Ben Ezeamalu

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Wole Soyinka
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Soyinka disowns ‘disgusting’ Buhari comments attributed to him

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has denied making comments in an interview about President Muhammadu Buhari's one year in office. In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Soyinka described a report quoting him as declaring his support to Mr. Buhari as a "disgusting forgery". "Once again, I notify the security arms of…

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Nigerian genital cutters give conditions for ending Female Genital Mutilation

The Circumcision Descendants Association of Nigeria have advocated the provision of alternative means of livelihood for their members as a way of curbing Female Genital Mutilation practice in south-west Nigeria. At a Summit‎ to End FGM in Nigeria held in Ibadan, Monday, the group said the FGM agenda would be…

FROM LEFT: Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River State; Gov. Seriake Dickson Of Bayelsa State; Gov. Ayo Fayose Of Ekiti State And Former Kaduna State Governor,Sen Ahmed Makarfi at the 2016 Pdp National Convention in Port Harcourt on Saturday (21/5/16).

PDP Crisis: Why court sacked Makarfi, reinstated Modu Sheriff

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos Tuesday nullified the national caretaker committee constituted by the Peoples Democratic Party during last Saturday's convention. In his ruling, Mr. Buba said the committee was constituted in violation of an order he had made on May 12, when he barred…

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PDP Crisis: Court sacks Makarfi, reinstates Ali Modu Sheriff

A Federal High Court in Lagos has nullified the national caretaker committee constituted by the Peoples Democratic Party during last Saturday's convention. The convention had appointed a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, as acting chairman, while a former Senator, Ben Obi, was appointed acting national secretary. The party…

Barack Obama

U.S. spent ‘close to $500 million’ on Boko Haram insurgency

The United States government has committed about $500 million to the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009, the US Charge d'Affaires to the African Union has said. Susan Page was responding to a question on the financial commitment of the US government, at the Africa Regional Media Hub telephonic media briefing…

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Mother of two, smuggling Indian hemp to China, arrested in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Thursday said it had arrested a 38-year-old mother of two at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with 1.155 kilogrammes of cannabis hidden in melon and other foodstuffs. Faith Obidike was caught by anti-narcotic officers during an outward screening of passengers on Kenya…

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Why we gave up on Kashamu’s extradition to U.S. — NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that it had left the extradition processes of Buruji Kashamu to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation. Muhammad Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman, told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday‎ that the agency is under the control of the AGF's office. Mr. Abdallah…

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PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Ibanga Isine, to speak at UN group’s event

PREMIUM TIMES' Regional Editor (South), Ibanga Isine, will participate in a live Twitter conversation hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia to mark this year's International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers will be observed on May 29, where the United Nations will…

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‘How I robbed a man who rescued me from death’

A suspected pickpocket ‎has told the police how he picked the pocket of someone who saved him from falling off a public bus. Taoreed Ashimiyu, 24, said a mob was on his heels after he stole two mobile phones from unsuspecting commuters at Maryland, Lagos, the police said in a…

Testing the methamphetamine found at the lab

Again, lack of interpreter stalls trial of Mexican drug suspects in Asaba

For the second consecutive sitting, the absence of an interpreter Friday stalled the trial of four Mexicans at the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State. Cervantos Madrid Jose Bruno, Rivas Ruiz Pastiano, Castillo Barraza Cristobal, and Partida Gonzalez Pedro ‎are charged alongside five Nigerians for allegedly operating a laboratory for…

Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Afenifere group blasts Nasarawa Senator over ‘irresponsible’ comment on herdsmen

The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has criticized a Nasarawa State senator, Abdullahi Adamu, over his comments on government land ownership and herdsmen terrorism. In a statement Wednesday, the ARG warned the Federal Government to handle the raging herdsmen clashes and attacks on communities with utmost sensitivity and justice. Kunle Famoriyo,…

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa
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Why EFCC arrested me — Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has attributed his recent arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to his criticisms of the President Muhammadu Buhari's government. In a statement issued by his law firm, Wednesday, Mr. Adegboruwa denied claims by the anti-graft commission that he was involved…

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Three Nigerian films shortlisted for 2016 Zanzibar Film Festival

Three Nigerian films made the final shortlist in the 2016 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) which holds from July 9th -17th 2016. Walter Taylaur's 'Gbomo Gbomo Express' and 'The Wages' as well as Umar Turaki's 'Salt' were selected out of a record 490 films submitted from 32 countries for this…

Muhammadu Buhari with Nigerian Journalists in his first local media chat.

FACT-CHECK: Buhari’s claim untrue: Journalists being detained, harassed in Nigeria

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari claimed in a speech that Nigerian journalists were no longer being harassed or detained under his government. At the opening of the Congress of the Federation of African Journalists on April 29, Nigeria’s information and culture minister…

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Robbery suspect says gang runs ‘morning, evening shifts’

A suspected robber who specialises in using commercial buses (popularly known as Danfo) to rob people has told the police that they operate in groups in the mornings and evenings. Henry Ate,‎ 48, said they retire to their hotels in the afternoon after morning operations and re-group later in the…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan’s cousin sues Nigerian govt, says he’s forced to implicate ex-president

A cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan has sued the Nigerian government over his continued detention and the government’s refusal to charge him to court. Robert Azibaola, a Niger-Delta activist, on Wednesday filed a suit before the Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging his detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes…

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May Day: Ambode absent at Lagos workers’ celebration

The absence of the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, at Onikan Stadium on Sunday annoyed workers who had turned out in their hundreds for the May Day rally. Dozens of affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress marched round the stadium before Olabowale Ademola, the Lagos…

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A king and great grandfather, Oba Erediauwa of Benin takes a last bow

The traditional ruler of the Benin Kingdom, Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, has died. The monarch's demise was officially announced by Adams Oshiomhole, the Governor of Edo State, on Friday. "Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief, at the announcement of the passing to glory... of…

Wole Soyinka
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Soyinka blasts Buhari over herdsmen killings

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has lashed out at the presidency for its seeming inability to rein in the violent activities of herdsmen across the country. In his address to the National Conference on Culture and Tourism, Wednesday, Mr. Soyinka said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was yet to come up…

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Nigeria yet to implement tobacco law — Group

‎The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has described the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act by the Federal Ministry of Health as "very discouraging". Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Director at ERA/FoEN, said Wednesday that nothing had been done by the implementing ministry towards the law. "There are basic…

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Suspended UNILAG student body accuses management of ‘victimization’

The University of Lagos Students' Union has accused the school’s management of trampling on the rights of the students as well as issuing misleading information to the public. At a press conference in Lagos Tuesday, the students said they were exploring legal and political solutions to the impasse with the…

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I can’t remember the number of phones I have stolen, pickpocket tells police

A suspected pickpocket arrested by the police has said that he has lost count of the number of people he robbed of their phones in Lagos. Dapo Simeon, 27, told officers of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command that he started as a pickpocket over three…

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Suspected phone thief beats policeman ‘black and blue’ — Police

A suspected phone thief rained punches on a plain-clothed police officer whom he tried to rob of his Tecno Y5 mobile phone in Lagos. Idowu Nojeem, 32,‎ beat the officer attached to the state's Rapid Response Squad "black and blue" after the police Sergeant attempted to arrest him, the police…

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Nigerian Navy, merchant Navy clash in Lagos

The bad blood ‎between officers of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Merchant Navy resurfaced in Lagos Monday with the former accusing the latter of impersonation. Three officers of the Nigerian Navy, Western Command‎, B-Croft, trailed some members of the Nigerian Merchant Navy to Apapa where they allegedly attacked them.…

Femi Falana
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Senate summons on tribunal judge ‘illegal’ — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has said the Senate lacks the power to summon Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, to testify in respect of a criminal investigation. In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Falana advised the Senate to withdraw the "illegal summon" which had been issued…