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UK Denies Air Peace Landing Permit To Evacuate Stranded Nigerians

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UK Denies Air Peace Landing Permit To Evacuate Stranded Nigerians

British authorities have denied an Air Peace airline flight deployed to evacuate stranded Nigerians in the UK landing rights. 

 

The Nigeria high commission in London which released a statement on Sunday, July 12, said the evacuation flights from London Heathrow to Abuja and Lagos will now depart from Gatwick Airport on Tuesday, July 14.

 

The statement read;

 

“This is to inform all prospective evacuees that have been issued tickets for the Air Peace flights departing on July 13, 2020, from London Heathrow to Abuja and Lagos, that due to landing clearance issues, the flights have been rescheduled to depart on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 10:00am from Gatwick Airport.

“Furthermore, Air Peace Airlines has contracted Air Partner to operate the flight on its behalf and any other information will be communicated directly to the passengers.

“In light of the foregoing, the mission wishes to extend its appreciation to the chairman and management of Air Peace Limited for ensuring that our stranded nationals in the United Kingdom returm home safely.”

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who reacted to the development said UK authorities decided to withdraw landing rights close to departure despite strong representations by the Nigerian Government including pointing out the hardship that would be caused to hundreds of Nigerian evacuees.

 

Onyeama further stated that though Air Peace could have just refunded the passengers, they exceptionally, patriotically and altruistically agreed to find an alternative carrier acceptable to the UK authorities to carry out the evacuation a day later than scheduled but for much higher fares.

 

The Minister added that the Nigerian Government will review its Air agreements with various countries as a result of the unacceptable treatment of Nigerian carriers during this pandemic.

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He tweeted;

 

Having been allowed to carry out one very successful evacuation of Nigerians from London at very low fares, @flyairpeace in coordination with the @NigeriaGov and full knowledge of the UK authorities scheduled two additional flights.

All the arrangements were made including payments, only for the UK authorities to withdraw landing rights close to departure despite strong representations by the Nigerian Government including pointing out the hardship that would be caused to hundreds of Nigerian evacuees.

Air Peace could have just refunded the passengers but exceptionally, patriotically and altruistically agreed to find an alternative carrier acceptable to the UK authorities to carry out the evacuation a day later than scheduled but for much higher fares.

These higher fares could legitimately have been passed on to the evacuees but Air Peace bore this huge cost itself. This is to let the aggrieved evacuees know that the objects of their grievance should neither be Air Peace nor the Nigerian Government.

They should rather be eternally grateful to Air Peace. The Nigerian Government will review its Air agreements with various countries as a result of the unacceptable treatment of Nigerian carriers during this pandemic.

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Nigeria Customs office adamawa Under attack by hoodlums

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Suspected Hoodlums, on Monday, looted Adamawa Custom Office, the eye witness said hoodlums where seen in their numbers breaking anything that stand in their way, carting away consumable and non-consumable items.

 

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NBC Fines Channels, AIT, Arise TV Over #EndSARS Coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has sanctioned Africa Independent Television, AIT, Arise Television, and Channels Television for what it called a gross violation of the broadcast code, top of which is the use of unverifiable online video footages on social media.

The sanction, according to the Acting Director-General of the Commission, Armstrong Idachaba, will be a fine not less than two million Naira.

He warned that this will be the last warning before a heavier sanction will be introduced.

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Governors Forum Sues for Accurate Dissemination of Information

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Governors Forum Sues for Accurate Dissemination of Information

The Nigeria governors’ forum (NGF) have refuted claims of hoarding palliatives meant for distribution in various states of the country.

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In a statement by the head, media & public affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the forum while pleading with the public to desist from spreading rumors said a lot of the information circulating the social media needs to be fact checked.

The statement said “the NGF reemphasizes and corrects the impression that palliatives found in warehouses that were broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept in storage for members of the society especially our vulnerable citizens.”

According to the statement, the erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is not just inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous, to say the least.

Until mid-October, when the NGF  had its last meeting, up to ten states had not participated in the flag-off ceremonies for the distribution of palliatives in their states. This was because the items meant for distribution in these states had not been completely received from CACOVID, the forum said.

The governors also explained that some other states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of covid-19.

The NGF assures all contributors to the palliatives that prior to the looting of these ware houses, states had kept full accounts of all the items received and distributed.

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