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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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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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