Ben Ezeamalu

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola

PDP’s religion is poverty — Osun Governor, Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola used the opportunity presented by his swearing-in ceremony, Thursday, to hit out at the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as a party filled with "self-seeking manipulators" who unleash poverty on Nigerians. At his inauguration for a second term of four years, in Osogbo, Mr. Aregbesola also…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo answering questions at the Ake Book and Arts Festival in Abeokuta on  Friday... Photo: Courtesy Ake Arts and Books Festiva (via twitter)

Jonathan’s performance as President Below Average – Obasanjo

Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday delivered a damning verdict on the performance of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, describing it as "below average". Speaking at the ongoing Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mr. Obasanjo also said security is the greatest danger Nigeria is currently facing.…

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How Nigeria Police murdered Republic of Benin citizen

On the last Saturday in May 2010, armed police officers stormed a compound at Ikate-Ebute village, Epe-Ajah expressway, on the outskirts of Lagos, where Victorin Kpanou and his mates were sitting. The police officers, from the Jakande Police Station, herded all the young men into an uncompleted building in the…

Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe

Nigeria 2015: Only APGA can win Lagos for Jonathan – Party Leader

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Lagos State and its gubernatorial candidate in 2003 talks about the need to forge an alliance with the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, and the chance of a ‘non-indigene’ emerging as the next…

Attorney General Bello Adoke

Attorney General, EFCC clash over withdrawal of fraud case

The office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, clashed with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Friday at an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, over the former's insistence on withdrawing an ongoing fraud case. D.E Kaswe, representing Mohammed Adoke, the Attorney General of the Federation, had applied for…

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Group uses dance contest to campaign for passage of National Tobacco Control Bill

To help fast-track the passage of Nigeria's National Tobacco Control Bill, the TobaccoCTRL, a public health and policy change campaign group, held a dance contest to create awareness on the adverse effects of tobacco use. Three youth who emerged winners at the contest were rewarded with prizes, on Thursday, in Lagos.…

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Taraba not in a state of war, says Acting Governor

The Acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, has debunked claims by a former Minister of State that there is "war" in the state. Speaking through Aaron Artimas, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Lagos, Wednesday, Mr. Umar said that peace had returned to the troubled parts of…

Outgoing Governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi

Jonathan, PDP, fuelling ethno-religious tension in Nigeria – Fayemi

The immediate former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of stoking ethno-religious tension in Nigeria for political gains ahead of the 2015 elections. Speaking in Lagos Tuesday, Mr. Fayemi said the president and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are deliberately encouraging sentiments that divide…

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Hala Nigeria Project rewards journalists in inaugural story contest

Hala Nigeria Project, a collaboration between the International Centre for Journalists, ICFJ, and Nigerian partner organisations, on Friday rewarded staff and citizen journalists who were winners in its inaugural story contest. The project, which means 'Speak Out, Nigeria,’ used new digital tool to spur citizen engagement, promote data-driven reporting to…

Muiz Banire

APC may lose Lagos in 2015, National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire, warns

Muiz Banire, the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and three-time commissioner in Lagos State, speaks to PREMIUM TIMES on a looming crisis within the state chapter of the party. The APC, in its previous forms, has controlled Lagos since 1999. What is your assessment of the…

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Lagos APC disagrees with INEC on number of registered voters in state

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC's figure of 4.8 million registered voters in the state. In a statement issued on Saturday, the party put the figure of registered voters in the state at 6.2 million. "A total of…

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APC students vow to resist Nigerian planned increase in tuition fees

The students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, arm of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have frowned at the state of education in the country, and vowed to fight any hike in tuition fees. In a statement issued, Friday, the students said they plan to mobilise over 47 million students…

Suleiman Abba

Nigerian governors warn IG of Police, Abba, against partisanship

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, Nigerian governors have cautioned the recently appointed Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, against police partisanship. Speaking to journalists on behalf of his colleagues, at the end of a National Council of States meeting in Abuja, Tuesday, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, advised Mr.…

TB Joshua

T.B Joshua absent as downpour mars coroner’s inquest

The founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Temitope Joshua, was absent, Wednesday, at the coroner's inquest into the collapse of a six storey building in his church. While additional floors were being added to it, the building collapsed on September 12 killing about 115 people, most of…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Boko Haram: Atiku blames carnage on leadership failure; begs international community for help

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the international community to come to Nigeria's aid as the nation continues to grapple with the Boko Haram insurgency. Mr. Abubakar spoke, Monday, at a press conference in Abuja. "I call upon the international community to help us. I am making…

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South Sudan accuses Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, of hacking, forgery

Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, is currently embroiled in a major controversy as South Sudan government officials accuse the company of forgery and hacking of official e-mails. In a letter addressed to South Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Benjamin Barnaba, and dated October 10, 2014; the country's Minister of Information and…

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Court of Appeal upholds FRSC’s power to enforce new number plates

The Court of Appeal in Lagos, Friday, set aside a lower court's ruling that the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, lacked the power to enforce new number plates in the country. In the ruling delivered by Joseph Ikyegh, the appellate court resolved three of the four issues the FRSC brought…

Femi Falana

Falana warns Acting Police I-G over ‘illegal policing’

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has issued a warning to Suleiman Abba, the Acting Police Inspector-General, over the series of "illegal policing" that have continued under his watch. In a letter to the police boss, on Sunday, Mr. Falana said he would head to court to challenge Mr. Abba's…

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Synagogue building ‘mystery’ plane likely a Nigerian Air Force jet

A “mysterious” aircraft videoed by security cameras as flying at least four times over the Lagos Synagogue Church building shortly before the structure collapsed killing more than 115 people in September, may have been a Nigerian Airforce jet, a coroner’s court heard Thursday. The founder of the mega pentecostal church,…

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Collapsed Synagogue building not registered, approved by Lagos govt

The Synagogue Church building which collapsed early September killing 116 people was never registered or approved by Lagos State authorities, a hearing into the cause of the disaster, heard Thursday. The Lagos State Government said the collapsed guest house within the premises of the church, had no building permit. The…

Festus Keyamo

Ex-militant leader, Tompolo, wants to kill me, Keyamo cries out

A Lagos-based lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the State Security Services, SSS, and the Nigerian Police over an alleged threat to his life by Government Ekpemuopolo, an ex-militant leader, popularly known as Tompolo. In the letter dated October 29, 2014, and also copied to the President and the Delta State…

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Obasanjo takes his first Ph.D lesson

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, had his first day in class as a Masters/Ph.d student of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. The former president is studying for a Masters and Doctorate degree in Christian Theology. The class which took place in Ota, Ogun State, was held with…

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Synagogue Building Collapse: Church withholding missing persons’ list — Pathologist

The coroner's inquest into the cause of the collapsed building at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, continued Tuesday with a pathologist accusing the church of delaying the identification of corpses. John Obafunwa, the Chief Examiner at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, told the coroner that the church…

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Again, Lagos doctors, state government head for showdown

The bitter relationship between the Lagos State government and medical doctors under its employ is brewing a fresh round of industrial action in the state owned hospitals. While the doctors accuse Governor Babatunde Fashola of victimisation after a two-month old national strike last July, the state government insists its 'No…

Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode formally declares for Lagos governorship

Thousands of party members defied Friday's hot, scorching sun to cheer Akinwunmi Ambode as he announced his intention to run for governor in Lagos in 2015. Inside a capacity filled Onikan Stadium, in Lagos island, members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in colourful attires waved brooms and gyrated to…