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AIB releases reports of four air crashes

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Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau has released final reports of four air crashes.

The AIB Commissioner, Akin Olateru, said with the four reports, it had made it a total of 54 final reports released since the establishment of the aviation agency in 2007 and a total of 35 final reports released since his administration came on board.

The new four reports are the accident involving a Tampico TB-9 aircraft owned and operated by Nigerian College of Aviation Technology marked 5N-CBJ, which occurred at Zaria Aerodrome, Kaduna State, on September 26, 2018; the Accident involving a Boeing 737-282 aircraft owned and operated by Chanchangi Airlines, 5N-BIG, which occurred at Port Harcourt International Airport on July 14, 2008.

Also released is the report of the accident involving a Beechcraft C90 aircraft with nationality and registration marks N364UZ owned and operated by Shoreline Energy Intl Ltd, which occurred at Barakallahu Village near Old Kaduna (Military) Airport on May 24, 2011; and the report of the accident involving a Boeing 747-200 aircraft operated by Veteran Avia Airlines Limited with nationality and registration marks EK-74798, which occurred at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on December 4, 2013.

On the accident involving Tampico TB-9, the bureau said, “Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB-N) was notified of the accident at 10:10 h on the day of occurrence by the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) through a phone call. Safety Investigators were mobilised and arrived at NCAT at about 18:30h on the same day.”

The causal factors responsible for the Tampico crash, according to the findings of the bureau, include the late decision to initiate a go-around after touchdown which resulted in the loss of directional control of the aircraft after landing.

The contributory reason was attributed to the inappropriate control input during landing roll intermittent interruptions in the training programme.

The bureau in the safety recommendation made, called on Zaria aviation college to ensure that “where there are gaps in student pilots’ training, policies and procedures should be put in place in the training programme so that the students are brought up to speed in both theory and practice.”

The bureau said tThe causal factor for the crash involving the Boeing 737-282 belonging to the defunct Chanchangi airline included the decision of the pilot to land following an un-stabilised approach (high rate of descent and high approach speed). A go-around was not initiated.

It stated that one of the contributory factors was traced to the deteriorating weather conditions with a line squall which prevented a diversion to the alternates coupled with the runway that was wet with significant patches of standing water.

The causal factor for the crash of the Beechcraft C90 operated by Shoreline Energy International Limited (SEIL), was traced to the inability of the pilot to control the aircraft to landing due to inadequate power to enable the pilot to maintain the appropriate approach profile (height, speed and glide path) to cover the required distance to threshold.

Contributory factors were given as non-adherence to approved storage procedure and approved return from storage procedure.

It said the causal factor for the accident involving the Boeing 747-200 operated by Veteran Avia Airlines among others was that the crew was not updated on the information available on the reduced runway length while the contributory factors included lack of briefing by Saudia dispatcher during pre-flight.

The AIB commissioner promised to release additional three final reports before the end of the year.

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Lai Mohammed insists no proof protesters were killed at Lekki tollgate

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said there is no proof that any protester was killed at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos in October 2020 during the #EndSARS protest.

Some soldiers on October 20, 2020 were said to have opened fire on protesters in an attempt to disperse them allegedly leading to the death of many.

Mohammed, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, described the 2020 event at the tollgate as a “phantom massacre”.

“Today marks the first anniversary of the phantom massacre at Lekki tollgate in Lagos, which was the culmination of an otherwise peaceful protest that was later hijacked by hoodlums,” the minister said.

The minister also said, “At earlier press conferences, I had called the reported massacre at the tollgate the first massacre in the world without blood or bodies.

“One year later, and despite ample opportunities for the families of those allegedly killed and those alleging a massacre to present evidence, there has been none: No bodies, no families, no convincing evidence, nothing. Where are the families of those who were reportedly killed at the toll gate? Did they show up at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry? If not, why?”

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Adebanjo leads Afenifere chieftains on visit to Tinubu

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Chief Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has led other chieftains of the body on a visit to national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at his home in Lagos.

Others on the visit are Chief Supo Sonibare, Oba Olaitan Oladipo, and retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Tunji Alapini.

The visit came a few days after Tinubu returned from a medical trip to the United Kingdom where he underwent knee surgery.

The Punch reported that the last time Tinubu and Adebanjo met was in April when the former Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, died.

Prior to the visit, Adebanjo had told PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable, that the reason why Tinubu had been silent on the herdsmen crisis was that he felt President Muhammadu Buhari would make him his successor.

In another interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, Adebanjo stated that Buhari won’t hand over power to Tinubu, adding that they were both deceiving each other.

He said, “I have said it openly before and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari. I’m an old man and I’m a funeral candidate already, so quote me. If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.”

Adebanjo then advised Tinubu and other APC members from the South-West to leave the party in the interest of Yorubaland.

 

He said, “I have always told them, from Tinubu downwards, that it’s better they save themselves speedily. I’m talking to all of them, that in the interest of Yorubaland and the country, they should get out of the carcass they call APC. I made a public pronouncement that they were a conglomeration of incompatibles. It’s on record. I said it then and I’m still saying it now; if they don’t save themselves early enough, then they are ready for a disaster.”

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Kaduna gives civil servants 12-day ultimatum on COVID vaccine

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The Kaduna State Government has given all civil servants in the state 12 days to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or be barred from office.

The ultimatum was announced in a statement issued on Tuesday by Muyiwa Adekeye, spokesman for the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

According to him, all civil servants are expected to be vaccinated by October 31, after which they would be denied entry into government offices if they failed to comply with the directive.

“The Kaduna State Government will from 31st October 2021 require compliance with COVID-19 protocols, especially facemasks and vaccination, for access to its offices,” the statement said.

“The Ministry of Health has since commenced the vaccination of all civil servants, and this is expected to be completed by 31st October 2021. All civil servants are required to be vaccinated by that date.

“Visitors to government offices will need to present their vaccination cards. Given the limited supply of vaccines that are currently available, visitors that have not yet been vaccinated will, in the interim, be permitted entry upon presentation of evidence of registration with the state Ministry of Health for the purpose of vaccination, while wearing their facemasks.”

Adekeye said the decision was taken following a review by the Kaduna COVID-19 task force, and urged residents to ensure strict adherence to the protocol for preventing the spread of infections.

According to the statement, Amina Mohammed-Baloni, Kaduna commissioner for health, has also asked residents to register at the nearest primary health centres for vaccination “so that the relevant authorities can easily contact them as more Covid-19 vaccines become available”.

The development comes weeks after Edo began its ‘no vaccination, no entry’ campaign, which bars unvaccinated civil servants from entering government offices.

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