Emirates Suspends Nigeria Flights Indefinitely

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File photo of Emirates Airlines plane at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

 

Dubai airline, Emirates has suspended passenger flights to and from Nigeria till further notice.

This was announced on Monday, June 21 and the suspension takes effect immediately.

The announcement comes 48 hours after restrictions on direct flights between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates was lifted after a long-standing disagreement between both countries. The dispute was over the use of rapid COVID-19 tests.

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A statement by the airline reads “customers traveling to and from Lagos, Abuja will not be accepted for travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Lagos, Abuja in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any point to the UAE.”

“We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking,” the airline added.

There has been no explanation for the sudden reversal which puts a question mark on the bilateral relationship between both countries.

FG Lifts Suspension Of Emirates Airlines Operations

 

The Federal Government has lifted the suspension placed on Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria.

Notice of the permit to resume operations was contained in a communique put out late on Friday by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

In its statement, the NCAA’s Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu said the regulatory body has received a response from Emirates Airlines regarding the earlier suspension occasioned by a violation of guidelines placed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The PTF had directed the immediate suspension of Emirates Airlines operations effective Feb. 4 until when the needed infrastructure and logistics were put in place for the Rapid Antigen Test (RDT) test by the Nigerian Government.

However, the NCAA DG, said an understanding has been reached with the UAE Government, leading the airline to withdraw the requirement for RDT prior to departure of their flights from Nigeria with immediate effect.

This is to be in place until such a time that the required infrastructure is made available by the Nigerian Government.

Capt Nuhu further disclosed that based on the foregoing, the PTF has directed the immediate lifting of the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria.

“It is therefore expected that Emirates airlines will continue to comply with the directives of the PTF on COVID-19 and other protocols of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the NCAA boss noted.

Below is the full statement regarding the lifting of the suspension.

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NCAA/DG/ AlR/11/16/286 05 February, 2021

The Country Manager Emirates Airlines Nigeria Victoria Island, Lagos.

RE: RAPID ANTIGEN COVID-19 TESTING (ROT) FOR EMIRATES PASSENGERS

Your letter dated 5th February 2021on the above subject refers.

We have carefully read your response to our letter NCANDG/AIR11/16/285 of 4th February 2021 and arrived at the understanding that the UAE Government has granted approval to Emirates airlines to withdraw the requirement for Rapid Antigen Testing (ROT) prior to departure of Emirates flights from Nigeria with immediate effect until such a time that the required infrastructure is made available by the Nigerian Government.

Based on the foregoing, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) has directed the immediate lifting of the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria.
It is therefore expected that Emirates airlines will continue to comply with the directives of the PTF on COVID-19 and other protocols of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Emirates airlines will be duly informed of ongoing enforcement actions by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with regards to the established non-compliances to PTF directives and protocols as enumerated in our letter of 4th February 2021.

Do accept the assurances of-my highest regards. Please be guided accordingly.

Capt. Musa S. Nuhu
Director General

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Ganduje’s Creation Of Kano Emirates Was To Carry Everyone Along, Says Bayero

Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.
File photo of the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero

 

The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero said the creation of Bichi, Karaye, Gaya, and Rano Emirates council by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was to carry everyone along.

Bayero disclosed this on Tuesday while receiving his Karaye counterpart, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar II on an allegiance visit over his confirmation as permanent Chairman, Kano State council of chiefs.

“The rationale behind establishing an additional four Emirates was to bring the subjects closer to the traditional leaders,” he said while reiterating his resolve to ensure justice and fairness for all.

“Nothing good will be achieved by going in isolation; my doors remain open for complimenting any effort that will go a long way in improving the lots of the teeming populace.”

I Came To ‘Win Trophies:’ Willian Explains Why He Joined Arsenal

Willian joined Arsenal from Chelsea. Photo: [email protected] FC

 

 

Brazil star, Willian has said Arsenal is a big club and he has come to help the team win trophies. 

Willian, 32, on Friday, joined the North London side on a three-year deal after his contract expired with Chelsea.

He said Arsenal is a big team and deserve to win trophies, pledging to give his best to the club on the pitch.

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“I come to try to win trophies because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game,” he told Arsenal’s website.

“I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 per cent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well.”

He joins Arsenal on a free transfer with Chelsea unwilling to offer the multi-year contract he desired and is reportedly set to earn £200,000 ($261,000) a week.

 

 

The 2012 Champions League winner said Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is having a “new project” with the Gunners which he wants to be a part of.

Arteta himself believes Willian’s experience will make a “difference” for the 2003/2004 Premier League winners.

“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bringing the club where it belongs,” the Spaniard explained, saying he is impressed with the talks he had with the player.

 

Arsenal Defeat Chelsea 2-1 To Win FA Cup
File photo: Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the winner’s trophy as the team celebrates victory after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. Arsenal won the match 2-1. Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP

 

Arsenal’s technical director, Edu described his compatriot as a player with a “lot of fantastic attributes” and said he has known Willian “very well, since a long time ago” from working together with the Brazilian national team.

Willian was on the bench earlier this month when Arsenal defeated the Blues 2-1 to win their 14th FA Cup.

He won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League in his seven years stint with the Blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chartered Plane Conveying Nigerians To Lagos From Dubai To Arrive At 7pm Today

 

A chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates will now land at 7pm today, after it made a U-turn in a bid to properly tend to a pregnant woman who reportedly went into labour.

The flight which was expected to come in at 3pm is now expected to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7 pm.

Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama confirmed the arrival time during his speech at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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“One of the passengers, a lady, had a baby on the flight, or went into labour,” Onyeama said.

“So the plane had to turn back. And I am happy to say mother and child are doing well in the hospital. And the arrival time has been rescheduled to 7 pm this evening.”

After weeks of delay, the first batch of Nigerians stuck abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic were expected in the country today.

The Emirates flight is expected to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians within the next few days.

Emirates To Suspend All Passenger Flights From March 25

(FILES) A photo taken on September 24, 2019 shows an Airbus A380 of the Emirates airline during landing at the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany. – Dubai carrier Emirates Airline announced on March 22, 2020 it will suspend all passenger flights from March 25 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. “Today we made the decision to temporarily suspend all passenger flights by 25 March 2020,” the airline said on Twitter. The United Arab Emirates announced on Friday the first two deaths from the COVID-19 disease in the country. Ina FASSBENDER / AFP.

 

Dubai carrier Emirates announced on Sunday it will suspend all passenger flights from March 25 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“By Wednesday 25 March, although we will still operate cargo flights, which remain busy, Emirates will have temporarily suspended all its passenger operations,” the airline’s chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said in a statement.

“We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services.”

Emirates passenger flights normally serve 159 destinations.

The United Arab Emirates on Friday announced its first two deaths from the COVID-19 disease, having reported 153 infections so far, of which 38 people have recovered.

Maktoum said that, until January this year, the Emirates Group was “doing well” against current financial year targets, but “COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past six weeks”.

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“The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.

The airline also said it will slash basic salaries — by between 25 and 50 percent — of a majority of employees for three months, but will not cut jobs.

“Rather than ask employees to leave the business, we chose to implement a temporary basic salary cut as we want to protect our workforce,” said Maktoum. “We want to avoid cutting jobs.”

The disease first emerged in China in late December and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization earlier this month.

Gulf countries have imposed various restrictions to combat the spread of the virus, particularly in the air transport sector.

The UAE has stopped granting visas on arrival and forbidden foreigners who are legal residents but are outside the country from returning.

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Bichi Residents Protest Over Court’s Nullification Of New Kano Emirates

 

Hundreds of Bichi residents in Kano State took to the streets on Thursday to protest over a court ruling that nullified the new emirates.

Carrying placards, the protesters also met with Emir Aminu Ado Bayero who was returning from Daura and expressed their displeasure over the development.

They told the emir that despite the court ruling, they are still with him and regard him as their first-class emir.

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The Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Usman Na’abba, had earlier ruled that the creation of the emirates was not done in accordance with due process.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Government in a statement said it will study the ruling but will continue to recognize the emirs as first class.

Kano Emirates: Court Dismisses Kingmakers Suit, Recognises New Emirs

 

A Kano High Court has dismissed an application by four Kano Emirate Kingmakers against the creation of new Emirates and installation of new emirs by the state government.

At the court sitting on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Tijjani Badamosi rejected the application argued by the plaintiffs Counsel, Suraj Saida, SAN.

Justice Badamosi ruled the new Emirs can continue going about their lawful activities as Emir of their Emirates.

The court had on May 10 made an order of interim injunction directed all parties in this suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The Kano State government had created four new emirates and upgraded four traditional rulers to the first-class status, making them emirs after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje assented a bill passed by the state Assembly, okaying the new Emirates, into law.

Four kingmakers in Kano Emirate, however, sued the governor, the Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly, the Kano State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Kano.

The new emirs Tafida Abubakar-Ila, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, Ibrahim Abubakar ll, and Aminu Ado-Bayero were joined as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs in the suit are Madakin Kano, District head of Dawakintofa, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, District head of Wudil, Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim; Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, District head of Gabasawa, Bello Abubakar and Sarkin Ban Kano, District head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan.

Ganduje Presents Staff Of Office To Four New Emirs

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, has presented the staff of office to the four new Emirs.

The exercise follows the recent split of the Kano Emirate into five.

The Governor proceeded to present the staff against the orders of a court, restraining him from implementing the breakup of the Emirate.

In a statement by his chief secretary, Abba Anwar, said the governor presented the instrument to Aminu Ado-Bayero, the eldest son of the late emir of Kano, as the emir of Bichi.

He also presented to Ibrahim Abubakar II, emir of Karaye; Tafida Abubakar-Ila, emir of Rano, and Ibrahim Abdulkadir, emir of Gaya.

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“This Staff of Office represents dedication and commitment to serve your subjects in the areas of security, health care delivery system, education and environment among others,” said the governor while congratulating the new first class traditional rulers.

“We, as a government, are always ready to work with you hand in hand for the growth and development of our state in particular and the nation in general.

“You should place greater priority on education, health and the security of your domains. As a government, we will always respond positively to your people-oriented yearnings and aspirations.

“As leaders who are closer to your subjects, you should join hand with government and other security agencies to make sure that security is not only improved but maintained.

“Efforts towards strengthening community policing, as practised globally, should form part of your commitment. Ours is to, together, ensure that global best practices are observed.”

The Kano State House of Assembly had on May 8, passed the bill for the creation of the four additional first class Emirates.

This was after approval of the amendment of the local government and chieftaincy affairs law by the lawmakers.

In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.

Upon the passage of the bill by the Kano Assembly, Governor Ganduje assented and went on to present letters of appointment to four new first-class Emirs in the state.

The governor presented the letters on Saturday during a ceremony held at the state capital.

Those presented with the letters of appointment include Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of Late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Bichi; Ibrahim Abulkadir as the Emir of Gaya; Tafida Abubakar as the Emir Of Rano and Abubakar Ibrahim II as the Emir of Karaye.

Ganduje during the presentation said the creation of an additional four Emirates will make the Kano traditional system more efficient.

He however, denied the claims that the creation of additional Emirates in the state was done to settle personal scores with anyone.

Contrary to the allegations, Ganduje explained that the additional Emirates were created to make the traditional institution in the state more effective.

He went further to declare his respect for the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II who prior to now was the sovereign Emir of Kano.

He, however, noted that the traditional ruler was answerable to his Local Government Chairman, as enshrined in the Constitution.

Group Protests Against Creation Of Four More Emirates In Kano

 

A group called Kano First has led a protest against the creation of four more emirates in Kano State.

Members of the group gathered at Gidan Muritala, carrying placards and expressing their displeasure over the passage of the bill by the state House of Assembly.

Following the passage of the bill on Wednesday, Governor Ibrahim Ganduje also assented to it.

The bill paves way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council thereby decentralising the power of Emir.

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The group, however, urged the government to focus on more pressing issues, such as deflation of revenues, healthcare, security and educational challenges.

According to them, the creation of more emirates will lead to spending of unnecessary funds.

They, therefore, called for intervention from the presidency and other stakeholders to refrain the governor from creating the four new emirates and tampering with the cultural heritage of the state.

Kano Assembly Passes Bill For Creation Of Four First-Class Emirates

Kano State House Of Assembly during plenary on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

 

The Kano State House of Assembly has passed the bill for the creation of four additional first class Emirates.

The additional first class Emirates include Rano, Gaya, Karaya and Bichi Emirates.

This follows the approval of the amendment of the local government and chieftaincy affairs law by the lawmakers, during their sitting on Wednesday.

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In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.

The passage of this bill paves way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council thereby decentralising the power of Emir of Kano.

Although, the State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is yet to assent the bill, it is expected that the bill will be presented to him for approval.

Emirates Jet Lands In New York With 10 Ill Passengers

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Emirates announced Wednesday that 10 passengers were taken ill on a 14-hour flight from Dubai to New York, where the aircraft was met by US health authorities.

US media showed images of the double-decker A380 aircraft isolated on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport. US media initially reported that 100 passengers had been taken ill and that the jet had been quarantined.

“Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities,” the airline announced.

All other passengers would disembark shortly, it added.

Pictures posted on social media showed ambulances lined up on the tarmac next to the A380, the largest passenger airline in the world. US media reported that around 500 passengers were on board the flight.

Larry Coben, who said he was on board the aircraft, wrote on Twitter that passengers are being asked to fill out a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention form and that CDC personnel had boarded the aircraft.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey did not immediately respond to an AFP request to comment.