Ben Ezeamalu

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EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

NBA slams EFCC over ‘rogues, vultures’ comment, demands apology

The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded an "unreserved apology" from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the latter's description of some lawyers as "rogues and vultures". In a statement issued by Isiaka Olagunju, General Secretary, on behalf of the NBA, the lawyers' body distanced its newly elected president, Abubakar…

Femi Falana
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Nigerian Army lacks power to declare civilians ‘wanted’ – Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has criticised the decision by the Nigerian military to declare three persons 'wanted' in connection with the war against Boko Haram insurgency. In a statement on Monday, Mr. Falana said the power to declare civilians 'wanted' rests with the Nigeria Police Force and the State…

Abubakar Mahmoud
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New NBA president, Abubakar Mahmoud, under fire over plot to ‘weaken’ EFCC

Newly sworn-in President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud, has come under severe criticism over a proposal he made that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission should be stripped of prosecutorial powers. At his inaugural speech delivered in Port Harcourt on Friday, Mr. Mahmoud advocated a reform of the…

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

‘World class’ nickel discovered in Nigeria, govt. to sign exploration deal with Australian firm

A private mining syndicate has made a potentially "world class and highly unusual" Nickel discovery in Nigeria, The Australian, an Australian national newspaper is reporting. The private mining syndicate is reportedly headed by Hugh Morgan, a mining industry veteran. "The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small…

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Lagos police arrest Oshodi pickpockets’ leader

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a self-acclaimed 'Chairman' of pickpockets in Oshodi, the police said in a statement Sunday. Ibrahim Kasali and 20 others alleged to be involved in robbing members of the public in the area were nabbed during…

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Soyinka wants History restored in Nigerian schools’ curriculum

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Thursday advocated the reinstatement of History as a subject in Nigerian schools. Mr. Soyinka spoke in Lagos at a press conference to unveil the beneficiaries of an initiative between the Wole Soyinka Foundation and the Cedars Institute, Notre Dame University, Lebanon. “I learnt not so…

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Soyinka to Buhari: Engage Niger Delta militants, respond “positively” to their demands

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Thursday said he had been contacted to intervene in the Niger Delta crisis, and appealed to the government to "respond positively". Mr. Soyinka, who did not clarify his role, lashed out at the Nigerian media, accusing them of “extreme invention” and "distortion of facts". At…

Jumoke Anifowose, governorship aspirant of the APC in Ondo State

INTERVIEW: Nigerians not doing enough to check corrupt governors – Ondo guber candidate

Jumoke Anifowose is a gubernatorial aspirant in the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, ahead of the August 27 party primaries, the daughter of the first civilian governor of the state (Adekunle Ajasin) talks about her chances, her visions for the state, and the party politics.…

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Nigerian workers blast Govs Okorocha, Al-Makura, Ortom, say they’re slave masters

Nigerian workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Labour Congress and its affiliate organizations marched in Lagos, Tuesday, over non payment of their members salaries in over 20 states across the country. The workers singled out Governors Rochas Okorocha, Tanko Al-Makura, and Samuel Ortom of Imo, Nasarawa, and Benue respectively…

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Why Jonathan, others do not deserve to remain in Nigeria – Father Mbaka – FULL TRANSCRIPT

In a video message obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Mbaka urged the devotees at his popular Adoration Ground in Enugu to desist from speaking evil against President Muhammadu Buhari. PREMIUM TIMES could not ascertain the exact date of the message, but it addressed recent occurrences, including the hardship being experienced…

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FEATURE: The interesting life of the Japanese man who gave $390,000 to Dream Team VI

As Nigeria's Under-23 football team departs the Rio Olympics with the only medal won by Team Nigeria - a bronze medal - Nigerians look to Katsuya Takasu, a Japanese cosmetic surgeon, with gratitude. It was Mr. Takasu who doled out $390,000 to the team over their performance at the Games…

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Father Mbaka alleges plan to kill Buhari

Fiery Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, has said that plans are being hatched to murder President Muhammadu Buhari over his uncompromising stand on corruption. In a video message obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Mbaka urged the devotees at his popular Adoration Ground in Enugu to desist from speaking evil against the…

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Despite raking in billions in revenue, Lagos ranked world’s 3rd worst city to live in

Lagos maintained its position at the lowest rungs of the Global Liveability index by ranking the third worst city to live in the world, according to the 2016 ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit released Thursday. Lagos placed 138th out of the 140 cities ranked in the latest liveability survey,…

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria

INTERVIEW: Why some states can’t access N90billion federal bailout — VP Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says despite the current economic difficulties, the Nigerian economy is heading in the right direction. Mr. Osinbajo says fresh investments, local and foreign, are on queue to arrive the country's shores soon. He spoke in Lagos after a session with private sector operators. Private sector operators…

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Presidency begins probe of Jonathan, wife, over alleged link to Niger Delta bombings

The Nigerian presidency has ordered a discreet investigation of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his wife, Patience, over the spate of bombings of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. A top government source, quoting intelligence reports, told this newspaper that it had now been…

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FG to commence disbursement of 13 per cent derivation fund to Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has set up a committee aimed at disbursing 13 per cent Derivation Fund to Lagos State, following the commencement of crude oil and gas exploration in the state. Aliyu Mohammed, Chairman of the Indices and Disbursement Committee of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission…

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FEATURE: How Nigeria’s broken health system killed my sister, By Ben Ezeamalu

It was when the red mound of earth landed on the casket with a thud that I realized my sister's 39-year sojourn in this life had finally come to an end. And what an agonizing end it was. Her husband handed over the shovel to the grave digger, stood aside,…

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Alleged N11.23billion fraud uncovered at NPA, three banks fingered

The new management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has uncovered fraud totalling N11.23 billion at the agency, officials familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES. The officials said the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, and her executive directors have since their assumption of duties on July 18 been poring…

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How Kano’s lucrative drug market drove me to selling Codeine – Suspect

A suspected major distributor of Codeine cough syrups in Kano has told the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency that he was in the business because of the high profit margin. Ikechukwu Ukwuoma, 34, said the Codeine business in the state sells fast and that he was only interested in the…

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Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes: I’ve asked security agencies to deal “decisively” with culprits — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said Nigeria's security agencies are tackling the recurrent violent clashes between herdsmen and local farmers across the country. Mr. Buhari spoke at the graduation ceremony of Course 24 participants of the National Defence College, Abuja. "I wish to state that this administration will not tolerate…

Dahiru Saleh

Blame me, not Babangida, for June 12 annulment, former Judge boasts

The judge who pronounced the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Dahiru Saleh, has absolved former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, of blame in the controversial decision. The election, won by late business mogul, MKO Abiola, was cancelled by the Babangida administration, and Mr. Babangida has personally taken responsibility…

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‘Defeated’ NBA presidential candidate, Gadzama, rejects election results

The presidential candidate in last weekend's Nigerian Bar Association general election, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, has called for the cancellation of the polls after reviewing "the situation and circumstances before and during the elections". In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Gadzama's campaign group said the election, which was conducted via electronic voting, lacked…

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Nigeria’s Iron Ore Mining Company concessionaire to submit business plan in 105 days

The concessionaire of the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Global Steel Holdings Limited, is to submit its business plan for government’s approval within the next 105 days. The agreement came following Monday's signing of the modified NIOMCO agreement between the company and the Nigerian government. The submission and approval…

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Zaria Massacre: Group slams Kaduna govt for failure to prosecute indicted army officers

Access to Justice, an advocacy group that promotes integrity and accountability in legal and judicial institutions, has slammed the Kaduna State government for its failure to prosecute army officers involved in the killing of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. In a statement issued Monday, the group said the…

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Abubakar Mahmoud emerges NBA president amidst controversy

Abubakar Mahmoud on Sunday emerged the new president of the Nigerian Bar Association. In an election conducted by electronic voting (E-voting), Mr. Mahmoud, who bagged his First and Masters Degrees in Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, polled 3,055 votes to defeat his rival, Joe-Kyari Gadzama, who got 2,384…