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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Federal Goverment Bans Flights To Maiduguri

                         Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah
The Federal Government has barred airlines from flying into the Maiduguri airport until March 2014; documents obtained by our correspondent have shown. According to a Notice to Airmen sent by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency to airline operators, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the carriers were told that the airport would no longer be available for flights until March 2014.
Further investigations by our correspondent revealed that the Federal Government decided to shut the airport after Boko Haram insurgents destroyed some equipment belonging to NAMA. A NAMA source at one of the airports in the North, who confirmed the development, said it was the agency’s generators that were destroyed by the Boko Haram sect during the recent attack on the Maiduguri Air Force base. He said the generators might not be fixed until next year, expressing the hope that the government would have fixed the situation before the March date when the airport was expected to be re-opened.

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