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NDLEA arraigns SAHCO manager Olajide Kafidipe, others for alleged drug trafficking



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arraigned an Assistant General Manager of Skyway Handling Company (SAHCO), Olajide Kafidipe, and seven other employees of the company before a Federal High Court, Lagos for alleged drug trafficking.

The NDLEA docked Kafidipe and others before Justice Deinde Dipeolu on four counts of conspiracy, unlawful importation and possession of 1,440.90 kilograms of Tramadol.

Other defendants in the case are Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele, Musa Mutalib Opeyemi, Sanamo Alla Daniel, Anuge Evans Isibor; Mahmud Agboola Musa, Udeh Felix and Obinna Henry.

The prosecutor, Abu Ibrahim, had earlier informed the judge that the defendants conspired with the trio of Mubarak Sarki Salami, Abdullahi Aliyu, a.k.a Aboki and Anwal Monday, who are also staff of the company but now at large, to commit the offences on or about October 25, 2023.

Ibrahim also alleged that the defendants conspired amongst themselves to transport 1 440.90 kilograms of Tramadol 225mg, a Narcotic, through the SAHCO Import Shed.

He further claimed that Kafidipe conspired with Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele and procured one Lawal Itunu Temitope to transport the prohibited substance from SAHCO Import Shed in a Mercedes Benz Bus with Registration Number LAGOS MUS 269 YC, belonging to Platinum Pacific International Limited.

The prosecutor informed the court that another staff of SAHCO, Sanyaolu Rasheed Oladele, was unlawfully found in possession of the said 1440—Ninety kilograms of Tramadol 225mg, a Narcotic Analgesic.

Ibrahim maintained that the offences are contrary to sections 14 (b), 21 (2)(d) and 20 (1)(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and is punishable under sections 11 (b) and 20 (2)(b) of the same Act.

All the defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following their plea, the prosecutor urged the court to fix a trial date and order that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until the hearing and conclusion of the trial.

The defence lawyer however informed the court that he had filed separate bail applications for his client except for the Assistant General Manager and Henry.

The lawyer, therefore, urged the court for a short date to enable him to file the bail applications for the duo.

Based on this development, the prosecutor urged the court to remand all the defendants in prison until the court hears their bail applications.

Justice Dipeolu ordered the operatives of the NDLEA to call their Airport Commander to allow the defendants to be remanded in their custody until Wednesday, January 17, when their bail applications will be heard and determined.

He also adjourned the case to January 24 for the commencement of the trial.


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Tension as Dana Air plane crash-lands in Lagos



The Nigerian Government has suspended the operations of Dana Air. The order followed an incident involving a Dana Air plane at Lagos airport

The management of Dana Air has confirmed reports that one of its aircraft with registration number 5N BKI skidded off the runway at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday morning.

The airline made the confirmation in a statement on Tuesday.

Expressing regret, the airline noted that the aircraft which flew from Abuja to Lagos, skidded off the runway in an attempt to land.

However, it expressed relief that no casualty was recorded, stating that it had informed the Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority of the incident.

The statement read, “Dana Air regrets to inform the public of a runway incursion involving one of our aircraft, registration number 5N BKI, which was flying from Abuja to Lagos today 23/04/24

“We are relieved to confirm that all 83 passengers and crew onboard the flight disembarked safely without injuries or scare as the crew handled the situation with utmost professionalism.”

“We have also updated the AIB and NCAA on the incident and the aircraft involved has been grounded by our maintenance team for further investigation.”

The management thanked the airport authorities and its crew for ensuring the safety of all passengers onboard the aircraft.

The statement added, “We wish to thank the airport authorities, and our crew for their very swift response in ensuring the safe disembarkation of all passengers following the incident and our sincere apologies and appreciation to the passengers on the affected flight for their patience and understanding.

“We wish to reassure our passengers that their safety will always be our top priority, and we are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Recall that in January 2018, a commercial aircraft belonging to Dana Air used its left wing to hit a fence at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Dana flight, with registration number 5N-DEV from Port Harcourt, brushed the fence while trying to park after it landed at the NAIA.

Sources at the airport and passengers onboard the flight reveal that no injury was recorded, but blamed the aircraft’s pilot for the incident.



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FAAN calls for stronger collaboration with ICAN



The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku has called for greater collaboration between

.. Says accountants in the agency have performed creditably well

The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAA), Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku has called for greater collaboration between FAAN and the institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

This is just as she stated that the over 100 accountants in the agency’s workforce have been doing their jobs transparently and with integrity.

She said this while speaking when the 59th President of ICAN, Dr. Innocent Okwuossa and his team visited FAAN headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA),Lagos.

She explained that the accountants working with FAAN have proven to be a very important segment of the agency’s work force by carrying out their jobs with commitment, accuracy, transparency and integrity.

According to her, “ It is our desire to continue to partner with your prestigious institute as we leverage on this important visit to call for stronger collaboration between FAAN and ICAN going forward.”

ICAN, Kuku noted, has continued to play a critical role in training and retraining accountants all over the country to provide accounting services with the highest level of professionalism.

She commended the ICAN President and his team for the great work they are doing to keep the professionalism competence going among members .

Speaking further, Kuku said that the present administration in FAAN is committed to ensuring that services at airports across the country meet international standards for safe, secure and efficient carriage of passengers and goods within the country.

We are also mindful of the need to consciously carry out our activities with utmost transparency, accountability and integrity for the benefit of the nation and this is that very important juncture our paths cross as an institution.

Speaking, the President of ICAN, thanked the FAAN boss for giving him and his tram a warm welcome, said that the institute would like to partner with FAAN on capacity building to further equip its members.

He stated that the FAAN Managing Director has not only made history as the first woman managing Director of the agency but that she has also inspired women across the country that they can get to leadership positions.

Okwuossa noted that ICAN recognizes the important role and the impact FAAN makes in the aviation industry infrastructure development, adding that as a result there has not been serious accidents and incidents in the sector for some time now.

The ICAN President pointed out that FAAN has from time to time supported the ICAN members working with the agency for training to further broaden their horizon , calling on the agency to further sponsor their members to the ICAN annual conference coming up in October and other international conferences.

The President appealed to the FAAN managing director to liaise with other agencies to establish the ICAN Chapter.
Present during the visit were directors from FAAN and the ICAN visiting team led by its President, Dr. Innocent Okwuissa

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Why our aircraft initiated air return, by Arik Air



Arik Air on Thursday offered clarifications on the circumstances that forced one of its aircraft - Boeing 737-300 , operating W3 720 flight

Arik Air on Thursday offered clarifications on the circumstances that forced one of its aircraft – Boeing 737-300 , operating W3 720 flight en route Abuja to return to Lagos Airport as the Pilot in Command detected an indication light suggesting potential fire in the aft cargo area.

According to a statement by the airline , the incident occurred approximately 10 minutes after takeoff, prompting the Captain of the flight to adhere to standard operating procedures by initiating an air return and requesting priority landing clearance from the Control Tower.

The statement added that upon landing safely in Lagos, passengers were disembarked and the aircraft underwent thorough inspections to ensure its airworthiness for future flight operations.

Arik Air management said :” Subsequent investigation by our maintenance team determined that the indication light was triggered by a false alarm.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience experienced by our esteemed passengers as a result of this incident.”

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Dana Air to host free health talk, screening for staff, frequent flyers



Dana Air, one of Nigeria's leading airlines dedicated to excellence and corporate social responsibility has announced two significant

…Co-sponsors Abuja City Half Marathon

Dana Air, one of Nigeria’s leading airlines dedicated to excellence and corporate social responsibility has announced two significant initiatives aimed at promoting health and wellness among its staff and customers.

These two significant events are scheduled to hold on the 25th, 26th and 29th of April in Lagos while the Abuja Half Marathon will hold in Abuja on the 20th of April at the Old Parade Ground Garki, Abuja

Speaking on the two initiatives for staff and customers, the Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Ememobong Ettete said, ”These initiatives are part of Dana Air’s broad, far- reaching CSR social efforts aimed at promoting wellness, disease prevention, and active health education among its staff, frequent flyers, and Dana Miles Club members.”

”In light of the global prevalence of silent killers and the growing need for proactive health management, Dana Air recognizes the importance of empowering individuals with knowledge and resources to safeguard their health through informative health talks and comprehensive screenings.

Participants will also gain valuable insights into preventive measures and early detection strategies for various health conditions and we are partnering the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) and NILAYO Sports Management Limited to achieve both initiatives.”

Dana Air is Nigeria’s leading airline, reputed for its commitment to safety, reliability, and customer satisfaction. With a focus on innovation and excellence, Dana Air strives to provide passengers with exceptional travel experiences while contributing positively to society.

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Why we suspended three private jet operators – NCAA



The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday wielded its regulatory big stick by suspending three private jet operators declaring

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday wielded its regulatory big stick by suspending three private jet operators declaring that the aircraft owners misused the permits granted to them for non-commercial flights (PNCF).

The NCAA , however, did not disclose the identity of the erring operators, but insisted that the decision was arrived at following the heightened surveillance and deployment of its officials monitoring private jet terminals nationwide.

According to information gleaned from the regulator’s website, its Acting Director General , Captain Chris Najomo said the action is part of steps to ensure safety compliance within the Nigerian aviation sector, particularly regarding private jet operations.

Before this recent action by the regulatory body, a directive was issued in November 2023 by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, calling for an end to such practices and in March 2024, the NCAA also issued a warning to private jet operators against carrying passengers, cargo, or mail for hire.

Based on this violation of the regulations outlined in their permits and Part 91.14 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, the NCAA has directed a re-evaluation of all permit of Non-commercial flights PNCF holders starting April 14, 2024.

Handing down a series of measures to address the misuse of private jets for commercial purposes, in an address to to the industry, Najomo insists all permit holders must submit relevant documents within 72 hours.

He said :” In line with our zero tolerance for violation of regulations, the Authority has suspended the PNCF of these operators to further sanitize the general aviation sector”.

For Air Operator Certificates (AOC) holders, the NCAA emphasized that only aircraft listed in an AOC holder’s operation specifications can be used for commercial charter services, adding that, existing AOC holders found using PNCF-listed aircraft for commercial charters will face consequences.

Najomo said, AOC holders are required to formally apply to the NCAA to remove such aircraft from their PNCF and include them in their AOC operation specifications if they wish to use them for commercial charters.

“Any of those AOC holders who wish to use the aircraft for charter operations must apply to the NCAA to delete the affected aircraft from the PNCF and include it into the AOC operations specification”.

He urged air travelers to only use charter services from operators with valid AOCs issued by the authority.

The regulatory body encouraged legitimate aviation industry players to report any suspicious activity to the authority for prompt action.

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AviAssist, Landover sign deal for safety in West Africa



The AviAssist Foundation and Landover Company Limited have signed an agreement for the organization and hosting of three aviation safety

The AviAssist Foundation and Landover Company Limited have signed an agreement for the organization and hosting of three aviation safety promotion courses at the Landover Aviation Business School (LABS), Lagos, Nigeria.

Landover is an approved training organization for aviation in Nigeria .

“A better safety record in West and Central Africa is not only good for the safety of travellers in the region but it is also good to help lower the operational costs across Africa with opportunities for lower insurance premiums”, AviAssist director Tom Kok underlines.

“A safer West African sky is crucial if the continent wants to realise the objectives of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)”.

AviAssist will deliver 2 two-day human factors in aviation course and a Team leadership in aviation course at LABS.

All three events will take place in the week of the 6th of May 2024. The courses will be accessible to professionals from Nigeria and the region.

The support of sponsors including the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Boeing will assist in ensuring very affordable prices, granting more aviation professionals access to essential training.

Landover Company Ltd. Managing Director Capt. Edward Boyo: “We are very pleased to cooperate with AviAssist as a leading reference organisation on African aviation safety promotion. It fits well with Landover’s commitment to boosting aviation safety in Nigeria and in the region”.

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