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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

INTERVIEW: How we spent N3 billion on 2016 Hajj – Kano Governor

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the state spent over N3 billion on this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia by Muslims from the state. Mr. Ganduje said the expenditure covered subsidy on accommodation and medication of the state's pilgrims in the exercise, and sponsorship of officials and medical…

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Detained Nigerian blogger to spend at least 7 nights in jail

The Nigerian blogger who was arrested by the police on Monday may not be released till next week, the police indicated on Friday. Jamil Mabai, a blogger based in the Northwestern state of Katsina, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday in Kaduna. The Magistrate Court…

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Nigerian blogger detained for five days

A Nigerian blogger on Thursday spent his fourth night in detention for writing a controversial blog post. Jamil Mabai, a blogger based in the Northwestern state of Katsina, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday in Kaduna. The blogger is a known critic of the Katsina…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE BOARDING

Hajj: Nigeria promises better accommodation for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Nigeria’s Charge d'Affairs in Saudi Arabia, Salisu Umar, and Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, have assured Nigerian pilgrims they will secure accommodation for them close to the Jamarat, where the symbolic stoning of the devil takes place. Nigerian Pilgrims had always been accommodated in Tent…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE BOARDING

Nigeria to stop some govt officials from performing Hajj

Nigerian government officials responsible for assisting pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia may be stopped from performing the rites, a government representative said Sunday. The chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, told journalists at the plains of Arafat in Saudi Arabia that officiating…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE BOARDING

Hajj 2016: Nigerian pilgrims to return from September 17

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has said that it has completed arrangements to begin the airlift of Nigerian pilgrims from Saudi Arabia on September 17. Speaking at a pre-Arafat meeting in Makkah on Friday, the Commissioner in charge of Operations at the commission, Abdullahi Saleh, said the return…

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Hajj 2016: Saudi Arabia threatens to prosecute Nigerian pilgrims, others who disobey rules

The Saudi Arabian government has said that any pilgrim who violates the schedule put in place for the stoning of the devil ritual at Jamarat will be arrested and prosecuted. The government is putting measures to avoid the kind of stampede that happened last year at Mina, which led to…

NIGERIA MUSLIM PILGRIMS

Hajj 2016: Keen to avoid 2015 disaster, Saudi, Nigeria adopt new measures for pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj have adopted new measures to simplify the annual ritual and secure pilgrims. Over 2000 pilgrims died last year following a stampede on their way the Jamarat for the symbolic stoning of the devil. About10 per cent…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

APC inaugurates Gombe caretaker committee

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday inaugurated the newly-appointed Caretaker Officers for the Gombe State Chapter of the Party. The inaugurated Caretaker Officers are: Lawan Shetima – State Chairman; Bala Jibrin – State Deputy Chairman; Sule Yakubu – State Secretary and Joseph William…

Ali Modu Sherriff PDP

PDP Crisis: Sheriff faction rejects Walid Jibrin as BoT chairman

The Ali Sheriff faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected Walid Jibrin as chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the party, saying his tenure had elapsed. Mr. Jibrin had on Monday chaired a meeting of the BoT in Abuja in which a vote of confidence was passed…

Governor Nyesom Wike speaking at the closed door meeting

PDP BoT wants Wike sacked, next convention moved to Abuja

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker Committee to form a new national convention planning committee and to hold the next convention of the party in Abuja. The previous stalemated national conventions of the party were held in Port…

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Senator Sani asks Nigerians to speak up, rise up against kidnappers

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Nigerian Senate, Shehu Sani, has condemned the kidnap of Kaduna lawmaker, Ibrahim Samaila. Mr. Sani said the “kidnappers represent an evil and tyrannical force who threatens our lives, liberty and livelihood in the north today”. Some unknown gunmen on Tuesday, abducted Mr. Samaila,…

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Hajj 2016: Saudi govt imposes 12-hour ban on grouping of pilgrims for stone-throwing ritual

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Haj and Umrah has announced a 12-hour ban on grouping of regular pilgrims from their tents in Mina to the Jamarat area, to throw pebbles at the pillars symbolizing Satan during the three days of the ritual from Dhul Hijjah 10-12 (Sept. 11-13). The ministry…

Oby Ezekwesili

Tribune Newspaper apologises to Ezekwesili over “Buhari’s sack” report

The management of African Newspapers of Nigeria, publishers of the Tribune stable, has apologized to a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, over a report claiming Mrs. Ezekwesili said President Muhammadu Buhari did not deserve his position. The Sunday Tribune had reported that Mrs. Ezekwesili said Mr. Buhari did not…

Yakubu Gowon

Gowon meets Buhari over Chibok girls, economy

Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Tuesday, said he went to inform the president about his trip abroad, to also discuss other matters affecting the nation. Speaking shortly after emerging from a closed-door meeting with the president, Mr. Gowon, who…

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How Zamfara ‘blasphemy’ mob killings occurred

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained further details of the killings in the Talata Marafa town of Zamfara State, where eight residents were burnt to death by a mob suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic. The details emerged just as President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings and promised justice for…

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Buhari condemns Zamfara ‘blasphemy’ killings, pledges justice

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of at eight persons in Zamfara State on the allegation of “blasphemy”. A mob, suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, on Monday descended on a man they accused of blaspheming the Prophet of Islam. They later set those who tried to…

President Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrives Nigeria’s presidential villa

The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, has arrived the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, and top government officials. Mr. Kerry's motorcade arrived the villa at about 3pm and was received by Mr. Buhari's State Chief of Protocol, Lawal Kazaure. Reporters were…

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PDP leaders in closed door meeting, may postpone convention

The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are currently meeting to consider postponing the party's national convention by another three months. A meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of Nigeria's main opposition party was holding inside the Government House, Port Harcourt, at the time of this report. Before…

Kabir Usman

Court ruling against PDP convention ‘ineffective’ – Party member

A Peoples Democratic Party member contesting as the party’s next spokesperson, Kabir Usman, has said that an order given by an Abuja Federal High Court suspending the party's national convention is “ineffective”. Justice Okon Abang of the court had on Monday granted an interim order suspending the August 17 national…

Sen.-Ahmed-Makarfi

90 aspirants vie for 22 PDP national executive positions

As the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gets set to elect a new set of leaders, 90 persons have so far signified their intention to run for various offices. The party is expected to hold a repeat National Convention in Port Harcourt on Wednesday where 22 positions…

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PDP Election: Zoning can’t stop me — Dokpesi

One of the aspirants for the office of national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Raymond Dokpesi, was on Monday successfully screened to contest for the position at the party’s convention scheduled for Wednesday in Port Harcourt. A statement by his media aide, Omor Bazuaye, said Mr. Dokpesi went…

Ahmed Makarfi
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Makarfi PDP faction says national convention to go ahead despite court order

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to Monday’s order by a Federal High Court Abuja blocking its forthcoming national convention slated for Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Justice Okon Abang had granted an interim order suspending the August 17 convention pending the determination…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE BOARDING

Hajj 2016: Nigeria airlifts 20,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in one week

A week after the commencement of 2016 Hajj airlift in Nigeria, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has announced the airlift of about 20,000 Nigerian pilgrims to the Holy Land. The Commission on Sunday said already, the first batch of Zamfara state contingents are preparing to leave Medina for…

MUSLIM PILGRIMS FROM GOMBE STATE BOARDING

Hajj 2016: Over 9000 Pilgrims airlifted to Saudi Arabia so far

A total of 9,269 Nigerian pilgrims have landed in Saudi Arabia out of the expected figure of 59, 647 visa application acquired so far for this year's Hajj. The summary of the airlift of pilgrims as at Friday afternoon showed that airlift operations commenced in seven departure centres - Lagos,…