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President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari under fire for recording Sallah message in Hausa

President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire after his office released an audio of the president greeting Nigerians in Hausa on Ed-el-Fitr, the Muslim celebration after the month-long Ramadan fast. Critics said addressing the nation in Hausa, a language not understood by millions of Nigerians, was divisive and capable of blighting ongoing…

Fire fighters battling to put out fire that gutted the House on the Rock Church building at Airport Road in Abuja on Sunday (25/6/17).
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House On The Rock inferno contained, firefighters to remain at scene — Official

Firefighters will remain at the site of a massive inferno that razed the Abuja branch of House On The Rock Church on Sunday, although the incident has been largely contained, officials told PREMIUM TIMES. Opetunsin Julius, Acting Comptroller of Federal Fire Service in Abuja, said firefighters put in serious efforts to…

enoch-adeboye

Why I still iron my wife’s clothes – Pastor Adeboye

Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, has advised men to be humble in their marriage. Mr. Adeboye said, despite his status, he still finds himself ironing his wife's clothes whenever he's allowed. "I still iron/press my wife's clothes when I'm allowed to," the preacher said…

Imam, Anwar-ue Islam movement of Nigeria, Alhaji Quasim Olapade, leads the prayer during Eid-el Fitr celebration in Ikorodu, Lagos on Sunday (25/6/17). 03514/25/6/2017/Babatude Atolagbe/HB/NAN

Eid-el-fitr: Aisha Buhari, Dogara, South-East governors, others felicitate with Nigerians

A host of top government functionaries and others have felicitated with Nigerians on this year's Eid-el-Fitr celebrations. Muslim faithful across the world marked the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday. The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; the…

Nigerian Senate

Senate attacks Fashola; explains Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan budget cuts

The Senate on Friday justified its decision to cut the budget of some major projects of the federal government in the 2017 Appropriation Act. The senate said projects like the Second Niger Bridge and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway were dropped from the budget because a counterpart funding arrangement for their construction had…

Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye asks court to stop recall process

The Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, on Friday launched a judicial bid to save his seat, a day after electoral officials notified him of an ongoing exercise to recall him. In an originating summons filed at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, Mr. Melaye said the process undertaking…

Abubakar Danladi

Why Supreme Court sacked Nigerian senator

The senator that was sacked on Friday was not the rightful candidate of his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Supreme Court ruled. The Supreme Court ordered Abubakar Danladi, representing Taraba North Senatorial District, to vacate his seat and refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days. The court…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Supreme Court shortlists 10 more lawyers for SAN award — FULL LIST

The Legal Practitioners Privilege Committee, LPPC, has shortlisted 10 more candidates to be considered for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, for 2017. In a public service announcement signed by Ahmed Saleh, the following 10 persons were cleared by an independent appeal panel in accordance with the guidelines…

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. [Photo credit: Nairaland]

Wike’s Information Commissioner resigns

Austin Tam-George, the Commissioner for Information in Rivers State, has resigned his position, PREMIUM TIMES can report. His resignation, which was communicated to Governor Nyesom Wike on Friday morning, takes effect immediately. He said he handed over to the Director of Administration, Ministry of Information. "I wish to resign my…

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle) and others during a Briefing of the Senate on the Planned Closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja Runway for Repairs at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, 17th January  2017.

Supreme Court sacks Nigerian senator

The Supreme Court has sacked Abubakar Danladi from the Nigerian Senate. Mr. Danladi represented Taraba North in the Senate. The apex court also ordered him to refund all salaries and allowances earned in the Senate within 90 days. Mr. Danladi was sacked by the Supreme Court on the same day…

Power Lines [Photo: energymixreport.com]

Residents groan as blackout hits major Abuja suburb

A massive power outage has thrown residents of major Abuja suburb of Lugbe into darkness, shutting streets lights, destroying perishables and paralysing businesses. Residents of the area lament they have not seen a flash of electric light since power supply was interrupted last week Thursday. The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company…

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

EXCLUSIVE: Dismissed Nigeria police commissioner identified

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, who was dismissed on Wednesday has been identified. The Police Service Commission announced the dismissal of four senior officers on Wednesday, without mentioning their names. Sources at the commission told PREMIUM TIMES that the dismissed ACP is Rasheed Ogungboye who was serving in Kano…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

El-Rufai reacts to allegations of drainage contract fraud

Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday responded to Sahara Reporters, after the website published Kaduna State documents that suggested a massive duplicity to the tune of N3 billion in award of contracts for urban drainage. A statement from the governor's office said the news media exaggerated the documents and attempted to…

Stella Oduah

N255 million bulletproof car scandal: EFCC to grill Stella Oduah

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has invited a senator from Anambra State, Stella Oduah, for questioning over the N255 million car purchase scandal. Ms. Oduah, a former Minister of Aviation, would be grilled about her role in the controversial purchase of bulletproof cars which ridiculed the government of…

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and wife, Judith Amaechi [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

Don’t make me speak about your wife, Amaechi tells Wike

A furious Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers to desist from denigrating his family, as a lingering political face-off between the duo grows even more vicious and personal. At the inspection of a dry inland port in Kaduna Tuesday, the minister said he had…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

EFCC tackles Nigerian newspaper owners, attacks Thisday’s Obaigbena

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday lashed out at the association of newspaper owners in the country, reprimanding them for allegedly deploying their "platform to pursue personal interests." In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency said the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN,…

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman,

Swiss bribery scandal: NPA threatens to cut ties with JV partners

The Nigerian Ports Authority has threatened to sever ties with its joint ventures partners unless they come clean on recently-uncovered allegations of corruption, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The threat was handed down at a meeting Thursday, as ports' management officials scrambled to contain the fallout of an audacious bribery scandal…

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Why Igbo traders observed stay-at-home order of IPOB, MASSOB — Gov. Okorocha

The Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has given two reasons he believes made traders across the South-East adhere to the stay-at-home order by IPOB and MASSOB, the two major separatist groups in the region. In a video posted on YouTube Wednesday, Mr. Okorocha tackled misconceptions that he said many Nigerians…

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and the Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West Senatorial District

Gov. Bello attacks Melaye, says Senator lacked ‘parental care’

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has attacked a senator from the state, Dino Melaye, saying the lawmaker was not properly nurtured into adulthood by his parent. The comment came Wednesday as a political feud between the two former allies deteriorates, following an outbreak of violence at a political rally in…

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman,

NPA speaks on indictment of agency’s former top officials for corruption in Switzerland

The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has expressed concerns over a recent PREMIUM TIMES report which detailed how some former top officials of the agency were indicted in Switzerland for alleged corruption. The Managing Director of the agency, Hadiza Bala Usman, said the report, apart from being "deeply embarrassing" to the…

Arrested kidnapper Evans

Police deny inserting broomsticks into ‘most wanted’ kidnapper’s penis

The police have denied reports that officers who arrested the "most wanted" kidnap kingpin last Saturday stuck broomsticks up his penis to spiritually disarm him. "The report is not true. It is unfounded. Nigerians should disregard it," police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said Monday. Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike, a 36-year-old native of Anambra…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke.

Malabu Scandal: EFCC vows to extradite Adoke, Nigeria’s former attorney general

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it is making all necessary arrangements to extradite a former attorney general of the federation and justice minister, Mohammed Adoke, to face charges of fraud. The counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja.…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Gov. Bello blames Melaye for deadly Kogi political rally

Governor Yahaya Bello said on Tuesday that the violence that erupted in Lokoja on Monday was instigated by his arch political rival, Dino Melaye. In a statement early Tuesday, Mr. Bello said the "unfortunate incident" was capable of reversing the state's “lofty strides” in security and economic development, promising to ensure that all promoters…

EFCC Operatives

Sun Newspapers reacts as EFCC operatives raid paper’s head office

The Sun Publishing Limited said on Monday that anti-graft officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, invaded its head office in Lagos, disrupting operation. The company, which publishes The Sun, Saturday Sun, Sunday Sun and other titles, said the development had more to do with suffocating free press…

Reno-Omokri

‎Jonathan’s former aide blasts Ango Abdullahi over comments on calls for Igbo exit

A former communication aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has dismissed a recent claim by the spokesperson of Northern Elders' Forum, Ango Abdullahi, who said Northern Nigeria provided the resources used to develop the southern part of the country pre-independence. In a Facebook statement Saturday, Mr. Omokri said crucial…