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Just before you go to bed, here are the major foreign, political and crime stories you missed today
Made in China plane makes first commercial flight
China’s homegrown regional jet made its first commercial flight Tuesday, operator Chengdu Airlines said, after years of delays raised questions about the country’s ambitious plans for domestically-produced planes.
Chengdu Airlines flew the ARJ21 from its eponymous home base, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, to the commercial hub Shanghai carrying 70 passengers.
More than half were paying customers who were aware they were flying in a new plane, an airline spokesman told AFP.
The ARJ21 — which stands for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century — will ferry flyers on the Chengdu-Shanghai route three times a week, he added.
The inaugural flight was the culmination of a 14-year programme to make China a commercial aircraft manufacturer capable of competing with dominant foreign players Boeing and Airbus.
But the aircraft still lacks the crucial US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification that would allow it to fly in US skies, and most manufacturers do not yet view the COMAC plane as a competitive threat.
EFCC arrests Fayose’s ‘best friend’ over N4.7bn fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a man, whom it described as the best friend of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
The suspect, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, it was learnt, allegedly helped Fayose to handle over N1.219bn during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
The money was said to have been part of the N4.7bn that was siphoned from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser and deposited into the bank account of a company belonging to the sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
The PUNCH had reported last week that the EFCC alleged that Obanikoro conveyed about N1.219bn on an aircraft and handed it over to Agbele for onward delivery to Zenith Bank.
Agbele was said to have collected the money on behalf of Fayose and paid the money into the account of Fayose, who was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at the time.
According to five Zenith Bank deposit slips made available to our correspondent, Agbele made deposits of over N900m into his own company account and Fayose’s own.
On June 26, 2014, Agbele made a deposit of N137m into a Zenith Bank account, with Account Number 1003126654, belonging to Ayodele Fayose with teller number 0556814.
One of the bank tellers used in paying money into Fayose’s account by his best friend, Abiodun Agbele.
On June 17, 2014, Agbele also deposited N100m into Account Number 1010170969 belonging to Spotless Investment Limited, a company owned by Fayose and his wife, Feyisetan.
On June 18, 2014, Agbele also made a deposit of N219, 490, 000 into the account of De Privateer Limited with Account Number 1013835889 and teller number 0505890. The company allegedly belongs to Agbele. On June 19, 2014, he also made a deposit of N300m into the same account while a third deposit of N200m was made into the same account on June 23, 2014.
In his reaction, Fayose admitted that Agbele was a trusted friend who paid money into his account.
He, however, maintained that the money came from the management of Zenith Bank and private donations.
Buhari angry with CBN over ‘ruthless’ Naira devaluation
President Muhammadu Buhari is certainly not happy with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, over what he called ”the ruthless devaluation of the Naira.”
President Buhari expressed his indignation at the current rate of the naira to the dollar while speaking at the Ramadan breaking of fast with members of the business community led by Mr Kola Jamodu, on Monday.
The president condemned “the ruthless devaluation of naira,’’ saying that he was yet to be convinced about the economic benefits of the exercise.
“How much benefits have we derived from naira devaluation in the past?
“I don’t like the returns I get from the CBN because that coupled with the demand that let us devalue the naira. In August 1985, the naira was N1.3k to a dollar, now you need N300 or N350 to a dollar.
“What do we derive from that, how much benefit can we derive from this ruthless devaluation of the naira?
“I’m not an economist neither a businessman, I fail to appreciate the economic explanation.
“What has happened to us now is that we have maneuvered ourselves into a mono-economy which led to the collapse we are seeing now.
“A lot of responsibilities now fall on your shoulders. You have a lot of investments, a lot of people you employ,’’ he told the businessmen.
He also assured them that his administration would make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production within 18 months, adding that 13 states of the federation had been identified for the production of the crop.
Bauchi gov. appoints 15 new Perm. Secretaries
Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has appointed 15 new permanent secretaries (PS) as part of his administration`s ongoing civil service reform.
A statement signed by Alhaji Bello Illelah, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Bauchi, said the appointment would reinvigorate the civil service.
Illelah said the appointment, which takes immediate effect, was also aimed at better service delivery to the people of the state.
He named Sa’idu Maikobi, Garba Magaji, Sani Ahmed and Dr Bala Lukshi, as some of the newly appointed permanent secretaries.
The SSG also said that: Aliyu Jibo, Nasiru Yelwa, Musa Wadata, Ahmed Misau and Yahuza Adamu were among the newly appointed permanent secretaries.
Others, according to him, are: Sa’idu Saleh, Mohammed Umar, Mukhtar Wadaji, Ibrahim Alashe, Aishatu Chibiyaye and Ahmed Zalanga.
He said that the officers were chosen based on their track records of hard work, dedication to duty, honesty, loyalty and wealth of experience.
At least 28 People Killed & Over 60 Injured in Suicide Bomb Attack on Istanbul Airport
At least 28 people dead and multiple wounded after two explosions rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has confirmed the tragic news.
It is being reported that the two suicide bombers are responsible for the attack and were also killed. According to Minister Bozdag, one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself” at the airport entrance.
Police fired shots to try to stop the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall of the Ataturk airport but they blew themselves up, one of the officials said.
Two bombs exploded. One of them was located just outside the terminal on the pavement, the other was at the security gate at the entrance to the airport.
According to the minister, authorities said that no bomb was detonated within the airport building itself.
As at press time, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tompolo writes President Buhari another open letter
Former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemepulo aka Tompolo who is currently in hiding, has written another open letter to President Buhari. In his new letter, the ex militant leader asked the president to learn from former President Musa Yar’Adua who in 2009, introduced the Amnesty programme for Niger Delta militants after discovering that attacking the militants was not a good idea.
The letter in part reads;“Today is exactly 31 days after the invasion of the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oporoza town, by your military led by Brig. General Faruk Yahaya of the 4thBrigade, Benin City, in search of me, with the allegation that I am the one behind the bombing and destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and the incident happened in my absence, but I was informed that the army was on the loose, and committed so much abomination in the community. As I said in my previous publications, the military made away with the symbol of Authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu Shrine, [of] which I am the chief priest. They also made away with other valuables, worth several millions of naira, from the community. We are presently being treated like conquered people because of crude oil.
Mr President sir, please permit me to quickly recall a similar incident that occurred in May, 2009, when this same military invaded several communities in Gbaramatu kingdom, under the command of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Traditional worship centres were desecrated, property were looted and above all, the multi-billion naira ultra-modern magnificent palace of the pere of Gbaramatu kingdom was burned down, and his golden crown was stolen by the military. As peace-loving people, the kingdom approached the courts and demanded compensation for the unlawful invasion and destruction of property, in which the court awarded 99 billion naira in favour of Gbaramatu kingdom. After seven years of that sad incident, the Federal Government is yet to pay the compensation.
This incident also led to the declaration of the Presidential amnesty programme for peace to reign, as the government find out that military action is not the best way to address the Niger Delta question, and the rest become a history in the life of those who led that invasion. I believe Mr President should learn a lesson from the 2009 military invasion and do the needful.”
Aftermath of Brexit: Richard Branson says they have canceled 3000 jobs and heading towards disaster
Founder and C.E.O of Virgin Group Richard Branson has revealed that the economic effects of Britain’s exit from the EU has resulted in Virgin Group cancelling a deal worth 3,000 jobs.
The billionaire businessman said the company had made the decision to pull the plug on “a very big deal” because of the the uncertainty created by last week’s vote to quit the EU, saying his company may have lost up to a third of its value.
Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he added: “The pound has collapsed to its lowest level in 30 years. This country is going to go into recession, two of the worst days ever. Banks being pounded means they are not going to lend money.”
“We’re not any worse than anyone else but I suspect we’ve lost a third of our value, which is dreadful for people in the workplace.”
“We were about to do a very big deal and we cancelled that deal that would have involved 3,000 jobs and that’s happening all over the country.”
“When Brexiteers told the public that people were exaggerating that there would be a financial meltdown I think that its been proven that they were not exaggerating.
“We’re heading towards disaster and therefore in business if you realise you made a bad decision you change it. And we’re not saying to overrule it, just let the same people who voted have another chance and that’s democratic.”
Court summons EFCC, Zenith Bank over Fayose’s frozen account
A Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to appear before it on July 4 to explain why it should not unfreeze Governor Ayodele Fayose’s account with Zenith Bank.
The commission had frozen Fayose’s account and those of some of his associates after allegedly tracing N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser to them and those of two sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
The governor, a strong critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, had gone to a branch of the bank located on Bank/Secretariat Road for to carry out some transactions when he discovered that his account had been frozen.
Fayose through his lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), approached the court on Tuesday through an ex party order seeking a mandatory order unfreezing the accounts pending the determination of his interlocutory application.
He also sought the leave of the court for the service of the originating summons of the substantive suit on the respondents in their various addresses outside the jurisdiction of the court.
The first and second respondents are the EFCC and Zenith bank.
Suspected cable thieves caught and tied to a transformer fence in Gwagwalada, Abuja
Angry mob last Wednesday, nabbed two suspected cable thieves and tied them to a transformer fence at Anagada village, Gwagwalada Area Council.
According to Daily Trust, a resident of the community identified as LLiyasu said the two suspects allegedly went to vandalize a newly installed transformer at the outskirts of the community but a security guard at the village primary school heard strange sounds from the direction of the transformer and raised alarm.
“That attracted the attention of some youth who ran after them. One of them was apprehended and taken to the chief’s palace. But luck ran out on the second one who came back the next day to carry the cables inside the sack when he was also nabbed and tied to the transformer fence together with the first one,” he said.
The two suspects were later handed over to men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at Gwagwalada.