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2024 Hajj: NAHCON signs contract with Max Air, Air Peace, others

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2024 Hajj: NAHCON signs contract with Max Air, Air Peace, others

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has signed contract agreement with Max air and Air Peace airlines to transport 2024 Hajj pilgrims to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Jalal Arabi, who presided over the exercise at the Hajj House in Abuja, urged the airlines to prioritise the security and welfare of pilgrims.

He said it would be an understatement to outline the importance of air careers in the success of hajj operation.

“You are major stakeholders, you are partners in progress and you know the much that is expected of us jointly.

“This is not your first time in participating in this onerous responsibility but just to say that the expectations are still there for a successful outing.

“NAHCON is going to enter into agreement with you but majority of the expectation is based on trust.

“I want to remind you that you have a name to protect whatever you do that is positive will outlived you. NAHCON has no doubt in its mind that you will excel.”

He also emphasised the need for the airlines to take the security and safety of pilgrims seriously.

“The more you try to excel and to prove your worth, the more we will be taking the bullets on your behalf. Do the best you can to live within standard.”

Earlier, the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Anofi Elegushi, said the signing of the agreement marked a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to ensure smooth and seamless pilgrimage experience.

“The signing of this agreement with our airlines is a testament to our commitment to providing the best possible service for our pilgrims.

“As we move forward with the implementation of this agreement, I am confident that our collaboration with the airlines will result in a positive and impactful experience for our pilgrims.”

Also, Godwin Balang, Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standard, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, said that Hajj was a very predictable operation and urged the airlines to ensure adequate preparations.

According to him, the welfare and safety of pilgrims to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is very important.

Mr Balang, however, assured that the authority would continue to collaborate with NAHCON and offer any assistance in that regard.

Source: DAILY NIGERIAN

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SHOCKER!!! How MultiChoice increases DStv, GOtv prices every year

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There has been growing concerns among Nigerians over the recent increase in subscription fees for Multichoice products, specifically

Broadcasting company Multichoice on Wednesday jacked up the prices of its offerings in Nigeria four months after its last increment.

The company reviewed prices in its packages across the board. The new prices will take effect from May 1, 2024.

With the latest price hike, the DStv Premium package increased from N29,500 to N37,000. Similarly, the DStv Compact+ went up from N19,800 to N25,000 while the Compact package increased from N12,500 to N15,700.

The Comfam package moved from N7,400 to N9,300. Yanga package moved up from 4,200 to N5,100 while Padi package increased from N2,950 to N3,600. HDPVR was increased from N4,000 to N5,000, the Access Fees package from N4,000 to N5,000, and XtraView moved from N4,000 to N5,000.

Meanwhile, the Gotv Supa+ package moved from N12,500 to N15,700, Supa package from N7,600 to N9,600, and Max package from N5,700 to N7,200.

While the Jolli package was jacked up from N3,950 to N4,850, the Jinja package moved from N2,700 to N3,300, and Smallie package from N1,300 to N1,575.

The company implemented an upward review of prices in December 2023, days after announcing a $72m loss in its financial statement for the third quarter of the year.

Checks on the company’s reviewed price list then showed a 20 per cent per cent hike in the company’s packages across the board.

In April 2023, the broadcasting company also announced an upward review of prices on its DStv and GOtv packages by 17 per cent.

This was confirmed in a text message sent to customers that the new rates will take effect on May 1, 2023.

The pay-tv firm said the price adjustment was due to the rising costs of business operations.

“Please note that from May 1, your monthly subscription (premium) will be N24,500. To retain your old price of N21,000 for up to 12 months ensure you are active by April 30,” the text message reads.

Also, in March 22, MultiChoice increased the prices of its DStv and GOtv packages.

Announcing the increase in a statement, the company said the rising costs of inflation and business operations led to the increment in the prices of the packages.

Multichoice said its DStv package will now cost – Premium (N21,000), Compact + (N14,250), Compact (N9,000), Confam (N5,300), Yanga (N2,950), Padi (N2,150), Business (N2,669), Xtraview + PVR access fee (N2,900)

The new prices for GOtv package are – Gotv Max for N4,150, GOtv Jolli for N2,800, GOtv Jinja for N1,900, GOtv Lite for N900.

 

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Tinubu approves take-off of N100bn consumer credit for Nigerians

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the commencement of the N100 billion Consumer Credit Scheme for Nigerians amid escalating economic

President Bola Tinubu has approved the commencement of the N100 billion Consumer Credit Scheme for Nigerians amid escalating economic hardship in the country.

Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He stated that interested Nigerians are expected to visit the portal of Nigerian Consumer Credit Corporation before May 15, 2024.

“Consumer credit serves as the lifeblood of modern economies, enabling citizens to enhance their quality of life by accessing goods and services upfront, paying responsibly over time. It facilitates crucial purchases, such as homes, vehicles, education, and healthcare, which are essential for ongoing stability and the pursuit of their aspirations.

“Individuals build credit histories through responsible repayment, unlocking more opportunities for a better life. The increased demand for goods and services also stimulates local industry and job creation.

“The President believes every hardworking Nigerian should have access to social mobility, with consumer credit playing a pivotal role in achieving this vision.

“The Nigerian Consumer Credit Corporation (CREDICORP) achieves its mandate through the following: Strengthening Nigeria’s credit reporting systems and ensuring every economically active citizen has a dependable credit score. This score becomes personal equity they build, facilitating access to consumer credit, Offering credit guarantees and wholesale lending to financial institutions dedicated to broadening consumer credit access today and Promoting responsible consumer credit as a pathway to an improved quality of life, fostering a cultural shift towards growth and financial responsibility.

“In line with the President’s directive to expand consumer credit access to Nigerians, the Nigerian Consumer Credit Corporation (CREDICORP) has launched a portal for Nigerians to express interest in receiving consumer credit.

“This initiative, in collaboration with financial institutions and cooperatives nationwide, aims to broaden consumer credit availability.

“Working Nigerians interested in receiving consumer credit can visit www.credicorp.ng to express interest. The deadline is May 15, 2024.

“The scheme will be rolled out in phases, starting with members of the civil service and cascading to members of the public,” the statement said.

Recall that two months ago, a presidential spokesman, Bayo Onanuga, announced that the Federal Executive Council had given the nod for the establishment of the Consumer Credit Scheme.

He said the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, will lead a committee that includes the Budget Minister, Attorney-General, and Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Finance to make the scheme a reality.

In March, the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service Chairman, Zacch Adedeji, said the Nigerian government would unveil its proposed N100 billion consumer credit loan in a few days.

 

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FG grounds Dana Air operations after crash in Lagos

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

The Nigerian Government has suspended the operations of Dana Air.

The order followed an incident involving a Dana Air plane at Lagos airport on April 23, which forced aviation authorities to divert flights from local to international airport.

The decision was announced by Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo.

Details shortly…

 

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‘We have recovered over N120 billion in six months’, says EFCC chair

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has said that the anti-graft agency recovered over N120

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has said that the anti-graft agency recovered over N120 billion since his assumed office six months ago.

Olukoyede disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday during a chat with media executives at the commission’s headquarters.

He said that the agency also secured over 1,600 convictions within the same timeframe.

The commission’s boss emphasized that Nigeria needs the EFCC to survive, as the agency continues to recover stolen money from individuals almost every day.

“We need this institution to survive. We have wiped tears off so many victims’ eyes, people that were swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.

“In my six months, we have recovered close to N120 billion and made over 1,600 convictions,” he said.

EFCC vows to arraign Yahaya Bello

On the issue of arraignment of the former Kogi governor, Olukoyede said he made personal efforts to invite Bello to respond to investigations regarding his alleged involvement in money laundering to the tune of N80.02 billion.

According to him, he had a telephone conversation with the former governor offering him ample opportunities to present himself for interrogation by investigators of the EFCC.

“On my honour, I put a call to him to honour him as a former governor. He said, “I can’t come,” claiming that a certain lady has surrounded the EFCC with over 100 Journalists to embarrass or intimidate him and all that stuff.

“ I said if that is your fear, I will make you come directly to my floor. I will invite my operatives to interrogate you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that? Do you know what he said? “Can’t they come to my village?” My Director of Investigations also sent a message to him”, he said.

What you should know
The planned arraignment of the former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, coincides with the ongoing trial of his nephew, Alli Bello, Daudu Suleiman, and another individual for fraud.

They are charged with misappropriating public funds amounting to N80.2 billion.

In this case, Yahaya Bello was mentioned as an accomplice in several charges, suggesting that security agencies intend to pursue legal action against the former governor.

Nairametrics also reported a state high court in Kogi previously issued an injunction preventing the EFCC from detaining or prosecuting Yahaya Bello.

The decision of the lower court has been challenged, and a ruling has not yet been issued.

Furthermore, the EFCC and other security bodies have issued a warrant for Bello’s arrest.

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SCANDALOUS!!! How Emefiele used N18.9bn to print N684.5m – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed a fresh charge at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory against the

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed a fresh charge at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory against the embattled former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.

EFCC in the charge accused Emefiele of approving the printing of N684,590,000 at the rate of N18.96 billion.

In the charge sheets sighted by online medium (not ThePAPERS) on Tuesday, EFCC alleged that Emefiele broke the law with intent to harm the public during his implementation of the naira swap policy of the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The anti-graft agency also accused Emefiele of unlawfully approving the withdrawal of N124.8 billion from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.

The document dated April 2, 2024, and marked Suit No: CR/264/2024, was filed by EFCC’s top prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN revealed that Emefiele will be arraigned on a new four-count charge before Justice Hamza Muazu bordering on disobeying the law to punish Nigerians, iilegal printing of money, abuse of office, among others.

Counts one to four of the charge, read, “STATEMENT OF OFFENCE: Public Servant disobeying direction of law with intent to cause injury to the public contrary to and punishable under Section 123 of the Penal Code Law, Cap. 89 Laws of the Federation, 1990.

“PARTICULARS OF THE OFFENCE: That you GODWIN IFEANYI EMEFIELE between the 19th day of October 2022 and 5th March 2023 in Abuja, knowingly disobeyed the direction of Section 19 of the CBN Act, 2007, by approving the printing of N375,520,000.00 pieces of colour swapped N1, 000, at the total cost of N11,052, 068,062 without the recommendation of the Board of Central Bank and the strict approval of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria which conduct of yours caused injury to the public and you thereby committed an offence.”

“COUNT 2: “That you, GODWIN IFEANYI EMEFIELE, between the 19th of October 2022 and 5th March 2023 in Abuja, knowingly disobeyed the direction of Section 19 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007, by approving the printing of 172,000,000 pieces of colour swapped N500 (Five Hundred Naira) Notes, at the total cost of N4, 471,066,040 without the recommendation of the Board of Central Bank and the strict approval of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria which conduct of yours caused injury to the public and you thereby committed an offence.

“COUNT 3: “That you GODWIN IFEANYI EMEFIELE between the 19th day of October 2022 and 5th March 2023 in Abuja, knowingly disobeyed the direction of Section 19 of the CBN Act, 2007, by approving the printing of 137,070,000 pieces of colour swapped N200 (Two Hundred Naira) Note, at the total cost of N3, 441, 005, 280 without the recommendation of the Board of Central Bank and the strict approval of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria which conduct of yours caused injury to the public and you thereby committed an offence.”

“COUNT 4: “That you, GODWIN IFEANYI EMEFIELE, on or about the 7th day of October 2020, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, knowingly disobeyed the direction of Section 80 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended), by approving the withdrawal of the total sum of N124, 860, 227, 865.16 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation in a manner not prescribed by the National Assembly, which conduct of yours caused injury to the public and you thereby committed an offence.”

Recall that Emefiele was on November 18, 2023, arraigned before the court on six counts of procurement fraud, in what is the most high-profile corruption case under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He was also accused of abusing his office by approving a contract for the acquisition of 43 vehicles totalling N1.2 billion from 2018 to 2020.

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the EFCC arraigned the former banker alongside one Henry Omoile before Justice R.A. Oshodi of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for an alleged $4.5bn and N2.8bn fraud.

 

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Bullying: FG shutdown Lead British International School

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Lead British International School Abuja, which has been in the eye of the storm over viral videos of bullying involving some of its students,

Lead British International School Abuja, which has been in the eye of the storm over viral videos of bullying involving some of its students, has been shut for three days.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, issued the shutdown order on Tuesday.

The Public Relations Officer of the FCT Education Secretariat, Kabiru Musa, confirmed that the minister had shut the school down.

“Yes, it was shut down by the honourable Minister of Women Affairs for 3 days,” Musa in response to a Whatsapp message by one of our correspondents.

A staff member of the school, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time, had earlier announced the shutdown of the school by the minister.

An X user, @moooyeeeee, had on Monday night posted two videos of a female student of the school being repeatedly slapped by another female classmate.

The user called for justice for the victim. Since they were posted, the videos have drawn the wrath of many users of the microblogging platform, who condemned the incident and called for the school authorities to investigate and punish the culprits.

A third video depicting a separate case of bullying at the Lead British International School, Abuja emerged on Tuesday.

In the new video posted on Tuesday, some male students in the school’s uniform are seen surrounding another boy who appears to be in casual attire.

A student slapped the boy, who was on his knees, and then some of the other boys who were gathered appealed to stop the ‘bully’ from further harming the boy, who was later whisked away in the nine-second video.

An X user, @PopoolaJoke4, who posted the video wrote, “No be the same school?”, in response to the first viral video of bullying in the same school that was released earlier.

In one of the videos of the minister’s visit, the representative of the school was heard saying, “By the request of the Minister of Women Affairs, we are Nigerians who respect rules and regulations and we are under the law because our school is actually recognised and our school is under the Federal Capital Territory, and we are registered and based on that, Lead British International School, Abuja is hereby shut for three days.”

As of the time of filing this report, our correspondent could not ascertain whether the FCTA would use the occasion to investigate other private schools in which alleged cases of bullying take place in the FCT.

Victim threatens lawsuit

Namtira Bwala, the student assaulted by her fellow students at Lead British International School, has written the school management, demanding a thorough investigation and heavy sanctions for the 11 students who bullied her.

Two of the bullies were identified tobe Maryam Hassan and a certain Faliya.

Bwala, in a letter addressed to the management of her school through her lawyers at the Deji Adeyanju and Partners Law Firm, gave the school an ultimatum of 48 hours after which she will seek legal redress.

“Our client and several other parents in Lead British International School have informed us and we verily believe them that this act of bullying is a reoccurring issue in the school, and despite several attempts to draw the school’s attention to it, the issue has persisted, leaving our client traumatised from the emotional and physical effect of the oppressive acts by these daredevil bullies.

“Our client completely dissociates herself from the statement issued by the school on April 22, 2024, wherein a case of battery was unconscionably referred to as an ‘incident between minors’.

“Sequel to the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction to demand an immediate investigation and the pronouncement of the stiffest possible sanctions in the student’s rule book on Ms. Maryam Hassan, Miss Faliya and nine other students who have formed a cult of bullies in Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

“Please note that if the school fails to sanction the student bullies within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we have our client’s further instruction to seek an immediate and severe legal redress against Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, without further recourse to you.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Police Command also announced the deployment of its officers to Lead British International School, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, in a statement on Tuesday.

She said the move was a proactive response to alarms raised by members of the public regarding videos circulating on social media, depicting the bullying of students at the school, stating that the police were on top of the situation and that investigations were ongoing.

Adeh said, “The FCT Police Command is on top of the situation and has deployed seasoned officers to the school premises for investigations and to forestall any possible breakdown of law and order.”

Similarly, the school’s management, in a statement, also said it had begun an investigation into the matter.

Alleged perpetrator apologises

Meanwhile, Maryam Hassan, the student of the LBIS, who was caught on camera bullying her fellow student, Namtira Bwala, has apologised to her classmate over the incident.

Hassan, in a video obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, expressed her “sincere apologies,” adding that she wished the whole episode had not happened.

Speaking in the video, Hassan said, “I am very sorry for what I did to Namtira. I am also apologising to you all out there. I am sincerely sorry. I wish it never happened.”

In a statement signed by the Head of the School, Abraham Ogunkanmbi, the school said it had appointed a dedicated team to conduct a ‘thorough inquiry’ into the matter.

He said the team was currently gathering information, including the review of the video footage and interviews with witnesses, to understand the full scope of the incident and identify the immediate and remote causes.

According to the statement, the school has also reached out to the families of both the perpetrators and the victims to offer them counselling and disciplinary measures as appropriate.

“We have also immediately initiated an investigation, appointing a dedicated team to conduct a thorough inquiry into the matter. The team has been gathering information, including reviewing video footage and interviewing witnesses, to understand the full scope of the incident and identify the immediate and remote causes,” the statement posted on LBIS, Abuja Instagram’s page read.

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