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Health worker kidnapped in Sokoto

A health worker, Bello Arzika, has been kidnapped in Sokoto, a union leader has said. Abdullahi Aliyu, the Chairman of Sokoto State Chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHUN, said on Monday that Mr. Arzika, an ex-official of the union, was kidnapped on Monday. "Arzika was…

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Sevilla end Real Madrid’s unbeaten run

Real Madrid's 40-match unbeaten run ended on Sunday as they lost away to Sevilla in the Spanish La Liga. Real scored first via a penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 67th minute. Sevilla equalised via a Sergio Ramos own goal in the 85th minute. Sevilla scored the winner in the…

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ECOWAS defence chiefs meet, prepare for military action in Gambia

The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, on Saturday hosted colleagues from other West African countries as ECOWAS steps up preparation for a possible military action in the Gambia. The meeting, held at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, was part of the preparation for the inauguration of an Ecowas…

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Mosque torched in U.S.

A mosque was badly burnt in the United States on Saturday, CNN reports. The police believe the fire was intentionally set. The mosque, the Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue, Washington, was empty at the time of the fire. "Crews were able to save half of the building," CNN affiliate…

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Nigeria needs more private universities – NUC

The Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, has said that the number of universities in Nigeria was too small given its population. He charged individuals and organisations to invest in education by establishing private universities. Delivering the convocation lecture of the Fountain University, Osogbo, Mr. Rasheed…

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Paris refund: Abia begins payment of salary arrears

The Abia state government on Thursday said it has begun disbursing the state’s share of N5.3 billion from the Paris Club refund for payment of arrears of workers' salaries. The State Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Umuahia. According to him, the decision…

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Badeh gave me money to build churches, mosques in his village – Witness

A prosecution witness on Thursday told the Federal High Court in Abuja that a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, gave his company N100 million to build churches and a mosque in Mr. Badeh’s village in Adamawa State. Mr. Badeh, a retired Air Chief Marshal, is being prosecuted by…

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Presidency clarifies Nigeria’s relationship with Taiwan

A day after Nigeria's foreign affairs minister said “Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges (from Nigeria)," the presidency clarified Nigeria's stance on the matter. Geoffrey Onyeama had at a news conference on Wednesday said “Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognised under…

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No ASUU strike soon as Nigerian govt properly handles controversial issues – Official

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Thursday gave an indication that there would be no strike by lecturers in the near future. The union declared satisfaction with how the federal government was handling some controversial issues that led to last November's warning strike. It also expressed confidence that…

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9 things to know about proposed Development Bank of Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Finance on Thursday confirmed the completion of the recruitment of the Executive Management team of the proposed Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN). The DBN was conceived in 2014, but its take-off had been fraught with delays. Here are nine things to know about the ban that…

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Development Bank of Nigeria completes first recruitment, set to take off

The Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed the completion of the recruitment of the Executive Management team of the proposed Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN). The bank has therefore formally applied for the issuance of its operational license from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is expected imminently, a…

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Gov. Ganduje slams Kwankwaso’s ‘fraudulent’ scholarship scheme

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said the overseas scholarship scheme of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, was a scam. Mr. Ganduje was the deputy governor to Mr. Kwankwaso. Both men have however been pulled apart by unresolved political differences. Mr. Ganduje said instead of following due process to secure…

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Lagos police rescues fleeing 14-year-old

A 14-year-old boy, Israel Solomon, who fled his parent’s home in Jos was on Monday intercepted and rescued by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police Command at Ojota, Lagos. Solomon, a Birom by tribe, was seen wandering Ojota Bus Stop, when the operatives decided to…

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Nigerian govt appoints firms to audit states’ utilisation of bailout funds

Six months after the federal government provided about N510 billion to states to enable them meet their financial obligations, private accounting firms have been hired to monitor the expenses. The federal government, in a statement by the Salisu Danbatta, a director in the finance ministry, said the audit firms will…

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Jammeh asks Buhari, others to postpone Gambia trip

At the instance of President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, the high level ECOWAS mediation mission led by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has pushed forward its visit to Banjul, the capital of Gambia, to Friday. President Buhari’s office disclosed this on Tuesday. In accepting to postpone the visit earlier planned…

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13 Boko Haram suspects arrested in Lagos, Kogi, others – SSS

The State Security Service, SSS, said on Tuesday that its operatives arrested 13 Boko Haram suspects in various parts of Nigerian including Lagos State. In a report by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the agency, the secret service said its operatives on January 10 in Oko Oba area of Lagos…

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Nigeria appoints audit firms to monitor finances of 35 states

The Federal Government has commenced independent review of State financial management by appointing eight reputable accounting firms including KPMG, Ernst & Young and PWC. The firms are to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the 22-point Fiscal Sustainability Plan which specified the conditions under which 35 State Governments in June…

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Buhari sacks official whose actions led to Adeboye’s exit as RCCG leader

The head of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRC, Jim Obazee, has been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Obazee's sack comes about 48 hours after implementation of his agency's law led to the exit of Nigeria's most influential Christian cleric, Enoch Adeboye. Mr. Adeboye resigned as the general…

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Ambode signs Lagos N812 billion budget into law

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday signed the N812.998 billion 2017 Appropriation Bill into Law, with a promise that it would be judiciously implemented to consolidate on the modest milestones recorded in the last 18 months and propel the State to a path of prosperity. The Governor, who…

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Gambia: Buhari hosts West African leaders

Less than two weeks to the day President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia was scheduled to hand over to President-elect Adama Barrrow, West African leaders will meet in Abuja for a meeting to ensure peaceful transition. Mr. Jammeh, who initially conceded defeat, has vowed to remain in office and has ignored…

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Pastor Adeboye predicts 12 ‘monster’ disasters in 2017 – SEE DETAILS

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has released his prophecy for 2017. Mr. Adeboye released the prophecy at the church's watchnight service shortly after midnight, January 1, at Redemption Camp, Lagos. PREMIUM TIMES became aware of the prophecy on Saturday. In the…

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Pastor Adeboye writes Redeemed Church pastors, explains new RCCG structure – SEE LETTER

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, has written to leaders of the church worldwide explaining his reason for stepping down as leader of the Nigerian branch of the church. In the letter, he also unveiled the new leadership structure for the church in Nigeria, explaining…

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Rivers people will not abandon dismissed policemen – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the government and people of the state will stand with the six policemen dismissed by the Police High Command last week. He called their dismissal “political” and said the officers committed no offence to have been punished. Mr. Wike said the Rivers…

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Probe panel asks ex-Bauchi Governor, Yuguda, to account for N213 billion

The committee set up to audit major contracts awarded by the administration of former governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State in Ministries, Agencies and Departments, MDAs, has asked the former governor to account for over N213 billion said to have been expended by his administration. Presenting the committee’s report to…

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Aisha Buhari denies reports linking her to abuse of privileges

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has denied a report linking her with the abuse of privileges at the Nigerian High Commission in London. In a statement by Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, her Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Buhari described the report as "baseless and mischievous." “It was not in the…