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  • Bristow Helicopters Sacks 100 Pilots

    The management of Bristow Helicopters Limited has terminated the appointment of 100 pilots.

    This comes barely 24 hours after Nigerian airline, Air Peace, sacked over 70 pilots citing COVID-19 crisis.

    The aviation company in a statement on Tuesday said those sacked comprised both Nigerian nationals and expatriates working with the company.

    According to the airline, the decision to sack the pilots was due to the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


    It said it had engaged with the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers to negotiate a fair and equitable redundancy compensation for those affected.

    The statement reads, “The spread of the COVID-19 virus has severely impacted all sectors in the aviation industry including our market, which primarily serves the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

    “In addition, the ongoing downturn in the global oil and gas market continues to influence and determine the demand for our services.

    “The combined effects of these ‘arisings’ has resulted in very significant reductions to our business particularly a reduction in the number of contracted aircraft in Nigeria.

    “As a result, the company must now restructure all aspects of its business model (both Rotary & Fixed Wing), including an extensive review of its operations and we continue to drive efficiencies, but with zero compromise to safety and our core values.

    “One of these measures includes the right sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth.

    “Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.

    “In compliance with the relevant labor and local content laws and also best practices; the company has engaged the leadership of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to negotiate a fair and equitable redundancy compensation for the affected individuals.”

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  • Money Laundering: EFCC Rearraigns Adoke On Amended Charges

    Mohammed Bello Adoke
    Mohammed Bello Adoke

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rearraigned former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke.

    Adoke was initially arraigned on a seven-count charge but the EFCC arraigned him on a 14-count amended charge of money laundering to the tune of over $6,000,000.

    He was rearraigned before Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

    Mohammed Bello Adoke


    Adoke was rearraigned alongside Aliyu Abubakar.

    Both defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them by the anti-corruption agency.

    The judge adjourned the case until August 11, 12, and 13, 2020 for the commencement of trial.

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  • Niger Delta Group Threatens To Join TUC's Planned Protest Over Corruption In NDDC

    Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC) Building, Port Harcourt.
    Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC) Building, Port Harcourt.

    The Niger Delta Rights Advocates has threatened to join the Trade Union Congress and other civil society organisations to protest the delay on the part of the Nigerian Government in taking action against officials of Niger Delta Development Commission involved in corruption.

    The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to stain his government with the mud of corruption by endorsing the continued dramatisation of corruption in the commission.

    In a statement, spokesperson for the group, Darlington Nwauju, said, “In as much as government is a continuum and ordinarily nothing would have been seen as awkward in having a sitting management team commissioning the projects completed by its predecessor, the case of the Prof Pondei-led NDDC IMC is quite different for the basic reason that there are a plethora of uncompleted and abandoned projects which the IMC could lay hands on to deliver to the people of the region.

    Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC) Building, Port Harcourt.


    “The NDRA considers the attempt by Prof Pondei and his team as a ploy to dig into their bag of tricks to continue to put the people of the region in confusional conference while he and his co-travellers continue in the sharing bazaars.

    “Finally, we shall have no other option than to join forces with the TUC and sister civil society organisations to protest the seeming delay on the part of the Federal Government to decisively take action against the current NDDC IMC.”
     

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  • Over 10 Persons Confirmed Dead, Hundreds Wounded In Beirut Explosion

    A massive explosion hit Central Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, resulting in the death of over 10 persons and leaving many others wounded.

    The explosion, which erupted at the port in Beirut according to local media, started with a fire.

    Nearby houses and cars were hit by the resulting shockwave from the explosion.

    Lebanon’s Health Minister, Hamad Hasan, said the explosion in central Beirut caused a “very high number of injuries” and extensive damage, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) reported.


    Reuters quoted sources as saying 10 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage.

    Beirut governor, Marwan Abboud, inspected the explosion site at the Beirut port, revealing that contact was lost with a number of firefighters, who rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire.

    Abboud said that Beirut city was stricken, adding that what happened was unprecedented.  

    Videos shared on social media showed a burst of flames as it engulfed houses and nearby buildings.

    Meanwhile, the United States of America has said it would be “monitoring closely” the explosion in Beirut.

    Alyssa Farah, the White House Director of Strategic Communications, tweeted that President Donald Trump had been briefed about the explosion.

    “Praying for the safety of the people of Lebanon. The President has been briefed. We continue to monitor the situation closely,” she posted on Twitter.

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  • Police Arrest Two Nurses, One Other For Allegedly Stealing Newborn Baby In Katsina

    Two nurses and one other person have been arrested for stealing and selling a newborn baby by the police in Katsina State.

    SaharaReporters gathered that one Shamsiya Sani, 25, a resident of Dandagoro Quarters, Katsina, was delivered of a baby girl at a clinic around  Kofar Kaura Quarters and was said to have abandoned the baby shortly after the delivery with a note.

    The two nurses, Misira Tijjani and Grace Ejigu, were alleged to have conspired and sold the child to one Mrs Eucharia Onyema of Sabuwar Kasuwa Quarters, Katsina.


    But luck ran out on them when they were arrested on their way from the hospital with the child through the help of a tricycle rider, who suspected them of stealing the child and alerted the police.

    Confirming the incident, spokeperson for the state police command, Gambo Isah, said the suspects were arrested on July 28, 2020 based on a tip-off for
    selling the newly born baby girl.

    He said investigation was ongoing into the matter.

    Isah said, “On 25/07/2020, at about 10:00hrs, one Shamsiya Sani, aged 25 years of Dandagoro Quarters, Katsina, was delivered of a baby girl at Okomos Clinic, Kofar Kaura Quarters, Katsina.  

    “She later abandoned the child at the hospital with a hand-written note, stating that it was born out of wedlock hence the abandonment.

    “Two nurses, Misira S. Tijjani, aged 35 years of Filin Canada Quarters, Katsina, and Grace Ejigu, aged 43 years of Shagari Low Cost, Katsina, conspired and sold the child to one Eucharia Onyema, aged 45 years  of Sabuwar Kasuwa Quarters, Katsina.”

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