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JUST IN: Nigerian Air Force Identifies Tolulope Arotile’s Killer

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The identity of the killer of late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile has been revealed, the Nigerian Air Force said.

According reports gathered by Grassroots.ng, the 23 first female helicopter combatant died from head injuries on Wednesday when she was knocked down by a car driven by Adejoh at the Kaduna NAF base.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola, gave the name of Arotile’s ex-classmate, who drove the vehicle that hit Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot as “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh”.

Arotile died from head injuries on Wednesday when she was knocked down by a car driven by Adejoh at the Kaduna NAF base.

Giving a report of a preliminary investigation carried out, the NAF spokesperson said the late Arotile met three of her former schoolmates at the Air Force Secondary School now Air Force Comprehensive School, Kaduna, on the day of the incident.

Daramola said, “Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, Mr Igbekele Folorunsho and Mr Festus Gbayegun, drove past her in a Kia Sorento SUV, with registration number AZ 478 MKA. It is noteworthy that Messrs Adejoh, Folorunsho and Gbayegun are all civilians who live outside NAF Base Kaduna, but were on their way to visit one Mrs Chioma Ugwu, wife of Squadron Leader Chukwuemeka Ugwu, who lives at Ekagbo Quarters on the Base.

“Upon recognising their schoolmate, Arotile, after passing her, Mr Adejoh, who was driving, reversed the vehicle, ostensibly in an attempt to quickly meet up with the deceased, who was walking in the opposite direction.

In the process, the vehicle struck Flying Officer Arotile from the rear, knocking her down with significant force and causing her to hit her head on the pavement. The vehicle then ran over parts of her body as it veered off the road beyond the kerb and onto the pavement, causing her further injuries.”

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Nigeria To Revoke Visas Of Foreigners Without COVID-19 Certificate

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Foreigners who arrive Nigeria without COVID-19 test certificates might have their visas revoked, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammed Babandede, said on Wednesday.

The immigration service boss said he has the powers as enshrined in the Immigration Act to revoke visas and confiscate passports of offenders, stressing that the next visa for global travel is the COVID-19 certificate.

Speaking at the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja yesterday, Babandede assured that the 100 travellers under a travel ban for flouting the mandatory seven-day post-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test can not obtain fresh passports or compromise the NIS officers, adding that the system was automated and cannot be bypassed or manipulated.

Babandede stated, “The public health is a big issue in the country and based on that directives, we have complied by blocking 100 passports from travelling, which means, even if they go to the police and declare those passports missing, they cannot be reissued anywhere in the world and they cannot cross our national borders until the period of six months or communication received from the right authorities stating that they have complied.

“This will also include non-Nigerians; we have the powers to revoke visas, the comptroller-general has the power to revoke visas.”

The NIS boss said based on the powers he had and the additional conditions for entering the country, every visitor must have the COVID-19 test result.

He vowed to make travellers comply, noting that the lack of compliance with COVID-19 regulations was a threat to public health.

Babandede said some of the individuals under the travel restrictions have been calling him to seek assistance, adding that he simply asked them to comply with the regulations.

“Please comply, immigration has no business with anybody, we are implementing the directives handed down to us. You must have evidence of payment.

“If you do the test, it means you have complied, if you have not done the test, it means you have violated the condition of entering the country; your visa will be revoked,” he cautioned.

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US Adds Nigeria To Blacklist On Religious Freedom

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The United States on Monday for the first time added Nigeria to a blacklist on religious freedom, paving the way for potential sanctions if it does not improve its record.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the US ally as a “Country of Particular Concern” for religious freedom, alongside nations that include China, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

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N1Billion: LASG Designs Eligibility Form For Tourism Fund Applicant

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The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has designed an eligibility form for interested practitioners to have access to the N1 Billion seed capital for investment in the tourism and hospitality sector.

A statement issued at the weekend by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the eligibility form is available at http://tsp.lagosstate.gov. ng for all interested persons to fill and generate a code upon completion of the online form.

Akinbile-Yussuf recalled that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down all tourism and entertainment-related businesses, announced the approval of N1 Billion seed capital to help drive new growth in the tourism sector, being one of the sectors affected by the deadly disease.

She stated that although the seed capital for the recovery and revitalisation of the hospitality sector is domiciled with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture decided to design a form that would help identify genuine practitioners, who have verifiable information domiciled with the Ministry.

Explaining the rationale behind the online form, the Commissioner stated that the exercise is to ensure judicious disbursement of funds to genuine and qualified practitioners in tourism, hospitality and entertainment-related businesses.

According to her, applicants for the seed capital must have their business within the creative and hospitality sector, been in existence for one year and duly registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture or Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, depending on the nature of the establishment.

She added that the applicants must provide Evidence of Tax Compliance, register with Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency, LASRRA and provide Guarantors with sizable income, among other requirements.

Akinbile-Yussuf, however, implored interested and qualified practitioners to visit the Hotel and Licensing department of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture at Block 10, The Secretariat, Alausa Ikeja for further clarifications about the eligibility form and any other assistance or call 08023320906.

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