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Frustrated by Nigerian Army, Court fixes date to hear appeals by unjustly dismissed soldiers

The National Industrial Court has finally assigned the cases between Army officers and the Nigerian military to judges, months after the military authorities refused to enter appearance to defend their action. The army officers were unjustly dismissed from service without query or indictment. The assignment to judges, authoritatively confirmed by…

Rotimi Akeredolu
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Tinubu not more than state level APC leader, Akeredolu suggests

The Ondo State governor-elect, on Wednesday at the State House, suggested former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu is not more than a state level leader of the All Progressives Congress. So, Mr. Akeredolu said, mentioning Mr. Tinubu in his victory speech, after he specially acknowledged President Muhammadu Buhari and party chairman…

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Senate condemns data price hike, asks NCC to stop policy immediately

The Nigerian Senate has asked the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, to immediately halt the proposed Internet data tariff hike. The new data tariff regime is billed to commence Thursday, December 1, after the NCC had communicated the telecommunications companies and asked the big operators, namely MTN, Glo, Etisalat and Airtel,…

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PDP senators protest, walk out from Senate sitting

Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Nigerian Senate have staged a walk out from the chamber, following uproar that trailed the defection of Yele Omogunwa to the ruling All Progressives Congress. Mr. Omogunwa, Ondo South, came to the Senate on the platform of the PDP, but…

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Senate to probe revenue generating agencies withholding govt funds

The Nigerian Senate is set to investigate the government’s revenue generating bodies suspected to have been involved in the practice of non-remittance - or under-remittance - of revenues they generate to the treasury in violation of the law. The resolution to investigate the agencies was passed on Tuesday, following a…

Nigerian Senate

Senate approves Buhari’s 2016 budget amendment, but adds N33 billion

The Senate, on Tuesday, approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to amend the 2016 budget by re-assigning funds initially appropriated for special intervention programme, to address urgent recurrent and capital items. The Senate however added N33 billion to the president's request. Mr. Buhari had in August written the National Assembly, seeking…

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Senate approves Buhari’s request to amend 2016 budget

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to amend the 2016 budget by re-assigning N180.8 billion to critical recurrent and capital items. The Senate's approval followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Appropriations led by Danjuma Goje on Tuesday.

Saraki and Buhari

FACT-CHECK: Nigerian Senate confirmed, then controversially reversed self on Buhari’s nominee

The Senate and an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Okoi Obono-Obla, on Monday squabbled over the latter’s nomination as a non-executive commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. Mr. Obono-Obla, currently Mr. Buhari’s special assistant on prosecution attached to the Ministry of Justice, was one of seven persons nominated by…

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OndoDecides: “Abuja has prevailed over Tinubu”, Afenifere says

The Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, considers the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded Ondo governorship election as a blow to Bola Tinubu's hold on south-west politics, the organisation’s spokesperson has said. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Mr. Akeredolu winner on Sunday, having polled…

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OndoDecides: Civil society groups say INEC performed well

The Independent National Electoral Commission has earned high ratings for its conduct of the just concluded Ondo State governorship election won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Akeredolu, according to separate reports by two civil society organisations - Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement, YIAGA, and…


Nigerian troops on patrol caught in IED explosion in Borno

Some Nigerian troops fighting the terrorist Boko Haram group in the North-East were Saturday morning caught in an explosion triggered by an improvised explosive device planted by the sect, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The troops, who are of the 122 Task Force Battalion, Pulka, in Borno State, ran into the…

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Ondo 2016: INEC reacts to Appeal Court ruling sacking Jimoh Ibrahim

The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed satisfaction with the Appeal Court ruling that sacked controversial billionaire, Jimoh Ibrahim, as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday's Ondo governorship election. The Commission told PREMIUM TIMES it would comply with the ruling and that it had been vindicated on…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Saraki saves Buhari’s proposal from Senate rejection

The Medium Term and Expenditure Framework (2017-2019) proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari narrowly beat rejection, after Senate President Bukola Saraki persuaded his colleagues to pass the document for committee review, following an extensive debate on Wednesday. There was stiff bi-partisan opposition to the MTEF and the Fiscal Sustainability Paper, FSP,…

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Senate summons Kachikwu over multibillion dollars China, India deals

The Senate has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, over his claims of multibillion dollars oil and gas deals with India and Chinese firms. Mr. Kachikwu, in an interview with This Day in June, said Nigeria signed Memorandums of Understanding with several Chinese firms during a…

Nigerian Senate

ASUU strike continues as Senate meeting is deadlocked

An attempt by the Senate to bring to an end the lingering crisis between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government, failed Monday after an eight-hour meeting between both sides was deadlocked. The two sides failed to agree on lecturers' earned allowances. The chairman, Senate Committee on…

Nigerian soldiers

Unjust dismissal: Nigerian Army boycotts court

More than three months after a top Army officer - who was dismissed from service without query or indictment – filed suit for redress at the National Industrial Court, Nigerian military has refused to enter appearance to defend its action. This has opened the Army to accusations of deliberately shunning the…

Nigerian Senate

After weeks of hostilities, Senate confirms Buhari’s nominees for Supreme Court, INEC, NCC

The Senate on Thursday confirmed nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari for three public institutions including the Supreme Court, the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Independent National Electoral Commission, ending weeks of hostility towards the president's requests. In the previous weeks, the Senate had rejected Mr. Buhari’s request for approval of…

Saraki and Buhari

$30 billion loan: Buhari blackmailing Saraki with corruption trial – Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has suggested that the presidency is blackmailing Senate President Bukola Saraki by exploiting his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal to get approval of the legislature for the executive's $29.960 billion loan bid. President Muhammadu Buhari in October approached the National Assembly, seeking…


Another top Nigerian politician, accused of multi-billion Naira corruption, joins APC

A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, who has for 9 years been involved in intense legal battle to avoid conviction for charges of corruption, formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday. Mr. Kalu was received by the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, in the presence of…


Senate shuns Amaechi, passes Maritime University Bill

The bill for establishment of Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Delta State, on Wednesday scaled second reading at the Senate, months after Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, announced scrapping of the project. The bill sponsored by James Manager (PDP-Delta) was unanimously supported by the senators after the mover's lead…

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

You can’t probe how I spent bailout funds, Fayose tells Senate

The Ekiti State Government has rebuffed the plan by the Senate to investigate utilisation of bailout funds granted the state to settle salary arrears by the Federal Government. Generally, the Ayo Fayose-governed Ekiti said, Nigeria’s federal system does not give the Senate the constitutional power to exercise oversight over finances…

Nigerian Senate

Senate rejects Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees

The Senate on Tuesday voted to reject President Muhammadu Buhari's list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees, asking for "re-submission and rejigging". The lawmakers' resolution to return the list to the president followed the move by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, who said numerous petitions had trailed the nominations.. Mr. Ndume…


Protesters led by Charley Boy block National Assembly entrance

Scores of Nigerians led by Charles Oputa, also known as Charley Boy, have blocked the main gate of the country's lawmaking institution, the National Assembly, seeking an end to corruption. The protesters, Tuesday, erected five tents in front of the Assembly's gate and stationed a van, preventing movement to and…

Nigerian Senate

ASUU Strike: Senate asks Saraki to mediate

The Nigerian Senate has mandated its President, Bukola Saraki, to personally lead the intervention towards resolving the brewing industrial crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. The Senate resolved to muster efforts at stopping a protracted ASUU strike on Tuesday, barely 24 hours after…

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Why we renewed attacks on oil facilities – Niger Delta Avengers

The Niger Delta Avengers, which has restarted attacks on oil and gas installations in Nigeria’s volatile oil rich region, on Sunday claimed government's lack of commitment to dialogue process was responsible for its renewed insurgency. Since November 1 that President Muhammadu Buhari met with Niger Delta leaders at the State…