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Nigerian lawmakers propose bill to jail Ministers, others who defy them

A bill that could see officials of the executive arm of government thrown into prison if they fail to honour a summon by the legislature has passed second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill also recommended an alternative fine of up to N1 million for any official found…

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Bill to mandate govt agencies to patronise Nigerian products gets second reading

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed through second reading a bill to mandate consumption of local products by government agencies. Lawmakers argued that the bill would help spur sales for local manufacturers. Kogi State representative, Buba Jibril, who sponsored the bill, said the legislation seeks to mandate government ministries,…

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House of Reps demands release funds to Courts, judges

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately make funds available to the judiciary in line with the provisions of the 2016 Appropriation Act. The lawmakers condemned refusal by the executive to fund the National Judicial Council as an affront to the principles of separation of…

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Gambia: President-elect Barrow to be inaugurated in Senegal

Gambian President-elect, Adama Barrow, has said he will take the oath of office in Senegal later today. This came as Google effectively recognised him as the president of Gambia. President Yahya Jammeh, who has led the country for more than 22 years, has defied all efforts by ECOWAS leaders to…

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

Two Nigerian Army officers die in IED explosion in Borno

A counter-attack by the Nigerian Army against Boko Haram turned deadly on Thursday morning after an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by terrorists exploded in Borno State, leaving one Nigerian Army captain and a lieutenant dead, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The bomb went off in Golgore River Bank in Damboa…

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Buhari admits Boko Haram not defeated until Chibok girls, others are rescued

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted his government will not proclaim victory over the extremist group, Boko Haram, until all the kidnapped Chibok school girls are rescued. The president said this in a letter he wrote to Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, in which he offered explanations about the ongoing…

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Police release Sahara Reporters publisher without charges

Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, has been freed without charges, hours after he was detained by the police in Lagos. "He has been released without charges and without parting with anything," Olanrewaju Suraj, a friend of Mr. Sowore, said while confirming the development to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night.…

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Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, arrested

The police in Lagos have arrested Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, following an attack on him by a London-based Nigerian journalist, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. While details of the incident remain sketchy, this newspaper has gathered that it occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Ikeja G.R.A, Lagos. Mr. Sowore told…

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

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army recovers corpses of 16 missing soldiers

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said one officer and fifteen soldiers have been found dead in a major river northeast of the country. The sixteen personnel were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole who made…

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EXCLUSIVE: Shake-up in Nigerian Army; top generals redeployed

The Nigerian Army has either appointed or redeployed no fewer than 14 officers to different military units across the country. The exercise, approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on January 9, 2017, affected six major generals, five brigadier generals, two captains and one major, documents exclusively obtained…

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Nigeria’s economy our focus in 2017 — Reps

The House of Representatives will prioritise policies that will help take Nigeria's economy out of recession in 2017, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said on Tuesday. The Speaker said this when he delivered his welcome address to members of the parliament who just resumed from a 26-day recess to mark the Christmas…

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Lack of fire extinguishers, caution signs, other accessories remains bookable offences — FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, said on Monday that motorists without road safety accessories will be booked in accordance with the law. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone this afternoon that Nigerians should not misinterpret the content of an internal memo that…

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NBA raises 23-member panel to review law practice in Nigeria – SEE FULL LIST

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, on Saturday raised a 23-member committee to review the legal profession in Nigeria, amid concerns over falling standards of legal education and practice. The panel was constituted by Abubakar Mahmoud, the chairman of the NBA, and is to be headed by Anthony Idigbe, while Aminu…

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Nigerians are suffering, reshuffle your cabinet now, Pastor Bakare tells Buhari

Nineteen months into his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari's 'change' slogan has become a sad reality for Nigerians, a preacher has said. Tunde Bakare, founder of Latter Rain Assembly and former ally of the president, said on Sunday during his annual state of the nation speech in Lagos that "it is…

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Ghana President Akufo-Addo caught in plagiarism scandal

New Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has begun his administration on a rather embarrassing note after being caught plagiarising former American presidents during his inaugural speech on Saturday. Mr. Akufo-Addo, 72, was sworn in alongside his Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Independence Square in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, promising not to…

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Niger Delta Avengers accuses Buhari of stalling peace talks, vows renewed attacks

The Niger Delta Avengers said on Friday that it had launched two simultaneous operations to restart its disruption of Nigeria’s oil and gas production this year. In a statement signed by its spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, and posted on its website, the group expressed its frustration with President Muhammadu Buhari’s “deaf”…

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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari administration plotting to break Nigerian law in award of $800million contract

The Muhammadu Buhari administration is scheming to grant special but illegal concession to an American power distribution company for the rehabilitation of high-voltage transmission lines across the country, in a deal that could breach the country’s extant procurement provisions, PREMIUM TIMES can report. This newspaper has obtained documents showing how…

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Fani-Kayode hails appointment of ex-wife by Ghanaian president-elect

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has hailed the appointment of his former wife by the president-elect of Ghana. Nana Akufo-Addo appointed Saratu Atta on Wednesday as a personal assistant to serve in his government which will be inaugurated on Saturday. "I am very happy for her," Mr. Fani-Kayode…

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Ghana’s president-elect appoints Fani-Kayode’s ex-wife

Ghanaian president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, has appointed Saratu Atta as a personal assistant as he ramps up activities ahead of his inauguration Saturday. Ms. Atta, 53, is a former wife of Nigerian politician, Femi Fani-Kayode. She has served as an executive aide to Mr. Akufo-Addo since 2009, a statement on the president-elect's website said Wednesday.…

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ANALYSIS: At House of Reps, turbulent year ends with few bills, many scandals

In its first full year, the 8th House of Representatives under Speaker Yakubu Dogara gave Nigerians very few reasons to be optimistic. While the chamber became bogged down by internal squabbles that stemmed from revelations of pervasive budget fraud, lawmakers also spent considerable time pushing some controversial bills. The budget…

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Boko Haram ‘not crushed’, Shekau says in new video

Less than a week after President Muhammadu Buhari announced the "final crushing" of Boko Haram, the leader of the terror group has released a new video saying the group remained alive. "We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere. And tactics and strategies cannot reveal our location…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Malabu $1.1 billion Scandal: You must prosecute Shell, Eni too, indicted Etete tells Nigerian govt

Dan Etete, a former Minister of Petroleum caught at the heart of the $1.1 billion Malabu Oil scandal, has accused the Nigerian government of leaving out Shell and Agip in the criminal charges it filed last week. Mr. Etete said the government erred in pursuing the case against him and others…

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Bauchi APC Crisis: Senator accuses Governor Abubakar of sponsoring fake anti-party posters

The lawmaker representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, Ali Wakil, on Wednesday accused the governor of the state, Mohammed Abubakar, of trying to embarrass him ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari's visit there. Both men are members of Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The president is due in Bauchi State on…

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Budget Padding Scandal: Why I returned to Nigeria – Abdulmumin Jibrin

Embattled federal lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who recently returned to Nigeria said on Wednesday that he returned to assist anti-corruption agencies in their investigations of the 2016 budget 'padding' scandal in the House of Representatives. The suspended lawmaker had been accused by a colleague, Herman Hembe, of sneaking into Nigeria from…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Malabu $1.1 billion Scandal: Ex-Nigerian oil minister, 12 others set for trial in Italy

A week after he was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja, Italian authorities have indicated their intention to file criminal charges against a former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, for his involvement in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal. The prosecutors filed the notice in a…