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FG Set to Purchase New Presidential Aircraft, Three Planes Up for Sale

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In a significant move aimed at streamlining the presidential air fleet and cutting down on excessive maintenance costs, the Nigerian federal government has decided to sell three ageing presidential aircraft. The proceeds from these sales will be used to purchase a new, more efficient jet for the nation’s leadership.

The decision, comes in response to the high costs associated with maintaining a fleet of aircraft that are largely underused. The House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence had recommended the purchase of two new aircraft for President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima. However, financial constraints mean that the government can only afford one new jet, which will be partially funded by the sale of the older aircraft.

Currently, the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) comprises six airplanes and four helicopters, including a Boeing 737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a Gulfstream G550, a Gulfstream GV, two Falcon 7x jets, and a Challenger CL605. The sale of three aircraft—specifically a Boeing 737 BBJ, a Gulfstream, and a Falcon 7x—will reduce the fleet by half, leaving three airplanes and four helicopters.

Insiders reveal that a significant portion of the fleet is either unserviceable or experiencing frequent mechanical issues. This has made their upkeep increasingly burdensome and financially unsustainable. The sale of these aircraft is thus seen as a pragmatic solution to alleviate maintenance challenges while ensuring that the presidential fleet remains functional and reliable.

The federal government has engaged JetHQ, a US-based airline marketing firm, to handle the sale of the aircraft. Offers have already been received for the Boeing 737 BBJ and the Falcon 7x, though no final sales have been completed. The National Security Adviser (NSA) has emphasized the need to secure favorable deals to ensure the government receives adequate returns on these sales.

Zakari Mijinyawa, a spokesman for the NSA, confirmed that while offers are on the table, the focus remains on negotiating the best possible deals for the government. “We have received two offers for the BBJ and one for the Falcon X. However, we are pressing for better deals rather than rushing into agreements that may not be beneficial in the long run,” a PAF official noted.

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Samoa: Sexual Orientation Is A Big Lie, Political Manipulation Of Europe – ECOWAS Commissioner

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By Gloria Ikibah 
 
ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, has said that the issue of sexual orientation is a political manipulation of the Europe.
 
Prof. Sarr stated this during an interactive session with ECOWAS Commissioners on the implementation of the programmes of of their departments, at thr ongoing 2024 Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS on Friday in Abuja. 
 
Naijablitznews.com reports that members of Parliament has expressed their concerns and worries about the Samoa Agreement and sexual orientation, and they wanted to know the position of ECOWAS Commission on the subject matter.
 
Responding to the quest, the ECOWAS Commissioner said, “Gender and LGBT is a big lie and is a manipulation for political reasons. Gender is a science but sexual orientation is political.
 
“Masculine and feminine roles are societal construct, for instance you are not born a woman you become a woman”.
 
Giving an example of David Greyman who was born an hermaphrodite and was later turned to a woman, she said  “it is this theories that gives you the sexual theories”.
 
“The issue of ggender is a science and  there is a political agenda today in the world with regards the issues of gender.
 
“In my department nobody will come and tell me about LGBT. No partner will tell me about LGBT, I will not bend my back when it comes to partners”. 
 
On the Issue of funding of ECOWAS Sarr explained  that contrary to the speculations that 70 percent fund is from European partners, it is only 30 percent that comes from partners, while the remaining 70 percent is the contributions from members states.
 
“I am a specialist on gender issues for 30 years. We believe that gender is a science. Imposition of sexual orientation is a political agenda the Europeans wants to impose on us. We should not allow them to succeed”, she added. 
 
 
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Just in: Residents warned as hundreds of terrorists reportedly escape from Niger prison

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A large number of terrorists have reportedly escaped in a mass breakout at the high-security Koutoukalé prison in Niger Republic.

According to security expert Zagazola Makama, the incident happened on Thursday, resulting in the release of hundreds of terrorists, criminals, and drug traffickers.

The prison, situated near Niamey, the capital city, experienced a violent uprising that overwhelmed the guards, enabling the prisoners to escape with weapons and vehicles.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire and explosions around the afternoon time, which prompted a swift response from security forces.

However, by the time they arrived, the inmates had already taken control of the prison, breaching armored gates, barbed wire, and trenches.

The escape has raised serious questions about the security of the prison, which has previously thwarted two jihadist attempts to free comrades.

An investigation is underway to determine how the inmates were able to procure weapons and overpower their guards.

The Interior Minister has issued a radio message to all governors, confirming the escape and urging village chiefs and religious leaders to report any suspicious individuals.

A curfew has been declared in the Tillabéri region, and the entire River Niger region is on high alert.

The escape is considered a major security breach, and authorities are working to recapture the fleeing inmates.

The public has been warned to be vigilant and report any information that could aid in the recapture of the escaped prisoners.

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See photo of collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The photo of the collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos, capital of Plateau state has emerged online.

Naijablitznews reports many students reportedly died in the building warehousing several students.

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