NDLEA seizes additional 241 million tablets of tramadol at Apapa Port

The search of the suspected 62 containers continued yesterday November 15, 2018 as eleven new containers already searched were found to contain 241 million tablets of tramadol, weighing 118 metric tons. This brings to 581 million tablets of tramadol so far discovered within two days of the search operations at Apapa sea port. On the first day of the search operations, the Agency discovered 340 million tablets of tramadol from 12 containers. The tablets which are in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams are above the permissible threshold…

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FAAN refutes terminal access charge claims

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has refuted a trending notion that its security officers demand bribes before allowing airport users access into the terminal. FAAN in a statement signed by the general manager, Corporate Affairs), Yakubu Henrietta (Mrs.) noted that the airport is a public facility and no charge is required from any genuine user to access the facility. While the Authority confirmed that access might be restricted or controlled some times in order to safeguard Civil Aviation against Acts of unlawful interference in our Airports.  FAAN advised that…

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N1.6bn fraud: Dudafa, other urge court to dismiss EFCC’s amended charge

The former Senior Special Assistant to the for President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Dr. Emmanuel Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, today, urged a Lagos Federal High Court, to dismiss amended charge filed against him on alleged N1.6 billion fraud. Dudafa alongside Mr. Iwejuo Joseph are being tried before Justice Mohammed Idris court on the alleged offences by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Upon conclusion of the trial, the prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of his agency’s intention to amend the charge, which was vehemently opposed by the duo…

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Ayade assures of timely completion of 147km Mfom-Obudu road

Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work at the ongoing dualization of the 147km Mfom-Yala-Bekwarra-Obudu ranch road. The Road project which is being handled by Sydney Construction, stretches across the five local government areas in the Northern Senatorial District of the state. It is wholly being financed by the Cross River government. Ayade who was in Yala Local Government Area of the state for the burial of the former Minister of Information and later Environment, Hon John Odey, used the opportunity to…

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SA Tourism appoints Thekiso Rakolojane new head for West Africa region

South African Tourism has appointed Thekiso Rakolojane to lead the organisation’s destination marketing efforts and to expand strategic business partnerships in Ghana and Nigeria. “The West African markets are critical to us being able to achieve the goal of 5 million tourist arrivals by 2021 because the potential to grow the region is significant enough to make a big impact to South Africa’s tourism results,” Sthembiso Dlamini, Chief Operating Officer at South African Tourism said. Growth in tourist arrivals means a better performing economy and increased job creation. In South…

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Nigeria Air: stakeholders carpet Sirika over stakeholders forum

Stakeholders in the nation’s aviation industry have condemned the recent  aviation stakeholders meeting held in Abuja, stating that the gathering was a jamboree.  The Minister of State on Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had hosted a one-day stakeholders forum to address grey areas surrounding the failure of the Nigeria Air project initiated by the federal government, through his ministry.  But the National secretary of the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP)  Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu said the stakeholders meeting was a jamboree meant to achieve nothing.  Speaking with journalists in his office…

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N754.8m NIMASA Fraud: We Did Not Plea Bargain With EFCC -Ex-Defendants

A new twist has ensued in the trial former director-general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokeme and five others currently facing trial for allegedly stealing the sum of N754.8 million, as the prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has decided to withdraw charges against three of the defendants and made them its witnesses in the amended charge. In the original charge filed before the court, Akpolobokeme is being tried before an Ikeja High Court of Lagos, alongside Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba,…

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Sirika assures of completion of Abuja airport in four weeks

The minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday assured that the new international terminal under construction by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company Nigeria Limited as part of the $500 million loan from the Export – Import Bank of China, would be commissioned in the next four weeks.   Sirika who disclosed this in Abuja at the 5th Aviation stakeholders’ forum said works have already reached an advanced stage on the terminal. The minister noted that the Ministry is working seriously with the construction company to ensure other terminals…

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Court fixes Dec. 3 for hearing of MTN’s suit against FG

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, fixed December 3, to hear a suit by  MTN Nigeria Communication Ltd, against the Attorney General of the Federation, over alleged N242 billion and $1.3 billion import duties and withholding tax assessment. Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date for hearing of all pending applications, after counsel representing the parties had informed the court of their various application filed and served. On Thursday, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) alongside a host of other senior lawyers, appeared for MTN, while Mr T.A Gazali, a Chief State Counsel…

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We are focusing more attention on tourism as source of revenue – Gov. Lalong

Plateau state was once revered as one of the choicest destinations for relaxation, holidays, honeymoon and others in Nigeria because of its serene environment, pleasant weather and its warm hospitality. Jos the state capital used to be the breeding ground for young talents in football, music, movies and others until crisis impacted negatively on the city and its fortunes dwindled. Today, Governor Simon Bako Lalong is working assiduosly to change the narrative and bring Jos and the entire Plateau state back to its past glory using culture and tourism to…

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