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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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Ex-Aviation minister, Stella Oduah, absconded from camp, forged our certificate – NYSC

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A former Aviation Minister and Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah, forged the National Youth Service Corps certificate, the NYSC has said.

It stated this in a letter replying to the request by the Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party Stakeholders which sought to validate the claim by the senator that she lost her NYSC certificate.

Director General of the NYSC said even though Oduah was mobilised for national service in 1982/83 service year and was deployed to Lagos State, she absconded after the orientation and never completed the service.

“The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service,” the DG wrote in the letter signed on his behalf by Eddy Megwa, dated May 24, 2022, with reference number NYSC/DHQ/PPRU/783/ VILIII.

In 2014, Oduah deposed to an affidavit and obtained a police extract where she stated that she sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili in Ogboru Local Government Area to Abuja, she discovered that some of her personal belongings were missing.

The affidavit read, “I Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, Christian, Adult , Nigeria Citizen, Politician of Umuoma Village, Akili, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State do hereby make oath and depose as follows:

  1. That I am the dependent of the affidavit.
  2. That I am a native of Akili Ozizor in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
  3. That sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili Ozizor in Ogbaru Local Government Area to Abuja I discovered that my personal belongings were missing.
  4. That the missing documents are the originals of my West African School Certificate of 1978 from Zixton Secondary School Ozubulu, First School Leaving Certificate from St. John Odoakpu Onitsha, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Certificate 1982 from St Paul’s College Lawrencevile Virginia USA, National Youth Service Corps Certificate 1983, National Identity Card, United States of America Social Security Card with the number on it.
  5. That all efforts are to trace the missing documents proved abortive.
  6. That I made this affidavit in good faith believing same to be true and correct and in accordance with the Oaths Act.”

However, the Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party Stakeholders wrote to the NYSC Director General to issue them with a certified true copy of the certificate of national service with the Youth Service Corps issued to Stella Adaeze Oduah in 1982/83.

By the letter, NYSC has confirmed that Oduah served as minister in breach of the nation’s extant law.

The group had earlier written to the national chairman of the PDP to order Oduah to produce NYSC certificate or be disqualified from participating in the party’s primary for Anambra North Senatorial election.

Recall that a former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, was forced to resign after she was found to have forged her NYSC certificate.

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Buhari promises to sign forensics, fraud examiners’ institute bill

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday promised to sign a bill seeking formal establishment of the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (CIFCFEN).

He spoke at the State House in Abuja after being honoured with Global Integrity and Anti-Corruption Award of Excellence by CIFCFEN.

He was presented with the highest honour of the institute reserved for only African heads of states with impeccable character and unimpeachable ideals by the chairman of the Governing Council CIFCFEN Board of Trustees, Dr Iliyasu Gashinbaki.

Buhari was the first African leader to be bestowed with the award in recognition of his lifetime outstanding commitment to the fight against corruption and selfless service with exceptional integrity.

He directed the anti-corruption agencies to continue partnering with the institute for the benefit of the country.

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He also directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to work with the Institute in areas of providing technical assistance and capacity building to all revenue generating agencies and regulators in the public sector.

He said: ‘’The need for forensic experts arises in educating, preventing, detecting and prosecuting fraudsters, while fraud examination helps mitigate vices like embezzlement, money laundering, misuse and mismanagement of public resources.

‘’Many Nigerians, who are serious about eliminating corruption in our country, will welcome this review of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy midwifed by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption in 2017 and supported by our International friends.

‘’This effort by the institute to undertake the review of the national anti-corruption strategy is highly commendable and it has shown the usefulness of partnerships with professional bodies and my administration will continue to partner with the Institute and as well as other private institutions, the academia and other stakeholders in the fight to stop sleaze and mitigate corruption.’’

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We will restore peace, stability before leaving office, Buhari vows

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will not relent in its quest to restore peace and stability in the country.

Buhari said this on Monday during the 58th anniversary of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) in Kano.

He said his administration’s investment in the air force had helped to “turn the tide” against terrorists.

He promised that he would continue to give necessary and sufficient support to the NAF in the battle against insecurity from non-state actors.

“The huge investment in the Nigeria Air Force has helped to turn the tide against terrorist and non-state actors in our nation,” he said.

“In furtherance of our drive to continue to do more to support the air force. Rest assured that our government is willing to do even more to ensure the provision of requisite support and the encouragement to overcome various security challenges.

“This government will not rest until peace and stability is fully restored in the nation. I, therefore, urge you all to remain steadfast, committed and resolute.

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