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Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu, Gov. Umahi speak on Biafra sit-at-home order

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has advised that the sit-at-home order declared by some right groups in South-East for May 30 should be optional. The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra had called on citizens of South-East to stay…

NLC Protest
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Announce composition of minimum wage committee, NLC tells Buhari administration

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has urged the federal government to use the occasion of the Democracy Day celebration to announce the composition of the tripartite negotiation committee on the National Minimum Wage. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, made the call in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja,…

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Continuous voter registration ongoing in all Borno local govts – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it has commenced its Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, in five local government areas, LGAs, of Borno, where it had initial challenge of deploying personnel and materials for the exercise. The INEC National Commissioner, Ahmed Mu’azu, on Sunday in Abuja, told the News Agency…

Central bank of Nigeria

TSA should be decentralised for efficiency – LCCI

Muda Yusuf, the Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, has called for a review of operation of The Single Treasury Account (TSA) to allow easier access to the funds. He said decentralisation of the account would allow government agencies to have easier access to the funds and…

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. [Photo credit: CNN]

Why I’m pleased with my first overseas trip – Trump

The U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed satisfaction at the results of his first overseas trip, the U.S. Department of State, has said. Mr. Trump told service members at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, that they are the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever seen, the…

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health

How Nigeria can combat Hepatitis – Health minister, other experts

The Federal Government on Saturday assured Nigerians of its commitment to take proactive steps towards controlling the spread of Hepatitis in the country. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, stated this during the 24th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Guild of Medical Directors, GMD, in Abuja. The…

Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Photo credits: Desert Herald

Osinbajo, Namadi Sambo disagree at Zaria water commissioning

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and his predecessor, Namadi Sambo, on Saturday disagreed over the role played by present and past Kaduna governors in a water project in Zaria, commissioned by Mr. Osinbajo. Represented at the event by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, the acting president…

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UPDATED: Violence erupts at APC election, ex-Senator manhandled

Violence erupted midway into the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect chairmanship candidates for the July 22 council polls in Lagos State on Saturday, ending the event abruptly. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some aggrieved party supporters engaged one another in a free-for-all…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE BOARDING

NAHCON approves N1.5 million as Hajj fare for Kaduna pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has approved a flat rate of N1,535,505 as the Hajj fare for Kaduna State intending pilgrims for 2017 hajj in Saudi Arabia. The public relations officer of Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare of the Board, Yunusa Abdullahi, made the known in a statement on…

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Police confirm arrest of IPOB, MASSOB members in Ebonyi

The Police in Ebonyi on Saturday confirmed the arrest of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in various part of the state for alleged unlawful sensitisation programme. The command’s spokesman, Jude Madu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the arrested suspects also included…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Kogi civil servant returns N1.7 million paid in excess of salary

A civil servant in Kogi, Husseina Mohammed, has returned N1, 780,500 paid in excess of her March salary to the state government. Mrs. Mohammed said this on Friday in Lokoja while on a courtesy visit to the Director – General, Bureau of Information and Grassrrots Mobilisation, Abdulkareem Abdulamlik . She…

Yahaya Bello being registered by an INEC personnel in his office

Voter Registration Scandal: APC demands Kogi Gov. Bello’s resignation

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kogi State has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to resign for registering twice for permanent voter card. A Senator, Dino Melaye, made the call on behalf of the party at a news briefing in Abuja on Friday. The chairman of the APC in…

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Dbanj welcomes new baby

Music superstar Danj and his wife Didi Lineo, have welcomed their first child. Dbanj took to his Instagram handle on Friday to share the first photo of their baby – a son named Daniel Oyebanjo III. According to media reports, Dbanj, an entrepreneur and TV host, is currently in the…

Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar

CONFIRMED: Sultan declares Saturday 1st Ramadan, fasting begins

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Saturday, May 27, as 1st Ramadan, 1438 AH, signifying the commencement of the annual long-month fast by Muslims. That confirmed PREMIUM TIMES earlier report indicating the 2017 Ramadan fast would commence on Saturday. Sultan Abubakar, President General of the Nigerian Supreme…

Nigerian Army

Army raids Boko Haram cell in Niger, nabs kidnapper of late Monguno

The Nigerian Army said it raided a Boko Haram cell at Mokwa and its environs in Niger State on Thursday and arrested three leaders of the terrorist group. The army spokesman, Sani Usman, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, named the suspects as Mustapha Muhammed (Adam Bitri), Ali…

State House correspondent of Channels Television, Chukwuma Onuekusi

Channels TV correspondent, Manchester bomb blast, others trend on Google

Nigerians searched on Google to know more about the death of Channels TV correspondent, Chukwuma Onuekwusi and the Manchester bomb attack from May 19 and to May 25. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa made this known in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.…

Nigerian pupils preparing to write an exam [Photo: The News Nigeria]

Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries to invigilate NECO exams

With its teachers currently on strike, the Nasarawa Government says it has deployed commissioners, permanent secretaries and other management officers to invigilate the National Examination Council (NECO) examinations. The examinations hold between May 25, 2017 and July 25, 2017. “The examination will hold as scheduled; we have made adequate arrangements…

Rex Tillerson [Photo: The New Yorker]

U.S. takes ‘full responsibility’ for Manchester intelligence leaks

The U.S. government takes full responsibility for leaks of the British police investigation into Monday’s deadly bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday. Appearing alongside British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in London, Mr. Tillerson said that “all across America, hearts…

OPEC [PHOTO CREDIT: Zero Hedge]

OPEC gives Nigerian top appointment

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Friday, announced the appointment of Olusegun Adekunle as the Alternate Chairman of the Economic Commission Board. OPEC made the announcement in a statement released in Abuja on Friday by Idang Alibi, Director Press Ministry of Petroleum Resources. Mr. Alibi said, “In a…

Nigeria Football Federation Glass House

Nigerian football player slumps, dies in training

A player of the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Saka Azeez, on Friday slumped and died in training. The club’s Media Officer, Abdulwaheed Bibire, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Ilorin. NAN reports that Azeez, 24, who was…

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Court dissolves 20-yr-old marriage over poor sexual performance

Ademola Odunade, the President of a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Friday dissolved a 20-year-old marriage between one Oladiran Olukayode and his wife, Oluwatoyin, over poor sexual performance. Mr. Odunade terminated the union over irreconcilable differences. “The court cannot force Oluwatoyin to continue in the relationship since she knows…

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Nigeria Police to recruit additional 35,000 personnel

Haliru Jika, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, says the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) will soon recruit an additional 35, 000 rank and file into the force. Mr. Jika, representing Ganjuwa/Darazo Federal Constituency in Bauchi State on the ticket of APC, disclosed this while answering questions from journalist…

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian President

Egyptian president calls meeting after attack killed 26 Christians

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called a meeting of security officials in the wake of a deadly attack on a group of Christians in the south of the country on Friday, the state news agency said. Masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians in southern Egypt, killing 26 people and…

Nigerian Embassy Washington

Nigeria protests U.S. police ‘violation’ of embassy

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington has protested to the U.S. Government over the violation of its premises by U.S. police following fracas between two local workers. The Acting Ambassador/Charge d’Affaires, Hakeem Balogun, told the News Agency of Nigeria that a “protest note” had been transmitted to the U.S. Department of…

Coptic Christians in Egypt used to illustrate the story [Photo: Greenville College Papyrus]

Gunmen attack Christians in Egypt, unknown number of fatalities

Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians in Egypt on Friday, killing a number of them, witnesses said. The number of deaths in the attack in Minya province was not immediately known. The BBC said 15 Coptic Christians were killed by gunmen who attacked a bus carrying the victims. Two…