Coronavirus (COVID-19): first case confirmed in Nigeria

by Namo Florence

According to a statement issued by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Friday, 28th February, 2020, the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Lagos state.

The case involves an Itaian Citizen who works in Nigeria. He just returned to Nigeria from Milan, Italy on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

The case was confirmed barely 24 hours after the Senate berated the Federal Government for not doing enough in screening travelers at the nation’s airports and seaports.

Read full statement below

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Health has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case.

We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in-crowd.

4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication.

6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria.

Dr Osagie Ehanire
Hon. Minister of Health


Namo, Florence

Ag Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA), Captain Abdullahi Sidi stated that security in Abuja and Lagos airports have been upgraded to intercept any major security issues.

With the measures that have been put in place, reported cases of encroachments on the air-side and alleged aircraft intrusions in Nigeria has been reduced drastically to ensure Nigeria continues to maintain a high rating in terms of security.

He explained that Abuja and Lagos Airports have scored over 90% in international audits on a consistent basis. He also reiterated that the government have been focusing on security and safety of Nigeria’s airports.

In captain Sid’s words “…if you remember, not long ago, Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, collected certificate from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Canada for achieving very high security standards at our airports.”

He also stated that the Transport Security Authority (TSA) of America comes to audit the Lagos airport almost every three months because the its aircraft flies in passengers into Nigeria. The country has been doing well so far.

AMCON: Arik Air Will Be Part of National Carrier, Aero to be Sold


The plans to use Arik as part of the asset for Nigeria’s national carrier has been announced by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

It will be recalled that AMCON took over Arik Air two years ago. Before the takeover, Arik Air was indebted to the tune of over N300 billion. The takeover was initiated due to the airline’s failure to pay its debts to government agencies, aviation fuel suppliers, aircraft maintenance organisations, food vendors and insurance firms.

In order to enhance payment of the owed debts, AMCON injected the sum of N 1.7 trillion after the takeover. The intervention was to revive the airline, save jobs and protect investors and stakeholders which was confirmed by the Managing Director of Arik Air, Captain Roy Illegbodu as successful.  

The plans to include Arik Air as asset for the national carrier was disclosed by the Mr. Ahmed Kuru, the Managing Director of AMCON. In his words “We want Arik to be taken as part of the assets for the national carrier, because that is the most sensible thing to do now, which is our plan.”

Sources disclose that plans to include Arik Air as part of the national carrier could be because the airline has huge hangar space, considerable fleet, administrative blocks and good personnel.

It will be recalled that Arik Air had years ago purchased some of the prime facilities and equipment of the former Nigeria Airways when it was liquidated.

In an interview with journalist earlier in the year, Sen. Hadi Sirika had disclosed that President Buhari approved the sum of N47.43 billion for the hitherto suspended Nigerian national carrier project in the 2019 budget that was passed by the National Assembly.

It will also be recalled that Aero Contractors was also acquired by AMCON in 2016. Speaking on the update, Mr. Ahmed Kuru said

“So for Aero Contractors, AMCON will be finding independent investors for that because they do not have enough aircrafts, so it is just the business we are selling.”

He said that the corporation has started discussions with investors with the aim of divesting their investments from Aero Contractor.

Update on Air Peace Emergency Landing… Lagos International Airport Activities Disrupted

Air Peace Emergency Landing

Activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) which happens to be Nigeria’s busiest airport has been disrupted. This was due to the emergency landing made by Air Peace Aircraft Boeing 737-300 with registration number 5N-BQO earlier today, 23rd July, 2019 at about 11:28 AM. On board the aircraft were 133 passengers, 6 crew reporting minor injury but no fatality.

Air Peace Emergency Landing

The incident has been confirmed by Air Peace. The airline reported that the Captain Sinmisola Ajibola noticed sudden changes in weather when approaching Lagos. She demanded to land on international airport runway. The international Airport 18R which the aircraft landed is longer and wider than the domestic runway.

The airline said “After landing safely and rolling to the runway exit, the nose gear developed a problem and partially collapsed. The crew notified the airport authorities who quickly ensured the safe disembarkation of the passengers”

The Airline further said, “We will continue to operate in line with international practices and in accordance with regulatory guidelines”.

Accident and investigation Bureau has commenced investigation into the cause of the incident. According to AIB, “From the information provided, the aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing on the runway 18R and the nose wheel gear tire sheared off.”

The aircraft has lost its nose wheel.

Describing the incident, some passengers said that some of the ceiling panels fell, there was chaos amongst passengers as they were afraid.

 A passenger who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the plane began to nose dive, but courtesy of the expertise of the pilot, it picked up again and suddenly dropped from the sky to the ground. The ceiling panels of the aircraft dropped and there was chaos in the cabin. The pilot intimated passengers that she cannot estimate the damage because the plane had lost its both tires and she had signalled for evacuation but emergency response did not come until fifty-two (52) minutes after they landed.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has also confirmed the incident. The aircraft has been removed from the runway.

Arik Air Introduces Special fare for Armed Forces

Arik Air

Arik Air has introduced special fares for the Armed Forces of Nigeria on domestic routes.

The special fair begins from Twenty Thousand Naira (N20, 000.00) for one-way economy class ticket. It applies to all categories of serving and retired personnel of Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy.

The Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said it is pleased to be of service to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

To benefit from the fare, beneficiaries must present a valid military identity (ID) card and any other valid identity card (for example national ID card, international passport, drivers license and permanent voter’s card) at point of sale and check-in. Reservation and ticket must be made not later than seventy-two (72) hours before flight.

FAAN: Lagos Airport Intruder is from Niger Republic, Security Officers Suspended

Usman Adamu

The man that breached security at Lagos Airport on 19th July, 2019 has been identified as Usman Adamu suspected to be from Niger Republic.

Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said FAAN takes full responsibility for the embarrassing incident.

Captain Yadudu assures the public that security has been tightened at the airports and airside to ensure safety of lives and properties. He noted that FAAN has a security patrol/escort team in place for arriving and departing aircraft but another joint patrol team involving FAAN AVSEC, the Police and the Military has also been constituted to assist in protecting the sanctity of the air side and ensuring the security of live operations and the traveling public using our facilities.

He also said that no stone will be left unturned to find those responsible for negligence in the discharge of their duties. The head of Aviation Security unit and others have already been suspended in respect to the security breach.

The officers suspended are the Airport Chief of Security, Mamman Mohammed Sadiku; International Terminal Security Officer, Oni Adedamola Abiodun; Head of Department Domestic Terminal 2, Owotor Kenneth Okezie and Head of Department Domestic Terminal 1, Badejo Adebowale Ayodele.

Captain Yadudu assured that FAAN would continuously improve on security measures to outdo the schemes of criminals.

Unidentified Intruder Enters the Runway and Climbs Azman Air Aircraft

There was commotion as an intruder in this video taken by passengers (click to open video), entered the runway at Murtala Muhammed Airport this morning, 19th July, 2019.

There was chaos among the passengers onboard Azman Air. An unidentified man ran into the runway and climbed the aircraft; he climbed the wing, then the intake of the engine, came down and was walking and talking all alone around the aircraft.

The aircraft with registration number 5N-HAI which was to depart to Port Harcourt, was awaiting clearance for takeoff from the Air Traffic Controllers.

The pilot however reported the situation and Avsec officials responded by apprehending the man.

The Aircraft was taxied back to the apron for thorough check before its departure to Port Harcourt.

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said in a press release it is investigating the incident.

Air Zimbabwe: Three (3) Airplanes Missing

Air Zimbabwe

Three (3) airplanes (MA60) have been reported missing from Zimbabwe. The airplanes belong to Air Zimbabwe the national carrier of Zimbabwe and was reported unaccounted for.

Sources have it that the airplanes were acquired by the national carrier between 2005 and 2006 for about $12.5 million each.

The Auditor General, Ms. Mildred Chari said on the Sunday News (30th June, 2019) that there is no paper trail or explanation to establish what happened to the three airplanes. Ms. Chari has failed to ascertain the whereabouts of the airplanes.

According to Ms. Chari, “The breakdown in internal controls continued in the current year and accordingly I was unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence that the financial statements are not materially misstated.”  She also stated that there was no appropriate audit and inventory in the airline between 2009 to 2013.


Looking for where to start or even take your career to the next level in the aviation industry, here is a list of some aviation institutions in Nigeria that you can consider.


Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.
Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria .

+2347015099833 (Academic Affairs)
+2347015099843 (Information Unit)
Please call between 10:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri) only.


Skypower Catering Complex, Opp. NAF Base, Murtala Mohammed International/Local Airport Link Road, Ikeja, Lagos.

Email: Tel: +234 (0) 909 762 9032


17, Simbiat Abiola Way, Ikeja Lagos

Email: Tel: +234 (1) 460 7450


Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna State

Tel: +234 (0) 907 441 1999, +234 (0) 815 555 9571 Email:


2nd Floor, EAN Hangar Jet Centre, FAAN Transit Camp Road, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria.

Email: Tel: +234 (0)1-291-9553, +234 (0)702-603-7641, +234 (0)815-102-4051


15, Oshiegbuonye Street, off DBS Estate, by 3rd street, behind DBS television, Asaba, Asaba, Delta, Nigeria.

Tel: 09033860344, 08115730441, 09033860344, 08115730441


1b, Ilorin Street, Area 8, Garki, Abuja FCT

Tel: +234 816-1116811, +234-0803-8830001 Email:


93, Isolo-Egbe Road, Ori-Oke Bus/Stop, Ejigbo, Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: +23480-5584-9779, 07063002833 Email:


2nd floor, Pacific Building, 100 Kudirat Abiola Way,, Oregun Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Tel: +234 (0) 907 795 8254 Email:


General Aviation Service Centre, Old Kaduna Airport, Kawo, P.O. Box 5662, Kaduna



11c Ohikere Road, Malali GRA Kaduna.



Head Office
1, Prince Kayode Akingbade Close, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: +234 1 270 5656, +234 1 270 5757 Fax: +234 1 461 8745 Email:


77 Yaya Abatan Road, Maternity bus stop, Ogba, Ikeja.

 Email: Tel: +234 (1) 293 1176, +234 (0) 803 7128 816


29, Adeniyi Jones AvenueIkeja, Lagos Nigeria

Tel: +234-8035036534, +234-8120951018, +234-8054987201, +234-8023131194

15. Eastwing Aviation Training

3/5 Eastwing Aviation Street, Ishinome, Emene, Enugu.,

15. Mends Training Institute, Division of Mends Specialist Hospital & Aviation Medical Centre

5 Abba Kyari Close & Plot 3 Kanta Road New Extension, Kaduna.

Website: Email:

Tel: +234 (0) 803 311 2061