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Thursday, 17 May 2012
It has been revealed that top government officials at the Federal and state levels, including Ministers, President’s aides, governors, Senate and House committees, Speakers of State Houses of Assembly and others expend over N300 billion annually on aircraft charter.
A confirmed insider told THISDAY on Monday that charter operations in Nigeria is a multibillion Naira business that effectively competes with that of scheduled commercial operation and involves largely foreign registered aircraft with foreign registered crew, although most of the aircraft are owned by Nigerians.
With average of about $6,500.00 (N1, 01400) for one hour charter, the charter operators rake in huge amounts of revenue every month from mainly government officials and some Nigerian businessmen and women.
It was also revealed that although this subsector of air operation in Nigeria generates billions of Naira annually, many of them do not pay the stipulated charges, Value Added Tax (VAT) and corporate tax to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and government.
THISDAY learnt that according to regulations, before an aircraft is allowed to operate commercial charter in Nigeria, it must be under an airline that has Audit Maintenance Organisation Certificate (AMO) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
AMO would ensure that the airline has the competence to maintain the aircraft it is flying, while the AOC would ensure that the aircraft is competently managed, but indications show that most of the aircraft that operate as charter in the country were acquired as privately owned and therefore do not pay the necessary charges, VAT and corporate tax to government.
For the aircraft to operate charter services in the country it must be deregistered of its foreign number and then be registered in Nigeria and the cockpit crew must hold valid Nigeria licence, and the aircraft must be under a commercial operator, but many of these aircraft owners do not abide by these conditions.
A source said that if these aircraft are managed by an airline that meets the aforementioned conditions, “the commercial operator ensures that tax, VAT and other charges are paid when they are due. Currently government is losing so much money on VAT, corporate tax and 5 per cent charge to NCAA, which are lost from those privately owned aircraft that are used for commercial charter services.”
But the spokesman of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Sam Adurogboye, told THISDAY on Wednesday that all aircraft operating in Nigeria meet the conditions set out by the regulatory body, adding that “every airline has a licence that specifies its type of operations and are guided accordingly.”
He also said that private operators pay appropriate navigational charges like landing, parking etc. and that owners of private jets are not allowed to run commercial services, adding that doing so would be regarded as an aberration if detected.
“Owner of private jets are required to put their jets under an AOC holder for management, i.e., maintenance, insurance and crew, and accordingly held responsible for any violation in the process of its operations.”
But the source also told THISDAY, “Nigerians will travel overseas, buy aircraft, register it overseas, bring it to Nigeria in the pretext that it is leased and use it to operate commercial services without paying anything to government.”
The source also adds, “Crew members must correspond with the country of registry; however, these aircraft were not financed by any foreign financial institutions, they were bought by Nigerians, so most of them ought to be registered in Nigeria.”
Depending on sitting capacity and aircraft type, an aircraft could be chartered for average of $6,500 for one hour in addition to waiting charge, which includes return flight.
The Police have killed innocent persons in circumstances that are far from crime control. Although it little shocks Nigerians anymore that the Police killed innocent persons, yet, it deepens the slur to which the image of the Police Force is often dragged each time it occurs. And many are the times indeed.
In a recent incident, four policemen attached to the State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), were said to have been more than tipsy, having spent hours carousing at a Night Club, Monalido Club, Kalakuta road, off Creek Road, in the Apapa district of Lagos State.
In foggy circumstances, the Police men who were said to have escorted a certain sailor, one Captain George¸ to the club last Saturday, as they usually did in the past, had gone into the club with their loaded weapons. The police officers are two corporals and two inspectors.
Eyewitness account said the Lagos socialite had gone to the club to unwind with his escorts; and stayed till the wee hours of the next day however, as they were about to leave, the escorts were said to have fired their guns purportedly into the sky in sheer mark of revelry, having lost full control of their emotions.
The shooting surprised the club members and many of them began to run helter skelter for shelter from the flying bullets. But two persons, one Azubuike Benedict and a lady simply identified as Joy were not as lucky as the bullets hit them on the stomach and neck respectively. Others were inured. One of them, Darlington, received a bullet on his knee.
THISDAY further gathered that the police officers were fond of shooting sporadically into the air to celebrate while their boss sprays money on fun seekers anytime they came to the club to unwind. Observers are thus worried at the flippant excuse at which live bullets are expended by policemen. Another question raised by this incident is on why the police would go into a club with their guns when they face the danger of being inebriated?
Speaking to THISDAY Thursday in Apapa, friends of Azubuike called on the appropriate authorities to see that justice is served. Narrating the scenario, one of the deceased’s friends, Deji Nathaniel, said he was hanging out with Azubuike when another mutual friend showed up and asked them out to Monalido to unwind. It turned out to be Azubuike’s last outing ever. Azubuike hails from Kwale in Delta State.
According to Nathaniel, the 39-year-old father of Esther (6-years-old) had just come back two months ago from Italy where he resides. Described by friends as an all round entertainer and mentor, the death has shocked all who knew him.
Nathaniel said: “We were all together that day when I stepped out. The next thing I knew, a lady rushed to me and told me that Zuby (their pet name for him) had been shot dead. When I got to our spot, I was told he had been taken to Lagoon Hospital for treatment.
“I rushed there only to see Zuby lying in a pool of his own blood. Even though he was in pains, he was still talking. He asked me to hold his hand which I did and was assuring him that he would survive. He complained that his stomach was hurting him because he was shot in the ribs.”
Nathaniel said he held the hand of the deceased until he was rolled into the theatre for surgery and about five hours later, they got a call to announce his death.
“When we took him to the hospital, they demanded for N1million before treatment would be carried out. We quickly rallied round and raised N800, 000 before treatment commenced.
“First they gave him four pints of blood but it obviously was not enough as the hospital told us that they needed six more pints. We went around to different hospitals to get that. It is painful that despite all our efforts, Zuby still died.”
According to Nathaniel, the said Captain George had stormed the club with his ash coloured Toyota Forerunner Jeep with registration number FST950AJ while his escorts were in a white Hilux truck.
According to Nathaniel, the said Captain George had stormed the club with his ash coloured Toyota Forerunner Jeep with registration number FST950AJ while his escorts were in a white Hilux truck.
“We want the authorities to do something about this matter and not sweep it under the carpet because this has been Captain George’s modus operandi. He comes into the club with his escorts and after they have enjoyed themselves, he would throw wads of cash in the air while his escorts will also shoot into the air in joyous mood.”
One of the victims, who was identified as Darlington, who was lucky to have survived the gunshot on his knee was brought to THISDAY after treatment to narrate his account.
According to him, they were catching their fun when the stillness of the night was broken by sporadic gunshots. He said while the fun seekers quickly dispersed, he took cover but was hit all the same.
He demanded that, “the police officers who did this should be brought to book since they are known. I was lucky the bullet did not kill me.”
Also speaking to THISDAY, one of the petty-traders around the club precinct, one Gbenga, claimed the policemen were drunk and as result fired their guns even though no one threatened them or their boss.
He said: “Captain George is a very popular face at the Monalido Club and so that day, he had come as usual to the club and as they were leaving, his police escorts shot sporadically into the air. The bullets killed two people instantly and injured so many people.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, a superintendent of police, had confirmed the incident but said he could not say if the policemen were drunk as alleged.
He said: “The incident happened quite alright but we do not know if the policemen were drunk. From what I deduced from the information reaching me, the shots were accidental.
“The police officer in question tried to shoot his gun up in the air but his gun jammed and hit his hand thereby bringing the gun down. It was in the process that two people were killed.”Jaiyeoba said investigations are going to ascertain what truly happened as well as secure the arrest of the two fleeing officers.
The two arrested officers have since been handed over to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Muhammed Muazu, of Apapa Police Division.
It would be recalled that on assumption of office, the acting IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, as part of his reformatory agenda for the police, had ordered the withdrawal of all approved police escorts from private individuals and corporate bodies across the country.
A suspected armed robber was killed when explosives his gang was transporting accidentally went off in the centre of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday, police said.
The blast ripped through a minibus carrying at least three suspected robbers, four AK-47 rifles and a large amount of ammunition, Rivers State Police Commissioner Mohammed Abdulkadir Indabawa told Reuters.
According to Reuters, two people in the bus and a woman who was nearby were injured in the explosion, he added.
"We suspect they were armed robbers going (on) an operation, and things went wrong for them," said Indabawa.
Port Harcourt is at the heart of Nigeria's 2 million plus barrel a day (bpd) oil industry and has been plagued by militant groups and criminal gangs cashing in on the money it generates.
A Reuters photographer saw the area around the minibus being cordoned by police in the town centre. The flames were out, but the vehicle was largely burned to its frame coated in grey ash.
Its very sad to share that Queen of Disco Donna Summer has passed away at age 63. Reports from TMZ said the singer suffered from a battle with cancer and was in Florida, when she died this morning. Miss Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.” She leaves behind three children and her husband.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall; who is the Most Gorgeous of them all?!
From brains to busts to business sense and butts, perfect manners to a polished image; sultry demeanour to striking confidence; incredibly sexy, and a flawless sense of style. Brilliant success in their fields, and good public persona…these are the Top 5 hottest Celebrity Women on this side of the planet (in no particular order)!Genevieve Nnaji:
It seems “Ms. Nigerian Sweetheart”, Genevieve Nnaji, has been hugging the spotlight forever. We never get tired of seeing her beautiful smile on blogs and on the pages of magazines. Genevieve gets more attractive with age. She’s the girl-next-door with beauty that
seems unsullied and virtuous. With all the beauty enhancements rumours- bleaching tablets, to boob jobs and butt pads in the entertainment industry, Genevieve remains an unblemished beauty- free of nips and tucks. We can imagine her in her 50s still looking as amazing as when she marked her 33rd birthday. We love her style- ingenious, easy and yet sophisticated.
Debola Esho: Genevieve Nnaji rocks! She is the kind of girl you want to go back to after work. She’s not going to get the whole football team casting lustful stares at her, but for a man with good taste and class, you know she’s the kind of woman that’ll make you look good anytime you introduce her in public- sweet, clean and very pretty!
Meet Toolz, the girl with the most mind-boggling figure in the world! Toolz is like the carving of a goddess, something Michelangelo could have sculpted in his days. Men (even women!) wonder what she’d look like naked because it is almost inconceivable for anyone to be created with every feminine attribute in generous proportion like she has. This makes the OAP the most wanted African woman alive! Every Nigerian man would want to, at least kiss her hand and ask how it must feel to come in such a body worthy of worship. With a killer body comes a killer career. There’s nobody as good as Toolz on the radio on a hot Lagos afternoon.
Chinedu Anyiam: The first time I saw Toolz in a magazine, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. She’s just like a vase- a very well-sculpted vase that is meant to just sit on my table and look good- without any flowers in it! Her figure confuses me, but it’s the good kind of confusion. I don’t know how the guys in her office can keep a straight face and work while she’s there. It’s got to be a tough job for them.
Kemi is classic beauty. Her sexiest feature is her intellect; not forgetting her newly svelte figure- something she acquired through a lot of discipline and hard work. That, too, adds to her résumé as one of Nigeria’s most sought-after beauty. An inspiring go-getter, Kemi continues to push the boundaries, succeeding in almost every area of entertainment and still able to look like a princess at the underbelly of sheer diligence and industry. She knows a thing or two about everything in the world – Politics, basketball, music- name it, and have served brilliantly on and off the camera as one of the most liked presenters and hosts of radio and TV programmes. Guys love Kemi because she seems like she could roll up in a shirt and watch football with him all night, and still be as sexy as ever the next morning!
Deji Adekola: Kemi has a lot going for her and it gets better because she seems to understand that beauty doesn’t end with the brains; a woman has to look as sexy as her brain. I am all for women getting all the knowledge in the world, but when it comes to me and you, I want a pretty hot woman by my side- brains and beauty. Kemi fits that bill totally.
That good-girl face attached to that bad-girl body is a winner anyday! It is easy for people to hate on Tiwa because…really it’s just not fair! How can she be so beautiful and then can actually sing?! Isn’t she supposed to be dumb and shallow and stupid? I understand the pain of having to look at one of the most beautiful black-skinned woman who actually has real talent! An amazing combination that can easily intimidate. And for every song Tiwa belts out, whether dressed in an apron or in cat-woman get-up, she comes out looking more beautiful and having our boyfriends drool over her! Uugh!
Joshua Mila: Tiwa is hot. All you see when you look at her is a girl that’s going to build your world OR wreck it, because when a girl so fine dumps you, you are never going to forget her. And all your pain will be transferred to whoever comes next. So sometimes, I stay away from girls like that. As a man, you have to be sure she’s in your league first, so you don’t suffer unnecessary heart-ache and become the butt of your friends’ jokes afterwards.
The actress transformed right in front of our eyes, graduating from just a regular TV star to a sexy screen siren. It’s exactly the way we want an actress to look- great looks with a personality and style that seems to evolve. The sexy thing about Damilola is, apart from that walk down the red-carpet aisle months back with Banky W, her private life isn’t splashing all over tabloids. So there’s still a mystery to her that keeps us guessing, and men do find that very attractive.
Rowland Obi: Damilola is ok. She’s going to pass the beauty test over and over in the eyes of a man. She’s slim and that is very important for me because with the rate we are going, it seems 4 out of 5 women are going to be obese in another 15 years in Nigeria. So the fact that she is free from any fat at the moment, stands as the true test of beauty in my opinion.
Cast member Jennifer Lopez poses at the premiere of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California
Jennifer Lopez has topped the annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world, taking over from fellow pop singer Lady Gaga and beating out media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
The 42-year-old singer, actress and dancer, who rose up through the entertainment world ranks from her humble birthplace of the Bronx, New York, surprisingly jumped from 50th place on last year's list that measures power by entertainment related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity, reports Reute.
Forbes estimated Lopez' earnings in the past 12 months at $52 million (32.67 million pounds), and her top ranking is powered by her lucrative gig as a judge on popular television show, "American Idol," a new clothing line at Kohl's, a top-selling fragrance and millions of Twitter and Facebook followers. She also just announced her first upcoming world tour, joined by Enrique Iglesias.
Winfrey, who has admitted struggling with her OWN TV network after ending "The Oprah Winfrey Show" syndicated TV chat show last year after 25 years, kept her No. 2 slot from last year, earning an estimated $165 million.
Canadian pop star, Justin Bieber, 18, also stayed at No. 3 where he debuted last year, earning $55 million, with Forbes reporting he has become a serious investor whose portfolio includes music streaming service Spotify.
Pop star, Rihanna landed on the list for the first time with estimated earnings of $53 million due to hits in the past year such as "We Found Love," and "Talk That Talk," while also landing lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Nivea and Vita Coco, Forbes said.
Dropping four places from last year, Lady Gaga was ranked No. 5, earning $52 million, while new "The X Factor" judge Britney Spears returned to the list after a one-year hiatus landing at No. 6, earning an estimated $58 million helped by a successful tour.
Kim Kardashian was also a notable newcomer at No. 7. She earned $18 million - the lowest amount in the top ten - but attracted ample media attention for her splashy wedding and divorce. Pop singer Katy Perry landed at No. 8.
Rounding off the top ten was Tom Cruise at No. 9 with the comeback success of his "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" movie that earned nearly $700 million at the global box office, and Steven Spielberg's various ventures in TV and movies earned him an estimated $130 million to place him at No. 10.
British singer, Adele entered the list at No. 24 after a record-equalling six Grammy haul and returning to live performing after surgery on her vocal chords.
Among big names to drop off the list was Charlie Sheen after his "Two and a Half Men" exit. His replacement on the show, Ashton Kutcher debuted on the list at No. 51.
The collective earnings power of the top 100 dropped slightly in 2012, with this year's crop earning a collective total of $4.4 billion, down from $4.5 billion in 2011.