Arrival of Nigeria returnees from South Africa
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The first batch of 187 Nigerians being evacuated from South Africa have arrived Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The returnee Nigerians departed their base in South Africa from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, around 4:00 p.m aboard an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft, which landed in Lagos at 9:34 pm Wednesday night.Those awaiting the arrival of these Nigerians caught up in the xenophobic crisis in South Africa have waited for the whole day of at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport until their flight landed in Lagos Wednesday night.
The Air Peace flight, a Boeing 777-200 plane transporting the Nigerians on their arrival at the airport were received by the Chairman, Diaspira Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Chairman of Air Peace airline, Mr. Allen Onyema.Some of the returnees who spoke to journalists told stories of woes that bedeviled them in the hands of the hostile South Africans during the attacks.
The arrival of the flight which was earlier scheduled for 2:00 pm Nigeria local time was delayed for over eight hours following the uncooperative attitude of the South African immigration officials.Despite three days of rigorous efforts put in by the Nigeria’s High Commission in South Africa in conjunction with the Nigeria’s Controller General of Immigrations to process emergency travel documents for the troubled Nigerians whose papers had expired to leave the hostile country aboard Air Peace airline special flight out of the African country, the South African authorities at the last minute came up with a fresh demand of another round of documentation of the Nigerians.
Out of the earlier number of 317 Nigerians already cleared for evacuation, while 182 was allowed to board the flight, the remaining 135 were at the point of boarding arrested by the South African officials who accused the Nigerians of entering their country illegally.
The activities of the South African authorities which led to the extra eight hours of delay also subjected scores of both foreign and local journalists to a whole day of endless waiting for the flight to arrive as they waited anxiously at the hajj/cargo axis of the Lagos international airport.
The United Kingdom has announced a new visa regime, which will allow foreign students stay and work in the country for two years after graduation. British Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the new policy would come into effect for students starting courses in 2020
The plan is an overturn of Theresa May’s 2012 immigration policy, which mandated foreign students to leave four months after finishing a degree in the UK. According to him, the new policy will allow graduates apply for jobs regardless of their skills or the subject they studied.
He said the policy was aimed at recruiting talented graduates in maths, engineering, technology and other disciplines. Williamson, who noted that the move would also contribute to the cultural development of the UK, said:
“The important contribution international students make to our country and universities is both cultural and economic. “Their presence benefits Britain, which is why we’ve increased the period of time these students can remain in the UK after their studies. “Our universities thrive on being open global institutions.
Introducing the graduate route ensures our prestigious higher education sector will continue to attract the best talent from around the world to global Britain.” British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, also said the new policy would enable students “unlock their potential” and begin careers in the country.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyeson Wike, has declared that he has all it takes to fight his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to a standstill.
This is as the Governor described the panel set up by the party to resolve the Minority leadership crisis in the House of Representatives as the most corrupt in the history of the party.
Wike made this statement following withdrawal of a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, from the panel.
The panel is chaired by a former Senate President, Iyorcha Ayu.
Other members of the panel are former Senate Presidents, David Mark and Adolphus Wabara.
Speaking in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Wike applauded Opara for withdrawing from what he described as a tainted committee by not allowing himself to be entangled in the illegal outcome of the committee’s activities.
He said, “The Committee set up by the PDP on the illegal emergence of Ndudi Elumelu is the most corrupt committee ever set up by the party.
“We thank our worthy son, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, for withdrawing from that committee so that he is not entangled in the illegal activities of the tainted committee.”
The Governor warned the party not to toy with Rivers State as it is not in the interest of the party to do so.
He said: “We are warning PDP to be careful not to toy with Rivers State.
“Rivers State has all it takes to withstand the PDP and fight the party to a standstill.
“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those Governors that anyone can cajole.
“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those Governors that will kowtow to their illicit activities.”
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Minister of Niger Delta and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday, lost out at the Election Petition Tribunal
This comes as the Tribunal sitting in Uyo, dismissed his petition challenging the election of Senator Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Tribunal which ruled in favour of the PDP and its candidate, was headed by Justice W. O Akanbi, as Chairman.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has lambasted the Committee set up by the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) to investigate the emergence of Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, alleging that the committee is the most corrupt in the history of the party.
Speaking in Port Harcourt Wednesday, Wike thanked Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Austin Opara, for withdrawing from the committee by not allowing himself to be entangled in what he described as the “illegal outcome” of the committee’s activities.
He said: “The Committee set up by the PDP on the illegal emergence of Ndudi Elumelu is the most corrupt committee ever set up by the party.
“We thank our worthy son, Rt Hon Austin Opara, for withdrawing from that committee, so that he is not entangled in the illegal activities of the tainted committee “.
Wike warned the party not to toy with Rivers State as it is not in the interest of the party to do so.
He said: “We are warning PDP to be careful not to toy with Rivers State. Rivers State has all it takes to withstand the PDP and fight the party to a standstill.
“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those Governors that anyone can cajole.
“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those Governors that will kowtow to their illicit activities”.
The flight conveying Nigerians has finally departed Johannesburg, South Africa.
The six- hour flight is expected to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 11.15 pm.
The flight took off at about 2.30pm with 178 Nigerians on board.
The flight, which was earlier scheduled for 9am suffered some hitches, leading to the late take off.
Prince Ben Okoli, President of Nigerian Citizen Association, South Africa, confirmed departure of the flight to our correspondent.
He said: “The flight just left about 20 minutes ago.”
He explained that the delay was as a result of immigration matters.
Nigeria Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama had assured Nigerians on Tuesday that the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa will be hitch free.
Adama noted that the mission in South Africa has put in place measures to ease evacuation of the willing Nigerians.
He also noted that proper documentation has been carried out and the mission is ready for the evacuation exercise.
The envoy said that mission had also put necessary checks in place to ensure that other nationals do not take the advantage of the free flight by Air Peace to come into Nigeria.
Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, had last week volunteered to send aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return home free of charge.
“Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian Government’s efforts in this matter by deploying our B777 aircraft to evacuate Nigerians back home,” Onyema said.
The Chairman of the Air Peace had also warned the returnees not to pay any money as the exercise was free of charge.
The Consul General said that the two missions in Pretoria and Johannesburg were working assiduously to ensure itch free flight for the returnees.
Adama said: “We are documenting people through filling of relevant form with information such as place of birth, state of origin, local government areas.
“We also check nationality and discourage wives with different nationalities to avoid bringing in other nationals. We equally discourage those wanting to take advantage of the flight.
“The two Missions are working together to make a success of the repatriation exercise.
“Nigerians will be conveyed in buses from the two missions to the airport at early hours of the morning on Wednesday to ensure smooth operations,” he said.
The national assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State has nullified the election of the Senator Dayo Adeyeye.
Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, the three-man tribunal led by Justice Daniel Adeck nullified the victory of Senator Adeyeye as the winner of the Ekiti South senatorial district election.
It nullified elections in some polling units and declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, as the winner of the poll.
The tribunal also anchored its verdict on the recount of the ballots by the contending forces as granted by the court.
Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the senate spokesperson, Rafiu Balogun, faulted the judgment and said it would be challenged tat the court of appeal.
Nigeria’s Olympic team, Tuesday trashed Sudan 5-0 in the last leg of the 2019 Egypt U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Nigeria went into the match needing at least two unreplied goals to cancel their 0-1 loss to the Sudanese in the first leg on Thursday.
Parading her array of foreign based professionals, the Olympic team established themselves in the match from the blast of the whistle dominating proceedings at the near empty Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
Taiwo Awoniyi opened the flood gate of goals on the 8th minute while Ndifreke Effiong increased the tally on the dot of 27th minute with a superb header.
The Akwa United attacker scored his second in the evening on the half time mark as the team went to the break with three goals in their kitty.
Substitute Sunday Faleye scored the 4th goal with his first touch of the ball in the 67th goal to bring the score line to 4-0.
2019 NPFL top scorer, Ibrahim Sunusi rounded up the scoreline at 71st minute of the encounter to send the Sudanese home empty handed.
The 5-0 score line thus brought the aggregate score to 5-1 for the Imama Amakpakabo the needed win.
With this win, Nigeria has become the third nation after Zambia and host Egypt, to qualify for the 2019 Egypt U-23 AFCON which holds in November this year.
Nigeria is the defending champions of the tournament. The two finalists of the tournament will represent Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.