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Lagos Govt. fines Emirates Airlines N50m unlawful conversion of passenger’s funds

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered Emirates Airlines to pay a businessman Mr Orji Ikem, the sum of $1,630million USD, that was contained in his hand luggage, which some staff of Emirate Airline illegally and unlawfully converted to their use, during a business trip from Lagos to China in 2007.

The court also awarded the sum of N50 million against Emirates Airline, for the untold hardship it subjected the businessman too, as a result of the said illegal and unlawful conversion of the businessman’s hand luggage that warehoused the said $1, 630 million USD.

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Justice Sule Hassan, made the orders on Monday while delivering judgement in a suit filed against the Airline by the businessman.

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Ikem, in a suit marked FHC/ L/ CS/ 1006/2009, had accused Emirates Airline of illegal and unlawful conversion of his $1.630 million USD, which he intended to use to buy some goods from Dubai, Hong-Kong and China.

The businessman in his amended statement of claim filed and argued before this court by his counsel, Sir Chris Ekemezie and Anayo Alpheus Mbah, said the incident occurred on December 19, 2007, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, when he boarded an Emirates Airline flight from Lagos -Dubai Hong Kong Guangzhou -China on flight No. EK 784 and a connecting flight C2358 to China.

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He said that at the airport, after he checked in two luggage containing samples of goods he intended to buy in China both weighing approximately 40 kilograms respectively and tagged EK 650161 and EK650162, he had two hand luggage, one containing the sum of US$1,630 million and the other containing his personal effects which were both within the permissible weight allowed to be carried as handheld luggage.

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Adding that his hand luggage was duly screened by the Customs and Immigration officers in the presence of some members of staff of the Airline after he had filled the Nigerian Customs Service currency declaration form.

Ikem stated that when he got to the boarding gate of the aircraft, some staff of the airline intercepted him and demanded his passport, boarding pass and ticket. After perusing the documents, they enquired as to the contents of his hand luggage, to which he freely told them that one of the bags contained money and the other his personal effects.

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“I Can’t Stand This I’m Unfollowing You Now” – Zubby Michael Tackles Ini Edo

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Ini Edo caused a stir on Instagram after she shared some hot bikini photos which attracted the attention of fans and various celebrities.

The reaction of Zubby Michael however stood out amongst others as the actor vowed to unfollow her over her hotness.

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Zubby was so mesmerised by her beauty that he said he would unfollow her if she continues sharing such photos.

Zubby Michael slid under her post and wrote:

“I can’t stand this I’m unfollowing you now biko.”

See his post below;

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Kano State Government Orders Immediate Closure Of 4 Tertiary Institutions

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the immediate closure of four tertiary institutions in the state.

The closure comes a day after he ordered the closure of ten boarding schools in the state following the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State.

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A statement released by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure, reads

“The Kano State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has directed the closure of some tertiary institutions in the state with immediate effect,” 

The tertiary institutions ordered to be closed include RMK College of Advanced and Remedial Studies, T/Wada; School of Environmental Studies Gwarzo; School of Rural Technology and Entrepreneurship Dev (SORTED), Rano and ABCOAD, Dambatta.

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All students of the affected schools were also advised to vacate the campuses as soon as possible.

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PHOTOS: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, Meets Freed Kagara Schoolboys

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PHOTOS: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, Meets Freed Kagara Schoolboys

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello met with the recently freed Kagara schoolboys and their teachers at the state government house in Minna, the state capital.

The state governor said the state government is working to identify the root cause of banditry in the state.

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He also disclosed that one of the abductees is in the hospital being treated for excessive exhaustion.

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Armed Bandits Kill 4 Persons In Fresh Attacks In Kagara

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At least four persons were reportedly killed during fresh attacks by suspected bandits in Kagara community in Niger State.

The attack comes after the 27 students and three teachers of the Government Science College in Kagara abducted by suspected bandits last Wednesday, February 17, regained their freedom in the early hours of today, February 27.

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According to a report by DailyTrust, the bandits attacked Gidan Adamu, near Yakila, headquarters of Gunna district and Gidan Wamban Karaku community where 11 persons which include seven women were abducted.

The bandits were said to have rustled a large number of cows and also kidnapped the Imam of Madaka district in Rubo village.

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EFCC Arraigns Insurance Broker Over Diversion of N26b PHCN Pension Fund

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday, February 25 arraigned an insurance broker named Abiodun Waheed Hassan, alongside his firm, Bestworth Insurance Brokers Limited, on a five-count charge of misappropriating over N26billion PHCN pension fund.

Hassan was arraigned before Justice S.C Oriji of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja.

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Abiodun allegedly diverted huge sums of money earmarked for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), into the corporate account of entities.

In one count of the charge, the insurance broker diverted N26 billion paid into the insurance firm account into another bank account on January 25, 2015. Count five of the charge alleged that Abiodun misappropriated six billion naira.

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He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Oriji adjourned the matter till March 4, 2021 for hearing on the bail application and remanded defendant in EFCC custody.

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