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Only Lagos, Abuja, Three Other Airports Will Reopen June 21 – FG

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Ahead of the June 21 date for the resumption of domestic flights in the country, the Federal Government has said only five airports will be operational while others are to remain closed for further assessment.

This was contained in a circular to airlines signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu.

In the circular dated June 1, the regulator stressed that the country’s airspace was still closed to international flights while domestic flights could start from June 21, as announced on Monday by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Nuhu said, “The closure of Nigerian airports to domestic flights has been extended to 2300hrs on 20th June 2020.

“The gradual start of domestic flight operations will commence on 21st June 2020 with Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri.

“Other airports will be gradually added to the network after a review and assessment.”

The country’s airports and airspace were shut in March by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial flight operations, both local and international, had stopped forthwith but the President’s directive allowed the operation of essential flights, including those for medical and evacuation purposes.

However, during its briefing in Abuja on June 1, the PTF asked the aviation sector to begin to develop protocols that would lead to the resumption of domestic flights any time from June 21.

PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said, “The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.

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Police Give Posthumous Promotion to 16 Officers Killed During #EndSARS Crisis, Others

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has today, 23rd November, 2020 approved the promotion of Eighty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine (82,779) Junior Police Officers to their next ranks.

The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal, according to a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency. Those promoted also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the ENDSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the ENDSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

The IGP, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling. He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.

The IGP promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of Government and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the Police for improved welfare and conditions of service towards better service delivery to the people.

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Court Remands Ali Ndume in Prison Custody over Failure to Produce Maina

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

Justice Okon Abang made the order on Monday following Ndume’s failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, who is standing trial in court on money laundering charge and for whom, Ndume stood surety.

Justice Abang held that having failed to produce the Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail and having failed to show cause why he should not forfeit his bail bond, ordered that Ndume should only be released if he meets either of three conditions.

First is that he pays N500 million bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evidence of such payment in court or the Federal Government sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledged as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500 million realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.

Ndume was immediately led away from the courtroom shortly after the judge’s pronouncement.

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Lekki Shootings: Lawyer Considers Tendering CNN Report

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A counsel representing some #EndSARS protesters, Mr Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), has said his team is considering tendering an investigative report by the Cable News Network to the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on the night of October 20 at the Lekki tollgate.

The CNN, in its investigative report titled, ‘How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement in Nigeria,’ implicated the Nigerian Army for extrajudicial killing of peaceful protesters.

While the Nigerian Army had consistently maintained that its troops who engaged the #EndSARSprotesters only fired blank bullets into the air, the CNN report suggested that live bullets were used and that some of the protesters were indeed killed in the operation.

The Federal Government has condemned the CNN investigative report, but the media house said it stood by its report.

Olumide-Fusika, who is representing some protesters before the probe panel, had said that some of his clients claimed to have suffered gunshot injuries at the tollgate.

Asked on Sunday if he was considering tendering the CNN investigative report to the panel, Olumide-Fusika told our correspondent that, “We’re considering it.”

The lawyer had while cross-examining the witness of the Nigerian Army before the panel, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, questioned the decision of the army to tender a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation on the incident to the panel.

“You presented only the BBC report because the report was palatable to you; you didn’t present Aljazeera and Deutsche Welle reports because they were not palatable to you,” Olumide-Fusika told Taiwo, who simply responded, “It was the BBC that we saw.”

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