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465 Nigerian migrants arrive from Libya

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The fourth batch of 465 Nigerian returnees from Libya have arrived in Port Harcourt, Mr. Martins Ejike, South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, has said.

Ejike, who received the returnees on Friday, told newsmen that the people arrived at Port Harcourt International Airport at about 12.25 a.m. on board Max Air.

Ejike said that the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Lybia had been a huge success in spite of some challenges in Lybia during the negotiations for their return.

He said that the Federal Government had put every mechanism in place to fast-track the evacuation of the returnees.

The coordinator said that every process needed for the evacuation was taking place step by step.

He expressed joy over the response of states in picking up their indigenes at the evacuation centre after a complaint by NEMA of dissatisfaction over states not collecting their indigenes on time.

“I am happy that the last set of returnees at the centre were all taken back to their various states on January 15,” he said.

He said the agency would contact state governors for prompt evacuation of the returnees from the Port Harcourt centre.

Also, Mr. Muhammad Dahiru, the Public Relations Officer of Max Air, said that the evacuation of the returnees from Libya was hitch-free.

“Actually, we did not have any security challenges in Lybia.

“We landed in Lybia about 7.30 and spent only one hour and 30 minutes before we took off from there back to Nigeria,” Dahiru said.

He said that so far, 1,955 returnees had been brought back to Nigeria by Max Air out of 3,138 expected to be brought back to Nigeria through Max Air.

“I can assure you that we can bring all the returnees back to Nigeria within 48 hours if we are invited to come and carry them,’’ Dahiru said.

Osita John, one of the returnees, thanked the Federal Government for rescuing them and fulfilling its promise of bringing Nigerians home.

John described his experience in Lybia as horrible and unforgettable and advised Nigerian youths still nursing the idea of travelling out of the country illegally to drop it.

John called on Federal Government to continue with the evacuation to save many youths still in different prisons in Lybia.

“There is no place like home but I beg our leaders to make Nigeria a better place for us, the youth, to live,” he said.

The Federal Government has identified 5,000 Nigerians currently trapped in Libyan detention camps.

Source : ( NAN )

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

Timipre Slyva

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has stated that contrary to popular belief, the federal government has not completely removed petrol subsidy.

Speaking on Channels’ Politics Today, the minister said: “We are still trying to manage this bumpy start. We have not been able to get to that 100 percent removal of subsidy from the foreign exchange end.

“If we were to take it out completely and allow people to access foreign exchange from the parallel market and allow people to import the product, the price of the pump will even be more.

Also Read: Petrol Price Will Increase When Oil Goes Up – Sylva

“The Federal Government, knowing the impact it will have on the people, decided that they are still going to manage this situation.”

Speaking on the importation of petrol from Niger, the Minister expressed that the importation of fuel from the Niger Republic is not something Nigerians should be embarrassed about.

He expressed that Nigerians should be proud that the Federal Government is set to resume the importation of petroleum products from its neighbour.

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‘Your Report On Lekki Capable Of Setting Nigeria On Fire’ — Lai Writes CNN

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JustLai MohammedMinister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that the CNN report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting of October 20 2020 is capable of setting the country on fire.

Recall that CNN had published an investigative report titled, ‘How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement in Nigeria,’ claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

But Nigeria’s Minister for Information denied the report of the US-based cable television, calling for a sanction on CNN over the report, adding that the report on the Lekki tollgate incident was highly irresponsible.

Also Read: Lai Mohammed Condemns CNN Investigation On Lekki Shooting

Reacting in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, CNN maintained that it stood by its earlier report on the Lekki tollgate incident.

In a petition dated November 23 and addressed to Mr. Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the federal government demanded “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.”

Lai Mohammed, who signed the petition, said if the US-based media organisation failed to carry out its demand, the Nigerian government will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the End SARS crisis.

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown at the Abuja-Kaduna railway which occurred between November 18 and November 20.

The former Governor of Rivers State stated this at the Moniya rail station on Monday while inspecting the ongoing rail project in Ibadan.

Amaechi pointed out that the Chinese have been called to attend to the problem as the federal government does not expect any mechanical fault at this early stage.

Also Read: $656m Needed To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”

“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”

“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”

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