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Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 24, 2018
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A young man identified as Jeremy James is trending on social media after flying his first flight as an Airline Pilot on Friday, December 21, with his parents on board.

According to Jeremy who had the pleasure of flying his parents for the first time, his dad never wanted to fly with him until he flew a jet.

The first thing his dad said to him once they got out of the plane was “my back hurts”. According to him, they didn’t even land that hard. Jeremy flies the Embraer for Republic Airways.

The excited pilot took to Twitter to share pictures of his parents and wrote; Flew my first flight as an Airline Pilot today! I also had the pleasure of flying my parents for the first time, My dad never wanted to fly with me until I flew a jet and the first thing he says to me once I get out the plane is “my back hurts” we didn’t even land that hard.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 24, 2018

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As part of its expansion drive, ride-hailing service, Taxify is extending its Nigerian operations to its fifth city, Benin in Edo State.

The announcement continues Taxify’s recent expansion across Nigeria, following launches in Lagos, Abuja, Owerri and Ibadan.

The ride hailing service in statement, said in June that it had completed an investment round of $175 million, and that it intended to use this investment to expand its services worldwide – particularly across Africa.

Speaking on the expansion, Country Manager for Taxify in Nigeria, Uche Okafor, said: “Adding a new city to our Nigerian network emphasizes our continued focus on launching ride-hailing services in more towns and cities across the country, outside of the obvious main centres.
“What this expansion means for us is that more riders can enjoy the safety and convenience of the service, but more importantly, more Nigerians have access to earning a decent living by joining the platform as drivers,” he said.

Having started operations in Nigeria with its first city launched in November, 2016 in Lagos, the ride-hailing service has grown exponentially year on year. Taxify will now operate in 5 cities across the country, and is available in more Nigerian urban centres than any other ride-hailing platform.

One of Taxify’s key success factors in its rapid expansion has been the fact that drivers utilising its platform receive 85 per cent of all fares paid by riders – a significantly higher percentage than what drivers using other similar platforms receive.

Speaking on plans for the coming year, Okafor siad: “We intend to expand our footprint even further in 2019, as we believe that all Nigerians can benefit from the convenience and cost-efficiency of ride-hailing,” says Okafor. “Furthermore, providing appropriately licensed drivers with a platform through which they can earn a sustainable living continues to drive us forward.”

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Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 21, 2018
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The Federal government has restated its commitment to completing the Lagos-Ibadan Railway in good time as the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), the Contractor handling the Project was charged to expedite the pace of work on the Railway Project to ensure that the Rail Line is ready for usage by February 2019.

The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made this known on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, while briefing Journalists at Papàlanto in Ogun State immediately after the inspection tour of the Rail Line and Monthly Meeting of the project Monitoring Steering Committee of the Project.

According to him, “thank God the Press are impressed. I’m impressed? Yes.What I expected and I have told them (CCECC) is that there must be train on the track by February 2019, by that I mean, train on the track that makes transport sense such that we must be able to convey passengers from Lagos to Abeokuta and possibly to Ibadan and we must work towards achieving this target”, he said.

He further reiterated that the pace of work on the Railway project is progressing given that there are now minimal challenges that could hinder construction work. He noted that the challenge of constant rainfall was no longer there and the Contractor has few Bridges to be built. He affirmed that by the end of this month, they will have one or two bridges to build.

In order to accelerate the pace of work and achieve the new target, the Minister advised the Contractor to temporarily suspend work on the construction of Stations along the corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan Rail line and focus on the laying of tracks being the major work at the moment.

Given the Security situation at the Lagos axis of the Railway Project, Amaechi stated that CCECC has reported some incidences of Community harassment on the Contractor and Workers as well as theft to their equipment. He, therefore, charged CCECC to promptly seek the support of security agencies for adequate and effective policing of their personnel and equipment.

AutoReportNG got some exclusives from the site of inspection, and many others, check the pictures below…



Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 18, 2018
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A 49-year-old Chinese man was working the night shift at a factory when, without warning, a machine malfunctioned, crushing him under a mechanical arm and impaling him on ten spikes; a certain death, or so his colleagues thought.
The porcelain factory worker, known by the surname Zhou, was rushed to hospital in Zhuzhou, southern Hunan Province, last Tuesday by his horrified and desperate colleagues who were powerless to remove the 10 steel spikes which measured 30cm (12 inches) long and 1.5cm (0.6 inches) thick. He was in extreme distress and unable to move his right hand.
One spike penetrated just 0.1mm from the man’s subclavian artery and its accompanying vein which, if severed, would almost certainly have killed him.

Of the ten spikes, six of them pierced his right shoulder and chest while the remaining four penetrated his right forearm and wrist. After an initial examination, he was transferred to the Xiangya Hospital of Central South University which specialises in complicated surgery.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 14, 2018
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The Saudi Arabian authorities have approved 95,000 slots for Nigerian pilgrims for the 2019 hajj.

By the renewed allocation for 2019, Nigeria maintained the quota enjoyed in 2018 exercise despite the country’s inability to cover the slot.

Besides, Federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi government on smooth bilateral relations ahead of 2019 Hajj and Umrah exercise.

Signing the agreement on behalf of the Federal Government, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim in Saudi Arabia, the minister said part of the agreement reached with Saudi authorities was the approval of 95,000 pilgrims for the 2019 hajj.

In a statement issued by spokesperson of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Fatima Usara, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, also requested waiver of 2,000 Saudi Riyals imposed by Saudi authorities on pilgrims in less than five years and reduction of processes involved in issuance of visas.

Also in the agreement, the Federal Government of Nigeria demanded the country’s inclusion in the new project introduced by the Saudi government tagged: Makkah Road Project.

In the new arrangement, pilgrims are afforded the opportunity to undergo a one step shop immigration clearance at home countries airports.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 14, 2018
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An outrage has been sparked after some Nigerians were seen performing some traditional rituals in broad daylight in South Africa.

According to reports, the Nigerians were seen in the North of Johannesburg performing the rites where a live chicken was killed and its blood spilled on a traditional item before it was thrown away.

It was alleged that the traditional rituals were performed in the street ahead of coronation by Ohaneze Ndigbo.

This happened right in public in the presence of other residents and passersby.

Nigerians are calling on the federal government and Ohaneze Ndigbo to find a way to stop the public embarrassment and call the citizens to order on how to practice their tradition without drawing attention to themselves.

See what they were doing. Watch video HERE.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 12, 2018
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A Nigerian fraudster who claimed his sister and nephew died in the Grenfell Tower fire to secure accommodation and more than £40,000, has been convicted of fraud in the U.K.
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Abolaji Onafuye, 54, claimed the cash after telling volunteers he was related to two real victims of the fire. He was put up in a hotel for nearly a year before being moved to a flat. .
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The convict denied fraud, but was convicted at Isleworth Crown Court of two counts of frauds by false representation. He is due to be sentenced on 18 December. .
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The 14 June 2017 fire in Kensington, killed 72 people. Prosecutor Michael Phillips, said: “Abolaji Onafuye had no connections to the Grenfell Tower tragedy but saw an opportunity to benefit himself, both financially and with accommodation. .
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Our prosecution was able to prove he had repeatedly and intentionally lied and that his post-arrest story that it had all been an innocent mistake was just an attempt to escape the consequences of his cruel deception.”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 11, 2018
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A 30-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her 2-year-old baby to death at a refugee camp in Cologne, Germany.

According to the police, the baby was discovered in the room, with massive injuries, and an autopsy is set to be carried out to clarify the exact cause of her death.

Residents noted that the lady, from Edo State, had always taken good care of her daughter, but yesterday, she started displaying signs of insanity and was singing African songs.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 10, 2018
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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will address a group of notable German business leaders in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, the Presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

In a statement in Abuja, Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice-President, said that Osinbajo would speak on the potential of the Nigerian market.

He said that Osinbajo would also speak on the gains recorded by the country through its Ease of Doing Business reforms.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Ease of Doing Business reforms have helped in improving the country’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Index 2017, where Nigeria climbed up 24 places and was listed among the 10 most reformed economies globally.

“Also, the World Bank noted that Nigeria made significant progress across several indicators; including starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.

“The Berlin business interactions with vice-president is being organised by the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin in conjunction with the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein), and the meetings will consolidate on the outcome of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s visit to Nigeria in August.’’

Akande said that during the trip, the vice-president would, among other engagements, meet with key German financial sector executives with interest in investing in Nigeria.

According to the spokesman, Osinbajo will also meet other business leaders in sectors, including agricultural seeds production, technology and renewable energy.

Akande said that vice-president would be in London on Tuesday where he would feature at the Royal Society at an investment forum hosted by Jeune Afrique Media Group with the theme: `Investing in Africa’.

“From there he would proceed to Cairo, Egypt, where he would be representing President Buhari later in the week at the First Intra-African Fair (IATF), which would be taking place in Cairo from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17.

“At the IATF Nigeria Day programme, the vice-president will be delivering the keynote address.

“The fair is being organised by the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank), in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to boost intra-African trade,’’ he said.

Akande said that the vice-president in company with government officials of relevant agencies, would depart Nigeria on Sunday and would be back on Thursday.