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Sunday, January 5, 2020

FAAN closes Port Harcourt airport over fire incident


The Port Harcourt International Airport runway has been temporarily closed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over a bush fire incident that recently occurred near the facility.

Closure of the airport reportedly prevented flights from landing and taking off from the airport on Saturday January 4.

Reassuring Nigerians of its commitment to the safety, security and comfort of passengers and airport users, FAAN's Corporate Affairs General Manager, Henrietta Yakubu said the temporarily closure of the runway was part of safety precautions.

She said;

“A joint team from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency is presently evaluating the situation.

“This is with a view to ensuring that the airside is cleared of smoke and restoration of normalcy at the airport.”

Runsewe counters audit report indicting his agency

Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe has reacted to report of being indicted in the recently released National Audit Report from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation ( AGF).

While the audit report indicted the NCAC and its Director- General of financial irregularities in contract awards and payments, Runsewe insisted that the audit report dwelt majorly on the activities of the agency before he was appointed in 2017.

The statement released by Runsewe's media aide, Mr Frank Meke reads in part;

”The reports actually looked at the activities of the agency when I was not there.

” I think there is a misconception about what that report is all about, which looked at the books of the agency between 2015 and 2016 when I was not there.

”I have explained that there is the need to be careful when journalists go through such sensitive reports and may wish to publish its findings.

“Rushing to the press without taking time to look at the various angles will possibly leave innocent people highly misunderstood or hurt.

” The call to service to our fatherland comes with a lot of challenges, with a lot of people thinking on how to bring others down.

” There are also those who are uncomfortable with the changes to which NCAC has brought about to Nigeria’s cultural and tourism revival.

” So certain efforts such as this normal report of agencies’ activities and not just NCAC alone, should not be blown out of proportion.”

Runsewe also stated that the audit report he claimed was sent to the press to malign him won't distract or cause him to lose sleep over listed cultural activities scheduled to take place in 2020.

Nigerian 'archduchess', Helen Idisi arrested by Spanish police for posing as UN Women head

Nigerian-born Spanish national, Helen Idisi has been arrested by the Spanish Police on charges of impersonation and fraud after taking up an extensive resume which includes head of the Spanish branch of UN Women, politician, detective, author, legal expert, and finance consultant.

Idisi who was detained in Denia on Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast, reportedly posed as the president of the Spanish branch of UN Women, requesting funds and giving interviews to the media.

The Nigerian-born Spanish National was arrested after the Spanish police began an investigation in mid-2018 following a complaint from the New York-based UN Women.

In a statement released by the police, Idisi was accused of allegedly providing online legal courses and soliciting for "funds to carry out different projects related to the institution she claimed to represent."

Deutsche Welle reported that Idisi described herself an "archduchess", "Nigerian aristocrat", a "Spanish politician, detective, author, legal expert, business and finance consultant" on her personal website.

The Nigerian-born Spanish national who received the fewest votes to be Spain's head of government in the last election with just 31 votes, also claimed to have participated in three Spanish elections as well as the founder of a political party, "Union de Todos" (Union for All).

She also took up titles such as President of the African Europe Chamber of Commerce (a non-existent organization) and "advisor on diaspora and auxiliary affairs" of the Delta State of Nigeria, where she was born.

Donald Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian sites after announcement of 35 Americans targeted for retaliatory attacks over General Soleimani's death

President Donald Trump has reacted to Iranian Government's announcement of identifying 35 US targets for retaliatory strikes after its Revolutionary Guards commander, Qasem Soleiman was killed in a United States airstrike ordered by the US President..

Trump who insisted that Soleimani was already attacking the US embassy and preparing for additional hits in other locations, added that Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.

The US President stated that if Iran strikes any ''Americans or American assets, 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago) will be hit very fast and hard.''

Read his tweets below;

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