Investigation Begins On Dana Airline Runway Incident

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, together with the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB has revealed through AIB’s  spokesman, Mr Tunji Oketumbi that an investigation into how Dana Air plane overshot the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport.

The incident involving a Dana Air Boeing MD-83 jet happened at about 7:30 pm on Tuesday. None of the 44 passengers and six crew members on board was injured.

Spokesman of the agency, Sam Adurogboye, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the plane was badly damaged.

“We have launched an investigation.” Adurogboye said.

It is the second incident involving Dana Air plane this month as one of its aircraft, February 7, had its emergency exit door fall off as it landed in Abuja from Lagos.

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said Tuesday’s overshoot “was suspected to have been caused by heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and a storm.”

Meanwhile, Consumer Protection Council, CPC, has directed Dana Airline to provide necessary logistics support to affected passengers on Flight 9J0363.

Babatunde Irukera, the Director General, said this was in compliance with minimum standards in accordance with prevailing Regulations under Part 19, Nigerian Civil Aviation Rules (NCAR).

He said: “Cause of incident still unknown but under investigation. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, have been notified and already in control.”


Donald Trump Supports Arms For High School Teachers

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday during an hour-long session at the White House with about 40 students, teachers and families touched by gun violence, suggested arming teachers to curb school shootings in the US. He also supported making improved and detailed background checks mandatory for buying guns.

Trump said a teacher with a gun could stop an attack “very quickly”.

Though a few people at the meeting agreed with Trump’s suggestion of arming teachers, some echoed the prominent sentiment, calling it bullshit.

“Nobody wants to see a shoot-out in a school,” said Mark Barden, whose son was killed in 2012’s Sandy Hook school shooting.

“Schoolteachers have more than enough responsibilities right now, than to have the awesome responsibility to take a life,” he added.


Decamping  Tsunami Will Strike APC Soon —Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, says the All Progressives Congress will encounter what he calls “defection tsunami” soon.

He spoke against the decamping members in State like Kogi and Adamawa

For example, a former Special Adviser on Political Matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, had on Saturday led 16 other supporters and chieftains members of the PDP to the APC in Adamawa,

Those who left the PDP with him included Chief Felix  Tangwami,  Chief Medan Teneke, Alhaji Saidu Aliyu and Alhaji Yusuf Dan-Umana.

Gulak had claimed that he and his co-defectors left the main opposition party because of alleged impunity in the party.

“It is time for us to formally register as APC members. It is time to formally bury the PDP in Adamawa State,” Gulak said during the defection.

Though Secondus said the PDP regretted the defection of its members, he said it was better to go into election with people who the party was sure would work for its success.

The national chairman of the PDP, who spoke with our correspondent in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday,  insisted that the national leadership and other stakeholders of the party were working hard to make sure that the party would win the 2019 elections.

Boko Haram Attack: 111 Yobe Schoolgirls Unaccounted For- Police And Other Interesting Newspaper Headlines

The police, on Wednesday, confirmed that 111 girls were still unaccounted for, following Boko Haram attack on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, on Monday. This was disclosed by the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, while fielding questions from newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital.

THE PUNCH reveals 48 Schoolgirls Found, 46 Still Missing, Says Yobe Govt. Forty-eight of the missing 94 pupils of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, have come out of hiding. The Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, who stated this in Damaturu, added that the state government had organised search parties to look for the remaining 46 pupils.

Troops last night rescued Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, Yobe State, pupils who were reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram. According to THE NATION, the school was attacked on Monday night by the terrorists, who took away some of the girls. The state government put the figure of the girls that were missing at 50. A statement last night by Abdullahi Bego, Spokesman to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said:  “The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.

Boko Haram Attack On Yobe School: Army Rescues Abducted Girls heads NEW TELEGRAPH. Some of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State have been rescued by the Nigerian Army. Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Director General to Yobe State governor on Press Affairs, who disclosed this yesterday, admitted that some of the schoolgirls were actually abducted by Boko Haram on Monday.

The VANGUARD goes with a more dramatic headline reading; Boko Haram Invasion: 111 Yobe Schoolgirls Not Accounted For- Yobe Police Boss. NO less than 111 schoolgirls of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State cannot be accounted for in the aftermath of an invasion by Boko Haram insurgents Tuesday night, according to the state Police Commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu. This is as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the military and other security agencies to take charge and control of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

Boko Haram Attack: 111 Schoolgirls Still Missing is written boldly on DAILY SUN. Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, disclosed yesterday that 111 girls are still unaccounted for, in the aftermath of Monday’s attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi. Sumonu stated this when he spoke with newsmen in Damaturu. “815, out of the 926 students, were physically seen in the school, as at Tuesday. “There are reports that more girls have returned to the school after the head count. According to him, there were no abductions or deaths inside the school. “I asked the school’s principal if there were abductions or deaths in the school and she said ‘no.’ I am not unaware of the rumours going on; l want to appeal to the press and the society to please, cooperate with the security agencies in this situation,” he said. Boko Haram stormed the school on Monday evening and thereafter, 94 girls reportedly went missing. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack. Boko Haram gained worldwide notoriety on April 14, 2014, when the insurgents stormed a girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Borno State and kidnapped 276 girls.

Moving to the Presidency, DAILY INDEPENDENT reveals 2019: Buhari Loyalists Under Fire At Senate. President Muhammadu Buhari’s detractors in the Senate have come for the jugular of their pro-Buhari colleagues for opposing the re-ordering of the election sequence which the parliament last week passed in a bill to amend the Electoral Act 2010.

Senators Indict, Sack Election Sequence Dissenter, Adamu. According to THE GUARDIAN, the crisis in the Senate over the order of next year’s general elections took a new twist yesterday as the Northern Senators’ Forum announced the removal of its chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa). Former Sokoto State governor, Senator Aliu Wammako (Sokoto North), was immediately announced as a replacement. Adamu’s removal was hinged on an alleged mismanagement of N70 million handed to him by the forum’s former leadership under the seventh Senate.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY, Barclays Confirms Teleology As 9mobile Preferred Bidder. Barclays Africa has officially written to Teleology holding limited, informing the company that it is the preferred bidder for the 9mobile sale, BusinessDay has gathered. In the letter sent to Teleology holdings yesterday 21, February 2018 Barclays Africa, the financial adviser to the consortium of banks owed $1.2billion dollars by 9mobile (formerly Etisalat) said that they had reviewed allbids submitted and recommends Teleology as the preferred bidder.






Sokoto Farmers Get N1.4bn Fertilizer Subsidy

Sokoto state government said it will spend the sum of N1.4 billion to subsidise the price of fertilizer for its farmers in the 2018 cropping season.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal stated this in Sabon Birni LGA at the flag-off of fertilizer sales for dry season farming and distribution of improved seeds to farmers across the state.

“We have bought 500,000 bags of fertilizer at the cost of N6,800 per 50kg bag but we have decided to sell the product to our farmers at the subsidized cost of N4,000 per bag. In all, we are spending the sum of N1.4 billion to subsidise the product.

“This intervention becomes necessary in view of our determination to boost agriculture in the state and to encourage new entrants into the sector.

“We will continuously explore other avenues to grow the agric sector bearing in mind that it is the largest employer of labour for majority of our citizens,” the Governor added.

In all, Tambuwal said the government will buy 25,000 metric tons of fertilizer at the cost of N3.4 billion for the dry season farming alone in the state.

According to him, the state government will construct 1000 tube wells to assist dry season farmers as a result of shortage of water being experienced at the Goronyo Dam.

On seeds, the Governor said the ministry of agriculture has procured faro-brand rice seedlings at the cost of N281 million to be distributed to dry season farmers free of charge, while another N9.5 million worth of seedlings for carrot, onion, water melon and garlic have been bought for the farmers to assist in improving their yields.

“This in addition to payment of N20 million counterpart funding to the State Agricultural Development Project (SADP) for the provision of Tube wells to farmers and motorcycles to monitoring officers in 2017.

“The government has paid the sum of N40 million as counterpart funding to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and N56 Million for the World Bank funded-Fadama III project which are all aimed at improving farming activities in the state,” he added.

In his remarks, the state commissioner of agriculture, Umar Nagwari, said the ministry achieved 80 percent of its set target in 2017, and vowed to do more for the benefit of farmers.

Jubilation In Gaidam Town As Rescued Yobe Schoolgirls Arrive

Residents of Gaidam town defied 9:00pm curfew hour in jubilation to welcome the rescued schoolgirls.

Daily Trust gathered late Wednesday night that children, men, women including house wives lined up on the Maine-Sorroa Street where they received the schoolgirls amidst cheers.

The children rallying on bicycles were chanting a slogan “Gari ya waye” in Hausa language which means “the insurgents are no longer threat.”

The rescued schoolgirls in a convoy of several vehicles with military and hunters drove into the Gaidam military base.

Malam Usman Kura, said for three years, he has not come out of his house around this hour.

“But today is a happy day, we are very excited. So my entire family has come to witness their return. All in this town are agog over their rescue”, he said.

Over 9,000 Police Officers Retire, Die Annually – IGP

The Inspector General of Police ( IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris says the Nigeria Police Force loses 9,028 officers to death, dismissal and retirement annually.

Idris made the disclosure at the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and above on Wednesday in Abuja.

The IGP said that the development had seriously affected the manpower of the force.

He noted that the 308, 000 police workforce was grossly inadequate for the effective policing of the more than 180 million people in the country.

The police boss said that the country was far below the UN standard of one policeman to 400 persons adding that the Federal Government had approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen into the rank and file.

“The issue of manpower is one problem the Nigeria Police Force is facing,” he said. On the attachment of policemen to private persons, Idris said that the force would review it to ensure that they worked for the general public.

“There is a need for us to have a police that will work for the generality of Nigerians,” he said.

He said that he had directed police commissioners and zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, to compile the number of policemen attached to individuals in the country.

Newsmen report that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 directed that police personnel attached to unauthorized and some prominent persons in the country be withdrawn and deployed to confront the security challenges in the nation.

The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr Mike Okiro, said that more than 150,000 policemen were attached to unauthorized persons and Very Important Personalities (VIPs) in the country.

He said that the meeting was aimed at having a comprehensive resolution on the issue of illegal firearms in the country.

Idris noted that the alleged arming of militia groups by state governments and individuals was not in the interest of the country.

He urged the commissioners of police to embark on campaign against illegal firearms in their various commands.

Idris said that plans were underway to construct an armoury for the storage of illegal firearms seized from militias across the country.

He said that the force had taken several measures to check security challenges across the country.



PHOTOS: Fulani Herdsmen Take Traditional Oath In Ekiti

Fulani herders in Ekiti and South West have taken a traditional oath binding on them to assure the host communities in Ekiti, and by extension, the South West Nigeria, that they would no longer behave unruly, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms.


The traditional oath, revealed to be an effective cultural sanction on herders as its violation is believed to bring tragedy on the culprit, was administered by Alhaji Ardo Mairero, the Sarkin Fulani of Kwara State during the peace meeting of all parties involved in herdsmen challenge in the state who include Alhaji, Ibrahim Shekarau, Alhaji Mohammad Leewa, National President, Miyetti Allah , Mohammad Kiruwa, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti Deputy Governor, Olusola Kolapo, Secretary to State Government, (SSG), Modupe Alade, Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo, Agriculture Commissioner, Kehinde Odebunmi and Miyetti Allah national and zonal leaders.

Photos: Fulani herdsmen?take traditional oath to assure Ekiti State residents of peaceful co-existence

Also, a communique, co-signed by governor Fayose, Alhaji Shekarau, representative of HRH Muhammad Sanusi 11, Emir of Kano, Mrs. Alade, (SSG) , Alhaji Kiruwa, National President ,Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association and Alhaji Mohammad Kabir, Zonal Chairman,South West, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and witnessed by Alhaji Nasamu Muhammad, Chiraman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Ekiti State, was released through the office of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Fayose, Mr . Idowu Adelusi.


Adeslusi said: “of most significance of the peace meeting of February 19 by the stakeholders was the traditional oath taken with kolanuts as agreement that the herdsmen in Ekiti will not behave unruly any longer, kill or allow their cows to stray into farms. It was administered with kola and sharing of the kola , which is a Fulani tradition that is binding on the initiators. With this oath, issues of robbery, killing, damaging of farms and kidnapping among others being allegedly perpetuated by Fulani herders are over in the state. The meeting and signing of the memorandum by all parties lasted for two hours between 11pm on Monday 19 to 1am of Tuesday, February 20, ” he said.


The communique, released to newsmen yesterday in Ado Ekiti,state capital, reads in part: ” A truce meeting, initiated by the Emir of Kano and the Governor of Ekiti State over pastoralists menace was held on Monday, February 19 , the Governor, His Excellency, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, deputy Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, former Governor of Kano State representing the Emir of Kano HRH Muhammed Sanusi 11, Traditional rulers in Ekiti State, President and leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association ( both National and South west). Members of Ekiti State Executive Council, Members, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Security Chiefs and all key stakeholders in Ekiti State.

Photos: Fulani herdsmen?take traditional oath to assure Ekiti State residents of peaceful co-existence

” The representatives of Emir of Kano,Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, conveyed the concern of the Emir over broken down relationship between herdsmen and host communities that has led to loss of lives in Ekiti State and other parts of the country. The Emir commiserated with the families of those whose lives have been cut short due to the attacks, and reprisals of herders and associated consequences”. It went further to say: ” Similarly, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and patrons condemned in strong terms any form if killing that has taken place.


The Emir,through his representatives stated and it was uniamously agreed that henceforth; All herders must obey the anti-grazing and relevant laws of the land.”


The communique further gave the following resolutions: “.That herdsmen must stop attacks on any member of the host communities, any herder that breaches the peace should be prepared to face the wrath of the law, and Ekiti people should not provoke the herdsman or kill their cattle.”


It concludes that : “It is therefore agreed that pastoralists / farmers crisis and killings,under any guise must stop immediately. The meeting supports the anti-night grazing stand of the law because it protects the interest of all parties,and the law taken its course in the violation of letters of these resolutions. Similarly, the meeting describes Governor Fayose as a peaceful leader who represents hope for all.”

“We Will Stop Our Strike When FG Attend To Our Issues” – OAU JAC

By Sodiq Lawal

The Obafemi Awolowo University Joint Action Committee, JAC, of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU; Non Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU; and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT has stressed that activities at the University will be restored when the Federal Government shows adequate resolve to address the issues raised by the striking workers.

Workers in the institution under the banner of Joint Action Committee had declared an indefinite strike over welfare issues, which paralysed activities in the prestigious school.

Speaking on the resolve of the workers to embark on a full strike, a senior official of NASU, Comrade Akindele Akinibi said that it reluctantly took the decision after it seemed the federal government is not prepared to address issues raised by the workers.

He noted that NASU in the institution tried to keep activities within some limit even when the national body directed otherwise, maintaining that only the federal government can ensure resumption of activities in the institution.

He said “the national body are not happy with us because we did not follow their directives by making sure no exams hold and collecting some certain amount of money from the university management so as to make everything go smoothly on campus.”

“As it stands now it is only the Federal Government that can end the ongoing national strike but if they fail to do so then we will make sure that we follow the directives from the national levels with 100% compliance” he said.

Aside recently admitted students whose resumption may be stalled by the ongoing strike, Mr. Akinibi hinted that light and water in the institution may soon be interrupted.

“The Freshers resumption can not even be guaranteed as at now because the ongoing national strike is not an OAU Affair but its a national issue,” he noted, adding that “ water and light might be taken anytime, all this can be guaranteed if the Federal Government can answer our call and do the needful.”

The crisis in OAU, it would be recalled, emerged after the federal government released a N23 billion ‘Earned Allowance’ to University workers but was shared using 89% to 11%.

FG Commences Investigation Into Dana Air Mishap

The Federal Government has commenced investigation into the accident involving an airline operated by Dana Airline.

The investigation is being carried out by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

AIB under the Federal Ministry of Transportation is set up to investigate any civil aircraft accident and serious incident in Nigerian airspace. It is aimed at improving aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has also heightened safety oversight over the operator after the accident.

The investigation by AIB is in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13. ‎

Dana Air Plane Overshoots Runway In Port Harcourt
Spokesperson of the Ministry of State, Aviation James Odaudu, said this in a statement made available to Channels Television on Wednesday. He said efforts are in place to continuously enhance safety and security in the aviation sector.

“Efforts are in place to continuously enhance Safety and Security in our industry in accordance with the reformation agenda of the Buhari Administration for the aviation sector,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry aviation in the statement also sympathised with the passengers on the aircraft over the traumatic experience and assures that the Federal Government will not falter in its commitment to the safety and security of lives and property in the Nigerian airspace.

The plane belonging to Dana Air on Tuesday, February 20 was involved in an accident. This was after it overshot the runway in Port Harcourt Airport while flying from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital Abuja.

The aircraft had the following details: 5N-SRI, flight number: 0348, Type: MD 83. 54 passengers were on board including five crew members. Everyone on board were evacuated safely and no reported casualties. The weather condition was rainy.

The Airport was thereafter closed briefly for safety reasons. It was reopened after proper assessment on Wednesday morning.


Billy Graham, Passes on  99

American Evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to numerous number of American president  has died at age 99.

Graham,a tall and handsome was  an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge rallies found audiences on radio and television.

He preached  to a long line of US presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, and also featured in the recent mini series “The Crown” as a spiritual adviser to the young Queen Elizabeth II.