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COVID-19: FG Stops Emirates Airlines From Operating In Nigeria

The Federal Government has barred Emirates Airlines from operating in Nigeria as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was made known in a post on Twitter on Friday by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

Sirika who said the decision was taken after a meeting between the Presidential Task Force and the European Union, added that the ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed & they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” he tweeted.

Recall that the federal government had earlier released a list of nine airlines granted approval to commence international flights the country.

The Aviation Minister had noted that Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines were denied approval to commence flight operations.

He said Cabo Verde and South African airlines were denied approval as international flights were yet to resume in their countries.

Middle East Airline, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airlines, Africa World Airways, Air Cote-d’ Ivoire, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, including Emirates Airlines, were all granted approval to resume.

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Atiku Breaks Silence On 2023 Presidency, Denies Appointing 18 Aides

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Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, has denied plotting to contest the 2023 Presidential election.

Recall that a report had emerged that Atiku had appointed 18 people in preparation for the 2023 presidential election.

But speaking with Daily Post, Atiku’s Media Aide, Paul Ibe, said he was currently working with the PDP to win upcoming elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra States.

The former vice president also stated that he was yet to decide if he would contest in the 2023 election, adding that he would address Nigerians when he decides.

He said: “We have to be very careful with social media, it can do good and a lot of bad.

“On the issue of the 2023 presidency, we have said it over and over again that we have not gotten there yet, we have said it over and over again that we are not there now.

“Where his Excellency is right now is to help his party, the PDP become victorious in all upcoming elections like Edo, Ondo and Anambra is also on the radar for next year. These are the things he is preoccupied with at this point in time.

“These issues of Atiku running for Presidency or not should not be an issue of social media; it would be made public if it gets to that point.

“But that is not where Atiku is right now, there is work to be done, he’s currently working with PDP stakeholders so that they would put themselves in a position of advantage and reorganise the party for the task ahead, so I can’t confirm if he has made any appointments. But you are aware that his support groups remain very vital and active and I think they are the ones organizing themselves.”

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Bobisky: Police Arrest Rivers LG Chairman

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested Paul Kobani, the Chairman of Gokana Local Area of the state, over an alleged criminal matter.

There were speculations that Kobani was arrested in connection with the late notorious armed robber and kidnapper, Honest Diigbara, populaly known as Bobisky.

The development is coming barely 24 hours after the state Governor, Nyesom Wike redeemed his pledge of N30m bounty placed on Bobisky’s head for anyone that could give useful information which led to his arrest.

Further report revealed that Kobani was picked up at his residence in handcuffs on Friday morning and taken into custody at an undisclosed police station in Port Harcourt.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mukan, confirmed the development, but noted that the matter is still under investigation.

“I am yet to be furnished with the details. He’s just been taken into custody. Investigation is on. He has not been linked with Bobisky’s case,” Mukan stated,

Giving more information on the council chairman’s arrest on Friday evening, the spokesman for the state police command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, was evasive but confirmed the arrest.

He stated, “Gokana chairman was invited by the police in connection with a case we are investigating. So he is here (in custody) helping us to make some clarifications of which if he is not indicted or not found culpable, he will be left of the hook.”

“For now he is helping us in the case for which he is invited until the investigation is over. So any link with Bobisky is neither here nor there and we have not said so until the end of investigation. We will still come up with our position.”

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Bola Ige Knew Of Plan To Ambush, Kill Him Before His Assassination – Son

Muyiwa Ige, son of the late Governor of old Oyo State, Chief Bola Ige, during an interview with the Punch, disclosed how life has been without his father as the family marks his 90th posthumous birthday.

How do you feel about your father’s 90th posthumous birthday?

“We miss him and wish he were here with us. We actually believed he had in him another 25 to 30 years, and that he could actually live to celebrate his 100th birthday because his mother was very old before she passed on. When he was 70 years old, he was as fit as a fiddle and looked very young. So, we didn’t expect him to leave this earth in the manner he did.”

“But we thank God for his life and glorious legacy, and we will continue to celebrate him, to reminisce about the wonderful memories and legacies he left behind.”

He was killed in 2001, how will you describe the last 18 to 19 years without him?

“That is a loaded question. It has not been easy, because within 16 months of his assassination, we lost our mum, and so we were orphaned without applying for it. But we thank God. We are forging ahead and we are a very strong family. We also have wonderful children, who are grandchildren, to both Bola and Atinuke Ige.”

“We also believe that hopefully both of them will get justice. My father was assassinated, and my mother died because of my father’s assassination, and hopefully, we will get the justice in this clime.”

What was it like living with Ige, your father?

“He was exceptional; he was a fantastic husband, a great father, and a doting grandfather. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was also a fantastic friend to all those who knew him, and I am sure if you knew him, you would know precisely what I am talking about.”

“He was a man of many parts, and he was well-loved by everyone. He was a great man, and I am very proud to be an offspring of Bola and Atinuke Ige. I will forever cherish that because I truly believe that I have a good heritage.”

Chief Bola Ige at 29, shared a global platform with the late Martin Luther King Jnr but many Nigeria youths are looking for jobs now, or engaging in some criminal activities or just don’t care about making positive impacts. What lessons can they learn from your father’s life?

“Well, his actions were deliberate. What I mean by that is that he knew what he wanted to be, he knew he wanted to serve the people, and that his activities in the Students’ Christian Movement were very strong. Relating to politics, he knew that he needed to be relevant, and so right from a very young age, he demonstrated great capacity. And the question is: What are the lessons that young people must take away from this kind of life?”

“He believed in selfless service, heightened level of humility, honesty, and great honour and dignity. Once you have those ‘Omoluabi’ (Yoruba name for a person of honour and integrity) traits, you will go far. Our present state of Nigeria is hard, but we cannot abdicate responsibilities. We must ensure that we are focused on.”

“My fathers’ generation, when they were active in their early 20s, was also quite lucky in the sense that they were in the pre-independence era and the early days of the post-independence era. So, they were young and they grabbed the bull by the horns. The difference between then and now is the level of intelligence and use of technology that youths of this generation have to elevate themselves. And so there is a need for mentoring, great networking and the future will be bright. Although it is hard, we must be resilient.”

Who killed Bola Ige has seemed to become a question the police and other security agencies are not ready to find an answer to. How disappointing is that for you and the Ige family?

“Disappointment is an understatement. The truth of the matter is that there must be closure. Any sensible government would want to at least, unravel the so-called mysterious deaths or assassinations of various personalities – my father, (the late Bola Ige), Pa Alfred Rewane, Dele Giwa, and a host of others. It will always be a dent in the history of this country if those murder cases are not solved.”

“The actors are walking the streets today but the truth of the matter is that they may believe they are free, but they are not. They are not free. Their conscience will continue to probe them. And so, it is a natural law – the law of Karma. I always say that everyone will get their comeuppance one day.”

What do you miss most about your dad?

“My father was my best friend. His wise counsel, playful mien, and love for family and friends will be missed. Even on the 23rd of December, 2001, when he was killed, we were together.”

“We drove from Ibadan to Lagos. We were in the car for six to seven hours and had a long conversation about different things how to deal with different situations, relationship with people, and so on. He was just a great man. Well, as Yoruba people would say: “Ekun yen, ki se ekun ojo kan, ekun gbogbo igba ni.” (Mourning him will be forever, not for a day).”

“We cherish the wonderful memory we have. We cherish the great legacies he left behind, and it is incumbent on us to forge ahead and keep the flag flying. For those that did the dastardly act, may they not die! Bola Ige has come and gone but his legacy lives on. He was the first executive governor of old Oyo State. The free education programme he implemented then is still relevant today. It is still there as a yardstick. It is a benchmark programme for progressive governance today.”

“He lived a life of excellence, excellence in leadership. He was first a governor, then deputy leader of Afenifere, and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. And at the time, just before he was assassinated, he was preparing to join the International Law Commission in Geneva. Even before then, as you mentioned earlier, at age 29, he was on a global platform with the revered Martin Luther King Jnr. And even at that event in 1959, he moved a motion in support of blacks to be given the opportunity to vote. He was Chairman, Workers’ Forum of Churches’ Committee on Racism. He was a great man, an ecumenical spirit and a wonderful soul.”

On the day he was murdered, you said you were with him for some hours and had discussions on many issues with him. Can you share some of the last things discussed with him?

“I can remember everything but not for publication. It was just a discussion between a father and his son. It was just about life, things to do, and how to position oneself in life purely father and son conversation.”

From what you observed that day, do you think he had a premonition of his death?

“On December 15, 2001, his cap was removed at the (Ooni’s) palace in Ife. Somebody came to meet us just about an hour before that they heard some people were planning to ambush and kill him, but his demeanour was that he didn’t have problem with anyone and that no such thing could ever happen and I also believed it. No one could have thought that this thing (assassination) could have happened in his private space.”

“He was a man of the people and his house was almost like a town hall. Anybody could just walk in and he would attend to them. But the question to ask is what has it profited any of them that executed him or arranged for some people to kill him or were part of the dastardly act? It has not profited them and forever, their conscience will prick them. He who lives by the sword will definitely be consumed by the sword. But I thank God for my father, I thank God for my mother and I thank God for the gracious legacies they left behind.”

How have your father’s name and legacies helped you?

“You know, I am the ‘Arole Ige’ (first son of Ige. I just thank God for being an offspring of Bola and Atinuke Ige. The truth of the matter is the name opens doors because my parents were great people and it behoves us to keep the legacies alive. And again, my own children are reaping from the legacies and by the grace of God, their children and generations to come from the offspring of the late Atinuke and Bola Ige clan will continue to reap the rewards of their various legacies.”

“So, it opens doors and I am very proud to be an Ige and I will forever uphold that name.”

In the last two years you have been rather inactive politically, what are you up to?

“I have not been quiet. Between 2011 and 2014, I served as Commissioner for Lands in Osun (State) and thereafter implemented some legacy projects in the state. I am a stakeholder and the most important thing is to hold forth. For you to be relevant, you need to do things that will elevate our people. Do things that will elevate the common man and posterity will judge you positively. It is not about noise-making, we have instituted scholarship programmes in the name of my father and my mum. We have had various lectures and done empowerment projects. It is about adding value and that would continue to be done. We don’t really think in the mundane way that people think. We have our own way of doing things and we will continue to do it and by the grace of God, we will be relevant and we will add value.”

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Transfer: Latest Done Deals In Football Today

Hoever set for Wolves

Liverpool youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to join Wolves in a £10million deal.

According to the Daily Mail, the defender is in line to join the Molineux club.

McCormack signs for Shots

Aldershot Town have signed former Premier League striker Ross McCormack.

The ex Scotland international, who has played for Leeds, Fulham and Aston Villa, has put pen to paper for the National League outfit.

Bale arrives in London

Gareth Bale has reportedly arrived in London ahead of his move to Tottenham.

The plane said to be carrying the Real Madrid star touched down at London Luton Airport on Friday afternoon.

Baker heads to Turkey

Chelsea’s Lewis Baker has joined Trabzonspor on loan.

The midfielder, 25, spent a stint last season at Fortune Dusseldorf.

Higuain signs for Inter Miami

Inter Miami have confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

The 32-year-old striker has hooked up with David Beckham’s MLS franchise.

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Latest Transfer News For Today, Saturday, 19th, September 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the latest Transfer news for today, Saturday, 19th, September 2020.

Liverpool want Ozan Kabak

Liverpool are already looking to follow up the signing of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota with a deal for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his defence after losing Dejan Lovren and now Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolves.

Brentford close to new addition

Brentford are reportedly close to adding a new front-man.

According to Sky Sports, a deal for Amiens striker Saman Ghoddos is close.

Hoever set for Wolves

Liverpool youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to join Wolves in a £10million deal.

According to the Daily Mail, the defender is in line to join the Molineux club.

Brewster drops transfer hint

Rhian Brewster has dropped a mammoth hint over his future as speculation on his Liverpool career continues.

He is regarded as one of their best up and coming talents at Anfield but the chances of him managing consistent game-time this year are low.

 

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Borno Governor Reveals Why Boko Haram Is Recruiting Children

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has stated that unemployment was the reason Boko Haram insurgents are able to recruit idle youths.

The Borno governor made this known on Thursday while receiving a committee of members of the House Of Representatives at his office in Maiduguri.

Speaking at the meeting, Governor Zulum warned that the situation may worsen if there is no quick intervention.

According to the Borno governor, the number of able-bodied people residing in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps left with nothing to do is an indicator of the impending problems.

He suggested that these groups of persons be allowed to return to their homes and sustainable development is carried out in their communities before things escalate and get out of control.

“The only solution we have now is to ensure the safe return of our people to their homes in a dignified manner. If nothing is done, believe me sincerely we shall face a very serious challenge even more than what we are facing now.

“This is because right now the insurgents are recruiting many of our children into the sect because of the increasing unemployment rate,” he said.

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Visa Ban: Don’t Disrespect Nigeria, FG Blasts US, UK

FG Orders Nigerians To Fill, Submit Self-Certification Forms Or Lose Bank Accounts

The Federal Government has expressed its disappointment with the United States and  United Kingdom over statements issued on the governorship elections holding in Edo State on Saturday and Ondo State on October 10.

Further, the FG expressed concern over the visa restrictions imposed by the US on unnamed politicians.

The US & UK had placed a visa restriction on the alleged involvement in electoral violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship polls.

Likewise the countries vowed sanctions on anyone who perpetrated violence during the Edo and Ondo elections.

They added that they woul impose visa restrictions and block them from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law.

Reacting however to the comments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said that it had taken note of their concerns regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo.

It reiterated appeal made by President Muhammadu Buhari, urging parties and contestants to peacefully conduct themselves before, during, and after the elections.

In the statement which was signed by the MFA spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, Buhari also supported patriotic non-governmental initiatives such as the Abdusalami Abubakar Peace Committee.

Also, it noted that ample provisions have been made available in the nation’s laws to sanction violators and perpetrators of electoral violence and fraud.

It however urged the UK and US to cooperate with the relevant agencies by providing them concrete evidence of observed misconduct “to allow our laws and regulations to take their course.”

The statement added, “It would be considered disrespectful of the sovereignty of Nigeria for any outside authority to sit in judgment over the conduct of our citizens and apply punitive measures such as visa restriction, unilaterally.”

The FG further highlighted that the responsibility for the conduct of elections in Nigeria solely resides with the Independent National Electoral Commission and State Independent Electoral Commissions.

The Federal Government, and especially the President, is committed to providing all necessary logistic, financial, and security support to the electoral process.

While we appreciate the support and encouragement of our international partners such as the European Union, we urge our equally valued partners such as the UK and US to cooperate with our relevant agencies by providing them whatever concrete evidence of observed misconduct to allow our laws and regulations to take their course,” the government stated.

 

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Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms 221 New COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday evening, 18th September 2020, confirmed 221 new cases of Coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.

The new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 56,956 which includes 48,205 discharged cases and 1,094 deaths.

Below is the breakdown of the latest cases according to states with Lagos having the highest number of cases, followed by Abia.

Lagos-59
Abia-46
FCT-22
Gombe-20
Plateau-17
Rivers-11
Bauchi-7
Benue-6
Ekiti-6
Imo-6
Kaduna-4
Kwara-4
Ondo-4
Ogun-3
Osun-3
Bayelsa-1
Edo-1
Kano-1

56,956 confirmed
48,305 discharged
1,094 deaths

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Explosion Rocks Anthony Village Lagos (Video)

A petrol tanker has reportedly exploded on Friday night in Anthony Village inward Gbagada expressway Lagos State.

Naija News gathered that the explosion occurred on the Trem side of the expressway.

Cars were seen escaping towards Oshodi from Gbagada.

More details to come…