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Kidnapping Spree Hits Northern Nigeria: Eight Abducted in Dan Honu Attack

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Gunmen targeted the Dan Honu community in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, abducting at least eight people in the latest incident of kidnapping for ransom in the region.

This form of criminal activity has become increasingly prevalent in northwest Nigeria, where armed gangs, locally known as bandits, have been wreaking havoc, targeting schools, villages, and travelers.

As a result, it has become perilous to travel by road or engage in farming activities in certain areas.

The attack occurred late on Tuesday in the Chikum local government area of Kaduna state. While the police are actively investigating the incident, residents shared harrowing experiences.

Mohammed Danjuma, a resident who narrowly escaped the abduction, reported that approximately 16 people were taken, but eight managed to evade capture.

During the attack, a vigilant member of the community fired a shot into the air, creating enough disturbance to unsettle the bandits, who subsequently left.

Malam Suleiman, another resident who was initially kidnapped, seized an opportunity to escape while being led into the bushes. Unfortunately, his teenage sons were among those taken by the assailants.

These incidents add to the pervasive insecurity in Nigeria, which includes a longstanding 14-year Islamist insurgency in the northeast and ongoing deadly clashes between farmers and herders in the central region.

Authorities are grappling with the multifaceted challenges posed by these security threats, seeking comprehensive solutions to safeguard the well-being of the population.

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Seven Dead in Lagos as Rice Buyers Suffer Fatal Mishap

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Seven individuals lost their lives in Lagos during a stampede at the Yaba office of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The fatal mishap occurred amidst the sale of 25kg bags of rice to Lagos residents, highlighting the dire economic conditions facing many in the country.

The stampede erupted as a massive crowd of people gathered at the venue to purchase the bags of confiscated rice, which were being sold for N10,000 each.

Among the victims was Comfort Adebanjo, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), along with six others.

Their untimely demise has cast a shadow over the community and underscored the severity of the economic challenges plaguing Nigeria.

The tragedy has left families shattered and communities mourning the loss of their loved ones. In an obituary released by the APC, Adebanjo was remembered as a cherished member of Ward E1, whose presence will be deeply missed.

The Nigeria Customs Service expressed deep regret over the unfortunate incident, attributing it to impatience among the crowd.

Despite efforts to maintain order and safety, the overwhelming demand for rice led to chaos and ultimately, loss of life.

Abdullahi Maiwada, spokesperson for the Customs, emphasized that every effort was made to ensure the safety of attendees.

However, the sheer magnitude of the crowd overwhelmed their capacity to manage the situation effectively.

The tragic events in Lagos serve as a stark reminder of the profound challenges facing Nigerian communities.

As the nation grapples with economic hardships, the need for comprehensive solutions and support systems to protect vulnerable citizens becomes increasingly urgent.

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Air Peace to Launch Direct Flights to London, Sets March 30 for Inaugural Journey

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Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace, has unveiled plans to commence direct flight operations to London, with the inaugural flight scheduled for March 30, 2024.

The announcement came during a prelaunch forum organized by the airline, engaging travel agencies and partners involved in the upcoming London flight operations.

The Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide, assured stakeholders that the London operations would be daily and conducted with Boeing 777 aircraft and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, known for their modernity and efficiency.

Olajide emphasized the direct, non-stop nature of the flights, without layovers, and the airline’s commitment to providing unbeatable fares.

Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema, disclosed that the airline had received approval from the Federal Government, facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Aviation, for flights to New York, USA.

Onyema also declared a unified commission for all airline agents, regardless of size or status.

With commendations from industry leaders and associations for Air Peace’s nationalistic drive and dedication to the country, the airline is poised to connect Nigeria with London and further enhance its international presence.

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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024

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Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.

This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.

Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.

These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.

Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.

The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.

Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.

The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.

This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.

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