Newsdiaryonline Breaking News, Latest News, Investigative Stories,Analysis,Opinions,Interviews About Nigeria Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:43:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cut Buhari Some Slack ,By Ali M Ali Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:43:06 +0000 This   may seem hasty, unkind even. Thirty days in the saddle and the president, Muhammadu Buhari   is being ‘assessed?’ All Nigerians who can distinguish between men and mice know that the tradition is to assess the President   in the first 100 days in office. Why then assess Buhari differently? Is it because he is different? [...]

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Suicide Bombers Strike As Osinbajo Pays Surprise Visit To Maiduguri Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:02:40 +0000 Vice President OSINBAJO 1 600

It was a day  of  yet  another round of  explosions as two  suicide bombers struck  in Maiduguri blowing  themselves  up on Wednesday.The explosions occurred even as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo paid a surprise visit to the embattled city from Abuja.

Quoting  a military source, Reuters said “the blasts injured two people and happened at about 11.30 a.m. (1030 GMT) near the gates of a hospital where suicide bombers killed three people and injured 16 last Saturday

"The second blast occurred two minutes after the first one, killed the bomber and injured two other people nearby," Mohammed Haruna  who assisted some of the victims told Reuters.

News of the vice president’s surprise visits had made round earlier in the day and  many observers were impressed by the development.

The explosions  occurred far away  from the   IDP camp  where the VP  visited .

Maiduguri  is the epicenter of Boko Haram  insurgency.President  Muhammadu Buhari’s first official pronouncement during his inauguration on May 29 was to order the relocation of the military command centre in the battle against the terrorists from Abuja to Maiduguri.

The order is already being complied with, the military has  said.


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Acting INEC Chairman: Buhari Followed Due Process ,Says Presidency Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:33:32 +0000 President Muhammadu BUHARI  650

Nigeria’s Presidency  has debunked  allegations by opposition Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP that the appointment of Mrs Amina  Zakari as acting Chairman of INEC did not follow due process.The party also claimed that a governor  from the north west may have influenced her appointment.

Special Adviser to the president on median publicity,Mr Femi Adesina said in a swift reply Wednesday  that “Contrary to Mr Metuh's allegations, President Buhari's appointment of Mrs Zakari as Acting INEC Chariman was based entirely on merit, her vast experience in the internal operations of INEC and the President's commitment to affirmative action in support of gender equality, because, apart from being fully qualified for the position, Mrs  Zakari was the only woman among the six Commissioners considered.”

The presicdential spokesman said, “Mr Metuh clearly had nothing new to say apart from his charge of nepotism and partisanship  in the appointment of the Acting INEC Chairman, which also lacks any factual foundation.

He maintained that, “President Buhari certainly did not "overrule" Prof. Attahiru Jega in appointing Mrs Amina Zakari as the Acting INEC Chairman, as Mr Metuh alleged.

“Prof. Jega's purported handing over to another Commissioner cannot be construed as an ‘appointment’ because only the President has the constitutional authority, which he exercised to appoint Mrs Zakari as  acting Chairman of INEC.

“Due Process was certainly followed in Mrs Zakari's appointment. Mr Metuh's spurious claims of her  appointment having been influenced by "personal relationship with the Presidency" and a  Governor in the North-West "to pave the way for the APC" at election tribunals should be disregarded by the public.

Adesina said  PDP’s  “allegations are nothing  but falsehoods contrived by Mr Metuh  to unjustly denigrate a President popularly elected by Nigerians to undo the damage done to the nation by years of PDP rule.”

“His claim that the PDP has rejected Mrs Zakari's appointment is also laughable after he had admitted that the right  and power of the President to make such appointments cannot be questioned”,the presidential spokesman said.

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PDP Rejects Appointment of Amina Zakari As Acting Chairman of INEC Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:28:07 +0000 pdplogo

The Peoples Democratic  Party has  rejected the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the acting chairman of INEC by President  Muhammadu Buhari.Briefing newsmen on Wednesday,  the party’s Spokesman,Olisa Metuh said “The PDP has declared the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as unacceptable and demand that President Buhari changes her immediately.

“In INEC, the PDP states in unequivocal terms that we cannot, as critical stakeholders fold our hands and watch while the Presidency perpetuate actions that diminish the independence of the electoral commission.

“Our reasons include the fact that due process was not observed in the appointment and that Mrs. Zakari has shown in the last elections that she is manifestly bias in favour of the APC. Finally her appointment is a clear case of nepotism.

“We ask, if they trusted Prof. Jega and commended him for conducting free and fair elections, why would they not trust him on who to hold forth in the commission until a substantive Chairman is appointed, rather than appointing someone who is retiring from the commission in the next three weeks?

“With the prevailing record of Mr. President on appointments, it is unlikely that a substantive INEC Chairman will be appointed in the next one year.  Is there a hidden agenda? Has Mrs. Zakari been handed a script to act given that we have cases in the tribunals in addition to the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa?

The party   reiterated  its criticism of   Buhari’s  inaction.”Even the very little intervention made on appointments such as those of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) and the Acting Chairman of INEC, have not shown our beloved President as an evenhanded and patriotic leader resulting in the confusion and crisis of confidence that have trailed the two appointments.

“The PDP is particularly disturbed by the development in INEC where President Buhari, who knew all along that the immediate-past INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega would be leaving office by June 30, had to wait for him to handover to one of the national commissioners only to reverse it immediately, thereby injecting bad blood in the commission.

Metuh said “The situation in INEC since the PDP government reformed and granted it operational autonomy has been peaceful, but Tuesday's untidy overruling of Prof. Jega and appointing of Mrs. Amina Zakari as acting chairman which, we gathered was influenced by personal relationship with the Presidency and one of the new governors of the North West, ostensibly to pave the way for the APC at the electoral tribunals, has completely eroded public trust in the commission.

“Whereas the PDP recognizes the right and powers of the President to appoint the Chairman of INEC and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), we reject attempts as in the case of the AGF to paint the process as transparent and objective when such was not the case, but brought to question the sincerity and commitment of the present administration to due process.

“In INEC, the PDP states in unequivocal terms that we cannot, as critical stakeholders fold our hands and watch while the Presidency perpetuate actions that diminish the independence of the electoral commission.


PDP  has also accused Buhari’s regime of failing to inspire and fuelling tension.” Even though this government has continued to plead for patience, we are worried that indications from President Muhammadu Buhari and his party do not inspire desired confidence in the citizenry that they are adequately equipped and ready to chart a direction for the enormous challenges of governance.

“In the last one month, instead of a journey to change as they claim, all we have witnessed are avoidable tension, wrangling within the ruling party, disruption of legislative activities in our National Assembly, painful economic stagnation, pronouncement of voodoo achievements and overall uncertainty in the polity all due to the apparent inability of our respected President to provide leadership.

“We have a President and a party that have since thirty–two days been unable to decide on rudimentary appointments such as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief of Staff to the President, ministers and his demand for 15 Special Advisers as approved by the PDP controlled Seventh Assembly since June 5, 2015.

“Furthermore, the PDP finds it sycophantic, insincere and the height of deceit for the APC to continue to deceive President Buhari by parading voodoo achievements and pretending that all is well with the nation even when it is obvious that the government has not been able to locate its bearing.

“The PDP also finds unacceptable APC's continued playing on the intelligence of the people by dishing out imaginary achievements in the media even when it is evident to all that the nation is stagnating, a clear indication that the ruling party and the President lack direction and capacity to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

“It is indeed amusing that a party in power in a press conference on Tuesday claimed progress in the fight against terrorism when the effort has lost steam in the last thirty-two days with insurgents, who under the Goodluck Jonathan administration were already at the verge of surrender in the Sambisa now surging back into the country.

“How can a political party attempt to deceive Nigerians and the President when the economy has plummeted under their watch with a terrifying crippling of foreign and domestic investments and the stock market losing over N350 billion because of the prevailing uncertainty and confusion in the system?

“More astonishing is the fact that a ruling party and a government of a sovereign nation and strong international voice like Nigeria are parading mere promissory notes from foreign interests as achievements, instead of settling down to galvanize resources and potentials that abound in our country.

“If by the declaration of the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that President Buhari has done excellently well thus far, then Nigerians should not expect anything from this administration.

“The PDP as a responsible political party committed to the national interest, we urge the APC to henceforth desist from unnecessary propaganda which ought to have ended with the campaigns, settle down and help the President form a government and chart a direction for the nation.

“Finally,” PDP said  “while we restate our respect for the office and person of the President, the Presidency and the APC must know that though Nigerians are wiling to give them time to perform, they are tired of their unfounded excuses of handover notes coming late; of meeting empty treasury, of clearing the so-called Augean Stable among nuances of other frivolous claims.

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Chinese Group to Invest $54m in Kwara Industrial Sector Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:16:00 +0000 Kwara State Government’s effort at attracting international investments to the state has continue to yield positive result as a group of Chinese Investors expressed their commitment towards investing about $54m in the industrial sector of Kwara State in the next couple of years. The leader of the team, Mr Shi Zengchao said about $15m would [...]

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Disseminate Information With Accuracy, Adesina Urges Media Managers Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:13:25 +0000 The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has stressed the need for stakeholders in information management to ensure that accurate information is disseminated to the general public at all times. Speaking at a meeting with members of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) and the [...]

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Nigeria Raises Level of Alert over Resurgence of Ebola in Liberia Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:28:53 +0000 Ebola  resized

The federal government has urged Nigerians not to panic over the resurgence of Ebola  in the Liberia as the health  Ministry has assured that the necessary  response mechanism has  been reactivated.The government also said the level of alert has been raised.

“Nigerians should not panic but must be aware and be vigilant. Members of the public are advised to observe basic hygiene and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility. It must be noted that the main symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease are fever, severe headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Patients in some cases, also have neurological symptoms of becoming confused and restless” the government said.

Mrs.A.   O. Adesugba ,Director Press & Public Relations   Federal Ministry of Health who signed  the statement said “To address the challenges of the development in neighbouring Liberia, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) is reactivating its response mechanism and increasing the level of its alert. All state ministries of health and health facilities are hereby advised to raise their alert level and report any suspected case to the Federal Ministry of Health.

She recalled  that “A new case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been reported in Liberia. This means that the country which was certified EVD free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 9, 2015 has witnessed a resurgence of the disease.

“A 17-year-old boy from a village near the Liberian capital died of Ebola. He had no history of travelling out of Liberia and no history of coming into contact with any known Ebola case. The boy has since been buried but Liberian health officials are worried that he may have transmitted the virus to many other people who came into contact with him.

“The  resurgence  of EVD in Liberia confirms that the Ebola Virus is still circulating in that country and transmission from person-to person is possible.

A Liberian-American ,Mr Patrick Sawyer brought Ebola into  Nigeria .Fortunately, Lagos and Rivers State governments contained the spread last year in Nigeria.

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Regularise Your Registration Or Leave, Tambuwal Tells Foreign Doctors Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:06:31 +0000 By Abdallah el-Kurebe Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has warned that foreign doctors working in the services of the state government to regularise their registration with the appropriate professional agencies or get sacked. ‎The governor spoke when he received members of the Sokoto State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in his [...]

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N9.2bn Clean Cook Stove Contract Saga: Environment Ministry Declines Comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:58:17 +0000 The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede has declined further comments on the clean cook stove contract, maintaining that the matter is already in court and that further public comments on it may be sub-judice. Fatima Mede who was reacting to series of inquiries and request for interviews on [...]

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Fani – Kayode Changes Name After Victorious Court Verdict Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:51:01 +0000 Fani-Kayode new 600

Former Minister of Aviationn and ex spokesman of PDP Presidential Campaign Organization,Mr Femi Fani – Kayode who was  on Wednesday  cleared of corruption charges by a Nigerian court has decided to change his name “As a mark of honor and respect for the Lord”.

Reacting to the victorious verdict, he said “As a mark of honor and respect for the Lord and as an everlasting testimony of my love for and dedication to him, I wish to make it known to the Nigerian public that as from today my name will be changed.

“It will no longer be David Oluwafemi Fani-Kayode but instead, it shall be David Oluwafemi Olukayode. Olukayode means "the Lord has brought me joy" and today he has done precisely that.

“As from this day, in honor of him and as a small tribute to my love for and total dependance on Him, that shall remain my family name. Once again, I give thanks to God for all that has happened to me and for this great deliverance. To him be all the glory.

The statement reads thus in full:

I am delighted, humbled and relieved by this verdict. In the last seven years, I have been subjected to the most malicious, vicious, sinister, well-orchestrated, insidious and devastating form of political persecution and wickedness.

The whole process almost destroyed my life, my family, my reputation, my health and my career. I thank God for his goodness, his mercy and for the fact that today, the whole nightmare has finally come to an end.

Initially, I was accused of stealing N19.5bn of public funds when I was Minister of Aviation. It was thrown out by the courts. Then I was accused of stealing N6.5bn. It was thrown out by the courts. Then I was accused of laundering N200m. It was thrown out by the courts.

Then I was accused of laundering N99m. It was thrown out by the courts. Finally, I was accused of laundering N1m and N1.1m respectively, and today, both of these charges have also been thrown out by the courts.

I give thanks to God for today’s verdict. It is the doing of the lord and it is marvelous in our sight. Once again, he has proved that he is faithful and true and that he always honors his word.

I wish to thank my family members, leaders of the Body of Christ, intercessors, pastors, political associates and friends who never doubted my innocence and who stood by me through thick and thin. I wish to thank my lawyers who worked so hard and so diligently over the last seven years throughout this case.

I wish to thank the Nigerian judiciary for dispensing justice in an honest and God-fearing way and for refusing to be intimidated by anyone or guided by anything other than the evidence presented before them in this case.

They dispensed justice with candor and fairness, and throughout the proceedings, they were fair to all, honest, courageous, professional and true.

I thank them for refusing to send an innocent man to jail and for refusing to allow themselves to be used as tools for personal and vindictive vendettas or political persecution.

This gruesome ordeal started seven years ago and throughout that period, it was grueling and difficult. They took seven years from me  but they couldn't break me or end my life.

It was a very difficult period for both me and my family which came with enormous and unimaginable challenges, yet from day one I never doubted that I would be vindicated because God had assured me of it and I know the God that I serve. He never lies and He never fails.

He said, through his Holy Spirit, that my innocence would speak for me and that he would fight this battle for me and he did. He said that he is the author and the finisher of my faith, my shield, my glory and the lifter of my head and he was.

He has proved all that throughout my life and he has proved it once again with the verdict in this case. To him alone be all the glory.

When the ordeal began seven years ago the Lord ministered that it would last for seven years but that in the end, I would be declared innocent, I would be vindicated and I would be delivered.

Again he honored his word because the whole nightmare started on 1st of July 2008 when I was arrested in the premises of the Nigerian Senate after the public hearing on the N19.5 billion Naira Aviation Intervention Fund.

I was cleared of any wrong doing in the administration of that fund by the Senate Commitee on Aviation yet despite that, immediately after the sitting before the Comimitee, I was abducted and arrested in an unceremonious and shameul fashion and locked up by the Farida Waziri-led EFCC for 10 days and charged to a magistrate court in Abuja.

Today, the 1st of July 2015, seven years to the day from that day when I was first arrested and first put into detention, I have been discharged and acquitted of all remaining charges by the courts.

The Lord has, once again, honored his word, to him alone be the glory.

As a mark of honor and respect for the Lord and as an everlasting testimony of my love for and dedication to him, I wish to make it known to the Nigerian public that as from today my name will be changed.

It will no longer be David Oluwafemi Fani-Kayode but instead, it shall be David Oluwafemi Olukayode. Olukayode means "the Lord has brought me joy" and today he has done precisely that.

As from this day, in honor of him and as a small tribute to my love for and total dependance on Him, that shall remain my family name. Once again, I give thanks to God for all that has happened to me and for this great deliverance. To him be all the glory.

I swore that I would not leave the shores of Nigeria until this matter was finally brought to an end and the courts had pronounced my innocence. That was seven years ago.

I kept faith with that oath and it gives me pleasure to tell you that now that the whole ordeal is over I shall be leaving the shores of my beloved country for the first time in seven years for a short holiday and a long overdue medical examination.

They not only threw the whole book at me but also the entire kitchen sink but the Lord was with me. I stood on His words in Isaiah 50 v.7-9 and I never faltered or doubted Him even in the most difficult times.

Now they know that I serve a mighty God who never forsakes His own. I thank the media for their constant support and attention and I thank the millions of Nigerian people that chose to believe in me and to keep faith with me throughout this ordeal. Once again, I give thanks to the Lord. God bless you all.

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Buhari Orders Agencies To End Corruption In Hajj Operations Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:40:48 +0000 President Muhammadu BUHARI  650

President  Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all relevant  agencies  concerned with Hajj operations to move swiftly to end corrupt practices.

NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Mohammed Mukhtar  made this known after a meeting with the president in Abuja. "I met Mr. President and I'm pleased to tell Nigerians that he has granted all the requests from the National Hajj Commission with regards to the preparations for 2015 hajj; and also he had directed for inter-agency collaboration between the commission and all other relevant agencies to address the challenges and menace of corrupt-related practices that have to do with hajj and umrah and thus we will face it headlong until we bring it to a standstill” he said.

Speaking with State House Correspondents furthet  he said  corruption - related issues were numerous.

"Well there are many, for instance, people pay for services, which are in some cases not rendered. In some cases even they don't have the chance to perform the Hajj or umrah at all, their money is gone, and illegal operators that are not licensed to carry out the activities of either umrah or Hajj, still play around and carry out the activities with impunity, so all these will be addressed."

NAHCON)  has also announced that 76000 Nigerian Muslims will participate in the 2015 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Also ,  the chairman  said  the president had approved the 2015 air carriers  which will  fly the 76,000 Nigerian pilgrims,  and that the list  of airlines would be sent to the states  so that each state could select the air lines of their choice

According to him, the approved air lines  include Max Air, Medview Airlines, Kabo Air, Planet Air, Skypower Express, Dornier Aviation, Top Brass and Hak Air.

"Mr. President also directed that we should comply with all regulations laid out by Saudi government  to ensure the success of 2015 Hajj."

He however refused   to disclose the  hajj fare as he simply said ,"We will let you know."

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IGP Orders CPs to dislodge Local Government Officials mounting road blocks Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:39 +0000 Arase news

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase has mandated all State Command Commissioners of Police to dislodge local government officials operating on the highways in the guise of collecting tolls for their  councils.

A statement by CP Emmanuel C. S. Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer,Force Headquarters, Abuja said  this order became necessary following complaints and reports of disruption of smooth flow of traffic, extortion and harassment of motorists on the highways.

Henceforth any local government staff found wanting in this regard would be made to face the full weight of the law, the statement said.

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Airtel Partners with UNICEF to Empower Nigerian Communities Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:20:43 +0000 UNICEF-Airtel

Lagos 1 July 2015 - UNICEF and Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, have entered a partnership agreement to expand their collaboration across all 36 states and FCT in Nigeria. The partnership will increase access to social change related information and provide opportunities for participation whilst pushing forward U-Report, an innovative project supported by UNICEF.

The agreement allows UNICEF to tap into Airtel’s mobile services to make health, education, child protection and community-focused content available to Airtel customers across the country. Through improved connectivity, more Nigerians will have free access to mobile applications and services developed by UNICEF, such as U-Report.

U-Report, an innovative SMS-based platform, empowers Nigerians to participate and engage in policy-making and governance and to access real time information on key social issues. The platform, which was launched officially in Nigeria on 29 April, 2015, has over 400,000 registered users, making Nigeria the leading U-Report platform globally, among 16 other countries that are running the same application.

Commenting on the initiative, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said the company is committed to empowering Nigerians and is keen on supporting programmes that will enrich the lives of its various stakeholders. “At Airtel Nigeria, we constantly look for opportunities to excite, delight and empower our customers. This innovative partnership with UNICEF offers Nigerians a golden opportunity to transform the country and we are glad to be part of the U-Report project,” he said.

Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, said “UNICEF is committed to providing innovative solutions towards better delivery of services and social change. This partnership with Airtel has the potential to empower millions of Nigerians through access to information and with opportunities to help them transform their societies.”

About 15 million text messages were sent and received through the U-Report platform while the country battled Ebola in 2014, ahead of the official U-Report launch this year. The awareness messages and real time responses via SMS and on the U-Report Social Media platforms sent out during the Ebola outbreak were able to combat rumours about mythical remedies such as bathing with hot water and salt and taking bitter kola to cure the disease. U-Report participants were informed about how to identify the disease, and how to keep safe.

U-Report Nigeria has sent out more than 70 polls and 25 million messages over the past year on topics as such as prevention of HIV/AIDS, unemployment, maternal and child health, safety and security in schools, child protection, electricity, water and sanitation and hygiene.

UNICEF strongly believes that through U-Report, communities can improve their standard of living and significantly contribute to transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs, which is key to the development of Nigeria.


The support provided by AIRTEL has enabled U-Report to grow into a vibrant tool to empower Nigerians.  UNICEF looks forward to continued collaboration and expansion, striving to achieve its target of 1 million U-Reporters by the end of this year.


To become a U-Reporter in Nigeria, text the word ‘JOIN’ to 24453. It is free.

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Paris Court of Appeal affirms invalid seizure of ECAir’s Boeing 757 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:17:56 +0000 ECair new

(APO,BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, July 1, 2015)In a ruling dated 25 June 2015, the Paris Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of the Bobigny Court of First Instance, issued on 22 April, which established that the seizure on 11 April of the B757-200 belonging to ECAir was illegal.

On 11 April 2015, an aircraft with registration HB-JJE belonging to ECAir was seized at Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. This seizure had been deemed manifestly illegal by ECAir given that it was based on a judgment against third parties, none of which was ECAir, and the amount awarded under the judgment was in any case not owed by ECAir.

In the judgment handed down on 22 April 2015, the enforcing judge in Bobigny had declared the seizure of the aircraft carried out on 11 April 2015 against ECAir, to be invalid, allowing ECAir to put its HB-JJE aircraft back into service.

The opposing party appealed against this judgment, and ECAir definitively won the case on 25 June 2015 before the Court of Appeal. The company's senior management, as well as all the staff, would like to thank all those – from near or far – who have shown their support to ECAir.

ECAir is pressing ahead with its development and will extend its regional network in August with the opening of services to the destinations of Abidjan, Yaoundé, Bangui and N'Djaména. The company is the official carrier of the All-Africa Games (4–19 September in Brazzaville).


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Suntai Suffers Stroke ,Adamawa’s Bindow Steps In As Associates Desert Him Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:11:50 +0000 Gov Suntai on arrival -Source The Canary

The former governor  of Taraba state,   Danbaba Suntai  is said to be currently suffering  from stroke and has been unable to meet up with his medical appointments outside the country. Worse still, the former governor who was involved  in a plane crash while in office appears to have been abandoned by his associates and even the state government.

Suntai was brought back to the country from his America hospital in the middle of political power tussle  in the state last year

The current state governor Darius Ishaku  has complained of lack of funds, saying the  state government cannot continue to foot the former governor's medical bills.

Sources said Suntai will be flown  outside the country this week at the behest of Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow  of Adamawa state who has offered to foot the bill.

Coordinator of the Taraba Peoples Assembly Martins Andekin in an article titled 'Let’s  pray  for Governor Danbaba Suntai' lamented that those who rode on  former governor's back to get political offices in the state have  abandoned him, as his health deteriorate daily.

The article reads in parts: "The plot to blackmail and remove Alhaji Garba Umar from the governance of Taraba State started almost immediately after the ill-fated air accident which incapacitated former Governor Danbaba Suntai.

"The presumed associates of Danbaba Suntai saw Alhaji Garba Umar as an impostor who had come from nowhere to reap from their political labour. It was his major sin.

However, the fulcrum of the struggle to remove Alhaji Garba Umar was Danbaba’s ill-health. While governor Danbaba was battling for his life in a German hospital, the group now widely known as the cabals spread all forms of lies, falsehoods and propaganda to mislead and hoodwink ordinary people to believe that indeed Danbaba had miraculously recovered and would return in a matter of days.

Several timelines were given for his return to no avail while intensifying the false and dangerous notion that Garba Umar was usurping his principal’s power. Twice, the cabals abducted Governor Danbaba Suntai from his sick bed in America and Great Britain claiming that he had recovered his health. The two incidents ended in total disaster and disgrace for the organizers, which included national political jobbers...

Later, a gullible section of the Christian Association of Nigeria, not only joined this devious and self-seeking conspiracy but also took the front row in spreading wild rumors and ferrying Governor Danbaba Suntai round churches in the name of attending church services.

This not only aggravated his illness but also took a heavy toll on the image of the State.

As soon as Sani Abubakar Danladi was installed, Danbaba Suntai was completely abandoned by these so-called associates and some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, who claimed to be fighting for him.

He was not taken to church again; no inter-denominational service was held for him and worst still, his upkeep was drastically cut. In fact Danbaba Suntai was not seen in public again until another exploitative manipulation when he was paraded in a voting unit purporting to cast his vote.

The highest stage of betrayal against Danbaba Suntai, whom the cabals and their cohorts, pretended he was still in office, was the glaring failure to even take him to the swearing in of his successor to do a symbolic hand-over.

Nobody said anything about him as he had since been moved to a house said to have been bought for him by the government.

The latest unfortunate development is that the former Governor Danbaba’s health has deteriorated and he is returning to hospital abroad on the expenses of Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa state and not the Taraba State Governor that had always claimed to work in his interest.

It is now clear that Danbaba Suntai has been made a sacrificial lamb for a pretentious and contrived power shift by some self imposed political cronies and misguided people claiming to establish a religious hegemony in the state.

If Governor Danbaba Suntai, had stayed in hospital for a minimum period of two and half years as his American doctors had initially recommended, by now he would have fully recovered his health. But, the power mongers would have none of it, and now his health has continued to spiral downwards due to constant movements against medical advice.

If something drastic happens to him, these cronies and some gullible pastors will have to bear the shame and guilt of using and dumping this innocent man, to their graves.

On his path, Alhaji Garba Umar had kept faith with his boss. He had not withheld a single kobo from all requirements for his treatment and upkeep. On two separate occasions when Governor Danbaba Suntai required urgent Medical checkup abroad, the administration of Alhaji Garba Umar immediately raised funds to charter aircraft to convey him to London to and fro, including the cost of his medication and allowances for his family and medical aides. On the other hand when a similar situation occurred after he left office, it took more than two months to raise funds to put him on a commercial British Airways flight to London. There is no administration in Nigeria that is insulated from shortage of funds. Every responsible government must rise to the challenge of prudently managing its resources instead of unnecessarily blaming others as an excuse for failure to meet the people’s expectations.

Alhaji Garba Umar, also provided enough for his families including full financial support to his children schooling abroad; despite several attempts to instigate hatred and insults against him. Time has now provided all God fearing Tarabans and other Nigerians the opportunity to determine, who between Umar UTC and the cabals, had betrayed Danbaba.

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