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Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights
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Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights

‌Following the decision of the United Arab Emirates to begin visa issuance to Nigerians, Etihad Airways has been approved to operate international flights into Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this announcement on Thursday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, which held in Abuja. He noted that the foreign carrier was already talking with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority regarding the process. Similarly, Emirates Airlines are also scheduled to operate flights into the country starting with Abuja and Lagos. He said, “UAE has commenced issuance of visas today. Consequent upon that, Emirates Airlines will begin operations from tomorrow. They are allowed to start daily flights into Abuja and Lagos. “Their sister company from the sa...
Anambra Airport: We Don’t Need Any Financial Assistance, Obiano Tells FG
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Anambra Airport: We Don’t Need Any Financial Assistance, Obiano Tells FG

Ahead of the April 2021 proposed opening of Anambra International Cargo Airport, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, has boasted that the state is not in lack of the financial resources to complete the airport. Speaking during his visit to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, yesterday, Governor Obiano, also revealed that when completed, the airport will have the second-longest runway in Nigeria, after the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. According to him, the airport is being built with the best available materials, with a guaranteed lifespan of 100 years. “We are sure of the date because we have the money to complete it. We are not asking for any assistance, neither are we taking any loans. I am here personally to brief you o...
Overcrowded Burial: Thousands Bid Emir Of Zazzau Farewell ( Video)
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Overcrowded Burial: Thousands Bid Emir Of Zazzau Farewell ( Video)

After 45 years on the throne, light dimmed yesterday for Emir Zazzau Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at 84. Thousands of people converged on the palace at Zaria to pay their last respects as the remains of perhaps, the longest serving emir, were interred beside the tomb of some of the past emirs. Prayers for the repose of the soul of the 18th Emir of Zazzau, were attended by Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who led the presidential delegation. Other members are: Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Governor Nasir El-Rufai led the Kaduna State delegation which included Secretary to State Government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker Yusuf Zailani and heads of mili...
FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines
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FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines

The federal government has withdrawn the approval granted to Emirates to conduct international flight operations in the country. Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, disclosed this via a post on his Twitter handle on Friday. The ban will take effect on September 21, 2020. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had, in a memo earlier in September, included Emirates in the list of approved airlines for international flights for both Abuja and Lagos airports. But the minister said the decision to reverse the approval was taken after a meeting of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 with European Union ambassadors on Friday. Sirika also said there were discussions on the ban on Lufthansa and Air France-KLM. “The PTF sub committee met today with EU Ambassadors t...
FG Bars Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Others
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FG Bars Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Others

The Federal Government has released the list of international airlines denied approval to operate in Nigeria as international flights resume on Saturday. The international airlines denied flying approval, according to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, include Air France, KLM, Etihad, Rwandair, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines and others. Some airlines were however denied approval because international flights were yet to resume in their countries. They are Cape Verde and South African airlines. The airlines given licence to operate include: Middle-East, British Airways, Delta airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines. They are exp...
Social distancing is not observed in aircraft because it is hygienic — Sirika
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Social distancing is not observed in aircraft because it is hygienic — Sirika

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has explained why social distancing is not observed in aircraft following the resumption of flights amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The Minister who spoke as he embarked on a simulation return flight to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano to assess the preparation of the airport for resumption of flights, said the cabin is safer than any hospital theatre because of the purifying procedures air circulated within the cabin goes through. Sirika added that the non-adherence to physical distancing was responsible for the ‘affordable’ ticket fare. He said; “Because of the nature of the airplane, the airplane is hygienic enough once you have your mask, you are safe to remain seated on your seat and where possible, we will keep the dista...
I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku
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I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku

The Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited, Sam Iwuajoku has expressed disappointment with the federal government’s “cold feet” in arresting Naira Marley and his crew members for violating the interstate travel ban. In an interview with Premium Times, the airline CEO admitted writing the apology letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He said he wrote the letter which has been trailed by mixed reaction out of anger. Iwuajoku also condemned the indiscriminate movement of any form during the Coronavirus pandemic. He said; “Why will anyone be moving around unnecessarily during a pandemic? Moving around for musical concert at this time is ‘unnecessary movement’. I am wondering why they were not even arrested. “I have been abused by peop...
Suspended Jet Company Refers To Naira Marley And Crew As ‘Bunch Of Useless People’, Mistook Him For Fashola
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Suspended Jet Company Refers To Naira Marley And Crew As ‘Bunch Of Useless People’, Mistook Him For Fashola

Executive Jet Services, the airline suspended by the Federal Government for ferrying Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, from Lagos to Abuja has cleared air on the controversial flight, saying it was a case of mistaken identity. Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Mr. Sam Iwuajoku, explained that the airline was misled that the flight was operated to airlift Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and not the popular musician. He, therefore, apologized to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. There had been outrage when video emerged of Naira Marley disembarking from the plane on landing in Abuja while he also hosted a concert at Jabi Lake Mall despite the interstate lockdown and flight restriction. Sirika had, at the daily bri...
Chartered Flight Of Naira Marley Was Approved For High Court Judge – Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika Says
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Chartered Flight Of Naira Marley Was Approved For High Court Judge – Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika Says

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday, said that the chartered flight which conveyed musician, Naira Marley from Lagos to Abuja, was actually approved for a Lagos high court judge, Justice Adefowope Okojie. The minister, who stated this during the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, said the aviation authorities approved the flight on June 14 having considered the judge to be on essential duties. According to him, he was then surprised that the flight which was to take off on June 14 and convey the judge took off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, on July 13 at 6.00 p.m. According to him, “we wrote a letter approving the chartered flight for Justice Adefowope Okojie and we approved the...
FG Orders 50% Passengers Reduction As Domestic Flights Set To Resume June 21
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FG Orders 50% Passengers Reduction As Domestic Flights Set To Resume June 21

The Federal Government on Monday announced that domestic flights would resume on June 21 and directed airlines to take between 50 and 70 per cent of passengers on any flight. It also stated that the aircraft of most airlines were currently being serviced in preparation for the June 21 resumption date for domestic flights. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVD-19 in Abuja. Sirika further stated that the airfares of flights should be appropriate to the issues at hand. He said, “The modality of operations by airlines and the passenger numbers will certainly drop and the load factor will also drop. “Only 50 or 70 per cent of the passengers should be taken. These are some of the things that we ...
We Don’t Collect Bribe to Approve Flights – Hadi Sirika Says
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We Don’t Collect Bribe to Approve Flights – Hadi Sirika Says

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said he has never asked for or received a bribe and has challenged anyone who has contrary information to come forward. Sirika yesterday said the clarification became necessary after backlash from Nigerians on Twitter accusing the Ministry of Aviation of demanding money before flights are approved. Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, he said such claims are false. “I have read also on Twitter that there are certain monies being charged for approval for flights. This is far from the truth. It’s for free. It’s just frivolous; it’s just a pen to be approved,” he said. “Just send a text message, we will send them back as approved. So nobody should con anybody and people should stop living in the p...
Reps Ban Airlines From Canada, UK For Denying Nigeria Landing Rights
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Reps Ban Airlines From Canada, UK For Denying Nigeria Landing Rights

The House of Representatives has said airlines from Canada and UK will no longer be allowed landing rights in Nigeria. The Committee on Aviation said this was in retaliation for denying Nigerian carrier the same rights. The Chairman, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, stated this in a statement issued on Saturday. He explained that the committee reached the decision on Friday at the end of an investigative hearing. Nnaaji said the hearing was on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the UAE, UK and USA by Emirates Airline, British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, respectively. The lawmaker declared that their engagement in earlier evacuations undermined the integrity of Nigeria as a leading economy in Africa. He disclosed that the House, via a motion, urged...
Nigeria Impounds UK Aircraft Caught Conducting Commercial Flights
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Nigeria Impounds UK Aircraft Caught Conducting Commercial Flights

Nigeria has impounded an aircraft belonging to Flair Aviation, a United Kingdom company, after it was discovered to be conducting commercial flights to the country despite a ban on all flight operations due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The company, according to Nigeria's Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had been granted a waiver to carry out humanitarian operations but instead carried out commercial flights. COVID-19. Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights. This is callous! The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!
FG Gives FAAN, NAMA, Others 45 Days To Relocate Headquarters To Abuja
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FG Gives FAAN, NAMA, Others 45 Days To Relocate Headquarters To Abuja

The Federal Government has ordered all aviation agencies to relocate their headquarters to Abuja within 45 days. The Ministry of Aviation officials confirmed this on Friday, adding that the directive only involves four of the ministry’s agencies, as two other key parastatals have their headquarters in Abuja and Kaduna. This came as some employees of the affected agencies complained that there were few office spaces in Abuja to accommodate the workforce. However, it was learnt that the directive by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is aimed at cutting down the cost of governance by the Federal Government. Currently, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have...
Coronavirus: FG Blocks Five Governors From Flying Out Of Nigeria
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Coronavirus: FG Blocks Five Governors From Flying Out Of Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that he has denied five governors flight approval, since the closure of the airports and the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari to curb the COVID-19 outbreak. According to Sirika, three out of the four governors are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).Two of the governors are from the South-east, two from South-south, while one was from North-central.Sirika disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, at the daily press briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. “Every single flight that we approved and will be approved will be an essential flight and 98 percent of the essential flight will be connected to COVID-19. “A few of them, maybe 1 percent may be either repatriation, requests from th...
Coronavirus: FG Extends Airport Closure By Two Weeks
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Coronavirus: FG Extends Airport Closure By Two Weeks

The Federal Government has extended the closure of airports in the country by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Monday. The PUNCH had reported that the FG shut all international airports in the country on Monday, March 23 for one month. Subsequently, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had extended the closure to all local airports in the country while announcing total lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States on March 29. The Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja are two major entry points into Nigeria. Despite the closure of these airports and all others in the country to commercial flight operations, the government had said emergency a...
FG Receives Delivery Of 50 Ventilators , Medical Equipment Donated By UN
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FG Receives Delivery Of 50 Ventilators , Medical Equipment Donated By UN

Federal Governments of Nigeria has received delivery of about 50 ventilators, and other medical equipment donated by the United Nations. The minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika who made this known in a press release issued on Tuesday by the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu received the donations on behalf of the Federal government. He said “Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika has today taken delivery of various medical equipment donated by the United Nations Systems to the Federal government to aid its efforts at combating the coronavirus scourge in the country. “The Minister who took the delivery on behalf of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, expressed the appreciation of the Nigerian gov...
Wike Has No Right To Order Arrest Of Pilots – Hadi Sirika
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Wike Has No Right To Order Arrest Of Pilots – Hadi Sirika

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says aviation matters are on the exclusive list of the federal government, faulting the order of Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, that two pilots of Caverton Helicopters should be arrested. The governor had accused Caverton Helicopter of violating the lockdown order imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. After their arrest, the pilots were subsequently arraigned at a magistrate’s court and remanded in prison till May. The airline had kicked against the remand of the pilots, saying aviation authorities granted it the permission to fly into Rivers state. At a press briefing organised by the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sirika corroborate the position of Caverton Helicopters, accusing the security operatives who arrested the pi...
Emir of Kano Has not been Moved to Lagos- ex-Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka
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Emir of Kano Has not been Moved to Lagos- ex-Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, says contrary to reports, deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been moved to Lagos state. Saleh Shehu Ahmed, a journalist with the Voice of America, this afternoon, tweeted that the former monarch has been moved to Lagos. Breaking news: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi arrived Lagos State'' Saleh wrote Reacting to this Information, Chidoka wrote Contrary to speculations, Emir Sanusi confirmed to me that he is still in Awe, Nasarawa State. He is held unconstitutionally and illegally and no agency of government is taking responsibility for his unlawful arrest. A track record of violating fundamental rights is upon us
Rebranding: Arik Air To Be Renamed Nigeria Eagle
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Rebranding: Arik Air To Be Renamed Nigeria Eagle

The Federal Government may have concluded plans to rename Arik Air to Nigeria Eagle as it commences total rebranding of the airline, which is currently under the control of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The prototype, cited by New Telegraph, which shows the logo of eagles emblazoned on the aircraft’s engine and painted in green colour, highlights the seriousness to give the airline a new look and reposition it for efficient services. An aircraft engineer, who works for Arik, but pleaded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the new order, said in a matter of weeks, the carrier would have a name change. “Arik is undergoing rebranding. Very soon, a new name will be announced,” he stated, as he showed our correspondent the pictures of the new name and logo. ...
Enugu Airport To Be Opened Before Easter – Aviation Minister
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Enugu Airport To Be Opened Before Easter – Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, today inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu with the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Federal House of Respresentatives, Hon. Nnoli Nnaji, the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji and the delegation from the South East Governors Forum' Enugu Airport/Palliative Works Committee, among others. Briefing newsmen after the inspection, the minister expressed satisfaction with the extent of work done so far, reassuring that the airport will be reopened before Easter as earlier promised. In her remarks, Enugu...
Lagos To Get International Airport In April 2020 – FG
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Lagos To Get International Airport In April 2020 – FG

The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja pledged to ensure the delivery of a new international airport in Lagos before Easter celebration next year. The government also promised to deliver a new airport in Kano in December this year as had earlier been done in Abuja and Port Harcourt. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated this in an interview with journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the State House. He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved counterpart funding for the delivery of the two airports as scheduled. “Mr. President has approved counterpart funding to quickly finish the new Lagos airport and that of Kano. We will by God’s grace complete Kano Airport in December and the...
Enugu Airport To Be Ready By April 2020 – Hadi Sirika
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Enugu Airport To Be Ready By April 2020 – Hadi Sirika

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said on Tuesday that he will be relocating his office to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu temporary to directly supervise the rehabilitation of the airport which he said will be completed before the end of April 2020. The Minister also announced that the new terminal building for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano will be ready before the end of the year. Sirika who spoke while defending his ministry’s budget before the House on Aviation said with the approval of N10 billion for the Enugu Airport by the President, the contractors are expected to mobilise to site as soon as possible, adding that the President has already directed all agencies associated with th...
Enugu Airport Ready Before Christmas – Aviation Minister
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Enugu Airport Ready Before Christmas – Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, will be opened for local and international commercial flights before Christmas. Speaking on Channels Television, the minister said that work was ongoing and if there was sufficient funding to complete repairs on the dilapidated runway, the Federal government would reopen it before Christmas. “Work is ongoing. If everything is equal and we get all of the funding, we intend to reopen it before Christmas. Work does not necessarily mean the bringing of equipment into the airport to begin the reconstruction of that particular airport or runway; work entails the planning, mobilising people for work and the actual work itself. The planning is even more important than the work itself because when you pla...
This is unacceptable’ – Fani-Kayode reacts to Governor Bagudu’s refusal to confirm a christian as Chief Justice
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This is unacceptable’ – Fani-Kayode reacts to Governor Bagudu’s refusal to confirm a christian as Chief Justice

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has described as unacceptable the refusal of Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu to confirm Justice Esther Kataru as the substantive Chief Judge (CJ) of the state on ground that she is a Christian.   Karatu, who is currently the Acting Chief Judge, had written a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC, over Bagudu’s alleged refusal to confirm her as substantive chief judge of the state.   In the petition, Karatu said politics of religion and her firm belief in justice and fairness were some of the reasons the state governor denied her rights despite the recommendation of NJC.  On January 17, 2019, the Kebbi State House of Assembly also confirmed Karatu as substantive chief judge of the state, but the governor refused...
No Boeing 737 Max 8 Flying In Nigerian Airspace, Says NCAA
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No Boeing 737 Max 8 Flying In Nigerian Airspace, Says NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave assurance on Tuesday on the state of aircraft flying in the country’s airspace. The NCAA said there was no cause for worry as no Boeing 747 Max 8 is presently in operation in the country. Its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye disclosed this in a statement. He assured the flying public of their safety, stating that there is no cause for alarm. He said : ” Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the Country. “However, the Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.” Rec...
Military Officers Will Now Enjoy VIP Treatment At Airports – Aviation Minister
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Military Officers Will Now Enjoy VIP Treatment At Airports – Aviation Minister

Special treatment and privileges will now be accorded to military personnel henceforth. This is according to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He made this known during a visit by members of Defence Headquarters Committeee for Sensitisation Strategy on Public Appreciation of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, gave the directive. The treatment that military officials will enjoy at airports in Nigeria will be similar to that giving to Very Important Persons (VIP) during check-in and boarding at any airport in Nigeria. The Minister gave a directive to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other agencies in the sector to immediately incorporate policies and activities that show appreciation of both the serving and retired military personnel in Nigeria as it is done i...
Osinbajo is Only a Pastor By Name – Femi Fani-Kayode
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Osinbajo is Only a Pastor By Name – Femi Fani-Kayode

A People’s Democratic Party, PDP chieftain and former Minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has blasted Vice President Yemi Osibanjo saying he is just a pastor by name. Fani-Kayode made this statement in a new article he dedicated to the VP and this is coming just days after he called on the Department of State Security to arrest the Osibanjo over an alleged mismanagement of public funds. Read the article below: Read the article by FFK below: No matter how hard he tries to make it look as if it is no big deal and no matter how much he ignores it and tries to brush it under the carpet, the 5.8 billion naira scandal in which the House of Representatives have indicted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for theft, larceny, diversion, misapplication and misappropiation will not go aw...
The Man in Aso Rock is Not Buhari – Fani-Kayode Insists
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The Man in Aso Rock is Not Buhari – Fani-Kayode Insists

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation has insisted that the person occupying the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock is not President Muhammadu Buhari. Fani-Kayode said Nigerians would be shocked in 2019 when the true identity of the president would be uncovered. He was reacting to the ongoing crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC. According to the ex-Minister; “If APC provokes me again I will tell the whole world what we were cooking that got the house burnt”- Gov. Amosun. “If I say what I know about APC Nigerians will burn down AsoRock within 24 hours”- Gov. Okorocha. “There is something rotten in the APC that stinks worse than a dead body. “For example the true identity of the man in the Villa that claims to be Buhari will only be made known aft...
Search Of Atiku’s Aircraft A Normal Routine Exercise In Airports – FG
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Search Of Atiku’s Aircraft A Normal Routine Exercise In Airports – FG

The Federal Government on Sunday said the search on the aircraft of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, at the Abuja airport was a routine exercise that applied to all international arrivals. The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. Sirika said while it was true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen. He described the checks as mandatory, conventional, internationally applied and routine, adding that no one is excused from them under the nation’s laws. While urging law-abiding citizens to respect the laws of the country, Sirika advised ...
Fani-Kayode’s Aide Reacts To Report On Ex-Minister’s ‘Heart Disease’
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Fani-Kayode’s Aide Reacts To Report On Ex-Minister’s ‘Heart Disease’

The camp of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to reports that he has heart disease. Obiageli Nwachukwu, his special assistant on public affairs, in a statement on Wednesday, said the claim was incorrect. “This is false. Worst still the story has brought a lot of fear and consternation into the hearts and minds of Chief Fani-Kayode’s friends, supporters and family members all over the world”, it read. “It is only in the world of the reporter that a “heart-related ailment” has suddenly become “heart disease”. “Chief Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quakers SAN, said that he had a “heart-related ailment” in open court and not “heart disease”. “There is a world of difference between the two. He also said that he will be presenting a medical report ...
Fani-Kayode Speaks On Killing Of Pregnant Women, Unborn Babies
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Fani-Kayode Speaks On Killing Of Pregnant Women, Unborn Babies

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned in totality the gruesome murder of pregnant women and unborn babies in some parts of the country. Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, described the act as barbaric, stressing that it should be stopped. He was reacting to the revelation by the Benue State APC chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro that a heavily pregnant woman was killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen with her unborn child removed and slaughtered. He tweeted, “How can you kill a pregnant woman, remove the unborn child and slaughter it?”- Benue APC Chairman. “That is their way. In 1966 during the pogroms in the north they did it to 100,000 Igbos. They targeted pregnant Igbo women, cut out their babies and smashed their heads open!” He called on politic...
Benue Killings: APC Finally Making Sense – Fani-Kayode
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Benue Killings: APC Finally Making Sense – Fani-Kayode

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the Benue All Progressives Congress, APC, Chairman Comrade Abba Yaro’s statement that recent killings in the State is a case of ethnic cleansing. Yaro had described the massive killing of over 50 Benue people by the Fulani herdsmen as an invitation for civil war. Yaro described the recent killings as an attempt to spark second civil war in Nigeria, insisting that, it was a clear case of ethnic cleansing around the Benue Valley which must be stopped immediately. Reacting, the former minister expressed joy that someone from the APC was finally making sense and coming to terms with brutality of Fulani herdsmen. Fani in agreement tweeted “Finally someone in the APC is talking sense. “I said this over two years ago and was insult...
Fani-Kayode Reacts To Islamic Cleric’s Statement That Slavery Is Part Of Islam
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Fani-Kayode Reacts To Islamic Cleric’s Statement That Slavery Is Part Of Islam

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, on Wednesday reacted to an alleged statement that slavery is part of Islam. A member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, Senior Council of clerics, Sheik Saleh Al-Fawzan, was quoted as saying slavery is part of jihad and jihad will remain “as long as there is Islam.” Al-Fawzan had said, “Slavery is part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihadand jihad will remain as long as there is Islam.Those who argue that slavery has been abolished are ignorant, not scholars. “They are merely writers. Whoever say such thing is an infidel.” Reacting, the two-time Minister expressed shock via his Twitter handle. In a terse tweet, the Peoples Democratic Party, chieftain wrote: “I am at a loss for words!”
Power Failure Cripples Flight Operations At Lagos Airport
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Power Failure Cripples Flight Operations At Lagos Airport

For three days running, flight operations at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos have been crippled due to the incessant power failure at the terminal. Virtually all the airlines operating at the terminal on Tuesday experienced flight disruptions while passengers were made to wait endlessly to check in for departure. The airlines on Tuesday and early today, did profiling of some of their passengers manually, a situation, which caused slow check-in process at the terminal. The airlines affected by the disruption to services include Arik Air, Overland, Air Peace, part operations of Med-View and Aero Contractors Airlines. The cause of the power failure could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, but a source close to th...
Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari Again, Says President Is Father Of Fulani Herdsmen
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Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari Again, Says President Is Father Of Fulani Herdsmen

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, on Thursday, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari is the “father of barbaric Fulani herdsmen.” The Minister who made the remark also noted that Buhari is the father of bigotry and radical Islam. In a tweet via his social media handle, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chieftain further declared that the president is the father of “born to rule northern supremacy and Fulani hegemony.” The tweet reads, “Buhari is not only the father of corruption in Nigeria, he is also the father of the barbaric Fulani herdsmen, the father of religious bigotry and radical Islam, the father of “born to rule” northern supremacy and Fulani hegemony and the father of genocide and ethnic cleansing. “Buhari is not only the father of corruption in Nige...
Fani-Kayode Calls For Arrest Of Man Who Ordered Fulani Herdsmen To Kill
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Fani-Kayode Calls For Arrest Of Man Who Ordered Fulani Herdsmen To Kill

Former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the arrest of one Usman Sharau. Nigerian man, Auwal Usman Sharau, has sparked outrage on social media after he wished the Fulanis would burn and kill all Bachamas residents over attacks on two Adamawa communities. Reacting to the post, Fani Kayode berated Buhari on the delay to arrest Sharau whom he described as a Fulani terrorist. According to him, Sharau has not being arrested because he is a radical islamist and Buhari favourite soldier. In his tweet, he wrote, “Would @MBuhari kindly explain to the world why this genocidal maniac and repugnant beast not been arrested? “Is it because he is a cow-loving Fulani terrorist, a radical Islamist and one of the President’s favourite footsoldiers...
IPOB Members Remove Biafra Vehicles From Cars To Avoid Arrest
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IPOB Members Remove Biafra Vehicles From Cars To Avoid Arrest

Leaders and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in the South-East have been holding secret meetings to avoid arrest by the military and other security agancies in the region. The leaders also asked their members to wear black on Sunday (today) to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day. It was observed that the IPOB members in the region resorted to low-profile lifestyles since the whereabouts of their leader became unknown. It was learnt that there were no signs of IPOB activities either in form of meetings, or procession anywhere across the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi since the group was proscribed. Investigations also showed that car owners, commercial motorists, especially tricycle riders in the state capital, Abakaliki, have removed all the pro Biafra ins...
N4.9bn Fraud: How Fani-Kayode Paid Me N30m – Witness
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N4.9bn Fraud: How Fani-Kayode Paid Me N30m – Witness

A prosecution witness, Idowu Olusegun, in the ongoing trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Wednesday, told Justice Mohammed Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, how he was paid the sum of N30 million for a printing job facilitated by the former minister during the 2015 general election. Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, on a 17-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N4.9billion. At Wednesday’s sitting, Olusegun, who is the first prosecution witness, told the court that he was contracted to print posters and flyers for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organization of former President ...
Court Throws Out Fani-Kayode’s Transfer Application
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Court Throws Out Fani-Kayode’s Transfer Application

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday threw out an application filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, asking for a transfer of a money laundering case charge against him. Fani-Kayode, who was Chairman, Media and Publicity, of the 2015 PDP Campaign Organisation, was arraigned alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, a former National Chairman of the Association of Local Governments in Nigeria (ALGON), Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Ltd. The defendants were docked by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 17-count charge of alleged N4.6 billion money laundering. They had however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The defendants were first arraigned on June 28, 2016 before Justice Muslim Ha...
Conveyor Belt Operators Strike Grounds Flights At Lagos Airport
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Conveyor Belt Operators Strike Grounds Flights At Lagos Airport

Flights at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos were for several hours disrupted yesterday following a strike action by operators of the belt conveyor to protest against alleged unpaid salaries. The workers, in the employ of OTIS Nigeria Limited, a private company engaged to maintain and operate the carousel, alleged that they had not been paid in the last eight months, because the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was owing the contractor. But FAAN, which manages all 26 airports nationwide, denied owing the contractor, explaining that the industrial action was due to a “small misunderstanding”. The operators are critical to the quick movement of check-in luggage between the airport and aircraft, hence, what started as an indefinite strike immed...
Group Cautions Fani-Kayode Against Divisive Utterances
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Group Cautions Fani-Kayode Against Divisive Utterances

The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has cautioned the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on his call on President Muhammadu Buhari “to resign and go home”. The group described Fani-Kayode other vitriolic attacks on the person of Buhari as unpatriotic. A statement by Mr. Austin Braimoh, the Chairman of BMSG, on Tuesday on Abuja also condemned the utterances of the former minister because of its potential to create division among various groups. “His divisive write-ups and utterances have done a great harm to the country and Nigerians are sick and tired of his unpatriotic approach to national issues. “It is regrettable that after the President delivered a speech to rally round the whole country for peaceful, growth and development, an unpatriotic Nigerian like...
Anambra Guber: UPP Clears Chidoka, Offodile
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Anambra Guber: UPP Clears Chidoka, Offodile

Former House of Representatives member, Hon. Chudi Offodile, and ex-Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, have been cleared to contest the primaries of the United Progressives Party (UPP) for the November 18 governorship election of Anambra state. The two aspirants were cleared by a seven-man screening panel headed by the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Sadeeq Masalla. They will partake in the primary scheduled to hold in Awka, the state capital on August 19. The party assured that the process would be free and fair, adding that the list of the delegates had since been published on the party’s website. UPP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbuehi Dike, said, “We wish to seize this opportunity to reassure all the members of our great party and the general public that in com...
N4.9bn Fraud: Don’t Try Me In Lagos – Fani-Kayode
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N4.9bn Fraud: Don’t Try Me In Lagos – Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, pleaded on Wednesday that his alleged N4.9bn fraud case should be transferred from Lagos to Abuja. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned him on 17 counts before the Federal High Court in Lagos. The other defendants involved in the case are a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman; an ex-Chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr Yusuf Danjuma; and a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Limited. At the resumed proceedings on Wednesday, Fani-Kayode, through his lawyer, Mr Norrison Quakers (SAN), pleaded with Justice Rilwan Aikawa to transfer his trial to Abuja on the grounds that the cause of the action leading to the charges took place in Abuja. Quakers argued that the facts of ...
Quit Notice: Southerners Will Retaliate – Fani-Kayode
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Quit Notice: Southerners Will Retaliate – Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday, warned the youths who handed three months notice to the Igbo to quit the 19 Northern States, to weigh the consequences of their action because “they are playing with fire that will consume them.” According to him, any killing of Igbo could lead to another civil war or the end of Nigeria. Fani-Kayode, in a statement, vowed that any killing of Igbo in the North would lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the south. He advised the core Northern Muslim elders and leaders to caution their youths to avoid plunging the country to anarchy. The ex-Minister said, “Any pogrom or slaughter of Igbo in the North will lead to a swift, immediate and devastating retaliation throughout the South. “...
Nothing Must Happen To Fani-kayode, South/middle Belt Group Replies North
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Nothing Must Happen To Fani-kayode, South/middle Belt Group Replies North

Youths under the aegis of Southern and Middle Belt Allied Youths (SAMBAY) have replied their northern counterparts over the alleged threat the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) issued against a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, warning that nothing must happen to the Ex-Minister. A statement jointly signed by Fidelis Ujah (Middle Belt), Onyema Ukachukwu (South East) and Mustapha Olasubomi (South West) after an emergency meeting on Sunday warned that the Ex-Minister must not be intimidated for making a critique of the current All Progressives Congress, APC-led government. The group said it knows that it is the AYF that is pursuing purely selfish interests by insisting that power must remain in the north when their definition of “north” has clearly over the years excluded the middle...
Buhari Insulted Osinbajo Before Leaving – FFK
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Buhari Insulted Osinbajo Before Leaving – FFK

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari referring to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a “co-ordinator” and not Acting President, is “insulting and dangerous”. Buhari flew out of the country Sunday night, to undergo further medical check-ups in the UK. But before then, he sent a letter to the Senate notifying the upper chamber of his absence. The Senator representing Abia-North at the National Assembly, Mao Ohuabunwa, on Tuesday, said the transfer of power from Buhari to Yemi Osinbajo was not clear. Ohuabunwa faulted the letter as not naming Osinbajo as Acting President and called for it to be disregarded. Fani-Kayode has already weighed in with his opinion via his Twitter page. “The attempt by the corpsocrats to prevent th...
Fani-Kayode Reacts To Obanikoro’s Move To Join APC
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Fani-Kayode Reacts To Obanikoro’s Move To Join APC

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described as saddening the defection of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, to the APC. Obanikoro and Fani-Kayode spent about a month together in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in October last year. While Obanikoro was investigated for receiving N4.7bn from the Office of NSA, Fani-Kayode was prosecuted for allegedly receiving over N800m when he was the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation. In his reaction to Obanikoro's move, Fani-Kayode wrote; “My brother, Musiliu Obanikoro’s decision to join the APC irks and saddens me. I say this because I have always loved him and I care. You cannot fight evil by joining it. You cannot bring light by ent...
Fani-Kayode Reveals Three ‘Evil Geniuses’ Who Made Jonathan Lose 2015 Election
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Fani-Kayode Reveals Three ‘Evil Geniuses’ Who Made Jonathan Lose 2015 Election

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has listed three “evil geniuses” that worked against ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 Presidential election. That Mauzu betrayed us during the 2015 pres. campaign and that Jega was working for @MBuhari is not news. The biggest secret and greatest... traitor of them all was the man that brought both Mauzu and Jega to do a dirty job and sabotage our efforts. His name was Hassan Tukur. He is an evil genius. His treachery and collusion with the APC cost us the 2015 election and opened the door for Buhari. God will judge him.