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Suspended Construction on Eastern Rail Line, FG States Reasons
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Suspended Construction on Eastern Rail Line, FG States Reasons

Minister of Transport, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, revealed on Saturday why construction on the eastern rail line had been suspended. He noted that the contractors of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company CCEC were forced to suspend work on the rail line due to insecurity and vandalisation of the rail infrastructure. See Also: NRC Postpones Resumption Of Abuja -Kaduna Train Services The Minister during an inspection tour of the project in Port Harcourt said the workers of CCEC had been attacked along Abia State. Sambo called on the media and judiciary to help unmask and prosecute the perpetrators to serve as an example to others. He also debunked news claiming the Federal Government had diverted funds meant for the railway construction for other projects which led...
Emirates to Suspend Nigerian Flights Over Non-Repatriation of Funds from Ticket Sales
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Emirates to Suspend Nigerian Flights Over Non-Repatriation of Funds from Ticket Sales

Emirates Airlines have decided to suspend flights into Nigeria over its inability to repatriate its ticket sales funds back to its home country in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The airline said in a statement on Thursday morning, that all flights from Nigeria will be suspended effective from the 1st of September, 2022. According to the Daily Post, over 20 foreign airlines have $600 million in funds trapped in Nigeria since the start of the year. See Also: Ibom Air – 58 flights Cancelled as Airline Laments Over Fuel Hike The Emirates claims that about $85 million of the trapped funds belong to them. Before its announcement, the airline reduced flights into the Lagos Airport from 11 weekly frequencies to 7 on Monday. The airline also notified that all efforts to get ...
NRC Postpones Resumption Of Abuja -Kaduna Train Services
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NRC Postpones Resumption Of Abuja -Kaduna Train Services

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Friday bowed to pressure and announced the suspension of the proposed resumption of the Abuja- Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) indefinitely. In its 11th update since the Kaduna bound train was attacked by terrorists on March 28, 2022, signed by Yakub Mahmood, the Deputy Director Public Relations, the corporation said the resumption, earlier announced on May, 16, 2022, to resume on Monday has been postponed. It said a new date will be announced soonest. The corporation appealed to relatives of victims abducted by the terrorists to be assured of Federal Government’s responsibility of  safe rescue of all persons being held hostage. According to the statement: “We therefore appeal, particularly to the relatives of persons held hostage...
JET-A1, Others May Push Flight Above N100,000 – Domestic Airlines
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JET-A1, Others May Push Flight Above N100,000 – Domestic Airlines

Domestic airlines under the aegis of the Airline Operators of Nigeria have said that rising operational costs occasioned by aviation fuel price hikes, foreign exchange shortage, among others may push the base economy flight ticket to N100,000. The spokesperson for local airlines/Chairman, United Airlines, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, made the disclosure during an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday in Abuja. Aside from the lingering aviation price hike crisis, the airline chief said local operators were being compelled to source foreign exchange from the parallel market at high rates due to a lack of adequate supply from the Central bank of Nigeria via the commercial banks. Consequently, he said an increase in the base economy flight ticket to at least N100...
Bandits Abduct Motorists On Abuja – Kaduna Highway
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Bandits Abduct Motorists On Abuja – Kaduna Highway

Several passengers were feared abducted Tuesday evening after bandits attacked motorists on Abuja – Kaduna highway. A motorist, who escaped being abducted, told BBC Hausa that the bandits struck around Katari axis some minutes after 4 p.m. “The bandits blocked both lanes and started shooting in the air to force drivers to stop,” he said. The anonymous source said he saw several empty vehicles, especially on the Kaduna-bound Lane of the road. Asked if there were efforts from security agents to repel the attack, the source said a team of security agents only got to the scene after the attackers had left with their captives. Another witness, Muhammad Ibrahim, told HumanAngle that the terrorists attacked an 18 seater bus belonging to the Zamfara State Transport Authority, o...
Rights Violators Can’t Get Asylum, UK Tells IPOB, Others
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Rights Violators Can’t Get Asylum, UK Tells IPOB, Others

IPOB The United Kingdom has barred the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra and other Biafran groups from participating in its asylum programme. The British government noted that IPOB had been proscribed as a terrorist group by the Federal Government and that members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network – have reportedly committed human rights violations. The UK, therefore, said that persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum. The UK Visas and Immigration had in March 2021 released new guidelines to its decision makers on how to consider and grant asylum applications to IPOB members whose founder, Nnamdi Kanu, was operating from London before his arrest in Kenya ...
Kaduna Train Attack: Falana Accuses Amaechi, NRC MD of Negligence, Wants Them Prosecuted
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Kaduna Train Attack: Falana Accuses Amaechi, NRC MD of Negligence, Wants Them Prosecuted

Rotimi Amaechi A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Femi Falana has accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Managing Director (MD) of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Fidet Okhiria of negligence in the attack on a train plying the Abuja-Kaduna rail line last week. Falana, who issued a statement yesterday, also called for the prosecution of Ameachi and Okhiria. The legal practitioner referenced reports of attacks on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line and accused the corporation and Amaechi of not taking enough measures to forestall the latest incident. He said: “Although both Messrs Amaechi and Okhiria knew that the Abuja-Kaduna train was not safe they kept on giving passengers a false sense of security. “Since both of them knew that the tragedy that befe...
I Didn’t Plan To Travel In Ill-Fated Abuja-Kaduna Train — Obi of Onitsha
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I Didn’t Plan To Travel In Ill-Fated Abuja-Kaduna Train — Obi of Onitsha

Train The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has denied a report that a phone call from an unnamed person saved him from boarding the Abuja -Kaduna train that was attacked by gunmen on March 28, 2022. No fewer than eight persons were killed during the attack, while several people sustained injuries. A number of people were also abducted. Chief of Staff of Ime Obi Onicha, Chief Osita Anionwu, said Igwe Achebe never made the statement attributed to him that a call allegedly made to him not to board the train saved him. According to him, for the records, the Palace would like to state categorically that His Majesty never made such a statement to anyone at any time.“Anionwu said that around March 28 when the Abuja – Kaduna train was attacked by armed bandits, the Obi of Onitsha...
Kaduna-Abuja Train: How Phone Call Saved Me From Attack – Obi of Onitsha</strong>
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Kaduna-Abuja Train: How Phone Call Saved Me From Attack – Obi of Onitsha

Train The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe has disclosed that he was meant to be on board the Abuja-Kaduna train bombed by bandits. Achebe disclosed that a phone call stopped him from boarding the train in Abuja. He disclosed this on Saturday during a meeting with some Igbo leaders, under the aegis of Ahamefuna socio-cultural organization in Enugu. Achebe disclosed that the phone call was an emergency, hence he did not board the train. Read Also: Gov El-Rufai Reveals Identity Of Kaduna Train Attackers He said: “I was among the passengers meant to be on the train last Monday because I had a meeting I was supposed to be attending. “I was already at the train station when I got a call over an emergency and I had to leave the station to attend to it.” Gunmen...
Buhari Govt Approved Terrorists Who Bombed Kaduna-Abuja Train’ – Omokri Alleges
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Buhari Govt Approved Terrorists Who Bombed Kaduna-Abuja Train’ – Omokri Alleges

Kaduna Train Bombing The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has come under criticism over the bombing of a Kaduna-Abuja train by terrorists. Reno Omokri, a socio-political activist, alleged that the terrorists responsible for the bombing were government approved. To back up his claim, Omokri lamented the inability of the Nigerian Government to locate and arrest these bandits. The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan wondered why the Nigerian Government that arrested a pro-Biafra agitator, Nnamdi Kanu has failed to arrest these terrorists. Read also: Names of 398 Passengers On Board Bombed Abuja-Kaduna Train [Full list] In a tweet, Omokri said if Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi can locate these bandits why can’t the Federal Government locate them. ...