Nicholas Ibekwe

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How slain Al Qaeda leader mentored Abdulmutallab into becoming suicide bomber

The New York Times, through a Freedom of Information Act request, has obtained documents containing detailed accounts of how slain Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, mentored a Nigerian, Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to explode a bomb hidden in his underpants, on a flight from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Detroit,…

Nigerian Soldiers
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How Nigeria’s brutal response to security concerns caused several deaths – Amnesty International

Amnesty International, AI, in its annual State of the World's Human Rights report, which analyses the states of human rights in 159 countries, has expressed worry over Nigerian government's brutal response to security fears. “In Nigeria specifically, we witnessed government responding to legitimate dissent with extreme measures that had devasting…

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

Nigerian military accuses Amnesty International of fabricating report of extrajudicial killings, torture

The Nigerian military has accused human rights organisation, Amnesty International (AI), of fabricating its latest report about extrajudicial killings and torture of 240 people in the country's north-east and 177 pro-Biafran agitators. In a statement signed by acting director defence information, Rabe Abubakar, a brigadier general, the military described the…

Black migrants in Libya
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Nigeria to evacuate 230 nationals from Libya, EU

The Nigerian government has concluded arrangements to bring back home a fresh set of 180 Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya and 50 deportees from the European Union this week. While the Libya returnees will arrive the country on Tuesday, the deportees from the EU will be received on Thursday. A…

Olabode George

Bode George praises Ambode’s performance as Lagos governor

A leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, has lavished praises on the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the infrastructural projects he has undertaken in some parts of the state. Mr. George, a former deputy national chairman of the PDP, spoke with journalists at the…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

How vocation training, capacity development can help fight unemployment – Ambode, Obaseki

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday in Lagos stated that the acquisition of vocational training can help fight the increasing unemployment in the country. The governors, who were speaking at the inaugural edition of the Annual Lecture of Swaaya Limited,…

Former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema

Ex-Katsina Governor, Shema, accuses successor of threat to his life

The immediate past governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, has accused his successor, Aminu Masari, of orchestrating a “sinister” plan to endanger his life. In a statement by the media aide of the former governor, Oluwabusola Olawale, sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Mr Shema said his life is under…

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Court block Trump’s ban, clears Muslim immigrants to fly to U.S.

The United States government has told airlines that previously stopped some categories of travellers from boarding planes to the country to start allowing them fly, according to U.S. media. The instruction came hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald trump's executive order banning citizens of some Muslim countries…

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Courts temporarily stop Trump’s order deporting some Muslims from U.S.

Over a hundred people who were detained in United States airports were spared immediate deportation after a federal judge ruled that sending travellers home could cause the “irreparable harm”, lawyers say. The lawyers sued to block President Donald Trumps' order to block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. Mr. Trump…

Nigerian Army

Army officer who called service chiefs “Nollywood actors” loses children, driver in car crash

Two children of T.J Abdallah, an infantry officer who called Nigerian service chiefs, “Nollywood actors” in a private WhatsApp group have died in a car accident as the family travelled to visit him in detention in Maiduguri, Borno State, after he became incommunicado for several weeks, PREMIUM TIMES can report…

Fayose and Pastor

Fayose prevents SSS from arresting controversial preacher who wants herdsmen killed

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, early on Wednesday morning prevented operatives of the State Security Services, DSS, from arresting the founder of Omega Fire Ministries, in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti. Last week, a video footage widely shared on social media, showed the Auchi, Edo State- based preacher, telling his…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army vows to charge PREMIUM TIMES for ‘fraudulently obtaining’ military information

Four days after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, caused the raiding of PREMIUM TIMES offices and the arrest of the medium's journalists, the army has indicated its intention to file charges against the news organisation for "fraudulently obtaining and disclosure of military information." In a statement by its…

Johnson Suleman, Founder Omega Fire Ministries

Popular Nigerian preacher tells church members to kill Fulani herdsmen

The founder of Omega Fire ministries, Johnson Suleman, in a sermon given at his church's parked auditorium called for the killing of Fulani herdsmen. The controversial Evangelical preacher, who caused a stir last year when he declared that the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, will die for his plan…

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU) Katsina
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Katsina University says memo on religious groups on campus targeted at Muslims, not Christians

The authorities of the Umaru Yar'Ádua University, Katsina, have denied discriminating against Christian students in the approval granted a students religious association to operate on its campus. The Acting Dean of Student Affairs of the University, Sulaiman Kankara, had in January 17 memo informed students of a new guideline for…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

EXCLUSIVE: Army officer attacks Nigeria’s service chiefs, says they are ‘Nollywood actors’

Angered by what he described as the inability of the military to provide the needed weapons and equipment to defeat the Boko Haram terror sect, and the recent ease at which insurgents were killing senior army officers, a top infantry commander has described the country's service chiefs as “Nollywood actors”.…

Yahya Jammeh
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Jammeh: Regional civil society group calls on Gambians to embark on civil disobedience

The West African Civil Society Forum, WACSOF, has expressed concern over the intention of outgoing leader of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to plunge the country into disarray over his refusal to step down from office having been defeated in the December 1, 2016 presidential election by the opposition candidate, Adama…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s lawyer flees, asks him to step down

Edu Gomez, the lawyer of outgoing leader of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has fled the country to neighbouring Senegal after penning the president a letter to step down from office in the interest of peace. Mr. Gomez who represented Mr. Jammeh and his party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and…

Yahya Jammeh

Gambian Vice President resigns as Jammeh remains defiant

In what is clearly the biggest indication that the President of The Gambia, Yayha Jammeh, has lost control of his government, the country's Vice president, Isatou Njie-Saidy, on Wednesday resigned. She announced her resignation hours before official end of the tenure of Mr. Jammeh's administration as the country's political impasse…

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Senegal moves troops near Gambia as Jammeh remains defiant

Senegalese troops were seen moving towards the Gambian border in a show of force to pressure President Yahya Jammeh to stand down, the BBC reports. Mr. Jammeh was scheduled to handover to President-elect Adama Barrow on Thursday but has instead remained defiant despite losing the December 1, 2016 presidential election.…

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Gambia: One day to go, Jammeh declares 90 days state of emergency

A day before the official end of his tenure, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency, Gambian State television has announced. The terms for the state of emergency are not known as the announcement did not provide further details. Mr. Jammeh made the declaration as Nigeria…

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambian foreign minister resigns as Jammeh becomes more isolated

Two days to what is supposed to be his handover date, President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has lost a close ally as his foreign minister, Neneh MacDouall-Gaye, has resigned from office. Mrs. MacDouall-Gaye's resignation comes barely a week after Gambia's information minister, Sheriff Bojang, resigned and fled the country in…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s ploy to remain in office legally truncated by Supreme Court

The move by outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to stop the inauguration of the President-elect Adama Barrow suffered a major setback on Monday as the country's Supreme Court refused to hear the application. Last Thursday, the country’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, APRC, filed an application for an…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

PREMIUM TIMES replies Nigerian Army, demands apology from Buratai, others

PREMIUM TIMES has replied a letter sent by the Nigerian Army, threatening legal action against the newspaper for publications about the army and its chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General. On Wednesday, the newspaper published a letter dated December 22, written on behalf of Mr. Buratai, by I.M Alkali, a…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Nigerian Army writes PREMIUM TIMES, talks tough, threatens legal action

The Nigerian Army has written PREMIUM TIMES, threatening to sue the paper for what it termed unwarranted serial provocative, unauthorised, libelous and defamatory publication” against the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, and the army's counter-insurgency operation in the north-east of the country. The letter, dated December…

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Gambia: Jammeh seeks reconciliation, appoints mediator with Barrow

A day after the country's Supreme Court advised an out-of-court settlement, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has appointed a mediator to liaise between him and President-elect Adama Barrow. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Emmanuel Fagbenle, Gambia's Chief Justice, advised the settlement after ruling that the court could not hear Mr. Jammeh and…