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Finally, Gambia’s Jammeh ‘agrees to step down’

Gambia's outgoing leader, Yahaya Jammeh, will finally leave power for internationally-recognized Adama Barrow, after failing three deadlines, a report says. A France24 journalist in The Gambia, Nicolas Germain, tweeted at 5.56PM, almost two hours after the expiration of the third deadline, quoted The Gambian officials as saying Mr. Jammeh was…

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Nigerian Senate debates troops deployment to Gambia

The Senate on Thursday opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s deployment of troops to The Gambia without the approval of the National Assembly. [caption id="attachment_220285" align="alignleft" width="313"] Photo credit: Aljazeera[/caption] The Nigerian Air Force confirmed on Wednesday that it had deployed 200 soldiers, fighter jets and other equipments to Senegal for an…

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UPDATE: Another PDP Senator defects to APC

Nelson Effiong, the senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Effiong was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He announced his defection during Thursday’s Senate plenary. The senator cited divisions within the PDP as his reason for…

Senator Nelson Effiong

PDP Senator decamps to APC

Nelson Effiong, the senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Effiong was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The Senate announced the defection of Mr. Effiong, through its official twitter handle @NGRSenate. “Breaking: Senator Nelson Effiong (Akwa-Ibom…

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Economic Council Retreat

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Buhari writes National Assembly, makes Osinbajo Acting President for third time

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his 10-day leave and temporary transfer of power to Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo. Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Buhari’s letter, also forwarded to the House of Representatives, on Thursday. The leave is between January 23 and February 6,…

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Senate approves Buhari’s fiscal plans it once rejected as ’empty’

The Senate has approved the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/FSP, submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari last year, in readiness for the consideration of the 2017 budget. The Senate on Wednesday adopted almost all the proposals sent by the president, contradicting its earlier ruling in…

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Senate fails to stop closure of Abuja airport as engineers, ministers, Julius Berger disagree

Nigeria's Senate on Tuesday failed to stop the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for repair work on its runway. The federal government had announced that the only airport in the country's capital would be closed from March 8 for six weeks. According to the plans of…

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Gambia: Why I should remain President – Jammeh

The Gambia's outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, continued to insist on Monday he would not step aside for President-elect Adama Barrow to be sworn-in on January 19, brushing aside international calls and pressure from the regional bloc, ECOWAS.‎ Mr. Jammeh issued the latest threat to the country’s fist change of leadership…

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Buhari drops Mamora, Ooni’s brother from new ambassadorial list (FULL LIST)

President Muhammadu Buhari resubmitted names of non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate on Thursday, two months after the legislature rejected his first list. George Oguntade, a retired Supreme Court Judge, and Olorunmimbe Mamora, former Senator, are two of the well-known figures dropped by Mr. Buhari. Also, Adegboyega Ogunwusi, an elder…

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Two months after rejection, Buhari resubmits list of non-career ambassadorial nominees to Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has resubmitted a list 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for consideration and confirmation, two months after the legislature rejected the earlier list. The Senate had in November last year voted to reject Mr. Buhari’s earlier list, asking for "re-submission and rejigging". Numerous petitions trailed the…

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39 APC senators signed letter removing Ndume as Senate Leader (FULL LIST)

Thirty-nine All Progressives Congress Senators signed the letter demanding the replacement of Ali Ndume with Ahmed Lawan as the Senate Leader, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The ruling party has 63 members in the 109-member Senate. The letter - with list of those who appended their signatures - was captured in the…

Senator Ali Ndume

Senate should not be subjected to dictate of an individual – Ndume

The Senate as an institution should not be subjected to the whims and caprices of an individual, Ali Ndume said on Wednesday in reaction to his removal as Senate Leader. Mr. Saraki announced the removal of Mr. Ndume as the Senate Leader just before the Senate adjourned on Tuesday. Mr.…

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Nigerian Senate confirms new Auditor-General of Federation

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of Anthony Ayine as the Auditor-General of the Federation. President Muhammadu Buhari had last year nominated Mr. Ayine to fill the post currently held by Florence Anyanwu in acting capacity. The confirmation of Mr. Ayine followed the presentation of the report on his…

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EXCLUSIVE: Why I was removed as Senate Leader, Ndume opens up

Borno Senator, Ali Ndume, who was removed as Senate Majority Leader on Tuesday, has revealed why he was ousted. The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, announced Mr. Ndume's removal shortly before the upper legislative chamber adjourned on Tuesday. Mr. Saraki read a letter from the All Progressives Congress caucus…

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Ali Ndume removed as Senate Majority Leader

The All Progressives Congress members of the Senate have removed Ali Ndume as their leader. The development was conveyed by Senate President Bukola Saraki who read a letter he claimed was sent to him by the caucus. The caucus elected to replace Mr. Ndume with Ahmed Lawan, the letter read…

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Senate rejects U.S.-based professor as electricity commission boss

The Senate has rejected the nomination of an American-based Nigerian professor, Akintunde Akinwande, as the head of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission. Mr. Akinwande was rejected for his failure to attend confirmation hearing. The decision was announced Tuesday. Other nominees for whom confirmation was sought by President Muhammadu Buhari, were…

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Nigeria suspends law that caused exit of Adeboye as RCCG national leader

The Nigerian government has suspended a corporate governance code issued by the country's Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRC. The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechuckwu Enelamah, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, after PREMIUM TIMES reported President Muhammadu Buhari's sack of the Executive Secretary of FRC,…

Wike linked cops dismissed by the police

Nigeria Police dismiss 6 officers linked to Governor Wike

The Nigeria Police Force on Friday dismissed six officers attached to the Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State over alleged professional misconducts during legislative rerun elections that held in the oil-rich state last year, the spokesperson for the force said. The six dismissed cops are an inspector, Eyong Victor; and…

Bukola Saraki

18 months on, Saraki fails serial promises to disclose National Assembly budget

After 18 months in the saddle as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki has refused to honour repeated promises to Nigerians to publicly disclose the details of the lawmakers' budget. Mr. Saraki came to office in June 2015 promising accountability and transparency, but ever…

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How Police raided Patience Jonathan’s brother’s house – Witness

Although no agency has owned up to the search, more details have emerged of the search of the residence of a brother to former first lady, Patience Jonathan. PREMIUM TIMES reported how police officers raided the Maitama home of Mrs. Jonathan's brother on Wednesday and conducted a search round the…

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Security operatives raid Jonathan’s brother’s house

Security operatives, Wednesday evening, laid siege to an Abuja house belonging to a brother-in-law to Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan, sources close to the former leader confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES. The house is located in Maitama, one of the enclaves of Nigeria's rich in Abuja. The spokespersons for the headquarters…

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MEND makes U-turn, accuses Buhari of ‘grand deception’

The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, a militant group that operates in the Nigerian oil-rich region, appears to have turned hostile against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari whom the group endorsed in the 2015 presidential election. In a statement through its shadowy spokesperson who signs off releases, Jomo…

Protesters protesting irregularities in the just concluded Rivers rerun elections

In Rivers, echos of deadly electoral violence

Andrew, a taxi driver, is based in Rivers State’s capital Port-Harcourt, less than two hours’ drive from his native Bera village, Gokana local government area. He is especially proud of his Ogoni heritage, being a kinsman of late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the environmental activist hanged by the Sani Abacha junta; and…

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Economic Council Retreat

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Presidency’s ‘kitchen equipment’ gets N100 million despite N325 million spent before

Nigeria's Presidency is planning to buy new “kitchen and catering equipment" for N100.8 million in 2017, a proposal sent to the National Assembly says. The huge amount, coming as Nigerians groan under the weight of economic recession, will add to hundreds of million of naira spent on the recurring item…

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Presidency denies sack of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman

Contrary to reports, Ibrahim Magu, has not been relieved of his appointment as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the presidency has said. The Guardian newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying Mr. Magu had been asked to vacate his seat by the Attorney General of the…