British Airways was forced to cancel some flights to and from London on Wednesday after it suffered “a systems issue”.
Reports suggested dozens of flights in and out of Heathrow — Britain’s busiest airport — had been cancelled, grounding around 15,000 passengers.
BA declined to confirm how many services had been cancelled.
“We are working as quickly as possible to resolve a systems issue which has resulted in some short-haul cancellations and delays from London airports,” the airline said in a statement.
“A number of flights continue to operate,” it added, apologising to passengers impacted by the disruption and noting back-up manual systems were being used to keep many services in place.
BA said it was offering customers booked to travel Wednesday on short-haul flights departing from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports the chance to rebook to travel on another day between August 8-13.
Frustrated passengers took to social media to vent their anger and demand answers from BA, while photos shared showed airport terminals filled with stranded travellers.
A Heathrow spokesperson said BA was experiencing “a technical issue with its systems” impacting check-in and departures there.
“We are working to support the BA team and passengers impacted.
“We understand this is incredibly frustrating for passengers and encourage them to check with British Airways for the latest information.”
Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, is now the subject of Everton’s interest, the Daily Mail reports.
The Toffees have already submitted a £30million bid for the Super Eagles player.
However, the Gunners have rejected the offer for Iwobi, who is yet to return from holiday, following his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Arsenal are believed to be holding out for a fee above £40million for the 23-year-old.
Although Iwobi is not angling for the transfer, he may be interested in playing for the Goodison Park club.
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress, APC and its national leader, Asiwaju Bolaji Tinubu over the arrest of ‘Revolution Now’ protesters, calling on the Yoruba race to take decisive action now or allow Sowore to rot in jail like Sambo Dasuki.
DAILY POST had earlier reported that Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC in the February 2019 election, had called for a nationwide protest against what he described as bad governance.
The protest he tagged “Revolution” Now was planned to take place on Monday, August 5.
However, his arrest by personnel of Department of State Services, DSS, was announced in the early hours of Saturday.
Also, following an attempt by protesters of Revolution Now to shutdown the Benin-Ore highway during the protest, a journalist, as well as one of the protesters, were arrested by armed security agents in Ondo State on Monday and this was repeated in most cities where the peaceful protest held.
But Nnamdi Kanu, in a statement to DAILY POST on Wednesday, wondered why Buhari, Tinubu and others who led a protest against the government of Goodluck Jonathan in 2014, would arrest Sowore and his supporters.
Kanu, who is still being wanted by the Nigerian authorities, said, “Below are your typical British created Nigerians, the worst set of people you could ever possibly encounter.
“Full of unbridled self-hate, stupendous ignorance, hypocrisy oozing from every pore in their decrepit body and filled with unimaginable wickedness.
“This same set of people now in Aso Rock and their media friends that came out on the street to march, protest and call for #Revolution against President Jonathan in 2014 are today the same bunch of despicable reprobates against any form of lawful dissent, protest or revolution against their regime.
“This is not only laughable but an affront to decency, justice and fair play. Apparently, the occupants of Aso Rock is telling the world they can call for a revolution and street protest against a sitting president i.e. Jonathan, but nobody is allowed to protest against them.
“Pathetically, some of these poorly educated fellows from their ‘presidency’ come on their national television to shamelessly provide a flimsy defence of what is clearly indefensible.
“The same thing late Buhari did in 2014 by openly calling for a revolution and organising nationwide street protests with the likes of Bola Ahmed Tinubu against the democratically elected government of Goodluck Jonathan is now a treasonable offence under their rule.
“Even going by the cringe-worthy standards of the most hopelessly backward Banana republic on this earth, the detention of Sowore for doing exactly what late Buhari did is a new low for the Zoo.
“Why didn’t Buhari, Abba Kyari, El-Rufai, Tinubu et al wait for the election of 2015 to remove Jonathan before embarking on their 2014 Revolution as they are now sanctimoniously preaching? Why did they take to the streets in protest, an action they themselves openly tagged a revolution, before an election?
“The only language this Abba Kyari led Fulani Jihadi cabal in Aso Rock understand is consistent mass action and civil disobedience. IPOB has done and is still doing it and so too the Shiite.
“What the Yoruba nation and every conscientious person must do now is to rally round Omoleye Sowore to ensure his release or else he will be another Sambo Dasuki detained indefinitely with no constituency to mount pressure on his behalf as IPOB did in my case and Shiite (INM) for Sheikh El-Zakzaki.
“#RevolutionNow is a laudable initiative and must be commended by all lovers of freedom. What Sowore did in calling for a revolution in Nigeria is the highest form of bravery. Protests should continue and if need be intensified, especially in Yorubaland, until Omoleye Sowore is set free.” (Daily Post)
Former military president Ibrahim Babangida says Nigeria is difficult to govern due to its diversities.
Babangida made this statement on Tuesday when the members of the house of representatives minority caucus, led by Ndudi Elumelu visited him at his residence in Minna, Niger state.
“The country is complex and difficult because, there are as many opinions as there are the number of people in the country,” he said.
“Nigeria is a very vibrant society and what is important is the determination, you have to remain very resilient in everything you do for the benefit of the country.”
The former military president commended the leadership of the house of representatives and urged the lawmakers to put in more efforts for the development of the country.
“I am passionate about observing what is going on in the country; I develop lots of interest in the ongoings across the country and I think the leadership of the House of Representatives, the Speaker, the opposition leadership and everyone. I think you are all doing well,” he said.
“You represent the people and it is what the people wish that you take up. I want to commend you for doing your job honourably and urge you not to give up.
“It is time to settle down to do a lot of good work for your constituency and for the country.”
In his remark, Elumelu said the visit was to seek advice on ways to tackle the security challenges in the country.
Kogi state House of Assembly on Wednesday, August 7, began the process for the impeachment of the state deputy governor, Elder Simon Achuba. The impeachment notice was read by the majority leader of the House, Abdullahi Bello (Ajaokuta, APC) as a petition on the floor of the assembly.
The lawmakers precipitated their petition on three grounds of criminal indulgence, financial misappropriation and non-performance, Vanguard reports. The majority leader who affirmed that 21 out of the 25 lawmakers signed the petition said the allegations, actions and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct.
He cited section 188 of 1999 constitution and thereafter prayed the House to commence investigation towards the impeachment move for the deputy governor.
The speaker, Kolawole Matthew agreed to the prayers in the petition and asked the petition be serves on the deputy governor for him to respond to within the 14 days time frame of the law. (The Witness)
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command, says it has unbundled the Area Command to create room for greater efficiency in the service.
From the exercise, two new Customs Area Commands will be created from the hitherto one command to enhance administration and boost revenue generation.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Michael Agbara, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Idiroko border office of the command.
Comptroller Agbara explained that the approval for the unbundling was granted at the 50th Regular Meeting of the Nigeria Customs Service Board held May 21, 2019.
He said, “It will interest you to know that the Management of Nigeria Customs Service has formally communicated a development directing the unbundling and creation of eight (8) new Area Commands within the Service.
“Ogun Command is privileged to be among the beneficiaries with a view of enhancing administrative efficiency and boosting revenue generation for the Service.
“The two brand new Area Commands in Ogun state are Ogun I and Ogun II Area Commands.
“Ogun I will have an area of coverage relating to regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Idiroko.
“While Ogun II Area Command will be saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise (industries under Excise control), Free Trade Zone and Parcel Post related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Abeokuta.
“This visionary development is based on the outcome of the Nigeria Customs Service Board at its 50th Regular meeting held on 21st May 2019”.
However, Comptroller Agbara commended sister agencies, opinion leaders, heads of traditional institutions, eminent personalities, the Media and other law abiding members of the public for their unflinching support to NCS in Ogun state.
“It is our believe that the new structure of Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun state will indeed be recipe for further cementing the existing relationship towards the overall growth, development and stability of our dear country Nigeria”, he stated.
President of the West African Boxing Union (WABU), Mr. Remi Aboderin, has advised young Nigerian boxers aspiring to turn professional to take advantage of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 5, as its represents the surest way into the paid ranks. Aboderin, who is also the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), offered the advice while speaking at the NBB of C Secretariat in Lagos yesterday.
According to the boxing administrator, GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 5, scheduled to hold on 29 and 30 August at the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin, will provide young boxers around the country the opportunity to be assessed and selected by the country’s best coaches for nurturing and guidance that will elevate their craft. He also stated that boxers selected during the programme will have their professional licences and comprehensive medical examination paid for by the sponsors, GOtv.
“My honest advice to talented boxers between the ages of 18 and 25 is to seize the opportunity offered by this programme. The benefits are numerous. Aside from having the licences and medical examinations paid for by the sponsors, such boxers also stand a good chance of featuring at coming editions of GOtv Boxing Night, which exposes them to promoters around the continent because it is shown live on television across Africa. They cannot ask for more,” he said.
Aboderin commended the sponsors for their continued support for Nigerian boxing, saying without such, the sport would have been in great distress.
“They have funded GOtv Boxing Night, the biggest and most regular boxing event, since 2014 and GOtv Boxing NextGen Search since 2015. The latter has unearthed promising professional boxers such Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, Tope “TP Rock” Musa and Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi among others,” he stated.
The WABU President urged eligible boxers to go and pick up registration forms for the programme in designated centres. Forms for participation, which are free, are available at the NBB of C Secretariat and the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, both in Lagos; Kwara Stadium Complex, Judges and Referees Office in Ilorin, Akure Township Stadium, Akure and Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta. The last two editions of the programme held in Abeokuta and Ibadan respectively, while the first two held in Lagos.
- Lagos flight encounters delay from Heathrow
British Airways flights have been cancelled with delays around the world affecting thousands after an IT glitch halted check-in and flight departures.
British Airways Flight 94 from Heathrow Terminal which is expected to arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 15.55 today will be delayed.
Almost 300 flights were cancelled or delayed at Heathrow and Gatwick airports alone as holidaymakers had their plans thrown into chaos.
From as early as 4.30am, with photos revealing frustrated passengers in huge queues stretching through terminals.
While it is unclear just how widespread the issue is, BA has insisted it is not a global outage and is a problem with two separate systems – one that deals with online check in, the other that deals with flight departures.
A total of 81 flights have been cancelled to or from Heathrow today while 10 Gatwick flights were cancelled. More than 200 other flights were delayed, with some more than five hours behind schedule – reportedly affecting up to 15,000 passengers.
It’s just another problem to hit the flag carrier airline of the UK – having this year faced a multi-million pound fine over a hack of their customer’s data, the threat of pilot strikes and baggage mayhem.
It’s the third major IT outage for BA in two years after 672 flights were cancelled with 75,000 people affected over a May Bank holiday in 2017 and another glitch in July last year.
And problems have struck again this morning – in the middle of the British school holidays.
The airline has already urged passengers flying out of Heathrow, Gatwick and London City to rebook their flights if affected – suggesting the problem may not have a quick fix.
BA could face a compensation bill in excess of £5million if all those affected claim what they are entitled to under EU rules.
Queues at Gatwick Airport were this morning nearly stretching outdoors on to the concourse at the South Terminal.
BA passengers, still hauling their luggage, were guided into separate queues as staff desperately tried to organise the masses.
Among them is mum Melanie Dixon, who was ready to fly to Las Vegas for a four-day holiday with her three children.
The hairdresser from Kent said: “This is our first holiday abroad as a family and it’s not got off to a good start. Once we’ve been waiting a bit longer the kids will start getting restless.
“We were so excited, but this has put a bit of a downer on our holiday.
“We just want to get through to departures so we can get some breakfast and drop our cases off, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon.
“BA have hundreds of flights every day. They should be coping with this much better.”
Retired retail worker Denise Hiller, 59, is travelling to Tampa in Florida with husband John, 63, who used to work in oil refinery.
The couple, from Salisbury, Wilts, paid £1,300 for their flights and a hire car on the other side.
Mum-of-three Mrs Hiller said: “We’ve been here since about 8.50am, and we’re due to fly at 12pm but that doesn’t look likely.
“This isn’t good for BA – it’s not the staff’s fault, but the problem shouldn’t be happening.
“We’ve not been given any information on how long our flight is going to be delayed.
“We’ve spent £1,300 on this, and now there’s not much we can do other than wait and hope we take off at some point.”
Tongues are really wagging in the oil and gas industry, and this is not far from the recent buy-off of Forte Oil Nigeria Limited.
Since the surprise buy over of billionaire Femi Otedola’s 75 percent direct and indirect shareholding in Forte Oil’s downstream business, there had been a groundswell of speculations about the new owner, Alhaji Abdulwasiu Sowami, the managing director of Prudent Energy and Services, as he enjoys more than a personal relationship with the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. We can authoritatively reveal to you that Sowami has been fronting for Amosun for years unending. Amosun trusts him so well that he has used him to buy many blue chip companies, with Forte Oil now in tow.
While that is no sin, Sowami seems to be lending credence to the news making the rounds, given the recent constitution of his board of directors. He recently announced Sola Adeeyo, the chairman of AXA Mansard Insurance and Arinola Durosinmi-Etti, a director at Linkage Assurance, as members of the board of the board of directors.
But the oil tycoon, Abdulwasiu Sowami may have bitten more than he can chew. Reason: Two months after completion of the acquisition of the majority stake in Forte Oil Plc by oil mogul, Abdulwasiu Olatunde Sowami,through his companies, Ignite Investments and Commodities Limited, and Prudent Energy Services Limited, there has been a steady dwindling in the fortunes of shares of a once vibrant energy company.
This, it was learnt, is giving its holders something to seriously worry about. Mid-June, billionaire businessman, Mr. Femi Otedola,announced his exit from the firm, after offloading his 75 percent stake in Forte Oil, to focus on another business venture, Geregu Power. The energy tycoon sold his entire 982,971,950 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to Sowami’s company at N66.01 per unit, amounting to a staggering N64.9 billion.
After Otedola’s departure, came a change in almost the entire management team of Forte Oil Plc. Since his exit, it appears he left with the magic wand of the then flourishing company. It started with Forte Oil Plc shares losing 40.26 percent at the stock market.
This huge fall, few weeks into the life of a new owner, is already making some shareholders of the firm to begin to doubt the future of the company. They wondered why things have been on a free-fall since the departure of Otedola, with insinuations that the businessman might have seen this coming and decided to speak to his legs. Last week, the company also announced the postponement of its 40th Annual General Meeting.
In a disclosure notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Forte Oil’s new management seeks the approval for three months extension with no clear or tentative date on when the AGM will hold. This has raised a lot of concerns within the oil and gas industry with some pundits wondering if Sowami has not bitten off more than he can chew.
Like a bolt from the blues, Sowami came into the picture as the strange man who bid for the stake of Otedola in the Forte Oil, a leading operator in the country’s downstream sector of the oil and gas industry, which has the third largest retail outlets in Nigeria.
Though, said to have spent over 20 years in the Oil and Gas industry and highly-revered among his peers because of his intelligence coupled with his keen ability to take calculated risk which puts him ahead of his competitors, not many believe Sowami is really up for the game. Tales swirling around suggest that the Ogun State-born dude is fronting for some powerful cartel and that he could not outright sign cheques to move on with the operations of the oil giants, without consulting his ogas at the top.
This, it was alleged, has inadvertently caused a lull in the operations of the company and also affected the commencement of the rebranding process of Forte Oil. But those close to Sowami are saying there is no cause for worry, as the astute businessman has kept his nose to the grindstone.
Despite the expected initial challenges, Sowami will weather the storm and focus on the next phase of Forte Oil’s growth on increasing volumes, diversifying business operations, widening distribution networks and extracting potential synergies with partners. Sowami, in his late 40s, is not given to limelight, as he intentionally avoids the publicity of his personal brand. Over the years, he has managed to stay off the public eye until recently.
According to a source, he left the country with his family upon acquiring Forte Oil to avoid vain attention from the press and prying public.
As it stands, the big masquerade behind Sowami, is busy in Abuja as a federal lawmaker trying place his men in the Buhari government, and cannot find ample time to see to the activities of the newly-acquired Forte Oil.
Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited (SBC) makers of Pepsi, 7Up, Teem, Mirinda, Mountain Dew, Aquafina and H2Oh! have restated its commitment to consistently invest in the Nigerian youth.
At the unveiling of Miss Anyanwu Maureen Uzoamaka as the recipient of the 7Up Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship for 2019, Managing Director of SBC, Mr. Ziad Maloof said the future of Nigeria belongs to the youths urged Uzoamaka to use the global MBA and leadership training she will acquire from Harvard Business School to make a positive impact in Nigeria.
Mr. Maloof who told his story of humble beginning in a remote village in Lebanon said his story bears similarity with that of Uzoamaka who was raised in Ikotun, a Lagos suburb. He urged her to take the opportunity of the 7UPHBS scholarship to change the story of her family and Nigeria at large”.
Giving the background to the scholarship scheme, Head of Marketing SBC, Mr. Norden Thurston said the 7UPHBS MBA Scholarship was established in 2010 when the company marked 50 years of doing business in Nigeria as an enduring legacy to create a pool of young Nigerians who have acquired global education and leadership training in Harvard University.
They are expected to use the training to make social impact for a better Nigeria. He said SBC chose to partner with HBS because the mission statement of the school – “to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. Achieving this mission requires an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and a commitment to truth, excellence, and lifelong learning”- is in tandem with the values of SBC.
Uzoamaka, a 2014 graduate of Accountancy from the University of Lagos expressed appreciation to SBC “ for making my journey to Harvard a lot easier”. She said growing up with her sisters and parents who were struggling to keep them in school was challenging. She is passionate about providing access to functional education to millions of youths in Africa through social intervention funds from private investors and believes that the 7UPHBS MBA Scholarship will prepare her for the task. Ms. Anyanwu, joins the honours roll of 7UpHBS scholars who have benefitted from the fully funded two-year MBA programme at Harvard Business School. They include Misan Rewane (2011), Olujimi Williams (2012), Mayowa Kuyoro(2013), Oluwasola Olaniyan(2014), Bankole Makanjuola(2015), Chidozie Ibekwe(2016), Ahmed Alimi(2017) and Ulunma Izejiobi(2018).
Head of Human Resources SBC, Mrs. Yinka Olufade said the 7UpHBS Scholarship candidates are not under any obligation to work for SBC upon graduation. She said only Nigerians who have been resident in the country for a minimum of two years and who have been offered admission at Harvard Business School are eligible to apply for the competitive scholarship.
For more information, visit www.sevenup.org/hbs