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Owerri-bound Air Peace flight turns back mid-air, blames sunset airport operation

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An air passenger has accused Air Peace of delaying its Abuja-Owerri flight for 17 hours.

The passenger, simply known as @Grace_undiluted on X, wrote via her handle that the airline also turned back mid-air due to the closure time at the destination airport.

Grace made this known in a series of posts on April 17.

According to the passenger, Air Peace sold the ticket “at N120,000” from Abuja to Owerri, and the flight was scheduled to leave Abuja at 4:30 pm and land at 5:30 pm in Owerri.

However, the X user said the flight ended up delaying until 6:18 pm due to the absence of a pilot.

“Half way on air, we were told that they can’t go anymore because Owerri airport closes at 6:40 so they turned back,” Grace wrote.

“Arrived at Abuja again and took more than 20 minutes before passengers were addressed and let out and another 20+ minutes to have someone tell us what will happen next.

“They then promised us a bus to drive us to a hotel to sleep but it’s past 9pm and the bus is nowhere to be found after leaving with a few people in the first round.

“We are all stranded, scattered around. I myself was coming from Kano but missed my connecting flight with Dana air because Azman delayed for 1 hour+ then I went ahead to book air peace because I needed to get home today but here I am, stranded after spending over 300k on domestic flights today.”

The passenger said at about 10 pm, the airline said the bus was stuck “so there is no hope”.

“They also said the restaurant is closed so no food but we should go back to the hall so we can sit and get water,” the passenger wrote.

“Please keep in mind that this flight was originally scheduled for 3:50 then 4:30 just to leave at 6:18pm. This flight was supposed to land in owerri by 5:30 so if they had kept to time, none of this would have happened.”

The X user said the airline eventually moved the flight again “after assuring people that they will fly them to owerri by 7am tomorrow” —to 10 am on Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen on the issue, Stanley Olisa, Air Peace spokesperson, said the aircraft had an unscheduled maintenance.

“The 4.30 flight, the aircraft, we had an unscheduled (unplanned) maintenance on the aircraft,” he said.

Sunset airports are airfields across the country operating between sunrise and sunset.

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Lagos speaker, Obasa, loses father

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has lost his father, Alhaji Sulaiman Obasa.

It was learnt that Obasa died on Tuesday morning.

Confirming his demise, the Secretary of the Orile Agege Local Council Development Area chapter of the All Progressives Congress, who doubles as the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Political and Legislative Affairs, Fatai Olagoke Ajibola, in a statement on Tuesday, said the late Obasa would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

“Late Alhaji Obasa will be buried this evening (Tuesday) in accordance with Islamic injunctions.

“The venue of the Janazah prayer will be communicated in due course,” Ajibola added.

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Police begin 24-hour motorbike patrol of Third Mainland Bridge

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The police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in Lagos has commenced a 24-hour patrol of the Third Mainland Bridge as a way of protecting the infrastructure.

On Monday, Olayinka Egbeyemi, commander of the RRS, directed the squad’s bike riders to commence a daily patrol of the bridge to prevent harassment of road users and vandalism.

“This is in line with the directives of the commissioner of police, CP Adegoke Fayoade, to the squad for the protection of lives, property and public infrastructure on the newly renovated bridge,” Egbeyemi said.

The RRS commander said motorists and road users should cooperate with motorcycle cops so that they can serve them better.

The 11.8km Third Mainland Bridge was recently given a facelift.

Theft of electrical installations and other fittings on the bridge are rife and have persisted for decades.

Earlier this month, the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) arrested one Friday Nwafor for vandalising and stealing road light indicators on the newly renovated bridge.

The Lagos police command had also arrested four suspects for stealing armoured cables on the bridge.

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Labour gives FG May 31 ultimatum to reverse electricity tariff hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have given the federal government until May 31 to reverse the electricity tariff.

The labour bodies gave the ultimatum in a communiqué issued in Abuja on Monday at the end of a joint emergency national executive council (NEC) meeting of the NLC and TUC.

On April 3, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) approved an increase in the electricity tariff for customers in the Band A classification—from N66 to N225 per kwh.

The tariff hike attracted public outcry and calls for its reversal.

On May 13, members of organised labour picketed the headquarters of the NERC, the federal ministry of power, and the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in Abuja, demanding a reversal of the tariff.

The protest was replicated across Nigeria.

In the communiqué, the unions said the action taken by the government without consideration for the hardship of the masses was “unjust and burdensome”.

“The NEC once again vehemently condemns the unilateral increase in electricity tariffs by the authorities,” the communiqué reads.

“This action, taken without due consideration for the economic hardships faced by the masses and the provisions of the law, is deemed unjust and burdensome.

“The NEC reaffirms its demands for an immediate reversal of the tariff hike and the vexatious apartheid categorization into bands to alleviate the suffering of Nigerian workers and citizens and gives the National Electricity Regulatory Commission and the federal government until the last day of May 2024 to meet these demands.”

The organised labour said appropriate actions would be taken if the government failed to meet its demands.

“This includes, but is not limited to, the mobilisation of workers for peaceful protests and industrial actions to press home these demands for social justice and workers’ rights,” the unions said.

The labour unions also reiterated the May 31 ultimatum for the federal government to finalise the new national minimum wage fixing process for workers.

“We need an agreement that will genuinely reflect the true value of Nigerian workers’ contributions to the nation’s development and the current crisis of survival facing Nigerians as a result of government’s policies,” the labour movement added.

“The NEC affirms its commitment to ensuring that the interests and welfare of workers are adequately protected in the negotiation process.

“The NEC-in-session therefore reiterates the ultimatum issued by the NLC and TUC to the federal government, which expires on the last day of this month.”

The organised labour directed all councils whose state governments are yet to fully implement the N30,000 national minimum wage and its consequential adjustments to “immediately issue a joint two-week ultimatum to the culpable state governments to avert industrial action”.

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