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Edo Assembly Speaker impeached

The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, has been impeached. It is not immediately clear what led to the development, but senior state government officials confirmed it to PREMIUM TIMES at noon Monday. Over the past two months, speculation had flared that Mr. Okonoboh, who assumed…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Why EFCC is now reluctant to respond to tips from whistleblowers — Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has decried most of the tip-offs being passed to anti-graft detectives as leading to nowhere. He said such outcomes often put the EFCC in an awkward situation, and officials have become reluctant to responding to leads from the…

Bukola Saraki [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

Malala commends Saraki, Senate for key amendment to UBEC Act

Senate President Bukola Saraki and his colleagues on Friday earned commendation from Pakistani child education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, for a recent amendment to the Universal Basic Education Act 2004. The amendment seeks to guarante free basic primary and secondary education to every child in the country. It also hiked budgetary…

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Cybersecurity campaigners to crowdfund legal fees for British ‘WannaCry’ hero detained in U.S.

Cybersecurity campaigners have proposed a crowdfunding measure to help settle legal fees of a British hacker who was nabbed by the FBI on allegations of creating and distributing a malware that steals bank account details. Marcus Hutchins, 23, of Devon, England, was arrested by the FBI after attending the Def…

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Anambra: Gov. Obiano’s re-election bid under threat as factional crisis tears APGA apart

A lingering leadership friction in the All Progressives Grand Alliance could derail the re-election bid of Governor Willie Obiano in Anambra State, latest checks by PREMIUM TIMES have shown. The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed November 18 for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state. But several months of…

Acting SGF, Habibat Lawal [Photo: Vanguard]

Confusion as SGF withholds confirmation for Buhari’s nominee despite Senate confirmation

A female academic who was confirmed Resident Electoral Commissioner-designate by the Nigerian Senate has been plunged into a state of apprehension after the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation withheld her appointment letter without explanation. Asmau Maikudi, Katsina State nominee, was amongst eight candidates confirmed by…

Nigerian Senate

N30 trillion revenue probe: After closed-door meeting, Senate says some firms admit wrongdoing

The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport probing alleged sharp practices by Nigerian companies in the maritime sector said on Wednesday that some firms caught in the scandal had admitted wrongdoing. However, Hope Uzodinma, chairman of the committee who made the disclosure to reporters, withheld…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Senator condemns police attack on journalist

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on Tuesday condemned a police assault on a journalist working with one of his media outlets. Uyi Amadin, a reporter with Silverbird Television, was brutalised by officers who cracked down on a group of anti-Buhari protesters on Tuesday afternoon PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the attack on Mr.…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Why we attacked anti-Buhari protesters – Police

The police on Tuesday gave reasons why officers attacked participants at a rally protesting President Muhammadu Buhari's indefinite medical vacation in London. An entertainer and rights activist, Charlie Boy, and Uyi Amadin, a security correspondent with Silverbird Television, as well as his cameraman, sustained injuries during the clampdown, PREMIUM TIMES…

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

President Zuma survives as ‘vote of no confidence’ fails

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday survived another no-confidence vote. A total of 384 parliamentarians voted; with less than half, 177, supporting the vote of no confidence. More than half of the voters, 198, opposed the motion while nine lawmakers abstained. The voting shows that the anti-Zuma coalition got…

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

LIVE UPDATES: South Africa’s Zuma faces no-confidence vote in parliament

President Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote by secret ballot in South African Parliament on Tuesday, as opponents express confidence that lawmakers in his African National Congress, ANC, could vote to oust him from office. Mr. Zuma, who assumed office in 2009, has faced heavy backlash for alleged corruption and economic mismanagement. He'd defeated…

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While Nigerians groan under recession, lawmakers buy N6.1 billion cars

The House of Representatives said about N6.1 billion had been earmarked for new Peugeot 508 cars that will be distributed to all the 360 members. The House spokesperson, Abdulrazak Namdas, told reporters that 200 lawmakers have taken deliveries of their cars within the last few months, at the cost of…

President Muhammadu Buhari during the  Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

Buhari supporters launch campaign for ailing president’s 2019 re-election bid

Some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated what they described as the South-West office of Buhari Campaign Organisation in Ibadan. The supporters also named new coordinators for the organisation in the region, some of whom vowed to campaign for the president even if he remains unfit to hit…

Nnamdi Kanu speaking in Abakaliki

Quit notice: Hausa, Igbo leaders’ peace talks postponed

A peace committee of Hausa and Igbo leaders on Monday suspended sitting for another 10 days to allow for more consultations. The bi-partisan committee was set up on August 4 to proffer solution to growing tribal tentions sparked by a quit notice to Igbo people in the North has postponed.…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Presidency asks Nigerians to ignore those protesting Buhari’s absence

The presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore calls for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to return to work or resign his position. Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, said activists who took to the street to protest Mr. Buhari's prolonged absence have a right to do so, but that they "overstepped their…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Group begins sit-out in Abuja, London over Buhari’s absence

A coalition of civil society groups on Monday commenced demonstrations in Abuja and London to demand an end to President Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence from office. In Abuja, protesters, which include entertainer Charley Boy, vowed to camp at Unity Fountain; while those protesting in London stayed briefly outside the Abuja House. Those…

Omoyele Sowore

How Saraki fraudulently obtained court order freezing Sahara Reporters account – Sowore

The publisher of the online medium, Sahara Reporters, has vowed to challenge an order of a Kwara State High Court which blocked bank accounts linked to him last month. Omoyele Sowore said the July 25 garnishee order in Ilorin, the state capital, was "fraudulently procured" by the Senate President, Bukola…

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How to end poverty, illiteracy, other crisis in Northern Nigeria — Sultan, Onaiyekan, Jega, others

High profile persons from Northern Nigeria have expressed worry about how the dismal state of the region has weighed heavily on the overall tribulation of Nigeria as a nation. Eleven leaders associated with the Senior Working Group signed a statement, titled: ‘For the Wellbeing of Nigerians,’ which highlighted immediate crises…

Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17).
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‎Peace Corps speaks: We only ‘lobbied senators’, we didn’t bribe them

The promoters of Nigerian Peace Corps have said they carried out 'intense lobbying' of lawmakers before they rammed through a bill that seeks to upgrade their non-governmental organisation into a federal law enforcement agency. PREMIUM TIMES reported Saturday that members of the Peace Corps, led by its national commandant, Dickson Akoh, bribed lawmakers…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian law contributes to abject poverty in Niger Delta communities despite decades of oil wealth

Shortly before sunset on a Saturday earlier this year, relatives of Golubini Okoromadu gathered outside her house in Oporoza village, in the Gbaramatu Kingdom to share out her properties. She had passed on five days before on January 9 as a septuagenarian. And tradition in the Ijaw-dominated town dictated that a deceased’s possessions must…

Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17).
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EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian senators took bribes to pass Peace Corps Bill

To pass the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, senators received kickbacks in form of job slots and cash reward from the promoters of the proposed paramilitary organisation, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Scores of senators received at least seven employment slots each to back the bill, which was passed to, amongst other…

Nigerian Senate

ANALYSIS: Constitutional Amendment: Nine key areas Senate, House of Reps disagree

Members of the House of Representatives disagreed with their Senate counterparts on nine issues when they picked up key elements of the constitution for amendments Thursday. The Senate held a similar exercise on Wednesday when about 97 senators took decisions to amend up to 33 laws in the Constitution. Those amendments were picked up…

Nigerian Senate

ANALYSIS: The 33 major amendments the Senate considered for Nigerian Constitution

The Nigerian Senate voted to amend some key elements of the country's Constitution Wednesday, amidst growing complaints by some citizens that the document has become increasingly unworkable. The chamber voted on financial autonomy to local government areas, independent candidacy, restriction of executive offices to one term, affirmative action for women, amongst…

Joachim Iroko [Photo Credit: olofofogist.com]

Jubilation as court frees man who named dog Buhari

A Chief Magistrate's Court in Sango-Otta on Tuesday dismissed charges filed against a resident of the Ogun State community for naming his dog 'Buhari.' The magistrate, O.O. Adebo, said the prosecution failed to substantiate its case against Joachim Iroko, consequently striking out all charges preferred against him. Mr. Iroko's lawyer…

Nigerian Army

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army promotes 468 officers — FULL LIST

The Nigerian Army has promoted 468 lieutenants to captain, PREMIUM TIMES can report. An Army circular exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, elevated the officers on July 19 following earlier approval by the Nigerian Army Council. The promotions will take effect from June…