Addis Ababa Airport records upsurge in number of passengers

A record number of international passengers are traveling through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the major gateway into Africa, this summer. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 was one of the busiest days for the Airport with 310 flights and 29,528 travelers (21,028 departing and 8,500 arriving passengers, respectively) which marked a record number of daily passengers served at the terminal. Commenting on the Airport’s preparedness for the peak season, Mr Getaneh Adera, director of Bole International Airport and Acting CEO of Ethiopian Airports said, “With the partial opening of the new…

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Court remands Pastor over alleged drug trafficking

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has remanded a man who claimed to be a “Pentecostal pastor” Ugwuchukwu Godwin Chinedu to prison custody pending when his bail application for  alleged drug trafficking will be heard and determined. Justice Nicholas Oweibo remanded the defendant in prison custody till October 3, 2019 following his arraignment on a one count charge of unlawful exportation of 1.640 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine, a psychotropic substance listed Under International Control and committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 11 (b) of the National Drug…

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Police arraign community head over alleged N1.3m fraud 

A community Head in Ikorodu, Lagos, Chief Mukaila Agbaku, was today, arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged N1.3 million fraud, by the men of State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID) Panti-Yaba, Lagos.  The 49 years old chief, who resides on Kokoro-Abu area of Ikorodu, Lagos, was arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo led-court on charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence. Police in the charge marked FHC/L/129c/19, stated that the community head and others now at large, on May 28, 2018, conspired among themselves and…

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Med-View Airline boss calls for urgent review of BASA with EU, others to reflect interest of local carriers

The managing director of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole has called on the federal government to urgently review the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) with other major European and some Asian Countries to reflect the interest of local carriers. Speaking at the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondent, LAAC 2019 conference held at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Ikeja, with the theme : Boosting aviation investments through policy, Bankole stated that appropriate policy statement regulating double taxation need to be quickly looked into in conjunction with the exorbitant cut-throat charges levied…

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Nigeria’s veteran Journalist, Odafe Othihiwa dies at 77

One of Nigeria’s foremost Journalists, Sir Odafe Othihiwa passed on in the early hours of today, Tuesday July 16, 2019 at the age of 77. Sir, Odafe trained as a teacher at Protestant Teachers Training College, Yaba, Lagos and taught for ten years.  An icon in news gathering and reporting, Sir Odafe began his journalism career in the early 60s as a freelance while teaching and  formerly joined the defunct Daily Express before moving to the Nigerian Observer in 1970s and rose to become the Lagos State Editor for many…

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U.S. Universities offer $7.5m in scholarships to Nigerian students

Over 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have received no less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session. Acting United States Consul General, Osman Tat disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during the 2019 EducationUSA pre-departure orientation for students who have received offers of admission and scholarships to attend U.S. colleges and universities this fall. Noting that the U.S. remains a top destination for international students, Acting Consul…

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Court remands 2 for unlawful exportation of 4.840 kg of methamphetamine

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, ordered the remand of Ibrahim Ismail, 35 and a 49 year-old Salami Lateef Olumide, alias Wake-Up, who were arraigned before the court on drug related charges, till Friday, when their bail applications will be heard. Ibrahim and Salami were arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on four counts charge of conspiracy and unlawful exportation of 4.840 kilograms of methamphetamine, a hard drug similar to cocaine and heroine. The two defendants were apprehended by NDLEA operatives at the…

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Stakeholders, Captains of industries, others gather tomorrow for LAAC Annual Conference

Investors, Captains of industries, stakeholders, professionals are set to gather tomorrow, Wednesday July 17, in their hundreds to chart a way forward for the aviation sub-sector as the the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) holds its 23rd Annual Conference. The Conference, which holds at Radisson Blu Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos for the 23rd year running with theme: Boosting Aviation Investment through policy will have in attendance the creme de la creme of the aviation sub-sector and they will brainstorm to chart a path for the survival and sustenance…

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Truecaller unveils user verification solution for mobile web

Truecaller has announced the global launch of its Truecaller SDK solution exclusively for the mobile web platform. With this, Truecaller SDK now supports all the key mobile platforms across Android, iOS, React and now mobile web including Progressive Web App support. Developers can access the mWeb SDK from Truecaller’s global developer portal. Across emerging markets like India and Africa, mobile web based experiences on smart phones are proving to be the first point of discovery for users trying to access products and services online. One of the key challenges in…

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Convicted drugs dealer forfeits N31.2m, 2 vehicles to FG

A convicted drugs dealer, Chief Odugwe Azubuike, has forfeited a total sum of N31, 425, 813. 55 million and two vehicles to the federal government of Nigeria. The forfeiture order of the monies and vehicles belonging to the convicted drug dealer was made by a Federal High Court, Lagos, while judgment in a criminal charge filed against him by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). NDLEA had in a charge marked FHC/L/122c/10, States that the drugs dealer unlawfully imported 3.150 kilograms of cocaine into the country through one Oleshi…

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