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BIG STORY: How David Hundeyin Exposed The Fraud ‘Nigeria Air’



Barely 2 weeks to the inglorious departure of President Muhammadu Buhari from office, news of the launch of Nigeria Air gained traction on the Nigeria traditional and social media space, leaving many to wonder how a project that was originally flagged off 5 years ago in a grandeur event with over N85b spent, and without anything to show for it would magically start operations when Nigerians weren’t kept abreast with it’s development trajectory since it’s 2018 launch.

Hadi Abubakar Sirika, Former Minister Of Aviation

The news didn’t excite Nigerians, just as most of Buhari’s projects didn’t, in fact, many Nigerians outrightly called it a scam and accused the APC government of perpetuating their usual antics. The minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who also is largely unpopular and was one of Buhari’s most underperforming ministers also had a huge dent on his name as recently as 3 months ago when he announced the acquisition of 10 fire fighter trucks at over ₦10b, a figure which upon investigation revealed that the figures were hugely padded after an enquiry was made to the Turkish manufacturer of the truck revealed a far lesser figure for the acquisition of same, including shipping costs, and custom duties which many sources reported to have been bypassed, a claim Reportera News couldn’t verify as at the time of this report.

On 26th May 2023, a ‘Nigeria Air’ clad Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed on the tarmac of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, and for a moment, it seemed like the naysayers had been silenced. APC members erupted with joy but instead of celebrating this ‘huge achievement’ in the orthodox or conventional style, they resorted to be spiteful towards the opposition who had called the project a scam. They flooded the social media space with attacks on those who had criticized the government on the project, they trolled & taunted the opposition as though they had actually achieved something extraordinary. However, their joy would be short lived as a huge scandal was about to be unearthed.

David Hundeyin is One Of Nigeria’s Finest Investigative Journalists

Whilst they (APC) made merry and taunted opposition, award-winning investigative journalist, David Hundeyin went to work when he discovered certain irregularities which aroused his suspicion and it didn’t take long for the University of Cambridge James Currey Fellow to lift the lid on this mystery and call out the huge fraud for what it was. Inasmuch as many Nigerians were convinced that this project was a scam, there was no proof to back it up, it took the investigative genius of Mr Hundeyin to unravel the dirt, rot, and corruption that had played out in the grand scheme of things of this project.

Mr Hundeyin announced via his Twitter page that the aircraft which had landed in the Abuja airport actually belongs to Africa air giants, Ethiopian Airlines, and in fact had an active route which it plied until a few days prior when it was removed from operations to be repainted in Tel-aviv, Israel to reflect the fake ownership status of the plane as Nigeria Air’s. The Boeing 737 with registration number ET-APL flew the Addis Ababa – Mogadishu route and had been in operation for 11 years with Ethiopian Air, briefly with Malawian Air (Ethiopia Air owns 49% stake in Malawian Air).

This unraveling did not sit well with the APC members as they thronged out in their numbers to attack Mr Hundeyin despite the overwhelming evidence that he had put forward. To add further salt to injury, 5 hours after the charade launch in Abuja, Mr Hundeyin posted proof of the Airplane en route Ethiopia from Flight Radar24, a global air traffic aggregator company that tracks airplanes movements. As if that wasn’t enough, on 31st May 2023, he announced that the same airplane was back in service for Ethiopian Air after the ‘hurried wrap job’ for Nigeria Air was removed. To back up his claim, he posted proof of flights available on the aircraft for it’s Addis Ababa – Mogadishu route. The travel history of the plane also showed that it had been to and fro Abuja from Ethiopia a few days prior.

Alas, David Hundeyin was right!

In their usual fashion and unsurprisingly so, the APC stayed in denial and hurled even more insults at him instead of accepting the flawed scheme. The final straw that did break the camel’s back came on 6th June 2023 when the Managing Director of Nigeria Air admitted that the aircraft used for the launch indeed belonged to Ethiopia Air; Nigeria Air had in fact not acquired a single plane nor a portal to book flights at the time of it’s launch. The Senate Committee on Aviation and other members of the National Assembly also called the project a ‘huge fraud’, thus burying any doubt of the authenticity of the project. Some of Hundeyin’s attackers have retracted and apologized for their actions, most of them however have been silent. 

Nigerians have come out to celebrate Hundeyin and this ‘big win’ as this event would have gone unnoticed or swept under the carpet had his genius not manifested in solving the puzzle. 

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African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest



In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”



In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery



Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

Youths in kano

The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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