FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire Incident

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire IncidentThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has constituted a panel of inquiry to investigate the fire incident that occurred on Tuesday at its headquarters in Lagos.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, after he inspected affected areas alongside his management team.

The fire, which is said to have started from the Finance Department, crippled activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Mr Dunoma said the committee is to investigate the entire incident, with a view to evaluating the immediate and remote causes of the fire, determining the extent of damage, and making recommendations to forestall future recurrence.

While the committee is expected to turn in its reports within the next two weeks, the FAAN MD said the Police will also continue their investigation to unravel the cause of the incident.

Stockholm Attacker Admits To Terror Crime

The Stockholm truck attack suspect who drove into a department store on Friday killing four people has confessed to the crime.

According to his lawyer, Johan Eriksson, the suspect admitted responsibility for the terrorist crime at a custody hearing in the Swedish capital, saying he accepts being detained.

Police officials say the suspect, Rakhmat Akilov, had been on the wanted list after disappearing when he was denied residency in Sweden.

He is reported to have expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (IS). Reports also say he had left a wife and four children behind in Uzbekistan in order to earn money to send home.

El-Rufai Declares Monthly Salary, Challenges NASS

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has disclosed details of his monthly salary as well as security votes and has challenged the National Assembly to do same.

He advised the leadership of the National Assembly to disclose the details of its budget, as well as the salaries and allowances of its leadership.

This was in response to the challenge from the Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, that governors should make public their security budgets and how they disburse local government funds.

The Governor released details of his monthly salary of 470, 000 Naira, and a summary of the state’s major expenditure.

He disclosed that expenses from security votes in 2017 came to 1.5 billion Naira for the procurement and installation of CCTV cameras for the metropolis and 193 million Naira for procurement of geo-position interceptor and location of GSM UMTS systems.

He further added that 265 million Naira went into the procurement of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the establishment of a forensic laboratory.

In addition, 2.6 billion Naira was said to have been allocated to support the network of Federal Security Agencies in 2017 and the total was put at 4.459 billion Naira.

Malabu Oil: Court Fixes May 18 For Hearing Of Application

Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court, has fixed May 18 to hear plaintiffs application in the Malabu Oil case between the Nigerian government and some oil companies.

The application was made ex-parte by plaintiff for leave of court to serve writ of summons and other processes on 3rd defendant at 21/22 Marina Lagos.

The plaintiffs also sought date for motion for application for interlocutory reliefs.

On March 17, Justice Tsoho had set aside EFCC chairman’s application in the case and directed parties in the case who had an issue with the Malabu deal (OPL 245), to file fresh cases to ventilate their grievances.

Ruling on an application filed by the EFCC, Justice John Tsoho, upheld the application filed by Nigerian Agip Oil Exploration and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, challenging the order of forfeiture.

He held that the orders for forfeiture were initially made based on the ex-parte application filed by the EFCC which was irregularly filed.

The judge also dismissed an application filed by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited seeking to, among others, stay the earlier reserved ruling on the applications by Agip and Shell.

Lobi Stars Appoint Solomon Ogbeide As Head Coach

Nigeria Professional Football League club, Lobi Stars, have appointed Solomon Ogbeide as their new head coach.

The appointment of Ogbeide was ratified by the board of the Makurdi-based club on Monday.

The veteran trainer has previously managed clubs like Sunshine Stars, Akwa United, Warri Wolves, Bayelsa United and Sharks FC.

Lobi Stars currently occupy 12th spot on the NPFL log, with 24 points from 18 matches.

Police Disperse ‘Free El-Zakzaky’ Protesters With Teargas

Supporters of  the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, have taken to the streets of Abuja in what they have termed a ‘free El-Zakzaky’ protest.

In an attempt to disperse the protesters who converged on Unity Fountain, the Police sprayed them with teargas, having failed to disperse them with water, which thereafter forced them to move into the streets.

Protesters being Dispersed.

Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, who addressed the protesters before they were chased out of the Unity Fountain, advised the Federal Government to respect the rule of law by releasing the group leader, (Sheikh) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on December 2, 2016, ordered his release and awarded a cumulative sum of 50 million Naira to the Zakzakys and ordered the AGF and IGP to provide him a new accommodation and security in any part of Kaduna or Northern region that they prefer within 45 days; a judgment which is however yet to be obeyed.

The Shi’ites leader has however remained in custody for 485 days now, despite the judgment.

FRSC Recalls Rivers Commander For Cutting Female Officers’ Hair

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has recalled Andrew Kumapayi, Commander of the Rivers State Sector Command, for cutting the hair of female officials.

Pictures of kumapayi cutting the hairdo of the female officials during a general inspection had surfaced on the internet on Monday.

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The inspection was carried out at the FRSC headquarters in Port Harcourt.

The female road marshals were reportedly accused of sporting long hair styles which prevented their caps from sitting well on their heads.

The FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, ordered the recall of Kumapayi and other officers involved in the act.

FRSC’s Head of Media and Strategy, Bisi Kazeem, told Channels Television that Kumapayi’s action was outside the mandate of the commission.

Mr Kazeem therefore stated that the FRSC will mete out appropriate sanctions to the officers involved after due investigation.

Senate President Promises Passage Of Climate Change Bill

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki

President of the Global Legislators Organisation, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, has asked the Senate President to support the Climate Change Bill and ensure expedited passage in the Senate.

Senator Ibrahim made the request at a meeting between the parliamentary advocacy group and the Senate President in the National Assembly.

He said the National Assembly must give priority to the passage of the Climate Change Bill as Nigeria is already confronted with the negative effect of climate change.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki on his part, assured the group that the bill will move swiftly in the Senate.

FAAN Headquarters Gutted By Fire

The headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has been gutted by fire.

The fire outbreak reported to have started on Tuesday morning, is currently crippling activities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos state and causing massive traffic build-up along the Ikeja –Agege Motorway.

Reports say the fire started from the Finance Department but firemen have been on ground to put out the flames.

Although the cause of the incident as well as the extent of damage done is yet to be ascertained, the impact is said to have led to a long queue of vehicles while some passengers have resorted to trekking to their destinations.

Workers were however moved to safety from the inferno and are awaiting the fire services to finish their jobs.

According to FAAN’s acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, investigation is being carried out to find out the cause of the fire outbreak.

In a statement made available to Channels Television, FAAN assured travelers, airport users and the general public that the incident did not affect operations as normal operations continue unhindered.

G7 Foreign Ministers To Meet Over Syrian Crisis

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The Group of seven industrialised nations (G7) Foreign Ministers, are working towards a common position on the Syrian conflict, before the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, flies to Russia to persuade Moscow to abandon its Syrian ally.

Mr Tillerson is also scheduled to meet officials from the allied Middle Eastern countries before heading to Moscow.

The U.K has suggested threatening tightly-focused sanctions on Russian and Syrian military officers following the latest apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Syria however, denies it carried out the chemical attack on the rebel-held town of khan Sheikhoun that left 89 people dead last week.

In response to the attack, the U.S said it destroyed a fifth of the Syrian operational aircraft in an air strike on the Shayrat airbase.

Kerosine Explosion: One Dead, 16 Others Severely Burnt In Calabar

One of the victims at the UCTH

One person has died while 16 others are being treated for severe burns  in Calabar the Cross River state capital.

The death and injuries occurred following an explosion linked to kerosene adulteration.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Asibong Inyang, who visited the victims at the hospital said the government is investigating the incident to find the root cause of the explosions.

She said the Ministry of Health would also educate residents on the dangers of using adulterated products, and promised to donate medical accessories to the ward in support of their treatment.

Also, while speaking to journalists, the State Commissioner for Petroleum, Itaya Asuquo Nyong, gave the assurance that his ministry would investigate those behind the adulteration and bring the culprits to book.

Other victims admitted to the hospital – (All females and one male)

“We will set up an investigative panel cos we want to get to the root cause of the matter and find out where this product is bought and I intend to involve the services of the operative agencies in this operation, because we intend to ensure that adequate punishment is given. We should never experience such in the state”.

Some of the victims who spoke to Journalists, expressed that they were in deep pains as a result of the burns from the explosion.

Bankers’ Committee To Support Small Business Holders

Bankers' Committee To Support Small Business HoldersThe Nigerian Bankers Committee is looking to increase funding support to infrastructure and Small and Medium Enterprises in 2017.

Some of the sectors mulled for such support include manufacturing and agriculture.

Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, outlined the plans at the final meeting of the bankers committee for 2016 in Lagos.

Mr emefiele explained that the facility would be generated from banks profit after tax.