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Senator Goje's house

What Nigeria Police found in Senator Goje’s home concerning Sheikh Ja’afar’s murder

The file the police said it found during a raid on the home of Senator Danjuma Goje regarding how a popular Islamic cleric, Ja'afar Adam, was murdered are actually media reports already in public domain, the senator's aide has told PREMIUM TIMES. The Nigerian Police had on Thursday said apart…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari absent from Friday Jumat prayer

President Muhammadu Buhari did not attend today’s congregational Friday prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque. Mr. Buhari has been observing the weekly prayer at the mosque located behind his office since his return from medical vacation in the UK. Staff of the Aso Villa also confirmed the president was indoors…

Pic19. From left: Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos; Simon Lalong of Pleatau; Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara; and Abubakar Bello of Niger, during the National Economic Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday (27/4/17). 
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JUST IN: Nigerian governors establish committee to probe nation’s Ecological Fund

The governors of Nigeria's 36 states have formed a committee to audit the country's Ecological Fund. The governors set up the committee as part of the resolution of the meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, which held on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja under Vice president Yemi Osinbajo.…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Again, Lai Mohammed explains Buhari’s absence at FEC meeting

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was absent at Wednesday's meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, because he was still resting. The president failed to preside over the weekly cabinet meeting for the second time in a row. The last FEC…

Babangida Aliyu [Photo: Pulse.ng]

Why court remanded ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu in prison custody

A Minna High Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, in prison custody. Mr. Aliyu is standing trial for alleged N4.568 billion fraud and abuse of office. Mr. Aliyu was docked alongside his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, on a six-count charge…

Babangida Aliyu

Court remands ex- Governor Babangida Aliyu in prison custody

The immediate past governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, is to be remanded in prison custody until May 4, a court has ruled. Justice Mohammed Mayaki of the Niger State High Court also ordered that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 election, Umar Nasko,…

The Punch Newspaper

Villa expulsion: Punch Newspapers demands apology from Buhari’s CSO, Presidency

Punch Newspapers has demanded for apology from the Chief Security Officer, CSO, to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar, over Monday's expulsion of its State House correspondent, Lekan Adetayo. Mr. Abubakar expelled Mr. Adetayo from the Villa allegedly over two articles regarding the state of health of President Buhari. The president's…

President Muhammadu Buhari at his office

Punch reporter recalled to Aso Villa

The State House correspondent of Punch Newspaper, Lekan Adetayo, who was earlier expelled from the Aso Rock Villa by the Chief Security Officer, CSO, to President Muhammadu Buhari, has been recalled. The recall was sequel to a clearance given to the spokespersons of the president, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu,…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s CSO did not consult before expelling Punch journalist – Femi Adesina

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JUST IN: Buhari’s CSO expels Punch Newspaper correspondent from Aso Villa

The Chief Security Officer, CSO, to President Muhammadu Buhari has expelled the correspondent of Punch Newspapers, Lekan Adetayo, from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mr. Adetayo, who confirmed the expulsion to PREMIUM TIMES Monday said it was because of a story about Mr. Buhari's ill health which was published…

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How police raid on Goje’s residence may delay passage of Budget 2017 – Official

Thursday’s raid on the residence of the chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, may affect the passage of the 2017 budget estimates, PREMIUM TIMES has been told. A special team of officers from the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday carried out a raid on the Asokoro residence of…

Senator Goje's house

EXCLUSIVE: Inside details of how police raided Senator Goje’s house, retrieved documents, millions of Naira

When police officers on Thursday raided the Abuja residence of the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe), they broke several doors and drawers as they fished for incriminating evidence. Findings by PREMIUM TIMES showed that Mr. Goje was in his office at the National Assembly working on…

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UPDATED: Violence in Benue as youth protest alleged killing by herdsmen

The police on Thursday said a reprisal attack by suspected herdsmen on Tse Igba Uke and Aliade villages in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue has left one person dead and many others injured. Moses Yamu, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident to the News…

Senator Goje's house

UPDATED: Why Nigeria Police raided Senator Goje’s home

Security operatives, believed to be from the police headquarters, on Thursday evening raided the Abuja home of Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The operation, which began after 5:00 p.m. was still ongoing as at 7:01 p.m. Our correspondents report that at least 12…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

Again, APC postpones National Caucus, NEC meetings

The governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has again postponed a meeting of the National Caucus and National Executive Committee, NEC, earlier scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2017 respectively. The postponement was announced Thursday by the spokesperson of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi in a statement. Mr. Abdullahi said, “the postponement…

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal  briefing State House Correspondents after leaving the Presidential Villa Abuja after the announcement of his suspension in Abuja on Wednesday (19/4/17).
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Osinbajo meets suspended SGF Lawal, NIA Director General evades journalists

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has met with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, barely an hour after the announcement of Mr. Lawal’s suspension from office. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the closed-door meeting is connected with the work of the Presidential Committee set up…

Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Buhari suspends SGF Babachir Lawal, DG NIA, Ayodele Oke

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE. The President has also directed the…

Osinbajo now 'Jagaba of Adamawa', as state names road after Buhari, Vice President

Osinbajo now ‘Jagaba of Adamawa’, as state names road after Buhari, Vice President

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was on Thursday conferred with the title of ‘Jagaba of Adamawa’ by the Lamido of Adamawa, Barkindo Mustafa. This was announced in Adamawa on Thursday by the Lamido after a courtesy visit by Mr. Osinbajo. The vice president was in Adamawa to inaugurate a newly…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Why Buhari was absent at weekly FEC meeting – Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari did not attend the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, because he was attending to "other issues", Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has said. The meeting, which held inside the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday was presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo…

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

Makarfi PDP faction condemns arrests of members, demands release of youth leader

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned what it calls "the untoward, unconstitutional and indiscriminate" arrests of its members and supporters nationwide. It said the arrests were often on phantom charges by the government of the All Progressive Congress, APC. A statement by the faction's…

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INVESTIGATION: How Jigawa Govt’s land grab for Chinese firm threatens livelihood of 150,000 citizens

The decision by the government of Jigawa State to hand over 12,000 hectares of land spread across four local government areas to a Chinese investor is threatening the livelihood of about 150,000 persons in the state. The 12,000 hectares are spread across Gagarawa, Taura, Suletankarkar and Garki local government areas…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2017 (Infograph): How Nigeria’s 36 states shared 95,000 slots

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has allocated a total of 95,000 seats to the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards/Agencies/Commissions, SPWB, the Armed Forces and the Private Tour Operators for the 2017 Hajj exercise. The 95,000 seats are an increase from the 76,000 overall seats that have been allocated to…

Meningitis vaccination [Photo Credit: communit.com]

Meningitis: Nigerian govt explains challenges, successes in dealing with outbreak

The Nigerian government on Wednesday explained some of the challenges it is facing in dealing with the meningitis outbreak across several states. The government listed some of the challenges to include “extremely expensive” drugs, new strain of bacteria and short shelf life of the drugs usable to treat the strange…

Ahmed Makarfi

Makarfi PDP faction asks Zamfara Governor to resign for attributing meningitis outbreak to God

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party has asked the governor of Zamfara State to resign over his comments, Tuesday, attributing the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in the country to God. The faction also said the “apathetic attitude of both the Zamfara State and Federal Government…

Itse Sagay, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption

Stop speaking against Senate, APC tells Itse Sagay, others

The governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, to exercise restraint and desist from making utterances that may be misconstrued as an attack on the institution of the National Assembly. The party, in a statement Wednesday, by its…