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FG unveils new national carrier, Nigeria Air, targets 81 routes

The Federal Government on Wednesday unveiled the branding and livery for the new national carrier, Nigeria Air, and stated that the airline would be inaugurated at the end of this year.According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Aviation in Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, unveiled the carrier at a press conference during the Farnborough Air Show in London.Sirika was quoted as saying, “I am very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a…

Seven Nigerian nationals indicted for operating online romance fraud scheme that cost victims nationwide over $1.5 million in losses

A Federal grand jury has returned two indictments charging seven Nigerian nationals with federal charges ranging from wire fraud to identity theft arising from their operation of online romance fraud schemes that cost users of American dating websites over $1.5 million in losses. Federal agents have arrested five of the seven defendants - two defendants remain at-large. The indictments were partially unsealed earlier today. “The defendants in these cases allegedly used fake personas on online da…

Vendors cry out of how online media has taken their jobs

Newspaper vendors in Bauchi say they are facing hard times following a drop in sales of newspapers as a result of the advent of online publications.‎Some of them, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday said that they were almost thrown out of job as most of them had to look for other means of sustaining themselves and their families.One of them, Sani Ismaeel, lamented the development, saying he had been reflecting with nostalgia, the ‘good old days’ when they were in ‘real bu…

President Buhari rejects four bills passed by National Assembly; gives reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected four bills recently passed by the National Assembly.The bills are the Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018; National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (NCPEA) Bill, 2018; Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Amendment Bill, 2018; and the Courts and Tribunal Standard Scale of Fines Bill, 2018.Mr Buhari’s decision to withhold assent to the bills was contained in separate letters read out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday.He also gave…

Gas explosion kills three children, injures two in Jigawa

No fewer than three children have died in Sara Village in Gwaram LGA of Jigawa, following a cooking gas cylinder explosion.The Spokesman for the Jigawa Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident, added that two others were injured by the explosion.Jinijiri spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Dutse.“Last week, there was a fire incident in the house of one Alhaji Wada Sara, and the following people, Zainab Wada, Abdul Wada, Aliyu Wad…

FG to bring back Nigerians stranded in Russia

The Nigerian government will send a plane to repatriate the 200 defrauded Nigerian citizens currently stranded in Russia.Steve Ugbah, Nigerian ambassador to Russia who made this known while addressing a news conference on Tuesday, said”my foreign minister and I spoke yesterday.“The foreign minister spoke to President Muhammadu Buhari. He approved that these Nigerians [would] be evacuated back to Nigeria.“So the federal government of Nigeria is sending a plane very soon to evacuate these Nigerian…

Nigeria FG begins the plans of aquisition of aircrafts for National carrier

The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, announced Tuesday that the federal government has started negotiation for the acquisition of aircraft that would be used to run the planned national carrier.The new airline will be unveiled Wednesday at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom. According to a tweet made by the minister from his tweeter handle, @hadisirika, a committee on the national carrier project, which is headed by him, has met with officials of Airbus and Boeing, t…

ICC summit:President Buhari promises a free and fair election in 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised to do everything possible to ensure that the 2019 general elections are free, fair and peaceful. He said all hands were on deck to forestall the violence that characterised the 2011 elections which necessities investigations by the International Criminal Court.Buhari made the promise in his keynote address at the Solemn Hearing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute of the ICC, at The Hague.It will be recalled that scores of Nigeria…

Coalition observers,civil societies and others protest at the U S embassy of the irregularities in the Ekiti Election

Current report have it that Coalition of observers and civil societies who claimed to have monitored the Ekiti State governorship election last weekend have trooped to the United States of America Embassy in Abuja to protest against the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr.Kayode Fayemi who was declared as the governor-elect of Ekiti State by the Independent National Electoral Commission.The groups said that the declaration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi of APC as winner of…

Hot lava smashes through roof of tourist boat 'leaving 23 injured'

Hot lava burst from the ocean and crashed through the roof of a sightseeing boat near Hawaii on Monday, injuring 23 people.It happened as the vessel was taking tourists to where the Kilauea volcano was spewing lava into the ocean off Big Island.A tourist, Will Bryan, who was filming when the incident happened, said: "We are fine. Shaken up and tons of cuts and burns but we are fine." One woman suffered a broken leg and civil defence spokeswoman, Kelly Wooten, put the total number of in…