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Arik Air Adds Lagos-Dubai via Abuja To Route Network…..

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Arik Air, has reinforced its position as West and Central Africa’s largest
commercial carrier by expanding its reach to the Middle East, becoming the
first Nigerian airline to offer a commercial service between Abuja,
Nigeria and Dubai, The United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first commercial
flight on the new route is currently slated for Monday, 28th July and will
subsequently operate five weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday from Nigeria and return on Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Dubai.

 

Outbound flights will depart from Murtala Muhammed International Airport
(LOS),Lagos at 1905 (local time) arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport (ABV), Abuja at 2020 (local time). The flight will then continue
on to Dubai, departing Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), Abuja
at 2150 (local time) finally arriving at Dubai International Airport
(DXB), Dubai Terminal 1 at 0720 (local
time).

The inbound flight will depart Dubai at 1030 (local time) and arrives in
Abuja at 1430 (local time). The flight continues on to Lagos, leaving
Abuja at 1600 (local time) and arriving in Lagos at 1715 (local time).

Current planning has the Lagos-Dubai route operated by an Airbus A330-200.
Fitted to offer the very best in-flight comfort and style, the A330 is an
environmentally-friendly product that provides the highest degree of
operational flexibility and passenger comfort. The A330 will offer a two
class configuration with 30 Premier Business Class seats and 187 Economy
Class seats.

The Premier Business Class product has been carefully tailored to meet the
discerning business traveler’s needs. Customers travelling in Premier
Business Class, will be treated to an outstanding service, the finest
cuisine and wines, turndown service with duvets, pyjamas, slippers, and
luxury amenity kits.

Passengers will have individual secluded booth areas that contain flat
beds featuring an in-built massage system complete with a hand held 3.5″
inch LCD screen unit controlling seat and lighting functions Dr Michael
Arumemi-Ikhide, Arik Air’s Global Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“This is another exciting moment for us all at Arik Air, not only
launching a new international destination, but becoming the first airline
to link the capital Abuja to Dubai. The importance of Dubai as the Middle
East’s commercial capital makes it imperative for Arik Air to connect the
city with Lagos which is a Nigeria’s commercial capital.

“As the number one airline in West Africa we have an obligation to ensure
we constantly strive to enhance the service we offer travelers who fly
with us. Guests on the new route can, as usual, be assured of Arik Air’s
highest safety and service standards.”

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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]

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Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.

 

In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.

 

The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.

 

The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.

 

“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.

 

“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”

 

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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.

 

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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.

 

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