always.”

“Dear Chairmen of LGAs in Rivers: @GovWike’s ‘order’ to you to ‘fish out’ IPOB members in your LGAs is demeaning, unlawful & anti-people. It’s in the best INTEREST of your people & your conscience to ignore the #LittleHitler. Stand with your people, always. Thank you!”

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Eid-El-Maulud: Gov Wike Sends Important Message To Muslims In Rivers

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Muslim faithful in Rivers State has been encouraged to use the Eid-El-Maulud celebration to promote religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence in the state.

Governor Nyesom Wike made the call on Wednesday, October 28 at Port Harcourt, the state capital in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kelvin Ebiri.

Naija News understands that the Eid-El-Maulud is celebrated to mark the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Governor Wike in his message to Muslim worshippers in the state ahead of the Eid-El-Maulud which will be celebrated on Thursday, October 29, assured that his administration will continue to promote religious tolerance among residents of the state.

He admonished them to imbibe the virtues of love, peace, communal living and honesty, which were qualities of the celebrated Prophet. Wike again charged them to always pray for the government and people of Rivers State, wishing them a wonderful Eid-El-Maulud.

Meanwhile,

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Protesters Loot Shopping Mall Amid Campaign Against Police Brutality In Philadelphia – [Video]

Just like in Nigeria, some individuals who disguised themselves to join the protest against police brutality in Philadelphia reportedly looted shopping malls belonging to private business owners.

Naija News understands that the protest started after a Philadelphia Police officer allegedly fired a gunshot at a Black man in West Philadelphia.

However, in the hit of the protest, some residents were captured on camera taking advantage of a protest to loot malls. It was reported that the protesters had gathered in West Philadelphia around 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, and marched to the 18th District police headquarters to register their displeasure with the alleged shooting of the black man.

Naija News learnt that a lawyer for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., the man who was killed by the cop had earlier called for an ambulance, not police, to get him to help with a mental health crisis.

Walter’s demise, however, stirred up outrage in the community which in turn resulted in the protest and then lootings as hoodlums took advantage. According to Philadelphia police officials, two cops were injured during the event on Tuesday night.

Residents were, however, seen rushing in and out of the shopping malls to cart out foods and electronics.

Watch the video below;

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I Will Forever Stand With Tinubu – MC Oluomo Declares

Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has declared that he would always remain loyal to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu irrespective of what others think or feel.

MC Oluomo made the assertion on Wednesday in a tweet released on his Twitter page.

Naija News recalls Tinubu has been embattled over the past few days over his alleged roles in the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate by soldiers last week Tuesday.

Some reports even had it that he fled to France after ordering the shooting of innocent protesters. Two of his media investments, TVC and The Nation Newspaper were razed by angry youths in events following the Lekki toll gate incident.

Though Tinubu had openly come out to deny any form of involvement in the shooting of protesters and the protest itself, the jury is still out on his case.

However, MC Oluomo has taken a stand and declared total allegiance to Tinubu by writing: “I will forever stand with Bola Ahmed Tinubu no matter what people say.”

Meanwhile, it will be recalled that Tinubu himself has declared that he won’t be intimidated by fake news as he remains the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban.

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Jonathan’s Aides Are Doing Well, What Will Become Of Buhari’s Aides After 2023 – Reactions As Okonjo-Iweala Emerges WTO DG

Former Nigeria minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday, October 28 emerged as the new director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Naija News reports.

The Nigerian economist and international development expert who earlier encouraged that the incoming director-general of the World Trade Organisation should be elected base on credibility irrespective of gender or country finally became the WTO DG, Naija News understands.

Okonjo-Iweala defeated her fellow finalist, Ms Yoo Myung-hee from South Korea by a wide margin for the keenly contested position. She would, however, be formally announced by the WTO later today (3 pm Nigerian time).

Naija News gathered that Okonjo-Iweala polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat Myung-hee of South Korea in the final stage of the race for the international job.

Reacting to the development, OAP Chuma Nnoli [@ChumaNnoli] said that the emergence of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new WTO DG, and Akinwumi Adesina as AfDB President is a proof that Nigeria has great minds but bad leadership is its greatest challenge.

Using Okonjo-Iweala’s achievement to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari, a Twitter user China Ruth [@ruth_nasa] tweeted; “Buhari is 77 years old while Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is 66years old. But she’s better than Buhari in all ramifications.”

She added, “Buhari, is this not your junior that is making us proud globally? Congratulations to the new WTO DG.”

Another user of the bird app, Sodiq Tade [@SodiqTade] expressed his joy seeing aides under the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration doing great across the boards. He, however, said he wonder what aides of the incumbent government will become when they are out of office.

He tweeted; “Those who worked with Jonathan are either President of AFDB or WTO DG. I wonder how those who are working with Buhari right now will serve the Country/Africa/World after Buhari administration. It shows GEJ worked with the best brains those years.”

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#EndSARS: Why We May Still Prosecute Looters Even If They Return The Goods – Police

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The Nigeria Police has disclosed that individuals that looted items in the wake of developments following the #EndSARS protests may still be prosecuted even if they willingly return such goods.

The FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma made the submission when he appeared on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria programme on Wednesday.

According to the Police Chief, returning previously looted items doesn’t automatically absolve such persons of blame totally as the offence of stealing had been committed initially.

Ciroma, however, disclosed that the situation will be referred to its legal department for appropriate advice on the correct line of action to be taken while each case will be treated on merit.

“In a situation where people come to return goods, the fact remains did you commit an offence or not? We will get our legal experts to look at it and we will decide what to do with it.

“We will conclude our investigations and the legal experts will look at it accordingly but the fact remains that a crime has been committed,” he noted.

Meanwhile, some states have already announced the arrest of suspects in relation to the arson, vandalism, looting and general disruption of public peace that occurred in some Nigerian cities in the past few days.

Residents in some cities have also besieged COVID-19 palliative warehouses and went away with food items including bags of rice, noodles, sugar, garri and salt which the government hoarded from members of the public instead of sharing such during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fani-Kayode Reacts To Okonjo-Iweala Emergence As WTO DG

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the emergence of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the new director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The former Minister of Finance defeated her fellow finalist, Ms Yoo Myung-hee from South Korea by a wide margin for the keenly contested position.

Fani-Kayode who took to his Twitter account congratulated Okonjo-Iweala for been the first African to head WTO.

He wrote, “Congratulations to our very own @NOIweala who has just been elected as the first African to ever head the World Trade Organisation. Great news for Nigeria!”

Meanwhile, the development will be formally announced by the WTO later today (3 pm Nigerian time).

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Oshiomhole Must Apologize To Me Else… Ortom

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has reiterated the only condition upon which he will totally forget the issue between himself and former All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Ortom who spoke on Tuesday, noted that though he has forgiven Oshiomhole, the former APC National Chairman must retract the falsehood peddled against him.

According to Ortom who spoke when he hosted members of the NUJ correspondents’ chapel in Makurdi, once Oshiomhole retracts his previous statement, the matter will be fully settled.

“As long as he is able to retract it, we will put that behind us and move forward,” he said.

Naija News recalls Oshiomhole pleaded for an out-of-court settlement in the N10bn libel suit filed against him by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

The Governor had filed the suit against the former Edo State Governor following his statement against him at a press conference on July 27, 2018.

Oshiomhole in his statement had accused Ortom of having hand in the death of two Catholic priests and other parishioners at Mbalom Community, Gwer East Local Government Area on the grounds that one of the priests had preached a “very critical sermon” against him (the governor).

After the plea, Ortom noted that he would only forgive the former APC Chairman if he uses the same news medium to apologize and also publishes the apology.

He added that the apology of Oshiomhole must also meet conditions set by his (Ortom) lawyers.

“I am a Christian. The Bible says forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

“If he comes back now to tender an apology and also go back to the same news medium he used to scandalise and vilify me to have the apology published and also meet the condition set by my lawyers, I will certainly forgive him,” Ortom said.

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Former Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu Gets New Appointment

How IPOB Members Attacked Me In Germany - Ike Ekweremadu

The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as been appointed by the International Parliamentary Congress as the Chief Coordinator for Africa.

The development was disclosed in a letter forwarded to Ekweremadu by the Secretary-General of the IPC and member of the Pakistani national parliament, Senator Muhammad Ali Saif.

“We are proud to inform you that the Honourable President of the IPC has nominated your good self as Chief Coordinator Africa with immediate effect.”

“IPC endeavours to promote parliamentary dialogue and oversight of Climate Change and Food Security; Human Rights; Peace, Security, Conflict Resolution and Interfaith Harmony; Trade, Investment and Development Corporation; Health Research; Standardisation, Quality Control, Human Development; and Observation of Elections across the world.”

“To support IPC in achieving the noble cause, your influence, experience, and goodwill shall help cover the whole of the African region, enabling the IPC to directly partake in projects for the general welfare of African nations and to uphold democracy”, the letter read.

The Nigerian lawmaker who is also Nigeria’s sole member of the Malta-based International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, the legislative arm of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, has accepted the appointment.

The former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, pledged to work for the realisation of the laudable ideals and objectives of the IPC.

He said he was optimistic that the world would benefit immensely from the rising influence of parliaments in global affairs.

“I, therefore, accept the appointment with the utmost sense of humility and appreciation, mindful of the fact that injustice, repression, poverty, hunger, environmental degradation, and weakening of democracy and its values in any part of the world equally holds severe consequences for the rest of the globe, hence we must all come together to work for the good of all,” he added.