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Reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu and Access to Airport for Persons With Disabilities

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We commend President Mohammed Buhari for the reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport after many months of shot down. We are excited that flight can now resume at the airport.

We appreciate President Buhari for his commitment to infrastructural development in the country, which compelled him to take action to ensure the dilapidated condition of the airport runway is rehabilitated.

We are pleased to note that other facilities such as taxiway, linkway, emergency operation centre, car park, entrance of the gate, perimeter fence and other critical airport infrastructures were provided in the rehabilitation project.

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We are worried that President Buhari failed to ensure that the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport includes the provision of Wheelchair lift designed for safety, and access to aircraft for passengers with disabilities

We are concerned that more than 90% of airports in Nigeria are not accessible to citizens with Disabilities in Nigeria, even as the Akanu Ibiam International Airport rehabilitation was delivered without consideration to key Airport infrastructures pertinent to more that 25 million Nigerians with disabilities.

This, is at variance with President Buhari’s June 12, 2020 directives which include “that all relevant Government agencies pay special attention to the peculiarities of persons with disabilities in the formulation of their policies and programmes, and where suitable their employment”

The none-inclusion of disability sensitive infrastructures in the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, conflicts with the provisions of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 as known as the National Disability Act. Section 14 (2) of the Act provides that “All airports shall make available for the conveyance of persons with disabilities who need presentable and functional assistive and protective devices to and from the airport”

Regrettably, Enugu State Government is yet to adopt the National Disability Act, a situation that has exposed persons with disabilities in the State to constant discrimination, exclusion and neglect by the State government, as the State depends on charity based approach in addressing disability issues, which is not sustainable.

We are calling on President Mohammadu Buhari to

compel the Minister of Aviation to provide without delay wheelchair lift designed for safety, and access to aircraft for passengers with disabilities in all the Airports across the Federation.

take necessary actions to ensure that Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, in particular Federal Ministry of Aviation implements the National Disability Act.

ensure that the N1 billion terminal building expansion includes disability sensitive infrastructures such as disability friendly toilets and carparks amongst others.

Enugu State Government to adopt the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 without further delay, as many States in the Federation have passed Disability Laws to protect their own citizens with disabilities from discrimination and hardship associated with disability.

We would like to assure Nigerians, and persons with disabilities in particular that, CCD is committed to holding the government accountable to ensure full implementation of the National Disability Act.

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the premier organization of, and for persons with disabilities that works to promote disability rights, independent living, and inclusion of persons with disabilities and their families in development agenda. It also works to educate, support, and empower persons with disabilities to maximize their potentials. CCD led CSOs campaign for the passage of National Disability Act in 2019.

We have over the past ten years sought a redefinition of the societal response to the plights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

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Tailor Defence: Travel To U.S. If You Are Sure , Falana Tells Abba Kyari

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Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer has challenged Nigeria’s deputy police commissioner Abba Kyari to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the District Court in the United States if he is not guilty of allegations against him.

Mr Kyari had denied any wrongdoing on Thursday after the news of his embroiling with Nigerian Internet fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi, in a multimillion-dollar fraud.

Court documents revealed an order to arrest and detain Mr Kyari after Mr Abbas pleaded guilty to large-scale cyber fraud in the U.S. recently. The documents also exposed how Mr Abbas bribed Mr Kyari to arrest one of his gang members following a dispute presumably over the proceeds of crime. The police officer arrested and detained the gang member.

Claiming no wrongdoing, Mr Kyari, in a statement on Facebook, narrated how Mr Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family.

He said the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to anyone’s life, “and they are longtime friends who have money issues between them.

“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” claiming that he only introduced Mr Abbas, who paid N300,000 to his cloth vendor.

“Later, he saw some of my native clothes and caps on my social media page, and he said he likes them, and he was connected to the person selling the clothes, and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account,” added Mr Kyari. “The native clothes and caps (five sets) were brought to our office, and He sent somebody to collect them in our office.”

Reacting to Mr Kyari’s claims, Mr Falana said, “The United States and Nigeria have an extradition treaty which covers the offences allegedly committed by CP Abba Kyari.”

“If the police officer insists on his innocence, he may want to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the district court in the United States. Once the request is received by the federal government, the attorney general will commence extradition proceedings in the federal high court.”

Additional details in the indictment file contained how Mr Kyari left his job as a police officer and travelled to Dubai to enjoy a good time with Mr Abbas, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.

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Banditry: We Are Available to Help, Boris Johnson Tells Buhari

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is available to assist Nigeria in its war against terrorism.

Johnson stated this while holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday.

President Buhari had earlier reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.

“We are available to help,” he said.

At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that in a bid to bring the various forms of terrorism to an end, then it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.

According to a communique by the President’s special media aide, the two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, the leadership of the Commonwealth going forward, and other matters of mutual interest.

Nigeria’s power needs and efforts which are being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security, were also brought to the table.

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IGP Orders Action on FBI’s Allegation Against Abba Kyari

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The Inspector-General of Police has ordered a review of the allegations against Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Kyari has been accused of being bribed by suspected billionaire fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, but he denied the allegation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also asked Nigerian authorities to track down Kyari over an allegation that the cop received money from Hushpuppi to help jail his associate.

Spokesman of the police, Frank Mba, in a terse statement, made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

The statement read, ”Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

”The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.

”Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.”

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