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Buhari yet to receive Peace Corps Bill – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive a clean copy of the Nigeria Peace Corps bill recently passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly. While the House of Representatives passed the bill on June 8, 2016, the Senate passed its own version on November 24, five months later.…

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Saudi Arabia restores Nigeria’s Hajj quota to 95,000

Nigeria’s slot for the 2017 Hajj has been restored to 95,000 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This declaration was made by the Saudi Minister of Hajj during a Ministerial Meeting between officials from the two countries on Wednesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom had in 2013 reduced Nigeria’s…

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Why we support Ndume’s removal as Senate Leader – APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has welcomed the development in the Nigerian Senate, which led to the replacement of the former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, with Ahmed Lawan. The party in a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, on Tuesday said it views the change in leadership “as concrete expression…

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Gambia: Buhari to lead ECOWAS delegation for another meeting with Jammeh

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will on Wednesday lead two other West African presidents and other citizens to meet with Gambia’s President, Yahaya Jammeh. The proposed meeting will hold less than a month after a similar meeting. Mr. Buhari in his capacity as mediator in chief will travel with his…

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PDP workers shun meeting with Sheriff

Staff of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have shunned an invitation for a meeting with a factional chairman of the party, Ali Sheriff. The staff, who met under the auspices of the PDP Staff Welfare Forum on Monday in Abuja, said they decided to shun the meeting with Mr. Sheriff…

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Adamawa attacks occurred despite my peace initiatives, Governor Jibrilla says

Governor Muhammad Jibrilla of Adamawa State has ordered security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the attack on Saturday in the state that led to the death of three mobile police officers. The governor also said the attack occurred despite peace initiatives by his administration to forestall it. The Adamawa…

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UPDATE: Niger Government declares 3-day mourning for late ex-Governor Kure

A former Governor of Niger State, Abdulkadir Kure, is dead. He died on Sunday at a German hospital where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Mr. Kure would have been 70 years old by February 26 this year. A friend of the family, resident in Abuja, confirmed to…

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Ex Niger Governor Abdulkadir Kure is dead

A former Governor of Niger State, Abdulkadir Kure, is dead. He died on Sunday at a German Hospital where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Mr. Kure would have been 61 years old by February 26, 2017. A friend of the family resident in Abuja confirmed to PREMIUM…

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Nigeria buys new aircraft from Russia

The Nigerian Airforce says it has acquired two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia to fight terrorists and criminal gangs. The Mi-35M is a rugged helicopter that offers round the clock combat use of guided and unguided weapons in regular and challenging climate conditions which is equipped with the latest navigation…

FROM LEFT: Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; and President Muhammadu Buhari at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (2/11/16) 
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Buhari joins Jonathan, Yar’Adua to violate Nigerian law on public procurement

Despite promises during the campaigns in the build up to the 2015 election, President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to inaugurate the National Council on Public Procurement, NCPP, as required by Nigerian law. The Public Procurement Act 2007 was signed into law by late President Umaru Yar'Adua on June 4, 2007. The…

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Why Buhari is silent on Southern Kaduna killings – Spokesperson

President Muhammadu Buhari is silent on the ongoing violence in southern part of Kaduna State because the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, is handling it, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has said. Mr. Adesina stated this Monday morning on Channels Television during its Sunrise Daily programme. At least six persons were killed…

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How Nigerians can make money, be protected in new whistle blowing policy – Finance Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has explained how its new policy on whistle blowing will work. The policy aims to encourage Nigerians to report financial and other related crimes to relevant authorities. The Government released a 19-point agenda of how the policy will operate, via a statement by the Ministry…

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Why some Nigerian civil servants have not received November salary – Finance Minister

The Nigerian government said staff of some federal agencies are yet to receive their salaries for November because the agencies have exhausted their budgetary allocations. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja. Some agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, have not…

FROM LEFT: Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; and President Muhammadu Buhari at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (2/11/16) 
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Expose corruption and make money as Nigerian Govt adopts new whistle blowing policy

The Federal Government has approved a new policy on whistle blowing that aims to encourage Nigerians to report financial and other related crimes to relevant authorities. The highlight of the policy is that whistleblowers whose revelations lead to recovery of money will be entitled to as much as 5 per…

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Gambian President-elect never threatened to prosecute Jammeh, other officials – Party leader

The President-elect of The Gambia never threatened to investigate or prosecute the outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, a party leader has said. The chieftain of The Gambia's coalition political party which defeated Mr. Jammeh also said the country has no fully constituted Supreme Court to hear the incumbent's petition against the…

New Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

EXCLUSIVE: How SSS submitted two contradictory reports on EFCC boss, Magu, to Senate

The State Security Service (SSS) sent two different and contradictory security reports to the Nigerian Senate on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. While both reports stated that Mr. Magu had some "integrity issues", they differed on the actions…

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Buhari orders investigation of Magu, SGF Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the investigation of top officials of his administration who have been accused of corruption. A short statement by Mr. Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, indicated the president's directive. "The attention of the presidency has been drawn to a number of reports in the media, in which…

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Nigerian Senate calls for removal, prosecution of SGF Babachir Lawal

The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend and ensure prosecution of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, over alleged breach of Nigeria's law in handling contracts awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE The Senate's resolution on Wednesday followed presentation of…

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‘Over 50’ killed, injured in Uyo Church building collapse

At least 50 people died or were seriously injured Saturday when a Church building collapsed in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, several witnesses say. The police has yet to give a figure hours after the incident occurred. A spokesperson told reporters who called in repeatedly that rescue efforts were ongoing and…

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Nigerian journalist, detained by SSS for writing ‘offensive’ story, granted bail

A magistrate court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, has granted bail to a Nigerian journalist arraigned by the State Security Service, SSS, for writing a story it allegedly considered offensive. Friday Ogungbemi spent a week in detention after he was arrested by the SSS. He was taken to the…

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Buhari swears in INEC Commissioners

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in the newly-appointed Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The swearing-in was conducted inside the Council chamber of the State House Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. The ceremony was done shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council. The…

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UPDATE: Kaduna to prosecute Shiite leader El-Zakzaki, but won’t prosecute culpable soldiers yet

One year after over 300 followers of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky were killed by soldiers, the cleric, himself, will be prosecuted, the Kaduna State Government has said. Mr. El-Zakzaky will not only be prosecuted for the actions that led to the death of his followers in December last year, but for "other…

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Kaduna Govt. labels Shiite IMN an “insurgent group”, vows to prosecute El-Zakzaky

The Kaduna State Government has officially labelled the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, an insurgent group. This is contained in a White Paper released by the state government on Monday in Kaduna. "For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as…

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APC rejects resignation of Legal Adviser Banire enmeshed in judicial scandal

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the offer to step aside by its National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire. An official of the party who declined to be named because he is not permitted to speak on the matter has confirmed to PREMIUM…

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Ribadu opens up, names Nigerians who ‘frustrated’ fight against corruption

Years after leaving office as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu has named some Nigerians he said tried their best to frustrate the nation’s fight against corruption. Mr. Ribadu spoke on Thursday when he presented the lead paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by…