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Senator Rilwan Akanbi

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Why Buhari should not sell national asset– Senator

The senator representing Oyo South, Rilwan Akanbi, has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against selling national assets to help the country out of recession. Nigerian billionaire, richest man, Aliko Dangote, recently suggested that it made more economic sense to sell off the country’s asset like the multi-billion dollar Nigeria Liquefied Natural…

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APC official mocks Oyegun, asks party to convene NEC meeting

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, has asked the National Chairman of the party to immediately convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee to discuss the current economic recession and advise President Muhammadu Buhari on what to do. Mr. Frank said this in…

Joshua Dariye

Accused of stealing N1.1 billion Plateau funds, Joshua Dariye decamps to APC

Former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, on Thursday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress. He left the Peoples Democratic Party on whose platform he was first elected governor and then elected to the National Assembly to represent Plateau Central senatorial district. Senate President Bukola Saraki announced Mr. Dariye's defection…

Bukola Saraki

APC Senate factions unite at meeting with Saraki, spokesperson says

Rival groups of the All Progressives Congress Senate Caucus held a meeting Monday night at the Maitama, Abuja residence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his spokesperson said. The meeting marked the first time Mr. Saraki would host a united APC caucus since the Senate was inaugurated in June 2015. Following…

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Reps group says House Speaker, Dogara, must ‘step aside’

A group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives, called the Transparency Group, has vowed to resist any attempt by supporters of the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to pass a vote of confidence on him. The House is reconvening today, Tuesday, after a lengthy recess that started on July 21. The group held…

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Budget Scandal: Reps plot to remove Dogara as House Speaker

Members of the House of Representatives opposed to continued leadership of the House by Yakubu Dogara are considering moving a vote of no confidence against the Speaker and the entire leadership. The House, as well as the Senate, will reconvene tomorrow, Tuesday, after a lengthy recess that started on July…

National-Assembly

Group seeks Auditor General’s report on National Assembly

A Freedom of Information request has been issued to the Auditor-General of the Federation by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, seeking a copy of the 2009-2014 audit report of the National Assembly. The Chairman of CSNAC, Olanrewaju Suraju, disclosed the development on Sunday. He said public disclosure of…

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Two million Nigerians trapped in Boko Haram-controlled areas – UN

About 2 million people are trapped in Nigeria's North-Eastern areas still controlled by Boko Haram, and are facing serious humanitarian conditions, the United Nations has said. This was disclosed Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, by UNICEF’s Chief of Nutrition in Nigeria, Arjan de Wagt, during a press briefing by the UN Information Service.…

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Buhari orders ‘special promotion’ for arms probe panel members

President Muhammadu Buhari has given “special promotions” to members of the Committee on Audit of Defense Equipment Procurement, CADEP, who are serving officers in the military. According to documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the special promotion was in recognition of their "high level of dedication, immense commitment and honesty while…

Obafemi Awolowo University

‘Religious extremism’ brews crisis in Nigeria’s foremost university

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University and the staff-controlled Muslim Community have expressed fear that some Muslim students are exhibiting extremist tendencies. But the students accused of extremism denied the allegation. In interviews with PREMIUM TIMES, they said there was a concerted plot to deny them the right to…

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Controversy trails Nigerian government’s handling of appeals by “unjustly” dismissed soldiers

The fate of some officers of the Nigerian Army who sought redress after they were "unjustly" dismissed has been left hanging. There is a riddle around which desk is handling their appeal letters and what treatment has been given the letters, over two months after submission. Defense officials said the…

The National Assembly

Nigeria’s National Assembly fails to account for N9 billion – Audit Report

The National Assembly management failed to account for a total expenditure of over N9.4 billion in 2014, the latest audit report has revealed. The money included N9.39 billion for which no "documentary evidence" was provided and a N47 million to be returned to government coffers out of which only N360,000…

Bayo-Onanuga

NAN chief, Onanuga, attacks critics after dismissing reports of hardship as ‘propaganda’

Veteran journalist and Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga, has hit back at Nigerians using various social media platforms to condemn him for suggesting reports of hardship in the country are mere propaganda. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Mr. Onanuga had accused the media of “over-sensationalization”,…

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Police arraign ex-Gov. Audu’s son for robbery, attempted homicide

The Kogi State police command on Thursday arraigned Mohammed Audu, the son of late Governor Abubakar Audu, for alleged conspiracy, robbery and attempted culpable homicide. Mr. Audu was arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Lokoja. Operatives of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested Mr. Audu and about 15 other family…

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It’s now official: INEC disregards security advisory, goes ahead with Edo election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has decided to go ahead with governorship election slated for Saturday in Edo State, casting aside security concerns. This was disclosed to PREMIUM TIMES by INEC Director of Publicity and Voters' Education, Oluwole Ozzi, Thursday afternoon. "We are going with the election," Mr. Oluwole said…

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Why we arrested ex-Kogi Gov. Abubakar Audu’s son, family members — Police

Family members of late Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi State were arrested by the police for alleged "culpable homicide, robbery and mischief", a spokesperson for the police in that state has told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Audu's eldest son, Mohammed, and some 15 other family members were arrested on Wednesday. The…

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Police arrest late Abubakar Audu’s son, family members in Kogi

Mohammed Audu, a son of the late Governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, has been arrested by the police, multiple sources, including family members, have confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Audu's younger brother, Mustapha, said his brother "and about 15 other family members" were arrested Wednesday and are being detained…

Soldiers

Why we’re deploying more troops, arms to Niger Delta despite dialogue – Military

The Nigerian military, on Tuesday, defended its decision to deploy more troops and arms to the Niger Delta after the government said it was ready for talks with militants in the area. Several militant groups, notably Niger Delta Avengers, have attacked oil and gas installations in the region in recent…

Bayo-Onanuga

Reports of hardship in Nigeria ‘mere propaganda’ – NAN chief, Onanuga

The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga, has come under fire after accusing the Nigerian media of embellishing reports about the country’s economic crisis that has left families struggling to survive. Mr. Onanuga accused the media of “over-sensationalization”, and said reports about hardship appeared to be…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

Again, APC blames PDP for Nigeria’s economic woes

Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, has again blamed the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the country's current economic crisis. The APC, whose other officials including Chairman John Oyegun had stated similar stance, on Monday asked the opposition party to apologize to Nigerians. It, however, assured that President Muhammadu…

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Groups commend Fayose, ask police to enforce anti-grazing law

Two pan-Yoruba organizations, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, and Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, have called on the police in Ekiti to cooperate with the state government to execute its grazing regulation law. The law, “Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016”, was passed by the State…

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Angry Nigerians blast CNN over ‘Zuckerberg visits Sub-Sahara Africa’ headline

International broadcaster, the Cable News Network (CNN), has angered Nigerians for omitting the country's name in the headline of a report announcing the visit of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to Africa's most populous country. The headline mentioned Sub-Saharan Africa as Mr. Zuckerberg's destination. The Facebook founder visited Lagos, Nigeria's commercial…

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Boko Haram: Despite Chibok girls, Nigerian soldiers deserve commendation – Spokesperson

The Nigerian military has said despite its inability to free the Chibok girls, troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists deserve commendation and encouragement, having recorded major gains including "daily rescue of human beings." In a telephone chat with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, Defense spokesperson, Rabe Abubakar, said "our efforts and major…

Shem Zagbayi

How Senator elected 10 months before end of session was paid for 4 years – Audit Report

A Nigerian senator who replaced a deceased lawmaker barely 10 months to the expiration of the Seventh Assembly under David Mark, received full four-year pay for accommodation and furniture, the government’s audit report has shown. The 2014 audit report said the lawmaker was overpaid by nearly N8 million. The report…

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Caught in police probe mess, Alaafin of Oyo to meet Buhari

Barring any last-minute change in plans, President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday host the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, a foremost monarch in Yorubaland, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. According to Mr. Buhari's schedule for Thursday, seen by this newspaper, the meeting will hold at the State House between…