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A legal battle is brewing between Nigerian Airlines and NAHCO over the loss suffered during the strike embarked by NAHCO workers on Monday which grounded operations at airports across the country.
Captain Ado Sanusi, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Aero Contractors disclosed the plans on Tuesday.
“The unions will claim that it is their right to strike. unfortunately, the passengers and the airlines are the ones that suffer the most, not the handling company.
“In a normal society, due process will be followed before a strike action should take place and I think, the NCAA should investigate fully and find out exactly whether the unions followed due process before they went on strike.
“If they did, what did the handling company do? Did they inform the passengers through the airlines so that passengers do not have to go to the airports and the airlines might have to cancel flights,” Sanusi said in an interview on Arise Tv.
“Some of the international flights went back empty. Some were diverted, while some were delayed putting Nigeria in a bad light internationally.
“Handling is very critical for the safe operation of airlines. When you have a strike like this, there are some places you don’t allow the strike to affect. Why will they go to that level of depriving passengers of entering airplanes? I don’t think there should be a flight disruption.
“This should be taken seriously by the Federal Government. Anyone who disrupts flight service should be charged because it amounts to economic damage. I doubt if the lawsuit will start but anyway, Aero contractors lost a lot of money. We canceled most of our morning flights.
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN) declared a strike on Monday after issuing a five-day notice to the management of NAHCO.
NAHCO handles check-in, boarding and ramp services for Air Peace, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Air France/KLM, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Air, ASKY and Rwanda Air among others.
Nigeria has only two handlers, NAHCO and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO).
The strike action affected the flight operations of airlines handled by NAHCO, creating flight disruptions.
Passengers and airlines are counting losses as flights were canceled.
Air Peace canceled over eight flights in Abuja, which led to over N500m loss, according to the station manager, kachollom Nyam-zang.
“That information didn’t come on time and we had passengers. We had to give them updates. It is going typo take a few days for us to adjust,” Nyam-zang told Arise Tv.
Emirates and other international airlines handled by NAHCO departed empty losing huge revenues.
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6kg cocaine, meth heading to Australia, Cyprus at courier firms; others Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 56-year-old widow and mother of four, Mrs. Ajisegiri Kehinde Sidika, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos for attempting to traffic 400grammes of cocaine concealed in her footwear to Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The suspect, who claims to be a businesswoman trading in adult and children’s wear on Lagos Island was intercepted on Sunday, November 13, while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight going to Saudi Arabia via Doha. Upon a critical examination of the pair of sandals she was wearing, two parcels of cocaine weighing 400grammes were recovered from them.
In the same vein, attempts by a tricycle parts seller, Ayoade Kehinde Tayo to send 1kg of tramadol 225mg and Rohypnol to Istanbul, Turkey via Cairo on an Egypt Airline flight same day were frustrated by NDLEA operatives who arrested him.
He was at the airport to hand over the drugs hidden inside a bag of food items to an intending passenger, Idowu Ayoade, but was arrested before he succeeded in doing that.
Spokesperson for the anti-drug agency, Femi Babafemi, in statement, yesterday, said, an intending passenger to Oman via Asky airline, Agbamuche Bright Nkeonye and a lady, Adeoye Oluwakemi Fatimo, who accompanied him to present a bag containing varieties of foodstuff and body lotion, which were used to conceal 1.
10kg Cannabis sativa and some Rohypnol capsules were also arrested at the departure hall of the Lagos airport on Thursday, November 18.
According to Babafemi, anti-narcotics officers attached to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport equally foiled attempts by traffickers to smuggle consignments of Cannabis sativa and ecstasy tablets concealed in three tubers of yam going to Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) on Wednesday, November 17.
The freight agent who presented the yams for export, Inegbu Ugochi Akunna, was promptly arrested while the consignor, Ahmodu Sulaimon was also nabbed thereafter.
At the Brawal container shed of Kirikiri lighter terminal in Lagos, NDLEA operatives equally intercepted cartons of deadly drinks in a container marked APZU3671697, during a joint examination with Customs.
Though the bill of laded indicated that the container originated from Cape town, South Africa, a search of the shippers’ database showed it was loaded from Antwerp, Belgium.
A full inspection of the container on Thursday, November 18, showed a total of five cartons of beverages labelled as Euphoria cannabis beer and three cartons of cannabis energy drink were found.
Other drinks in the container include: 21 cartons of a drink labelled as monkey shoulder; 20 cartons of dead man’s finger; and 139 of champagne fruit, among others.
In a related development, about 5.
6 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, cocaine and tramadol were discovered in items like play station, bicycles, motor propeller and local fabrics packaged for export to Australia and Cyprus through some courier firms in Lagos.
Two suspects, Gabriel Emeka and Vintura Grillo were arrested in a follow up operation linked to one of the seizures.
In Niger State, NDLEA operatives on stop and search operation along Mokwa-Jebba road on Saturday, November 12, arrested two suspects: Ismail Musa and Jidda Abbas with 10,780 bottles of Akuskura, a new psychoactive substance concealed inside two Toyota Camry saloon cars marked: AGL 861 GS Lagos and KMK 118 SC Bayelsa.
The consignment loaded in Ibadan, Oyo State, was going to Abuja for distribution.
While operatives intercepted 25,000 capsules of tramadol in Plateau State and arrested the owner, Ifeanyi Nweanwe, a beer parlour operator.
In a follow up operation in Bauchi, pharmaceutical opioids worth more than N30 million were intercepted in a commercial bus in Asaba, Delta State on Thursday, November 18.
In Ondo State, operatives stormed the Ijare forest, in Ifedore Local Council on Friday, November 19, where a total of 600.
5kgs of Cannabis sativa weed and seeds were recovered, while 142.
8kgs of the same substance were seized when NDLEA officers raided the zone 3 motor park in Wuse area of Abuja.
In the same vein, operatives on routine stop and search patrol along Owerri-Onitsha road arrested a suspect Nwankwo Emmanuel, with 25 blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 12.
5kgs in a commercial bus going to Port Harcourt from Lagos.
Reacting to the arrests and seizures in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Tincan, Delta, FCT, Niger, Ondo, and Plateau Commands as well as those of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI), for their passion, commitment and remarkable efforts to get results in their areas of responsibility.
He enjoined them and their compatriots across the country to stay focused and resilient in the pursuit of the Agency’s corporate goal.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one Abubakar Ibrahim, the village head of Gidan Abba, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto, with 10 others over 991,320 pills of pharmaceutical opioids.
A statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja, said 1,251kgs of cannabis and Khat were recovered.
Babafemi said that the suspect, Ibrahim, 38, was arrested in Bodinga town with 3kgs of cannabis sativa and 4,000 tablets of exol-5. He said that NDLEA operatives attached to Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) import shed of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja Lagos, also intercepted 15 cartons.
According to Babafemi, the cartons which were intercepted on Oct. 26, contained 802,000 pills of Tramadol, imported from Dubai, UAE and Karachi, Pakistan.
He also said that 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg, came in from Dubai on Ethiopian Airlines flight.
The NDLEA Director for Media and Advocacy, added that four cartons of 100mg and a carton of 225mg Tramadol came from Karachi, Pakistan on another Ethiopian Airlines flight.
According to him, on the same day, operatives at the SAHCO export shed intercepted cans of tomato paste going to the United Kingdom.
“A thorough search of the consignment revealed that the tomato cans were used to conceal 36 pellets of cannabis.
“This was with a gross weight of 21.30 kilograms, while a cargo agent, Sodehinde Akinwale, has also been arrested in connection with the seizure.
“Two days after, Oct. 25, operatives attached to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) import shed of the Lagos airport, also seized five cartons of dried khat leaves.
“This was also weighing 107.70kgs that came in from Bangkok, Thailand, through Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight, ” he said.
Babafemi said that a follow-up operation on the seizure of 11.90kgs Meth concealed in the heads of dried fish going to Dubai, UAE on August 5, had also led to the arrest of a 30-year-old bricklayer, Babatunde Mamowora.
He said that the suspect was arrested on Oct. 27 in Sango Ota area of Ogun, in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the area.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two freight agents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos alleged attempt to smuggle 26.20kg cannabis.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the consignment which was concealed in cereal packs was smuggled through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) shed for export to Dubai, UAE.
He said that the consignment was abandoned at the shed before the airport security transferred it to NDLEA.
According to him, further investigation by the agency led to the arrest of one Olatunbosun Abimbola, 34, “The suspect who works at Ashadox Logistics Services, a cargo company, was arrested on Friday.
“He confessed to the crime but stated that he acted on the instructions of his Managing Director, Oloyede Abiola, who was promptly arrested.
“The 40-year-old indigene of Ibadan West Local Government Area of Oyo State claimed that due to the strict security measures put in place by the NDLEA, he was forced to abandon the cargo to avoid being detected, ” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the anti-narcotic officers of MMIA Command for their resilience.
Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain vigilant and committed to the collective goal of saving Nigeria from drug scourge.
The Federal Government has selected Ethiopian Airlines (ET) Consortium as preferred bidder for Nigeria Air.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika made this known during a media briefing on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, ET scored 89 per cent out of 100 as regards the technical bid and 15 out 20 as regards financial bid.
Sirika explained that the Request for Proposal (RFP) under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act, governed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission(ICRC) regarding the Nigeria Air was now completed.
“After a careful, detailed and ICRC governed selection process, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder, offering an owner consortium of 3 Nigerian investors.
“The Nigerian investors are MRS, SAHCO and the Nigerian Sovereign Fund (46%), FGN owning 5% and ET 49%.
The consortium has been subject to a due diligence process.
“The contract will be negotiated between consortium and FGN leading to a Full Business Case (FBC) which will be expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
We expect this process to take 6-8 weeks.
” The minister said the national carrier would be launched with three Boeing 737-800 in a configuration very suitable for the Nigerian market.
According to him, Nigeria Air will be launched with a shuttle service between Abuja and Lagos to establish a new comfortable, reliable and affordable travel between the two major Nigerian Airports.
Sirika added that other domestic destinations would follow thereafter.
“The first aircraft is ready to arrive in Abuja for the further work and NCAA inspection, demo flights and audit as part of the AOC requirements.
“In time, two others will arrive to complete the required three aircraft for a new AOC holder.
The interim executive team has prepared, with the support of FAAN.
“The team has arranged for Terminal C at the Abuja Airport and finalised a contract with MMA 2 terminal in Lagos, for the operation of an initial shuttle between Lagos and Abuja,” he said.
He noted that the Operations Control Centre (OCC) at the Abuja Airport would act as Headquarters of the airline.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, in Mailalle, Sabon Birni, in Sokoto for supplying bandits illicit drugs.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, who was arrested on Aug. 3, was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa, at the time of his arrest.
He also said that a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area (LGA), Edo State, and resident in Italy; Solo Osamede, had been arrested for drug trafficking.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
He said that the suspect was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion, while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy, via Istanbul, Turkey on July 30. “The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Aug. 1,” he said.
In the same vein, a female passenger, Jatau Lami, was arrested at the Lagos Airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg.
Babafemi said that the consignment was concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey, via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31. He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hailed from Zango Kataf Local Government Area (LGA), Kaduna State, and lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her family.
“She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June,” he said.
Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives have also thwarted an attempts by some freight agents at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport, to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE, on Aug. 4. He said that a follow-up operation led to an arrest of two persons, Oladipupo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus, while two others were still at large.
“In Zamfara, NDLEA operatives on Aug. 4 intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state, enroute Sokoto, with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.
“In Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Aug. 3. “The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra and heading to Abuja.
Follow-up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius,” he said.
Babafemi said that four suspects, Sulaiman Rabi’u; Sanusi Sha’aibu; Ma’aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were also arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi, Kaduna.
He said that they were arrested with 106, 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, Diazepam, Exol-5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup.
“In Enugu, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked-up stores in new market area of the state capital on Aug. 6. “In Delta, a suspect, Ike Okparachi, 42, was arrested at Abraka Junction, Asaba, with 10,550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg; Swinol; Rohypnol; and 3,105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly,” he said.
Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta, Enugu, and Kaduna Commands for their feats.
He said Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted 10 cartons of tramadol 225mg with an estimated street value of N200 million in Lagos.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the consignment was packaged as “tramaking” containing 500,000 tablets with a total weight of 407kg.
He said the illicit drugs were seized during a joint examination with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) at the NCS warehouse.
He added that the consignment had arrived Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) import shed since June 6 from India via Ethiopian Airline.
He also added that it was eventually transferred to the NDLEA by Customs on June 15.
“The previous day, June 14, a similar joint examination with Customs at the Customs enforcement terminal, Tincan seaport, Lagos led to the seizure of 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5kgs.
“The drug exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles.
“The cannabis coming from Montreal, Canada was discovered in three out of the four vehicles in the container,” he said.
Meanwhile, Babafemi said operatives of the NDLEA also foiled an attempt by drug traffickers to export parcels of methamphetamine, popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri.
He said the drugs, which were locally concealed in cornflakes packs and body cream containers, were to be exported to Malaysia and Australia respectively.
He said the drugs were seized at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, and a courier company in Lagos respectively.
“As a result, two freight agents; Nneji Anoma and Etoh Barnabas, involved in the bid to export nine parcels of methamphetamine were arrested on June 15.
“The drug, which weighed 1.45kg, was hidden in packs of cornflakes to Malaysia through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) export shed of the MMIA.
“Operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, (DOGI) at the agency attached to a courier company also intercepted a kilogram of methamphetamine concealed in body cream containers heading to Australia,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the MMIA, DOGI and Tincan for the arrests and seizures.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted large drug consignments and arrested some suspects in connection to several seizures made in Lagos and Abuja airports. The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Babafemi said that several attempts by agents of drug cartels to break through the security at Nigeria’s main airports in Lagos and Abuja with large consignments of assorted illicit substances were thwarted by NDLEA operatives. According to him, first on the list of those arrested in connection to seizures at the two airports is Ofor Chileobi. “Chileobi had on Friday May 20, attempted to export to Dubai, UAE, 200 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 30.20kg concealed in 40 sacks of bitter leaf. “This was through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed, a cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos,” he said. Babafemi said that on the same day, 10 cartons of khat with a gross weight of 354.600kg were also seized at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) import shed of the airport. He said ” the following day, Saturday May 21, a freight agent, Roland Orinami was arrested by NDLEA operatives attached to the local wing of the Lagos airport. “He was arrested with1.90kg Loud, a variant of cannabis, factory packed in some bottles while trying to send same via flight to Abuja. “A follow-up operation in Abuja led to the arrest of a taxi driver, Nsikak Evans sent to collect the consignment. His confession also led to the arrest of the actual owner, Adesanya Olakunle Isaac at his house in Life Camp area of Abuja. “Adesanya who claims to be into Information Technology, accepted ownership of the seized drug, which he said was meant for an upcoming birthday party of one of his friends, “he said. Babafemi said that another freight agent, Moshood Olaide, was arrested at NAHCO export shed of the MMIA when he presented a cargo containing psychotropic substances heading to Dubai on May 24. He said that the illegal consignment was packed into other items such as can drinks, liquid bitters and other non-controlled drugs. He also said that the seized drugs included Tramadol 225mg, Rohypnol and MDMA adding that a follow up operation led to the arrest of another suspect linked to the crime, Olagboye Selim on May 27. “Also on the same day, operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) at NAHCO import shed transferred 15 cartons of khat leaf. “This is with a gross weight of 256.70kg, which came into the country on Royal Air Moroc to NDLEA command at the airport. “The previous day, Monday, May 23 another freight agent, Lasebikan Gbega was arrested with 200 bottles of pentazocine injection, with a brand name “Drutapent” weighing 1.05kg. “The consignment was heading to the United States of America, ” he said. In the same vein, Babafemi said that another agent, Akuta Lucy was on May 26 arrested at the SAHCO export shed while attempting to export 14.75kg of khat. He said that the drugs were concealed inside other vegetable leaves and food condiments such as bitter leaf, scent leaf, pepper, all packed in bags for shipment to the United Kingdom. “At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, a 45-year-old Ezika Nicholas from Ichida, Anocha area of Anambra state, was arrested on Thursday May 26 for ingesting 60 pellets of cocaine. “This was weighing 1.037kg on arrival from Addis Ababa on board Ethiopian airline. “Ezika who claims he’s into shoe business before his arrest, travelled to Ethiopia on May 23. “This was on the invitation of the person who gave him the drug, which he ingested before returning into the waiting arms of NDLEA officers at the Abuja airport, ” he said. Babafemi reported the Chairman, NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of MMIA and NAIA Commands of the agency for sustaining the heat on drug cartels. .
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 203, 879 tablets of various pharmaceutical opioids and illicit substances in raids across Abia, Kaduna, Yobe and Kogi States.
The NDLEA said this in a statement by its Spokesperson, Mr Fem Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the agency also foiled fresh bids by drug cartels to export Tramadol, Ecstasy MDMA and Cannabis to Milan, Italy and Dubai, United Arab Emirates through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said that five members of a syndicate, in the business of conducting fake recruitment into security agencies were also arrested in coordinated operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi States.
Babafemi said that a female passenger was arrested at the Lagos airport, May 9, while trying to board Royal Air Moroc flight from Lagos via Casablanca to Milan, Italy, with 1000 tablets of Tramadol 200mg concealed in food items.
He said five days after, a freight agent was also arrested at the SAHCO cargo shed of the airport for attempting to export food items in which were hidden blocks of cannabis weighing 6.65kg and 24grams of ecstasy drug, MDMA to Dubai in UAE.
“In Abia, three trucks loaded with drugs coming from Lagos and Onitsha, Anambra were intercepted in Aba, Abia. When properly searched in the presence of the owners on Wednesday May 11, 67,100 of Tramadol and 12,650 ampules of pentazocine, morphine and dopamine were recovered.
”On the same day, NDLEA operatives in Kaduna arrested a notorious drug dealer, wanted by the Kastina Command of the agency for jumping bail.
”’Recovered from him include: 45,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 41.5kg; 50,000 tablets of Exol, weighing 15.6kg; 1,500 tablets of Rohypnol weighing 700 grams and 300 bottles of codeine weighing 41.5kg,” he said.
‘According to him, in Yobe, no fewer than 7,029 tablets of Tramadol, D5, and Exol as well as 1.5kg cannabis were recovered from a drug dealer, when his hideout was raided in Unguru town May 8, while in Rivers another suspect was arrested at Eleme area on May 11 with 207.2kg cannabis.
“No less than 19,600 tablets of Tramadol coming from Onitsha, Anambra to Abuja were intercepted and recovered along highway on May 11 by NDLEA operatives in Kogi.
“Meanwhile, five members of a syndicate, which conducts fake recruitment into security agencies, have been arrested in coordinated operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi States.
Leader of the gang, was first arrested in Gusau, Zamfara. He said his criminal gang issued fake NDLEA employment letters and identity cards to unsuspecting members of the public for the sum of N400, 000 per person.
“A follow up operation in Zuru, Kebbi led to the arrest of another gang member, while three others; were nabbed in Bauchi State.
“Recovered from them include: a fake NDLEA ID card; NDLEA guarantor form; INEC offer of appointment letter; Nigerian Customs Special Replacement Form and appointment letter; Nigerian Correctional Service Replacement Form; credentials of some applicants; receipts and passport photos; five sim packs and one MTN SIM card.”
” Executive of NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Abia, Kaduna, Yobe, Rivers and Kogi for the arrests and seizures.
”He equally acknowledged the well-conducted operations in Zamfara, Kebbi and Bauchi States that nailed five members of a criminal gang scamming innocent job seekers with fake employment letters.
”He urged them and their compatriots across all commands not to rest on their oars; but continue to aspire to beat previous records,” Babafemi said. (
The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), has released four preliminary reports on serious incidents and accident involving aircraft owned and operated by some Nigerian airlines.
The airlines included United Nigeria Airlines Limited, Max Air, Air Peace and the Nigerian Police Air Wing.
The bureau’s General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos, on Tuesday.
Oketumbi explained that the reports were not the final reports as they only contained details of the initial facts, discussions and findings surrounding the occurrences.
He said the reports contained information gathered from witness statements, flight recorders, Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data, Flight Data Monitoring (FDM), and preliminary inspection of the accident sites and the wreckages.
The general manager said that the preliminary reports included one on the serious incident involving the United Nigeria Airlines Embraer 145LR aircraft with nationality and registration marks 5N-BWW.
According to him, this occurred when it was climbing out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria when a serious incident occurred at about 4,000 feet on Nov. 17, 2021.
He said: “The preliminary report on the serious incident involving Max Air Boeing 737-300 aircraft, was when it was parked at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“This is with nationality and registration marks 5N-DAB and involved an on-ground collision with Skyway Aviation Handling Co. Plc (SAHCO) lavatory service truck with fleet number 95 on Nov. 21, 2021.
“The preliminary report on serious incident involving a Boeing 737-300 aircraft owned and operated by Air Peace Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-BUQ, occurred after take-off from Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Nigeria enroute Lagos on Nov. 22, 2021.
Similarly, “the preliminary report on an accident involving a Bell 429 helicopter owned and operated by Nigeria Police Air Wing with the Nationality and Registration marks 5N-MDA, occurred at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport, Bauchi, Nigeria on Jan. 26, 2022.”
Oketumbi noted that details of the reports could be found at the bureau’s website (www.aib.gov.ng).