Court convicts ex-NIMASA ED, Callistus Obi, 3 others of N331m theft

Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, convicted Mr. Callistus Nwabueze Obi, a former Executive Director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), charges of unlawful conversion and theft of the sum of N331 million. Also convicted by the judge are one Dismass Alu Adoo, a Personal Assistant to the former Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi and two companies owned by convicted Obi, Grand Pact Limited and Global Sea Investment Limited. Obi, a lawyer and other convicts were charged before the court by the…

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Ngige, Sunmonu, Adeyileka, other directors pledge to work for Air Peace success

Photo Caption: Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema and Vice Chairman, Mrs. Alice Onyema flanked by the new members of the carrier’s Board of Directors, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN (left), Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Topnotch Integrated Concepts Limited, Ekaete Bassey Okoro (2nd left), Coordinator of the North East Recovery and Stability Programme (NERSP), Mr. Mohammed Danjuma (3rd left), Air Peace Chief of Administration and Finance, Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha (right), former Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu (2nd right) and former acting Director General of…

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Suggestions that Aero, Arik be merged to form National Carrier not tenable – Sirika

The minister of state, aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said the suggestions that Aero and Arik Airlines which are under the control of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, (AMCON) should be merged to form a National Carrier is not tenable. Sirika said it is not tenable because as the National Carrier, it would get entangled with the huge indebtedness of the airlines and other encumbrances. Speaking in Lagos recently during the stakeholders forum, the minister insisted that Nigeria deserves a National Carrier for its many benefits. He explained that the…

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Courts sentences man to 19 years imprisonment for importation of hard drugs

A Federal High Court Lagos, presided over by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo today sentenced a 44 year-old man, Onyeuka Chirotam Slyvanus, to a total of 19 years imprisonment for unlawful importation of hard drugs . The judge passed the jail term on the convict after he pleaded guilty to three counts charges of conspiracy and unlawful importation of the said banned drugs from Kenya. The convict, according to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), was arrested on May 18, 2018, at the Murtala International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos, during inward clearance of…

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Picketing of NCAA: Sirika to meet with Aviation Unions on issues raised

The minister of State (Aviation) Senator Hadi Sirika has invited the Aviation Unions to a meeting today to address all issues raised by the workers. Aviation Unions are presently picketing the headquarters of Nigerian Civil Aviation Aviation Authority (NCAA). The Unions are demanding a review of the organisation’s Organogram, approval  of the new Condition of Service (COS) and inauguration of Boards for the Authority The NCAA in a statement signed by the general manager public relations, Sam Adurogboye noted that the issues raised by the unions are not within the jurisdiction…

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FG directs IATA not to accredit agencies without NCAA’s Certificate of Registration

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) not to accredit forthwith any agency without NCAA’s Certificate of Registration. The NCAA directed that all IATA accredited agents have sixty (60) days within which to register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration, warning that the ultimatum commenced from 7th May, 2019. A statement signed by the general manager public relations of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, stated that the Authority will continue to carry out its regulatory oversight in all facets of air transport operations with all…

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N3.4bn fraud: BDC operator tells court how Akpolobokemi secure fake contracts

A Bureau De Change operator, Mohammed Yusuf Yahaya, today, told a Federal High Court, Lagos, how Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi, used his letterhead paper to secure fake contracts. Yahaya who is the ninth witness called in the trial of Dr. Akpolobokemi, a former Director General of NiMASA and others who are standing trial before Justice Ayotunde Faji-led court on N3.4 billion fraud charge leveled agaiyhim by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Others standing trial alongside Akpolobokemi are: Captain Bala…

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Court sentences man to 7 years imprisonment over drug importation

A Brazil-based Nigerian, Nogueria Achiagonye Solomon Onyinye, was today convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment, by a Federal High Court, Lagos, for unlawful importation of 1.5 kilograms of Cocaine. Onyinye was given the jail term by Justice Ayotunde Faji, after the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had reviewed the facts of the crime against the convict, after changing his plea.  The convict was arrested by the operatives of the NDLEA, on January 8, 2018, at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, during inward clearance…

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Access Bank, Etiebet to settle out of Court over unpaid debt

Parties in a suit between Access Bank Plc and former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Don Etiebet over an unpaid debt today told Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, that parties to the dispute have agreed to settle of of court. Following the inability of Don Etiebet to pay the multi billion naira loan owed the bank, the plaintiff, Access Bank had taken steps to take over the Etiebet Place, a property situate at  Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos, one of the  properties used as collateral for securing the…

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SAHCO secures ISAGO re-certification

Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) Corporate Headquarters, Lagos and Abuja station have been recertified by International Air Transport Association (IATA). The recertification was issued to SAHCO after it passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) standards audit conducted on the company after the expiration of the previous certification. By this recertification, it means that SAHCO PLC has continued to model its operations in Lagos and Abuja to ISAGO standards, as a result making a commitment to continue to operate to globally accepted industry best practices. The Audits…

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