U.S. Deports 34 Nigerians

Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

 

A total of 34 Nigerians have been deported from the United States of America for allegedly committing various offences in the country.

The deportees arrive in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday.

They comprise 32 males and two females, who were sent back to Nigeria on various offences including homicide, fraud, carrying prohibited items, impersonation, among other offences.

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They arrived aboard a chartered Omni Air International B767 aircraft which landed at 14:35 hr (2:35pm).

They were received at the MMIA by relevant security agencies including the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others.

[Photos]: Current State Of Lagos International Airport Road

Following the permission granted to the Lagos State Government to embark upon a total reconstruction of the International Airport Road from Oshodi, the area is expected to get a massive infrastructure in no time.

The State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had earlier this year described the current state of the road as a national embarrassment which required urgent attention to salvaging the nation’s image.

The Governor also disclosed that the State already has a design to transform the road from Oshodi to the International Airport to 10 lanes with interchange and flyover to the Local Airport, while the contractor is already set to move to the site.

Below are some of the pictures of the current state of the roads:

FAAN Officials Avert Fire At MMA

MMA, Airport, Fire, FAANA quick response team of the Airport Fire and Rescue Services Department has averted a fire incident at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA) in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) made the incident public in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Yakubu Dati.

FAAN says that the incident, which occurred at the E-Wing did not affect flight operations.

The agency apologised to all travellers and airport users for the inconveniences caused and assured them of their safety and security.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire emanated from the electrical control panel.

“Our engineers who have restored power at affected areas are working round the clock to restore normalcy.

“Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard nay-sayers who may want to exploit the situation to create unnecessary panic,” FAAN said.

The statement disclosed that the incident occurred on Thursday, July 28 at about 11:00pm.

Money Laundering: South African Lady To Forfeit $374,355.00 To FG

Ngqula Nosisi PamJustice C.M.A Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, has convicted a South African, Ngqula Nosisi Pam, for money laundering and bulk cash smuggling.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on February 1, 2016 after her arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

The convict had earlier pleaded ‘not guilty’, but changed her plea to ‘guilty’ and was consequently convicted by the court on Friday.

Justice Olatoregun ordered that the convict forfeit the entire sum of $374,355.00 to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The judge also ordered the EFCC to remit the money to the Federal Government Account within 29 days and file notice of remittance at the court.

Justice Olatoregun admonished the convict to shun illegality in the future.

The one count charge reads: “That you Ngqula Nosisi Pam on or about March 24, 2015 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court had in possession, cash in the sum of $374,355.00, which you transported from the Republic of South Africa to Lagos and failed to declare the sum of $374,355.00 to the officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service as required under the provisions of section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012.”

Court Jails Two For Cash Smuggling

CourtTwo Nigerians have been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment respectively by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The convicts, Ojukwu Roland and Ngene Chibuike, were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria while attempting to smuggle $5,424,270 out of the country.

Rowland was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on October 22, 2015 for being in possession of cash in the sum of $2,917,272 during his outbound clearance for a journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Contrary to the requirements of the law, Rowland did not declare the money to officials of the Nigeria Customs Service and was subsequently arrested and arraigned before Justice Buba.

He pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him and the matter went into full trial.

Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, ordering that the convict should forfeit the entire sum of $2,917,272 to the Federal Government.

Justice Buba said that the convict did not do the right thing by failing to declare the money to Customs officials.

He ruled that the two-year imprisonment should take effect from February 9.

Chibuike, on the other hand, was arraigned on October 22, 2015 for falsely declaring the sum of $11,500 out of the sum of $2,506,998 he had in his possession during an outbound clearance for a journey to China en-route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He also pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge raised against him and the matter went into full trial.

Justice Buba found him guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment, ruling that the convict should forfeit the sum of $2,495, 498 not declared to the Customs officials to the Federal government.

He ruled that the two-year imprisonment should take effect from February 9.

Pakistani Bags 18 Months Imprisonment For Heroin Importation

Pakistani Bags 18 Months Imprisonment For Heroin ImportationA Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi in Lagos State has sentenced a Pakistani, Iftikhar M. Arslan, to 18 months imprisonment for importing 25.400kg of high heroin valued at 220million Naira.

The development was revealed in a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ofoyeju Mitchell.

The convict was charged with a one count charge of unlawful importation of 25.400kg of heroin contrary to and punishable under section 11(a) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Iftikhar who claimed to be a medical student, initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea midway in the trial, pleading for leniency.

Contrarily, his argument was opposed by NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr Owens Fingere, who told the court that the value of the drugs and the fact of the case should be considered in sentencing him.

The presiding judge, Justice Chukwujewu Aneke, while noting that the convict was a first time offender who was remorseful over his action, stated that heroin was a dangerous drug that would have caused serious harm to the country.

The judge said that the court would show some leniency considering the fact that he is a student who deserves a second chance to correct his mistakes. Subsequently, he sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment on Monday.

Iftikhar was arrested by officials of the anti-drug agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, on April 5, 2014 at age 19 during the inward screening of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight on his way from Doha, Qatar.

“I am a student of Punjab College and I am in Nigeria as a tourist because my friend told me that Victoria Island and Ikoyi are beautiful tourist centres.

“Unfortunately, when I arrived at the Lagos Airport, the heroin was found in my luggage. This is my first time of coming to Nigeria and I had intended to spend a week or two,” Iftikihar reportedly told investigators during his arrest.

The brownish substance that tested positive for heroin was packed in 25 parcels hidden in a smaller bag inside his luggage.

Lagos Military Helicopter Accident Caused By Hydraulic Failure – Airforce

Nigerian Air Force HelicopterThe Nigerian Air Force says the accident reported earlier involving its Super Puma Helicopter was due to hydraulic failure while on taxi to the hanger.

According to the Air Force, the accident occurred at about 10:00am on Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos State, while the helicopter was returning to the Apron after the completion of a training mission.

“The helicopter suffered severe damage due to hydraulic failure while on taxi to the hanger,” the spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said in a statement..

There was no casualty recorded.

But the main Rotor debris caused damage to some ground equipment, the statement further read.

A source within the airport community had earlier told Channels Television that the blade of the aircraft came off in flight.

Consequently, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal AN Amosu has ordered immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident.

The last time an aircraft accident occurred around the airport in Lagos was in October 2013, when an aircraft operated by Associated Airlines, crashed shortly after taking off from the domestic wing of the MMIA.

FAAN To Hold Accident Simulation Exercise Today

FAANThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will hold a simulation exercise today to demonstrate its readiness for any aircraft emergency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

This exercise will be done in collaboration with other parties in the industry including the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), security agencies and the Lagos State Fire Services, and some government hospitals.

The simulation exercise is carried out every two years according to global standards to test the competence of the personnel in case of real emergencies.

The Authority assured Nigerians and international community, especially airport users, that the exercise would not hamper flight operations neither or affect airline schedules.

They also advised that persons within the airport should not panic when they notice unusual movement of airport operational and security staff during the period.

 

Aviation Ministry To Revert To Original Designs Of Abuja and Lagos Airports

Lagos AirportThe Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Ministry of Aviation to revert to the original designs for the new terminals at the Lagos and Abuja International Airports.

The committee gave the directive at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The Ministry of Aviation had altered the design of the new terminals of the airports as a result of insufficient land.

At the meeting, the Committee on Aviation also sought clarification on the $500million loan from the Chinese Exim Bank for the construction of terminals at four international airports and the $100million counterpart funding for the project.

Responding, the Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mr Abraham Nwankwo, said that the Ministry of Aviation had secured the counterpart loan of $100million and would start the repayment plan which would span seven years.

The American Transportation Safety Administration’s Attaché for Central and West Africa, Ms. Mcneir Loretta, had visited Nigeria on a three-day working visit in April.

Mcneir’s visit was a follow-up assessment to the aviation security audit that was carried out on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja in December 2013.

Mcneir, who is based in Senegal, commenced her programme with a courtesy call on the Acting Director-General, NCAA, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka.

She also met with the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, before visiting the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Jamilla Shu’ara.

Imoke Returns Home After 3 Months Treatment Abroad

The Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke returned to the country on Friday, after spending about 3 months abroad.

The Special Assistant on Media to Governor Imoke, Christian Ita, said the governor arrived after 10 pm aboard a chartered flight.

“The governor arrived in Calabar through the Margaret Ekpo International Airport late last night,’’ he said.

Governor Imoke had travelled to the United States to receive treatment for what his office described as a minor health concern as well an official leave.

Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, took his place for the duration of the leave in line with the provisions of the country’s constitution.

Governor Imoke made his first public appearance on Saturday evening at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar where he had gone to watch the friendly match between the Golden Eaglets and Botswana Starlets’.

The Eaglets, who have been camping in Calabar for months, are scheduled to host their Botswanan counterparts in two matches scheduled for Saturday and Monday.

Governor Imoke was last seen in Calabar on Dec. 6, 2012.

He was said to have proceeded on a two-month accumulated leave, after he had earlier written to the State House of Assembly on his intention to proceed on leave.

The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, in exchanging pleasantries with the technical crew of the Nigerian U-17 , the Golden Eaglet during the team International Friendly encounter with Botswana U-17 team at the U J Esuene stadium in Calabar
Nigerian U-17 Captain, Musa Muhammed introducing the players to Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke shortly before the kickoff an International friendly encounter between Nigeria and Botswana U-17 team at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, taking the kick-off while the centre referee watched during an International friendly encounter between Nigerian U-17 and their Botswana counterpart at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar

Welders Caused Fire Outbreak At Murtala Muhammed International Airport

There has been a fire outbreak  on one of the construction site at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The inferno occurred beside the ‘D’ wing extension of the airport.

A press statement by the Federal Airport of Nigeria (FAAN), stated that the inferno was as a result of activities of welders working on the construction site.

The inferno lasted for about 15 minutes and this led to an evacuation of the entire airport.

According to FAAN, “The fire was immediately brought under control following the prompt intervention of the Fire Service attached to the airport.”

It also stated that “There was no form of causalities.”

The incident caused the switching off, power supply at the airport, which was later  restored.

Normal activities have resumed at the airport as planes are taking off and landing without hitches.

Customs arrest FAAN staff for money courier

The Nigeria Customs Service says it has arrested a member of staff of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for alleged money courier.

The staff, identified as Adetula .A. with duty tag number 32120 posted to Gate D41 boarding gate of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos was arrested for illegal courier of $1.4 million.

The Comptroller of Customs, Airport Command Lagos, Mr Charles Edike who confirmed the arrest to our correspondent, Bola Frazer, explained that the service had been on the trail of some airport officials who aid the courier of local and foreign currencies to beat security checks.

Mr Edike however added that the suspect and currency have been handed over to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).