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Florence Omagbemi

Omagbemi, Aubameyang shortlisted for top FIFA awards

Nigeria’s Florence Omagbemi has been nominated for the Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2017 by the world football governing body. Also, Gabon striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was shortlisted for the FIFA Best Men’s Player award. According to FIFA, the final winner will be decided by votes from national team coaches, captains, selected…

Charly Boy during the #ResumeOrResign Protest [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

#ResumeOrResign: Presidency reacts to attack on Charly Boy, others

The Presidency on Wednesday reacted to the protests that rocked Wuse market in Abuja describing it as 'ethnicised' and selfish. It also criticised the #ResumeOrResign group led by Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, for taking the protests to a sensitive spot like the Wuse market. The protesters were attacked…


Abuja market shut down amid clashes over Buhari’s absence

The attempt by protesters at the popular Wuse Market in Abuja to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to return to Nigeria or resign on Tuesday resulted in the breakout of an inter-tribal clash. Early Tuesday, members of the movement, #ResumeOrResign, led by popular musician, Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, were…

A cross-section of the newly introduced Mobile Strike Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, during their inauguration at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri on Tuesday (15/8/17). The unit is one of the new approaches evolved to enhance military operations in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. 
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Nigerian Army launches special Mobile Strike Force to crush Boko Haram

In a renewed onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east, the Nigerian Army has inaugurated a special mobile strike force. The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Ibrahim Attahiru, made the announcement on Tuesday at the inauguration of the force at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. He said the special strike force…

Nigerian Army

Military ‘abuse’ probe panel set to begin hearings

The judicial commission set up by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to probe alleged human rights abuses by the Nigerian military has announced its schedule of public hearings, and has called for memorandum from affected persons and institutions. The commission, headed by Justice Biobele Georgewill of the Port Harcourt division of the…


Pro-Buhari group, #ResumeOrResign protesters clash in Abuja

The daily rally by #ResumeOrResign group convened by Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, was on Friday disrupted by members of a group sympathetic to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Oputa's group had started its rally on Monday to protest the prolonged medical vacation of the president in London. It said…


Arrest Kanu now or we shut government activities in Abuja – Northern Group

Following the lapse of its 10-day ultimatum to the federal government to order the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, a northern youth group on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest in Abuja. Scores of members of the group, Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, gathered at…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Governor accuses police of instigating kidnap across Nigeria

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on African lawyers to help revive democracy in Nigeria, saying the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has used the police to destroy its foundation.  The governor also accused the police of promoting crime in Nigeria, saying, "most of the kidnapping in the…

ICPC Head Office

Nominee dropped by presidency from ICPC Board after corruption allegations speaks

One of the two nominees dropped for appointment into the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC, Sa’adu Alanamu, has denied ever being indicted for corrupt practice in Kwara State. Mr. Alanamu was dropped alongside Maimuna Aliyu  following revelation by the International Center for Investigating Reporting, ICIR, that they…

Blood stains at the scene of the deadly shooting at St. Philip's Catholic Church, where an unknown gunman killed 11 persons and injured 18 others during 7:30 am church service in Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa community of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra on Sunday (6/8/17).


Anambra church shooting: Death toll rises, police confirm attack linked to Igbos living abroad

The death toll in an attack on worshippers in a Catholic Church has increased to 11, the police have said. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, who provided the update said that the command would leave no turn unturned to bring the attackers to justice. Mr. Umar,…

Borno State Management Agency (SEMA) officials evacuating body of a female suicide bomber at the Red Bricks quarters in Dalori, community in Maiduguri on Monday (24/7/17).
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SHOCKING: Parents donate daughters to Boko Haram for suiciding bombing, Nigerian Army says

Some parents donate their daughters to the Boko Haram for suicide attacks, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday. The Army in a statement by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, therefore warned such parents to desist forthwith. Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, also appealed to religious, traditional and community leaders, and other…



Osinbajo sets up judicial commission to probe human rights abuses by Nigerian military

After several months of dithering, the Nigerian government has finally set up a commission to investigate alleged rights abuses by the military. Despite reports by local and international groups and media accusing the military of rights abuse in several operations, the government had largely left the military to investigate itself…


Nigeria, other West African countries brainstorm on tackling migration challenges

Nigeria and other west African countries on Thursday met to brainstorm on tackling migration challenges. The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, said migrants will soon begin to travel freely across the ECOWAS sub-regional borders. Mr. Babandede made the announcement on Thursday during a joint meeting of…

Police presents suspected arrested kidnappers to the media in Katari Village, Kaduna
Pic some of the suspected arrested kidnappers, during their presentation by the Police to the media on Abuja/Kaduna road in Kaduna on Monday (31/7/17).
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Days after redeploying officers on Abuja-Kaduna Highway, police arrest 32 suspected kidnappers (FULL LIST)

The police have paraded 32 persons arrested last week on suspicion of being kidnappers on the notorious Abuja-Kaduna Highway. Following persistent kidnappings on the highway, the police had last Wednesday redeployed all their officers serving in different formations along the highway. According to a statement by Jimoh Moshood, police spokesperson on…

Nnamdi Kanu

Order arrest of Nnamdi Kanu now, Northern group tells Osinbajo

The Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, a northern group, has called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to order the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB. The group said Mr. Kanu has been violating his bail conditions and this could affect the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria. Mr.…

University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)

NNPC Ambush: UNIMAID Vice Chancellor faults Nigerian Army, says nobody rescued

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Abubakar Njodi, on Friday lashed out at the military over claims it made that it had rescued oil workers that were recently ambushed and captured by Boko Haram fighters. The crew of geologists and their aides were from the university and were subcontracted by the…

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu governor sacks three commissioners in cabinet reshuffle

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has dropped three commissioners in a minor cabinet reshuffle announced on Thursday. Those affected were commissioners for Information, Godwin Udeuhele; Youth and Sport, Charles Ndukwe; and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Smart Ogbe. The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Uwakwe Abugu, confirmed the development to Government…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

EXCLUSIVE: Untold story of how 9 Nigerian soldiers, 4 Unimaid staff, 14 others were killed in Boko Haram ambush

The kidnap of oil workers that resulted in the death of nine soldiers also led to the death of at least 18 other people including some of the kidnap victims, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report. The victims, who included scientists, engineers and some personnel of the Civilian Joint Task Force…

Nigerian Soldiers
[Photo Credit: Olisa TV]

Nigerian Army announces rescue of kidnapped NNPC officials, says nine soldiers killed

At least nine soldiers and a civilian were killed after Boko Haram members kidnapped Nigerian oil workers who were on an oil exploration mission in the Lake Chad basin. The Nigerian Army, in a statement by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, confirmed the casualty. Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, also said…

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

JUST IN: Nigeria redeploys all police officers serving along Abuja-Kaduna Highway

The Nigeria Police has redeployed all police officers currently serving in different formations along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway. According to a statement by Jimoh Moshood, the Nigeria Police spokesperson, the affected officers include all junior and senior police officers. The affected officials include “Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, all other Officers,…

Nigerian youths shut down national assembly gate

After youth protest, Nigerian lawmakers pledge to lower age requirement for elective offices

After a siege on the National Assembly on Tuesday, a group of Nigerian youth was given audience by the National Assembly, and assured that the required ages for elective offices in the country would be slashed. The youth had held a rally before proceeding to lay siege at the entrance…

Nigerian youths shut down national assembly gate

‘Not too young to run’ protesters shut down National Assembly gate

Protesters on Tuesday shut down the main entrance of the National Assembly gate as security officials denied them entrance to speak with lawmakers. The protesters are members of the 'I support #NottooYoungtoRun' movement who seek a constitutional backing for young Nigerians to be able to vie for elective positions. On…

Police officers in Borno [Photo: PlayTV]

After Kano gun battle, another fleeing Boko Haram member arrested in Abuja

A day after the police in Kano engaged in a gun duel with Boko Haram suspects who had escaped from Sambisa forest in Borno, the police in Abuja have arrested another suspected member of the sect who also reportedly escaped from the forest. The Nigerian Army had last year warned that the escaping terrorists…

One of the traffic lights

Failing traffic lights causing gridlocks, accidents in Abuja

An increasing number of nonfunctional traffic lights are frustrating traffic management in Abuja, traffic wardens and motorists have told PREMIUM TIMES in a bouquet of complaints on the chaos and carnage on the roads of the nation's capital. They said the situation is responsible for gridlocks and car crashes at…

Injured people are comforted at the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Nigeria January 17, 2017. MSF/Handout via Reuters

Why Nigerian military bombed Rann IDP camp killing scores – Defence headquarters

The Defence Headquarters has said that “lack of appropriate marking’’ caused the air strike by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Rann, a remote village in Borno state. The Rann IDP camp is located in Kala-balge Local Government Area. The camp caters for thousands…