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Nigeria’s Presidential jet gulps billions in maintenance

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There’s an increasing apprehension regarding the substantial maintenance expenses of Nigeria’s presidential aircraft, Air Force 001, dedicated to serving President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, with costs amounting to billions of naira, Daily Trust reports.

 

A senior official familiar with the maintenance of the presidential fleet told Daily Trust that the aircraft’s routine servicing and parts acquisition have been consuming vast sums of money.

 

He noted that while the money dedicated to maintaining the presidential fleet is not a new trend, erstwhile Presidential Air Fleet Commandeer, AVM AA Yaro, has recommended its demobilization.

 

The Air Force 001 is a 737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) bought during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the cost of $43m. While the age of an aircraft does not matter in terms of its performance, the maintenance cost increases, unlike newer and more modern aircraft.

 

It was also gathered that a month to the expiration of the tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari, the aircraft was sent for comprehensive maintenance ahead of the inauguration of Tinubu’s government. Since Tinubu took over and inherited the aircraft, it has been sent for other rounds of scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance, Daily Trust said.

 

Sources told the publication that the aircraft had amassed over $5m in maintenance bills, constituting nearly half of the over $10m liabilities inherited at the presidential fleet.

 

A source said;

 

“Due to the age of the aircraft, maintenance cost has increased in recent times, and the amount of money spent on maintenance is huge. I am wondering how long it would take to continue to spend this much on maintenance when it could have been disposed of and a new one purchased.”

 

The General Secretary, Society of Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (SLAMEN), Sheri Kyari, also advised that purchasing a new one would be better to reduce the maintenance cost.

 

He said;

 

“It is better for the government to buy a new one. How much is a brand new aircraft? They should be able to get something much better from Boeing. For me, Boeing is still the way to go.”

 

Investigations revealed that neighboring nations have relatively newer aircraft in comparison to Nigeria. For example, Ivory Coast not only possesses two Gulfstream aircraft in its presidential fleet but also utilizes A319 and A320 for extended journeys. Similarly, Senegal employs A320Neo and A319 alongside other smaller jets.

 

An aircraft engineer who did not want his name in print said;

 

“Even the US president’s aircraft is older than our president’s. Is the US president not flying a 747? That aircraft cannot be less than 30. You can actually put a brand new engine on an aircraft and it becomes new.

“Again, we must acknowledge that the president is an important personality. So, you cannot micromanage things for him. He deserves something better, but when we know the history and maintenance record of the aircraft, we can decide to say, ‘Okay, this is what we should do.’”

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Vigilante Beats Man To Death Over Missing Phone Later Found With Owner’s Child

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A 29-year-old man identified as Joe Philip a.k.a Aboy, was beaten to death by members of Anioma Security Watch Network in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State over a missing Nokia touch light phone.

The incident happened on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2024, following the death of a young man whom they said was accused of stealing a Nokia touch light phone.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to an Ika news portal, the deceased returned from the church and turned on his generator to relax when an elderly woman living in the same compound with him came to charge her phone in his room to come pick it up later.

While the young man was having a nap, it was said that the woman’s son came to pick up his mother’s phone from the young man’s room without his knowledge.

It was gathered that when the woman returned to pick up her phone and couldn’t find it, the deceased expressed dismay at the disappearance of the phone, however, promised to replace it for her, but the woman insisted that she needed her exact phone or else she would ‘’teach him a lesson of his life.

The young man’s plea to provide her a similar phone didn’t go down well with the woman hence she invited members of a local security outfit, Anioma Security Watch Network for intervention.

The vigilante members arrived at the scene in the compound and descended on the young man, requesting him to provide the missing phone. The witness said several people pleaded with them but they insisted that he must provide the phone before they leave him.

The persistent beating continued until they realised that the situation had gone out of their control, so they stopped. Narrating further, he said after a while they noticed that the motionless body of the deceased became cold and stiff, they immediately carried him to the office of the security group, Anioma Security Watch Network, at 17 Gbenoba Str, Agbor, where the

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Lagos Police Rescue Abducted Fouani Brothers And Crew

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The Lagos State Police Command has successfully rescued the abducted Fouani brothers along with two others.

Police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the rescue in a text message on Tuesday.

Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani, and Amtal Fouani, who were kidnapped on June 14 around 6 p.m., were freed in a late-night operation in the Orugbo Iddo area by the Marine Police.

One of the rescued brothers is the Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Limited, a key distributor of LG, Hisense, and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The brothers were reportedly returning from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

There is no confirmation if the kidnappers, who had demanded a $1.5 million ransom, received any payment before the rescue.

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“She was a virgin before she left for service but I can’t vouch for her again” – Nigerian man says as he launches search for a husband for his sister-in-law.

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_Unusual Search for a Husband_

– _Unique Requirements_: A Nigerian man has taken to social media to search for a husband for his sister-in-law, with a specific condition: the suitor must be willing to accept her changed status.

– _Changed Circumstances_: The man revealed that his sister-in-law was a virgin before she left for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program but implied that her status may have changed during her service.

– _Honesty and Acceptance_: The man is seeking a husband who will accept her despite the possibility that she may no longer be a virgin.

– _Social Media Reaction_: The post has sparked a mix of reactions, with some praising the man’s honesty and others questioning his approach to finding a husband for his sister-in-law.

– _Cultural and Social Norms_: The search highlights the complexities of cultural and social expectations surrounding virginity and relationships in Nigeria.

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