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Updated: 50 passengers escape as Dana plane tyre catches fire in P’Harcourt

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A total of 50 passengers were rescued when the tyres of an aircraft operated by Dana Airlines caught fire in Port Harcourt on Monday evening.

The incident occurred at the Port Harcourt airport. But no life was lost and noone got injured.

A statement by Dana Air spokesman, Kingsley Ezenwa, confirmed the incident.

Titled ‘Press statement on Port Harcourt incident of 2/5/22’, the statement explained the aircraft had been grounded pending the conclusion of their investigations.

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It partly read, “Our aircraft with registration number 5N JOY operating flight 9J 344 from Port Harcourt to Lagos on 2nd of May 2022, was set to take off when the pilot in command noticed an anomaly which he queried with the Air Traffic Control before embarking on a ramp return in line with our strict safety operating procedures.

“However, the impact on the brakes as a result of the aborted take-off affected the aircraft tyres which sparked off while the aircraft was taxiing to re-park

“All 50 passengers onboard the aircraft disembarked safely and our maintenance team have immediately grounded the aircraft pending the conclusion of their investigations.

“Once again, we sincerely apologize to all the passengers on the flight for the inconveniences caused due to the eventual cancellation of the flight.”

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Soludo terminates Anambra road contract, says contractor may make refund

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A contractor handling a road project in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State may be asked to refund part of the money paid for the job after the road contract has been terminated.

Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, who terminated the road contract during an unscheduled visit to the project site, gave the indication.

He accused the contractor of doing a poor job; taking too long to complete the project and ordered the firm to remove its equipment from the site immediately.

Soludo said, “I just called the Commissioner for Works and I have told him that this contract has been terminated.

“See what you are doing. I have terminated the contract, and you are supposed to return the money you were paid.

“We gave you this contract on the basis that you are an indigenous company, but see what you are doing. This is what we see. You blocked the entire highway and nobody can pass. Now that I am going to my hometown, how do I go?

“For months, you blocked the road, even for people to pass through.

“This job was supposed to have been finished in October, and that was the contract you were given.

“Other companies that were given contracts like you have all delivered.”

Despite explanations by the contractor that the road had peculiarities, the governor told him that there are other roads with more difficult terrain and the contractors had delivered.

He added, “I have terminated the contract and there is nothing you can tell me about it. Remove all your equipment from this place and move out because another contractor is coming to take over the job.

“If you continue, it is at your own risk because we are not paying you a dime. Instead, we are asking for a refund.”

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24-year-old man gets death sentence for cultism, rape

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A 24-year-old man, Segun Iwaetan, has been sentenced to death by hanging for engaging in cultism.

He also bagged life imprisonment for raping a 20-year-old neighbour and student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

He was tried on seven counts bordering on rape, unlawful possession of firearms, and membership of a secret cult.

The charges read in part, “Segun Iwaetan and Atila Iwaetan (now at large) on January 16, 2021, on Federal Polytechnic Road, Ado Ekiti, did conspire to commit burglary and stealing by breaking into the shop of Olayemi Oyerinde, and receiving stolen property such as 50 jean trousers, 15 polo shirts, 30 pairs of leather slippers, among others, worth over N1.8m.

“Also, on February 5, 2021, the defendant raped a 20-year-old Federal Polytechnic student on Odo Ado Street, Ado Ekiti, while unlawfully in possession of two guns. He was on February 10, 2021, found to be a member of the Eiye Confraternity cult.”

In her testimony, the victim said, “The defendant was my neighbour. On that day, he gained access to my room around 3am; he pointed a gun at me and ordered me not to shout or else he would shoot me. He ordered me to undress and forcibly had sex with me. As of the time he raped me, I was still a virgin. Thereafter, he begged me to forgive him and I should not tell anybody.

Justice Adeniyi Familoni in his judgement on Monday convicted the defendant on four of the charges.

Familoni said, “The defendant is sentenced as follows: conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms, 12 years’ imprisonment each without any option of fine; sentences are to run concurrently from the date of the arrest and detention of the defendant.”

On rape, the court sentenced the convict to life imprisonment.

For membership of the Eiye Confraternity, the judge said, “The sentence of this court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul.”

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Gunmen: We were asked to kidnap APC senator

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The gunmen, who were arrested at the Minna, Niger State Residence of Mohammed Sani Musa, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, have told the police that they were sent to kidnap the lawmaker.
The Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said this in a statement on Monday.
Abiodun, who earlier told reporters that the motive of the suspects was unknown and that investigation was ongoing, said in their fresh confessional statement, the suspects said they were hinted that senator was traveling to Niger State for the coronation and presentation of staff of Office to the Emir of Kagara by one Sherrif now at large.
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” Additional facts emerged in the course of investigation, as one of the suspects confessed further that the hoodlums led by the said Sherrif, presently at large targeted the Senator to his home in Minna.
“The hoodlums suspected that he could be at home, having attended a coronation ceremony at Kagara on the same date and to possibly kidnap him,” he said.
Abiodun said the invaders ransacked the residence under the pretext of the purported search execution, noting that effort was on to apprehend other members of the gang.
Daily Trust had reported how gunmen suspected to be assassins invaded the Minna residence of the Senator on Saturday night.
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