How Two Pilots Were Killed In Afghanistan Military Helicopter Crash

Two pilots were killed Sunday when a US-made military helicopter crashed in the north of Afghanistan, the country’s defence ministry said. “An MD-530 helicopter of the country’s air force, which was flying from Mazar-e-Sharif airfield towards Samangan, collided with an electricity pylon,” the defence minister tweeted. In September, a Black Hawk helicopter commandeered by the Taliban government after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan crashed during a training session in Kabul, killing two pilots and a crew member. When exiting the country in 2021, the US military left behind billions of dollars worth of aircraft, vehicles, weapons and other hardware — much of which it said had been rendered inoperable. Some helicopters were also flown by former Afghan government forces to Central Asian countries before the Taliban took full control of the country. The Taliban authorities have managed to repair some aircraft, including helicopters, which are believed to be now flown by pilots from the former government forces. The regime showcased an array of equipment during a military parade on August 31 last year when they celebrated the first anniversary …

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Buhari To Commission Dangote Petroleum Refinery On Monday

….As Sanjay Gupta says it would be churning out 650,000 barrel per day President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday commission the 650,000 BPD Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals. According to a Twitter statement by the Dangote Group, the refinery will be churning out Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), diesel (AGO), aviation jet fuel and Dual-Purpose Kerosene (DPK), among other refined products. Speaking about the magnificent plant, the CEO Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals, Sanjay Gupta, stated that “everything in this plant by way of size is the first. It is the largest single-train refinery in the world. “There is no single column which can process 650,000 barrels per day anywhere else,” he humbly boasted. “Everything in this plant by way of size is the first. It is the largest single-train refinery in the world. There is no single column which can process 650,000 barrels per day anywhere else” – Sanjay Gupta, CEO #DangotePetroleumRefinery#EnergyForAll #AfricaEmpowered pic.twitter.com/LqS7XX81So — Dangote Group (@DangoteGroup) May 21, 2023 The launch of this refinery is expected to take place in Lagos State. The Special Assistant to the President on Digital and New Media, …

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UK moves to ban Nigerian students, others from bringing family members over

The United Kingdom is set to announce new restrictions that will most likely stop Nigerian students, and other nationalities studying in the UK from bringing their families over. According to a report by The Sun UK, the crackdown, which will see all masters students and many other postgraduates banned from bringing family over, will be announced this week. However, the ban will not apply to PHD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled, the UK media House reported. This follows the reports that net migration into the UK has skyrocketed to 1 million with Tory MPs asking the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, “to get a grip on the rocketing numbers.” To get a hold of the climbing numbers, UK ministers are said to be expected to announce the immigration clampdown on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Sun reports that “Rishi Sunak is expected to come out fighting on immigration – pointing out they are figures he inherited as they date back to the year ending December 2022 – two months after he became …

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Governor El-Rufai’s son, Bello weds daughter of former military administrator

Mohammed Bello El-Rufai, the son of Kaduna State Governor, Mal. Nasir El-Rufai, has married Aisha Habibu Shuaibu, the daughter of former Military Administrator for Plateau and Niger States, Col. Habibu Shuaibu.  The couple got married in a private Nikah held in Abuja on Friday, May 19, 2023.  Aisha is an entrepreneur who manages multiple businesses of her own while Bello is a member elect representing Kaduna North in the House of Representatives. The wedding will be celebrated with events in the coming month.  Recall that Bello got married to Kamilah in 2015.  

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NDLEA intercepts UK-bound N567m worth of meth; arrests baron and seals his Lekki mansion (photos/videos)

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted a large consignment of methamphetamine concealed in powdered custard containers as part of a consolidated cargo going to London, United Kingdom at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.  A statement from Femi Babafemi, spokesperson of the anti-narcotic agency says the illicit drug consignment weighing 30.10 kilograms with a street value of N567 million was detected and seized by NDLEA operatives at the airport on Tuesday 16th May.  ‘’This was swiftly followed by series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of a freight agent, Nwobodo Chidiebere; a female suspect, Chioma Lucy Akuta and ultimately the drug lord behind the shipment, Charles Chinedu Ezeh, who was arrested at Sotel Suites, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos on Thursday 18th May. ‘’ Babafemi stated that Ezeh claimed he’s a businessman and deals in articles in Onitsha, Anambra State but investigations revealed he lived with his wife and children in London until 10th December 2022 when he fled to Nigeria after his involvement in a drug-related offence …

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Toke Makinwa, Queen Nwokoye, Osas Ighodaro, Eniola Badmus – See More Photos Of Celebrities At AMVCA 2023

The Ninth edition of the Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards took place in Lagos state last night May 20, and guests came out looking their best.  See more photos below… Quen Nwokoye Cross da Boss Liquorose Olumide Owuro Ifuennada Mercy Eke Taymesan Alex Asogwa Chidi Mokeme Bimbo Ademoye Wunmi Toriola Eniola Badmus Broda Shaggy Neo Akpofure Osas Ighodaro Toke Makinwa Stan Nze IK Ogbonna Leo Da Silva Saskay Prince Enwerem Kunle Remi Bimpe Oyebade Joro Olumofin

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Ike Ekweremadu: May Our Children Bury, Not Kill Us By Prof. Mike Ozekhome (Opinion)

INTRODUCTION When I was growing up in the village in the 60s and 70s, my dear mother always told me, “You will bury me”. I could not then process the meaning. Why would my mother who was still alive, hale and hearty, tell me I will bury her? I can now understand. Indeed, I did bury her in a most befitting manner when she transited in 1997. May our children not kill us. May they bury us instead. Amen. Itsee. This is thus the usual prayer of parents. This has not quite worked out for the Ekweremadus. The genesis and revelation of their ordeal leading to their conviction and jail in faraway cold London arose wholly from their child’s kidney malfunction and their perseverance as parents to save her life. Sonia, the recurring decimal in their travails, puts it most eloquently when she moaned, “I feel guilty, I feel like all this has happened because of me”. She is right. Her health condition called Nephrotic syndrome, a condition where the kidney does not function properly, ignited the entire brouhaha. Sonia’s …

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Gunmen kidnap Imo Catholic Priest

A priest with Okigwe Catholic Diocese in Imo State, Rev Fr Jude Maduka, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Friday, May 19 while preparing for Sunday’s eucharistic mass celebration. According to a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Fr. Maduka who is the parish priest of Christ the King’s Parish, Ezinnachi/Ugwaku, Okigwe LGA of the state, was kidnapped from his New Adoration site at Ogii Village in Okigwe LGA while on inspection at the new site. The state police command is yet to comment on this development. 

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Insecurity: Group Asks Gov Ishaku To Correct Travesty With Creation Of New Chiefdoms

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The Ayatutu Cultural and Social Development Initiative (AYACASODI), Worldwide, on Sunday kicked against the creation of Jukum and chamba new chiefdom in the Tiv dominated areas in Taraba state as against the 1961 Gazette. National President of the Tiv social cultural group, Chief Timothy Baaki, also asked governor Darius Ishaku as well as the authorities involved to reconsider their decisions, correct the injustice and ensure that the right thing is done in the interest of Justice, peace and development in the areas. The association decried the injustice and maltreatment of the Tiv people in the areas, described it as a joke taken too far, as the act of slavery in this 21st century should be totally condemned by all peace-loving and well-meaning individuals, alleging that It is clear that the objective behind the act by Governor Ishaku by changing the names of Tiv communities in Taraba and appointments of non-Tiv’s as traditional heads is to permanently erase Tiv identity, occupy Tiv land and enslave the people. “We are here to brief the entire world on the …

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Uproar As Tribunal Bans Phones, Gadgets Starting May 22

A mild commotion unfolded at the presidential election court saturday as lawyers, including senior advocates, and journalists were surprisingly instructed to surrender their phones, laptops, and other gadgets before entering the courtroom. Reports had it that a prominently displayed notice was affixed to the three entrances, leaving many lawyers shocked and dismayed by the sudden directive. This newspaper learnt that numerous individuals who had arrived early at the court found themselves locked out as the courtroom doors remained firmly shut. The atmosphere grew increasingly heated when Josephine Ekperobe, the secretary to the presidential election petition court, appeared and informed the waiting lawyers and journalists of the requirement to comply with the instructions. This sparked shouts of condemnation from the frustrated crowd of lawyers who had anxiously awaited entry since approximately 9 a.m. Eventually, due to the uproar, ekperobe withdrew her statement. A few minutes later, around 9:45 a.m., the doors to the courtroom were finally opened, allowing people to enter. However, no explanation was provided regarding the origin of the notice or the authority behind the directive.

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Many Burnt To Death, Others Trapped As Fuel Tanker Explodes On Lokoja-Abuja Highway

Many people have been reportedly burnt to death in an accident along Lokoja-Abuja highway in Kogi State. An eyewitness said the accident happened when a fuel laden tanker lost control and collided with vehicles from the opposite direction. “The tanker is still burning with many other vehicles that were trapped in the process. I saw two commercial buses and cars on flames. Security personnel, including operatives of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) making frantic efforts to put out the fire and rescue the passengers trapped in the inferno,” said one Yusuf from kotonkarfei town. According to him, the accident happened directly in front of the Local government secretariat. The state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Stephen Dawlung, told Daily Trust that officials of the commission had been drafted to the area. “My men are there already . No detail yet. Many were trapped in the accident . The tanker is still burning, causing traffic challenge on the highways presently. I will avail you of the details once we are through,” the FRSC boss said. (Daily Times)

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