BY TONY OGAGA ERHARIEFE


■ Alleges kidnap ■ Davido apologises to Dele Momodu
A new front has been opened in the crisis rocking Davido and his baby mama which has culminated in the in­volvement of Ovation Magazine publisher, Dele Momodu. According to Saturday Sun checks, Sophie has petitioned NAPTIP, alleging that the singer and his half sister, Coco, attempted to kidnap her daughter and smuggle her to the United States through the Murtala Mohammed In­ternational Airport, Lagos.Davido-N-Sophie

The petitioned, addressed to the Director General of NAPTIP, through Gbolade Ajayi of SO Ajayi & Co read thus: “Our client was tricked into visit­ing the house of Mr. David Adeleke’s half sister, Miss Ashley Coco Adeleke with her baby, Imade Aurora Adeleke. After getting to the house, our client’s baby was forcefully taken from her and she was thrown out of the premises with the treat that she would be decisively dealt with if she ever bothered to return there. There were armed policemen and our client’s survival instincts made her leave her sucking baby behind with so much pain in her hear.” Read More →



Written by Fidelis Mac-Leva and Nuruddeen M. Abdallah


.Buhari must be decisive on fuel subsidy

.The state nearly collapsed under Jonathan

.The last regime left behind a deficit of N7 trillion

.New president must be careful in choosing his ministers

Malam Ahmed Joda chaired President Muhammadu Buhari’s Transition Committee, which interfaced with former President Goodluck Jonathan’s team. In an exclusive interview, the ‘super permsec’ of the 1970s and 1980s, would not reveal any of the recommendations his committee made to President Buhari. But he was forthcoming on the state of the nation and the challenges the new government will face in the next four years. Malam Joda was frank and witty in this explosive interaction.ahmed-joda

Can you recall your experience when you were appointed to head the APC transition committee and your feelings over the appointment?
I really don’t know how I felt. I had gone to bed and there was a bang on my door at about 1:30 am and I was naturally feeling sleepy and even afraid that anybody should wake me up at that hour. But they persisted so I opened the door and asked what it was and they said it was the president-elect who wanted to speak with me. I woke up a little bit jolted and the person who was on the telephone said the president-elect wanted to speak to me but they couldn’t get me earlier so he had just gone up but wanted to see you tomorrow. I do get surprises like that sometimes but I went to bed and slept without knowing what he was calling me for. But I guessed that it must be some kind of involvement in the transition, though I didn’t know in what capacity. The next day I flew back to Abuja and met with the president. He told me about my appointment as chairman of his transition committee. I thanked him for the honour and privilege to serve our country and that was it. He then gave me a letter with the terms of reference attached and said I should do the work in two weeks and I made two observations. That, for the size of the task the number of the members was too small because I anticipated that we needed to set up a number of specialized committees that would receive volumes and volumes of papers from both the government and from other interested parties: the business community, the society groups, individuals who felt they wanted to make an input. He explained to me why the size of the committee was kept too low and I said the time was too short, but he said I should try and do it. Our first problem was where to meet and work; how to get the personnel that would help to do the work, set up the secretariat and appoint the resource persons, appoint rapporteurs and everything. It took us three days to find a suitable area of buildings where we could do our work efficiently. Read More →



Ben Ezeamalu


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it ha​s​ arrested two women attempting to smuggle cocaine aboard a Qatar Airways flight to China.alaka-deburah-uzoma

Deborah Alaka and Chinyere Chukwujekwu were found to possess about 3 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

The arrest came few weeks after some Nigerians were executed in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

The suspects said in their statements that they were pushed into cocaine smuggling because their husbands abandoned them, according to the NDLEA.

“These women are curiously desperate for ingesting drugs, packing some on their bodies and inserting in their vagina,” Hamza Umar, the NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, said.

Mrs. Alaka, 47, was caught with 1.180kg of cocaine – 260 grammes inserted into her private part and 60 wraps weighing 920 grammes ingested.chukwujekwu-chinyere-alaka-with-the-drugs

The agency caught Mrs. Chukwujekwu, 45, with 1.455kg of cocaine – 59 wraps packed on her body, one parcel inserted into her private part, and ​10​ wraps weighing 170 grammes ingested, the NDLEA said.

“I got married early because there was no money for me to further my studies after my primary education,” Mrs. Chukwujekwu told NDLEA investigators.

“My husband who is a retired soldier abandoned me ​10​ years ago. Since then my life has been sorrowful. I sell female clothes and shoes to take care of my children.”

The suspect said she met a man at the market who promised to assist her by introducing her into the importation business.

“This was how we began to talk on phone. He gives me recharge cards and money to sustain myself,” Mrs. Chukwujekwu said.

“It was the day I was to travel that he told me that I will take drugs to China. He took me to a hotel where I was given the drugs and six thousand dollars to buy my goods in China. I could only swallow ten wraps, so I forced some in my vagina and packed others in my underwear.” Read More →



By Chinedu Eze

 


The Federal Government at the weekend announced that it would begin the inauguration of some of the airports in the country where transformation work has been completed from the end of May.

Few months ago government embarked on the remodelling and restructuring of 11 airports in the country by expanding and modernising the facilities in these airports in other to meet the demands of increasing passenger movement and eliminate obsolete facilities that hampered facilitation.

Lagos Airport

Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, made this known, during the inspection tour of Kano, Abuja and Benin airports, saying the objective of government was to improve the airports so that they would meet acceptable standards and also boost air travel in the country.

“We have done more than 85 per cent of the work in some airports. From the end of this month we are going to start the unveiling and commissioning of the projects. Construction is a long process because the foundation has to be right. We have gone a very long way,” she stated.

She explained that what government is doing is more than polishing and renovation, noting that in some airports it involved reconstruction, including adding new structures as it is in the case of the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) in Lagos, where a new terminal is being built to replace the aged contraption at the old domestic terminal.

“What we are doing goes beyond remodelling; we are doing reconstructing of the airports. We are doubling the sizes of those airports; we are changing all the facilities. So you can’t call that remodelling.

“Reconstruction is what we are doing to ensure passengers’ safety, to ensure that they get value for their money and most importantly we want airports that all Nigerians will be proud to have. That is what this administration is all about, a total transformation of the aviation sector,” she stressed.

Apparently reacting to the notion that it is a common practice in the country to commission poorly executed projects hurriedly, the Minister said quality had not been compromised in the projects being executed.

“We have our quality control group working with them (contractors) at all times; we want to make sure we don’t play with customer safety which is why we are doing total restructuring and remodelling,” she said.

However, Oduah stated that one of the challenges facing her was coming from some stakeholders in the aviation industry whom she said had accused her of sidelining them in the airports transformation programme.

She said that those who were benefitting from the degradation of the industry are mostly kicking against any form of progress that the government aims to achieve.

“I am always perplexed when I hear some stakeholders saying they have been excluded. I don’t know who is a stakeholder and who is not a stakeholder. Every Nigerian is a stakeholder. I am a stakeholder; you are a stakeholder.

“Those that have benefited from the destruction and degradation of this sector have been the major problems that we have encountered because I don’t know why anybody will be against progress. We have identified the anomaly; we want to rectify that anomaly and make things better for us. Why should anybody be against that? This administration is a transformation administration and we are going to transform from bad to good,” she said.