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What You Need To Know About The Super Tucano Combat Aircraft



Things To Know About The Super Tucano Combat Aircraft

The Nigerian Airforce acquired 12 New Super Tucano Combat Aircraft, six of which are expected to arrive by Mid-July, with the remaining six coming later.

This was reported earlier by NEWSRAND, as we take a look at things to know about the warcraft.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Airforce To Receive Super Tucano Combat Aircrafts In July



The Super Tucano also called ALX, was manufactured in the mid-80s in Brazil and was designed and built by Embraer Defense and Security as a development of the Embraer 312 Tucano.



Embraer has also set up a production line in the USA in conjunction with Sierra Nevada Corporation for the manufacture of other aircraft to many export customers.



The Super Tucano Combat Aircraft carries a wide variety of ammunition, out of which includes; precision-guided munitions, and the craft was designed to be a low-cost system operated in environments with low-threat.



In 2011 and 2013, the Super Tucano was declared the winner of the US Light Air Support contract competition. The aircraft should be capable of finding, tracking, and attacking targets either on its own or in support of ground forces.



In November 2013, Nigeria has shown interest in acquiring twelve brand new Super Tucanos. Three aircraft were already bought from the Brazilian Air Force inventory in 2017.

In April 2017, the United States indicated that it would be moving forward with a deal to sell up to 12 of the aircraft for up to US$600 million, ending delays that had been caused by human-rights concerns.

In August 2017, the US Department of State had approved the sale of 12 aircraft and associated supplies and weapons.

In November 2018, Nigeria purchased 12 Super Tucanos from the Sierra Nevada for $329 million, six of which are to be fitted with forward-looking infrared systems. The aircraft was originally scheduled to be completed in May 2024.

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REVEALED: How Abuja-Kaduna Train Station Staff Exploit Passengers



Excluisive: How Abuja-Kaduna Train Station Staff Exploit Passengers

The Ministry of Transport is under the supervision of the Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. Since the inception of the Buhari administration, it has launched various railway stations across the country, one of which is the Abuja-Kaduna Railway.

Information reached NEWSRAND about suspicious activities going on in the train station, of staff exploiting passengers by selling tickets at a higher price.

Our team conducted an investigation and here’s what we discovered;

Staff at these stations hoard tickets, then tell passengers who intend to board that they are sold out, no more seats in the train.

READ ALSO: FG Inaugurates E-Ticketing Platform For Abuja-Kaduna Train Service

As departure time draws nearer, staff who hoard these tickets then discreetly go to meet with frustrated passengers, telling them they have a reserved ticket and then doubling the price from the initial ticket price.

These passengers have no option but to buy this ticket because of the need and urgency.

NEWSRAND in its findings got the original price of the ticket to be N3,000 for economy class, and N6,000 for business class, with minor extra charges for medical.

Speaking with Andra Chidiebele one of the riders at the Kubwa train station, she explained to NEWSRAND how she was exploited by one of the train station staff.

“I tried getting the tickets online, on my way back to Abuja, and it was showing me that there were no more available seats on the train. I went there to the train station, and I got the same feedback that the seats were all occupied, I was feeling down because I had to get back to Abuja for an event that day.

READ ALSO: FG Inaugurates E-Ticketing Platform For Abuja-Kaduna Train Service

“Suddenly a man came to me, telling me he can get me a ticket in the Economy class for N6,000, I was not happy about the hike, the initial price of the ticket is N3,000, but I had to go back home today, so I bargained with him for N5,000 which he agreed.

“On entering the train, I found out that it was almost empty, the seats they claimed to be all out, I was vexed but could do nothing about it.

Another passenger Bright Udom shared his experience of how he was ripped earlier on his way to Kaduna.

“I had a wedding to attend on a Saturday morning, so I closed from work earlier to catch the 6 pm train, I went straight to the ticket stand only to be told the train is full. I had to get on the train because of the wedding starting at 10 am the next day, I felt disappointed, only to be approached by a staff who told me he has an extra ticket.

“He told me he has sitting ticket and standing ticket, that the sitting will cost me N7,000 why standing will cost me N4,000. I tried negotiating but he said he will not sell less, so I had to buy the standing since it is just a 2 hours journey. I got on the train and I didn’t even have to stand for a second because there were empty seats.

Jessica Chibuike, a Commuter narrated her ordeal, how amused she was when a cleaner in the station sold her a train ticket.

“I was rather amused than upset (even if I had been swindled of an extra N2,000) when a cleaner in the station sold a ticket for me after I was told the train was full. I mean like is he going back to Kaduna after work, what is he doing with an extra ticket?

Passengers have cried out to this exploitation and it seems that nothing yet has been done so far, and with the rate of insecurity in the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, people find it safer to travel by train.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Sanwo-Olu Ordered Demolition Of Okeowo’s Ikoyi House



EXCLUSIVE: Why Sanwo-Olu Ordered Demolition Of Okeowo's Ikoyi House

To many Lagosians, particularly real estate merchants in the commercial hub of Nigeria, Olu Okeowo, the founder and chairman of Gibraltar Construction is a popular figure, all thanks to his affluence.

For over 27 years, the real estate tycoon has been exploring the building and construction engineering industry, making the island and Ikoyi areas of Lagos his fortress with the development of luxury homes like Palacio De Okeowo, Solomon Court, Adejoke’s Court, Abraham Court, Grace Court, amongst many others.

But on Friday, April 23, the demolition of Tumi’s Court, one of the billionaire’s properties situated at Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview Estate in Ikoyi, started

When Newsrand visited the house situated just beside Okeowo’s famous Palacio De Okeowo, site workers were seen pulling down Okeowo’s N120 million (3 bedroom)/N140 million (4 bed room) a flat multi-family building.

EXCLUSIVE: Why Sanwo-Olu Ordered Demolition Of Okeowo's Ikoyi House

Our correspondents, however, learnt that the demolition was on the order of Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Newsrand was informed by sources who don’t want to be mentioned in this report, that the construction was a form of reclamation, an act of creating land out of an ocean or stealing a portion of a sea to situate property, w

hich is illegal. Okeowo dredged and sand-filled a part of the sea to extend what was meant to be a luxury building.

As seen in an aerial video by Ripples, the reclaimed part is occupied by a two-storey building, with gardens, a swimming pool, and a tennis court, as the waterside was used as a unique selling proposition to lure buyers/investors.

EXCLUSIVE: Why Sanwo-Olu Ordered Demolition Of Okeowo's Ikoyi House

Prior to the demolition, a Lagos-based journalist Olalekan Fakoyejo had reached out to the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) to find out if the state government gave a license for such extension or approved the building plan. He, however, found out from Fanope Queen, the hotline call representative for the real estate regulator, that the extension works may have been illegal and not approved by the government.

Confirming that Sanwo-Olu ordered the demolition, Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho said the building contravened the existing laws in the state. “I’m told it was a case of contravention of the regulation,” he told Newsrand in a chat.

Meanwhile, a close ally to Okeowo, expressed shock to the demolition, querying “whom as my friend offended that would have called for this incident?”

The ally who preferred anonymity told this publication that a top Southwest governor has been approached to interven in the matter.

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Idriss Déby: Hereditary Succession In Africa’s Modern-day Autocracy



Idriss Déby: Hereditary Succession In Africa's Modern-day Autocracy

Yesterday (Tuesday, April 20, 2021) was a sad day for Chadians, and not only for them but Africans at large. It was the day Idriss Déby, who served the country as a sitting president for no less than 31 years.  He died from the bullet wounds he suffered while leading Chadian troops in a fight against terror sect, Boko Haram.

A few hours after Déby’s death was disclosed, his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, 37, was named as a transitional leader of the country. And in what appeared to be a demonstration of the country’s succession-designed plan, he eventually became the successor of his late father. “Itno will occupy the functions of the president of the republic, and also serve as head of the armed forces”, a statement from the presidency read.

How Déby planned to stay in power for at least, 4 decades

It would be recalled that a national conference, in what appeared to be a move to design monarchy, approved of Déby to be in power till 2033. The conference also sought the granting of greater powers to the deceased under constitutional changes. Newsrand understands that the development came after Déby had spent 31 years in power.

The two-week forum of about 800 politicians, business leaders, and traditional chiefs, also recommended the elimination of the post of prime minister, as they kicked against the idea of running a fully presidential system.

It, however, proposed re-instating presidential term limits that were scrapped by a 2005 referendum, but the reforms would still let President Idriss Deby, who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, stay on well into old age.

It recommended six-year presidential terms, limited to a maximum of two terms, effective from 2021, which was when the much-awaited presidential election was expected to hold. This development means Déby would stay in power until 2033 when he will be 81.

Even though he’s dead, Déby somehow managed to remain in power through an heir.

The leadership succession at play

Leadership succession is a truly ubiquitous phenomenon with manifold and wide-ranging implications, which explains the major attention that issues of succession have received in the international community.

While most contributions to the topic focus on political succession in either democratic or non-democratic regimes, it is pertinent to note that succession is an inevitability of political life, and as it has been seen in the past, there are several ways it has been accomplished. From dynastic inheritance to assassination, to competition for votes, Africa as a whole has experienced leadership through successions. Although, some do it better than others.

In view of the many successions that have been experienced in different African countries, it is however fair to say that the continent has had more than its share of disorderly successions. Even where succession does not lead directly to violence or state breakdown, uncertainty surrounding the process can impede economic development, increase insecurity, amongst other factors that might ignite call for revolution.

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