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Passengers Stranded In Uyo After Aircraft Diverts Due To Power Outage

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Arik Air aircraft

At least 150 passengers were, Wednesday, stranded at the Uyo Airport, Akwa Ibom State, when the Arik flight that was supposed to airlift them to Lagos could not land because the runway lighting was off due to power outage.

A similar incident had happened few months ago, when the runway lighting and the runway lights went off as an Arik flight was to land, forcing the flight to divert to Abuja.

One of the passengers, Mr. Festus Akanbi of THISDAY Newspapers, said the aircraft had rescheduled the flight three times from 12:55p.m. to 3:55p.m. and finally to 5:55 p.m., but when the aircraft took off from Lagos and arrived the Uyo airspace there was power outage and the runway lights went off, forcing the aircraft to gain altitude.

An official of the airline later informed the passengers that due to low fuel in the aircraft, the pilot decided to divert the flight to Port Harcourt to refuel and return to Uyo to pick up the passengers.

“Five minutes to the arrival of the Arik flight from Lagos, the airport was plunged into darkness for 30 minutes. Nobody came to explain what happened but we understood the airport had problem with its generators,” Akanbi said, noting that passengers had to wait for over seven hours.

According to him, the Arik official who assured the passengers that the flight was diverted to Port Harcourt, promised that it would return to Uyo airport in 30 minutes, but more than one hour passed without any sign of the aircraft.

“An Arik official came to explain that the pilot had to divert the plane to Port Harcourt to refuel. He said we should expect the flight in 30 minutes, by 8:00p.m but the aircraft did not arrive as promised.

“Later a senior official of the airline was contacted in Lagos who explained that what caused the delay was that the aircraft designated to airlift passengers from Uyo had bird strike which disorganised the flight schedule, so another aircraft had to be deployed to fly to Uyo,” Akanbi said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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