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Turkey, Azerbaijan announce visa exemption for citizens

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Turkey and Azerbaijan on Wednesday announced on the official gazette mutual visa exemption of three months for their citizens who hold passports with validity of at least six months.


The decision was agreed upon by the two government on Feb. 25.

With the new visa agreement, the exemption period between the two countries is increased from 30 days to 90 days.

The move aims to strengthen the “friendly relations and cooperation” between the two countries, aiming to facilitate the travels of citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan, said the statement.

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Erdogan says saddened by Sarraj’s decision to step down

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that it was sad to hear about the resignation of Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA).


On Wednesday evening, Sarraj announced his intention to step down and transfer his powers to a new executive authority by the end of October.

He has led the GNA since March 31, 2016.

“Sarraj’s resignation announcement saddened us.

“This week our delegation may hold talks with the Libyan side.

“(Head of Libyan National Army Khalifa) Haftar is losing, and we are looking forward to a positive development of events,” Erdogan told reporters.

The confrontation in Libya continues between the GNA, which controls Tripoli and territories in the west of the country, and the Libyan National Army (LNA),.

The LNA is under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which cooperates with the parliament sitting in the east — in Tobruk.

The GNA is supported by Turkey and Qatar, and the LNA is backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by two spots in FIFA’s ranking for September to place 29th after more than six months of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In the ranking placed on the world football governing body’s website on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1493 points during the period under review without playing any match.

The movement also placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who garnered 1555 and 1506 points respectively.

On the global scene, with the exception of Uzbekistan’s 2-1 friendly victory over Tajikistan, the countries back in action have all been European.

The successful staging of these games was nonetheless encouraging for teams from other confederations as they seek to resume international fixtures in the weeks ahead.

The 54 UEFA Nations League games which took place across Europe at the beginning of September had an immediate impact on the oca-Cola World Ranking, which had remained unchanged since April 9.

While there had been no movement among the leading quartet —- in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil and England —- Portugal (5th, up 2) have moved into the top five.

This was as a result of victories over Croatia (8th, down 2) and Sweden (18th, down 1).

Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, up 1), Italy (12th, up 1), the Netherlands (13th, up 1), and Germany (14th, up 1).

Each of them gained one place respectively in the global classification.

Wales (21st, up 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20.

Russia, hosts of the last FIFA World Cup, are further back in 32nd.

But they had the biggest gain in this edition, ascending six places courtesy of wins over Serbia (31st, down 2) and Hungary (52nd, unchanged).

In spite of not playing, Iran (30th, up 3) moved into the top 30 after Serbia and Turkey (32nd, down 3) dropped points.

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NDLEA intercepts 1.6 kilograms of hard drugs en-route Turkey 

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Special Area Command, has intercepted 1.6 kilogramme of controlled drugs suspected to be Tramadol and Flunitrazepam.


The Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Jonah Achema, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

Achema said that the drugs, which were destined for Istanbul, Turkey, barely few days after resumption of international flights, was an unusual drug trafficking trend.

He said that the command made the seizure from Mr Michael Chukwuka, during the outward clearance of passengers boarding the Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

According to him, the usual trend is the illegal importation of Tramadol from Pakistan and India into the country and not the exportation of illicit Tramadol.

“The seizures are made up of 1.250 kilograms of Tramadol and 350 grams of flunitrazepam and were concealed in two Ghana-must-go bags.

“The Tramadol are in 200, 225 and 250 milligrams, respectively. These are above the 100 milligram threshold permissible for legitimate use and anything above is illegal.

“Chukwuka, aged 36 and an indigene of Imo State, claimed to be ignorant of the content of the bag.

“And that he was given the bags at the Airport entrance in Abuja to deliver to a Nigerian woman who deals in food stuff in Istanbul.

“He said he did not know the woman but one Mr Paul, her husband in Warri, gave the consignment to one man to bring to him at the airport,” Achema quoted him as saying.

Achema, however, said that the suspected drug trafficker who worked in a Cargo Office in Istanbul, had lived there together with Paul for many years.

He said that the suspect travelled to Nigeria in March and got trapped by the Coronavirus pandemic during which period, he equally became cash-strapped and had to reach out to friends to enable him validate his return-ticket.

The Commander, NDLEA, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Mr Kabir Taskuwa, said that the arrest and seizure coming less than a week after the resumption of international flights at Abuja International Airport was a clear indication that the drug traffickers were desperate.

According to him, we are equally determined. Most importantly, we need to be extra-vigilant because smuggling Tramadol to Turkey was strange.

“This is suggesting that there is an emerging tramadol market in some of these countries,” Tsakuwa noted.

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FPG Tech, Accuras partner to offer data operations in Nigeria, West Africa

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FlexiP Group (FPG)  Technologies and Solutions Ltd., a digital transformation consulting firm, says it has  partnered with Accuras, a software solution company to offer Delphix data platform for its clients in Nigeria and West Africa.


FPG technologies, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

It said that Accuras was a technology company based in the United Arab Emirates(UAE).

The company also said  said that being the only distributor and implementer of Delphix products in Turkey, Middle East and Africa, Accuras had now extended its solutions and services delivery capability to Nigeria and West Africa with the new partnership.

“The two technology leaders will combine their expertise to deliver the transformation dataOps, management, data protection and governance capabilities to large enterprises, including Finance and telecommunications companies in Nigeria and West Africa region.

“Delphix accelerates innovation by rapidly delivering secure enterprise data anywhere and ensures that non-production data is as secure and compliant as production data.

“This solution improves the speed of access to test and analytical data. This allows businesses to off-load production systems for analytical purposes and accelerates the software development lifecycle.

“Over per cent of the worlds Fortune 100 companies use Delphix to drive innovation and digital success, “it said.

Commenting, Rex Mafiana, Chief Executive Officer of FPG Technologies said: “This partnership shows our commitment to helping  customers in their digital transformation journey, from a company that may be maximising their data to one that surely does.

He said that  organisation’s ability to virtualise its data securely was a measure of its digital transformation maturity.

Mafiana said it would enable the organisation to unleash innovation and truly weaponise its data for efficiency.

The Chief Executive Officer of Accuras, Ercan Eray said : “We have been passionate about the transformational change delivered by Delphix solution since signing as a reseller in 2016.

“In 2018 we extended our partnership as a distributor to Middle East and Africa region and now we have brought the dataOps and data protection message to Turkey, Middle East and Africa.

“Today we are extremely excited that we are bringing transformational data capabilities to our clients in Nigeria and West Africa by partnering with FPG technologies.

“We are very impressed by the success that FPG Technologies achieved in the region so far and we are totally sure that we have the right alignment to combine our expertise together in order to do what we do best, ” Eray said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FPG Solutions and Technologies Limited is an IT Systems Integrator and Solutions Provider Company.

FPG provide flexible IT solutions that help customers to accelerate their business agility with confidence.

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