Lawmakers Inspect Abuja Airport Ahead Of Domestic Flight Resumption

This photo taken on July 6, 2020, shows the front view of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Members of the House Committee on Aviation have inspected the airport ahead of the resumption of domestic flights scheduled for July 8, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Some members of the House of Representatives have paid an inspection visit to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The lawmakers, who comprise members of the House Committee on Aviation, inspected the airport on Monday ahead of the resumption of domestic flights in the country.

During the visit, the lawmakers advocated the need for relevant agencies to ensure compliance with safety protocols amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

This comes barely a week after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the airport in the nation’s capital and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport would resume domestic operations on Wednesday.

He also announced that the airports in Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri (Imo State), and Maiduguri (Borno State) would also resume local operations on Saturday, while other airports would resume on July 15.

According to the minister, the date for resumption of international flights will be announced in due course.

Highpoints of the lawmakers’ visit to the airport in Abuja are captured below:

Members of the House Committee on Aviation inspect the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on July 8, 2020, ahead of the resumption of domestic flights in the country. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

Troops Foil Attempted Kidnap Along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway

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A file photo of troops.

 

Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike have foiled an attempted kidnap of passengers along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway by armed bandits.

This was confirmed by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche in a statement issued on Friday.

Enenche noted that the operation was carried out on June 25 under the auspices of the ongoing Operation Accord.

“Sequel to actionable Human Intelligence on the activities of armed bandits between Olams and Alheri camp along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, troops promptly deployed to the scene and engaged the bandits with effective firepower.

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“Troops overwhelmed the criminals with high-intensity fire, forcing them to abandon their heinous mission and fled into the forest in disarray.

“As troops engaged the bandits, passengers in the targeted vehicle, a Toyota Hiace Bus with registration number Lagos MUS-944FR travelling from Abuja to Kaduna, managed to escape in various directions into the surrounding bushes,” the statement partly read.

The defence spokesman noted that the troops, adopting an aggressive posture, pursued the bandits deep into the forest and inflicted fatal injuries on them while also exhibiting the requisite composure in recovering all the passengers who escaped into the bush during the encounter.

Meanwhile, the military has begun a massive manhunt for the fleeing bandits with aggressive patrols along the axis.

This comes as efforts made to get the passengers unhurt yielded positive results as they have been accounted for.

Again, Police Take Over APC Secretariat In Abuja

Security operatives at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on June 25, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The police have taken over the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.

This comes two days after a team of security operatives sealed off the party’s office in the nation’s capital, purportedly on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Thursday’s incident also comes ahead of the APC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting scheduled to take place at the Presidential Villa.

As early as 9am, two Toyota Hilux patrol vans and two Peugeot 604 cars were stationed at strategic positions around the party’s secretariat.

Members of staff at the secretariat who had arrived early were asked to move out of their offices.

 

The APC National Working Committee (NWC) led by Mr Victor Giadom had on Tuesday got the Presidential backing to convene the National Executive Committee meeting expected to hold virtually from the Presidential Villa.

However, the other NWC led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi faulted the convocation of the meeting which was described as illegal.

In a statement jointly signed by the National Vice Chairman (South South), Mr Hillard Eta, and the National Secretary, Mr Waziri Bulama, the NWC said they would not attend the NEC meeting convened by Mr Giadom.

Just as the incident on Tuesday, the seal off is also alleged to be at the instance of the Inspector General of Police who directed the Commissioner of Police at the FCT Command to ensure that nobody is allowed into the secretariat.

Shortly after arriving at the APC secretariat, Bulama who was also denied entry into the premises said the police sealed off the place, based on orders from above.

Efforts to get the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, failed as his phone line was switched off and a text message sent to him was not replied as at the time of filing this report.

PHOTOS: FG Commissions MKO Abiola Stadium In Abuja

The Federal Government commissions the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the nation’s capital on June 12, 2020. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Federal Government has officially commissioned the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This comes a year after the Federal Government pledged to immortalise the late sports philanthropist and nationalist, Chief Moshood Abiola by renaming the stadium after him.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on June 12, 2019 announced the change of the name of the National Stadium to MKO Abiola Stadium.

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June 12 was signed into law as Democracy Day as a mark of honour to Mr Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

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30 COVID-19 Patients Recover In Abuja

 

30 COVID-19 patients have been discharged in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello who revealed this on Saturday said that the total number of discharged patients in the nation’s capital has risen to 245.

“I bring you good news as we successfully treated and discharged an additional thirty (30), #COVID19 patients, from our treatment facilities in the FCT.

“The total number of discharged patients in the FCT is now 245. #StaySafe #TakeResponsibility,” he said via Twitter.

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Meanwhile, statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) put infections in the nation’s capital at 862 infections.

While 22 have died from the dreaded virus, the active cases stand at 595.

PHOTOS: Youths Protest In Abuja, Condemn Sexual Violence

Protesters hold placards and banners in Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in Nigeria on June 5, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

A group of youths under the aegis of Coalition for the fight against Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) launched a campaign on Friday against rape and other forms of sexual violence.

The youths, during a protest in Abuja, called for a systemic action against the recent rise in cases of sexual and gender-based violence in parts of the country.

The protesters who were also at the Force Headquarters in the nation’s capital asked citizens to challenge their legislators on what was being done to protect women and girls.

They, however, said they were working with some lawmakers for urgent legislative action.

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Youths protest in Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in Nigeria on June 5, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Police Arrest Three Brothers Over Kidnap, Murder Of Woman In Abuja

The suspects arrested by the police.

 

 

Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three brothers over the kidnap and murder of one Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday said the suspects committed the crime on May 14, 2020, in Abuja.

He identified the three men as Johnson Emmanuel (38), Gideon Emmanuel (31), and Success Emmanuel (27), from Isiekenesi in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State.

Mba explained that the suspects were apprehended by the police in their hometown where they had taken refuge to evade arrest.

“Investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects is sequel to complaints received from one Chinedu Ogbonnaya who alleged that his mother, Mrs Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 55yrs, native of Ozuitem in Bende LGA of Abia State had been kidnapped and a five million naira ransom demanded before she could be released.

“A comprehensive and painstaking investigation by the police operatives resulted in the arrest of the three suspects, whom, in the course of interrogation, revealed that the victim had long been murdered and buried,” the statement read.

A file photo of late Janet Ogbonnaya.

 

According to the police spokesman, further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect – Johnson, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect.

He said the suspect, thereafter, took advantage of the visit, served her yoghurt laced with drugs and subsequently had her murdered.

The suspect was said to have reached out to the victim’s family, using her phone to demand a ransom of five million naira as pre-condition for her release, after she had been killed and buried in a septic tank. ​

Mba revealed that the suspects led a team of investigators alongside pathologists to a residence at Wumba District in Abuja on Thursday where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.

He added that the exhumed body had been taken to the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja for forensic examination.

Police operatives at the site where late Janet Ogbonnaya was said to have been buried.

 

The police spokesman noted that a Toyota Highlander belonging to the deceased was recovered by police operatives at a mechanic workshop in Apo where it had been repainted into a different colour.

He said the vehicle’s documents had been fraudulently changed and ownership of the car was transferred to the principal suspect.

“Investigations also revealed that the house where the deceased was killed and buried originally belonged to one of the suspects but was hurriedly sold-off to a third party apparently to obliterate evidence,” the statement added.

In his reaction, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, commended the operatives of IRT for the arrest and gave an assurance that perpetrators of any form of crimes in the country would not go undetected and unpunished.

He also urged the people to be more security conscious and report any suspicious activities within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station.

#JusticeForUwa: IGP Directs Force-CID To Take Over Investigations

File Photo of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu,  has ordered the immediate transfer of the ongoing investigations into the inhuman sexual assault and death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa which occurred recently in Benin, Edo State, from the Police Headquarters in Benin to the Force headquarters in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Dcp Frank Mba, on Tuesday.

The directive follows a preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts who were earlier deployed to assist the Police in Edo State in the investigations into the unfortunate incident.

According to the statement, the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael, fdc will henceforth provide direct supervision and ensure speedy and thorough investigation of the case.

In a similar vein, the IGP also ordered the immediate deployment of specialized investigators and additional investigation assets to all the Gender Desks Offices and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWC) across the country.

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This, according to the Police boss, is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the units to respond to increasing challenges of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence linked with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and other social ills within the country.

Meanwhile, the IGP has called on members of the public to provide the police with useful information that could aid investigations into ongoing cases of sexual assaults and domestic/gender-based violence across the country.

He also enjoined parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards in these trying times.

Drive-In Cinema Begins In Abuja Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The stage of a drive-in cinema in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Credit: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

With cinemas closed across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-in cinemas are now enjoying a resurgence in popularity, offering movie-goers who have been holed up in their homes a chance to have a cinema experience in the comfort of their cars.

A drive-in cinema is an outdoor movie theatre usually at a large parking area where audiences watch movies from the comfort of their cars with the sound coming from their car stereo.

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PHOTOS: Cleric Conducts Virtual Eid Sermon As Muslims Shun Praying Grounds

 

An Islamic cleric, Fuad Adeyemi, conducted a virtual sermon on Sunday to commemorate the Eid-El-Fitr.

Adeyemi is the Chief Imam of Al-Habbiyah Mosque in the Guzape District of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He gave his Eid sermon during a teleconference as Muslim faithful in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.

This comes as Muslims shun praying grounds in the nation’s capital for the traditional congregational prayers, including that which is located at the National Mosque in Abuja.

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Their action was in line with the directive of the Head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The sultan had suspended congregational prayers as part of measures to curb the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

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FG Begins Home Feeding For School Children

Federal Government commences Homegrown School Feeding Programme. PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The Federal Government has commenced the distribution of food items to households at the Kuje Area Council in Abuja.

The food items were donated on Thursday during the flag-off of the Homegrown School Feeding Programme.

The Federal Government is using this measure to reassure Nigerians that it remains committed to cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Speaking at the official flag-off, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq said that the Federal Government is addressing the issue of hunger which is a serious by-product of the pandemic.

She noted that the government will continue to fund the homegrown school feeding programme as it targets to feed 3.1m school children.

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PHOTOS: Electricity Workers Decry Corruption, Demand Review Of Privatisation Process

Some electricity workers holding placards with various inscriptions to protest against the corruption in the sector at a press conference in Abuja on May 11, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

A coalition of unions of electricity workers in Abuja has called for the immediate review of the privatisation process of the sector.

The group comprises members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies in the nation’s capital.

At a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the workers insisted that the privatisation process was fraudulent.

According to them, this resulted in the poor quality of service experienced in the electricity sector since its privatisation.

The unions decried that contracts within the sector were being awarded to unqualified individuals, without recourse to in-house capacity to address some of the challenges facing the sector.

They, therefore, called on the new management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to block all the loopholes aiding corruption in the sector.

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A picture of the logo of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) taken in Abuja on May 11, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.