The Federal government has shifted the resumption date of international flights to September 5.
Hadi Sirikia, the Minister of Aviation, had earlier announced that the date for resumption for International flights was Saturday, August 29.
However, at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday August 27, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, announced that the date has now been moved to September 5.
According to Nuhu, while airlines and airports were ready to operate, other non-aviation logistics were not and this has necessitated the one-week extension.
“We have other non-aviation logistics we are still working on, mostly the COVID-19 protocol tests and online platform. We need to get this ready.”Nuhu said
He stressed that the September 5 as a “sacrosanct date”, noting that “the initial announcement was anytime from the 29th.”
“In due course, we will be announcing the protocols for the resumptions and we will be giving further details. Hopefully early next week, we will release this.”he said
The Nigerian Airspace was shut down in March as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
Kogi Tanker Explosion: Photo of woman killed alongside her husband and three children
A couple identified as Mr and Mrs Olu Samson and their three children were killed in the Kogi tanker explosion which occurred on Wednesday September 23.
Most of the victims of the explosion which occurred around 8.30am in the Felele area of Lokoja, along the Lokoja/Abuja Highway, were school children and students of the state -owned Polytechnic located a short distance away from the scene.
It was gathered that the fuel laden tanker belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) suffered brake failure, rammed into five cars, two motorcycles and three tricycles, as it hurtled down the road, killing the occupants before bursting into flames.
The couple was said to be dealing in sewing machines and other tailoring materials at Borehole cantonment in Felele.
According to reports, Samson wanted to drop off his children at school as had become his daily routine before opening his shop.
The couple were on their way to drop off the kids at school when the incident happened. Confirming the report, one Winsome Rufus took to Facebook to mourn the family.
“Black Wednesday Indeed. Fire Accident At Felele Lokoja. Claim life’s.
RIP To Mr And Mrs Samson And Children (Mummy You Left Just Like That)
An entire Family Was Wipe Off From The Surface Of The Earth.”
Meanwhile, it was also gathered that a man from Okene allegedly lost his six children in the explosion.
Four policemen arrested over killing of Rivers musician
Four policemen have been arrested in connection to the killing of an upcoming musician, Daniel Ikeaguchi a.k.a Sleek.
The musician was killed while fleeing from an anti-kidnapping squad in Elelenwo area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Monday September 21.
Rivers Police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni identified the suspected killer policeman as Sgt Isaiah Ben attached to the 35 PMF Jigawa and also revealed that he and others from the anti-kidnapping unit have been transferred to the CID for interrogation.
It will be a sin against God if I don’t thank Wike – Governor Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki has thanked Governor Nyesom Wike over the role he played in his re-election as the Governor of Edo state.
Obaseki who visited Wike on Wednesday September 23, stated that Governor Wike took him in after he was pushed out of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also revealed that the campaign council met at Wike’s house to work out the strategies that led them to victory on Saturday September 19.
Obaseki was quoted saying in a statement released by Paulinus Nsirim, Rivers commissioner of information;
“After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes and gave me food to eat.
“It was in this house, the campaign council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.
“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”
Responding to this, Wike praised him for standing “firm” in the election, saying he could not have supported a “lily-hearted person.”
“Our work would have been difficult if he did not make himself available. I cannot support a lily-hearted person. Governor Obaseki was firm.
“It is not easy to fight godfatherism. But he has the interest of Edo people at heart. Together, we have conquered it.
I thank you my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the party.
“Edo people are also looking up to you to forgive everybody. Forgive your political opponents. I am happy that today, south-south is under one political party. We can speak with one voice in moving Nigeria forward. This is the sweetest electoral victory I have ever witnessed.”