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1,048 people killed in 11 months in tanker, trailer crashes across Nigeria

At least 1,048 people were killed in 770 road crashes involving 4,365 tankers and trailers from January to November 2016, an official has said. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at an interactive session with stakeholders in the…

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Nigeria, others lost $16.3 trillion in 32 years to financial leakages, trade mis-invoicing – Report

A new report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has revealed how Nigeria and other developing countries lost about $16.3 trillion to leakages in the balance of payments, trade mis-invoicing, and recorded financial transfers between 1980 and 2012. The GFI, which is the Centre for Applied Research at the Norwegian School…

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DOWNLOAD: Full List of 8,500 successful candidates in 2016 police recruitment

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday released names of successful applicants for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force in the Federal Government’s 10,000 policemen recruitment programme. Download list of successful candidates below. 1) FULL LIST OF 500 GENERAL DUTY CADET ASPs AND CADET INSPECTORS 2) FULL LIST OF 500…

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Buhari to ‘present N7.3 trillion budget for 2017’

The federal government has proposed a budget of N7.28 trillion for the year 2017. The proposed budget represents an increase of ‎about 19.95 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation of N6.07 trillion. President Muhammadu Buhari is to present the budget on December 14 to a joint session of the National…

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Nuhu Ribadu’s statement “reckless and irresponsible”, Farida Waziri replies

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Farida Waziri, on Saturday reacted to claims by her predecessor, Nuhu Ribadu, that she was one of those Nigerians who frustrated the fight against corruption in the country. Presenting the lead paper at the 2016 Annual Lecture organised by the…

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Emir Sanusi blasts Buhari’s $30 billion borrowing plan

The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, on Friday condemned plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow $29,960 billion for the country. Mr. Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said it would be difficult for the loan to be granted because Nigeria has five exchange rates. He…

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Nigerian govt. to reimburse states with N522.7 billion over-deduction on foreign loans

The federal government on Friday unfolded modalities for the reimbursement to the 36 states of about N522.74 billion over-deduction on foreign loans. The amount is to be paid in batches, with the first batch of N153.01 billion currently being processed for release to 14 state governments. The debt service deductions…

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Why Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, was flown abroad

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, was flown to the UK for medical attention on Wednesdays after he began to have breathing difficulties. A source at the Presidential Villa told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Kyari was rushed to London on a British Airway flight on Wednesday…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Osinbajo condemns Nigeria’s quota system, insists on merit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has identified the importance of merit in giving reward and said that quota system was detrimental to the progress of any society. He said this in Abuja at the conferment of the Nigerian National Order of Merit, NNOM, on two professors, Omowunmi Sadiq, an environmental scientist,…

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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh loses presidential election

The President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has lost the country's presidential election to leading opposition candidate, Adama Barrow. Mr. Barrow scored 263,515 votes to defeat Mr. Jammeh  who scored 212,099 votes, the electoral commission chief said. The Gambia's minister of external affairs and the head of the police addressed…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Nigerian govt denies secretly sharing $4 billion Paris, London Club money

The federal government on Thursday denied‎ reports that it was secretly sharing over $4 billion, being refund of over-deduction from the federal and the 36 States as Paris and London Club debt repayments. ‎The Chairman of Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Dino Melaye, on Monday accused the Federal Government of sharing the money in…

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New U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria meets President Buhari

The new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, on Thursday presented his credentials to President Muhammadu Buhari. Ambassador Symington was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28 after his nomination by President Barack Obama. Mr. Symington was sworn in as the Ambassador to Nigeria on October 31. He…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Unremitted N450 billion: Defaulting govt agencies to face prosecution — Minister

Nigerian government agencies indicted by a federal audit, for failure to remit over N450 billion revenue into government coffers between 2010 and 2015, are to be reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for prosecution. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who said this on Thursday, said demand notices…

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Gambia blocks internet as voters elect president

Gambians on Thursday started lining up at polling stations to elect a president, in polls that for the first time pose a serious challenge to President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-rule. The former army colonel, who came to power during a 1994 military coup and rules the Islamic Republic with an iron…

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Tribunal to commence trial of ex- Akwa Ibom officials

The Code of Conduct Tribunal is to commence the trial of about 50 senior public officials in Akwa Ibom accused of breaching the code of conduct and ethics of their offices. The itinerary of the tribunal approved by the Chairman, Danladi Umar, a copy of which was obtained by PREMIUM…

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Nigerians living in communities liberated from Boko Haram suffering terribly — UN

The United Nations on Tuesday confirmed that at least 16 local governments initially occupied by the Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria have been liberated by Nigerian forces. The immediate past UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mohamed Safieldin, said he made on-the-spot assessment of some of the liberated local governments…

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Expensive malaria drugs are not better, experts warn Nigerians

A lack of political commitment by the federal and state governments is slowing down progress in the national fight against malaria even as Nigeria has made steady progress in reducing incidents of malaria deaths, the implementation partners of the Global Fund for Malaria programme have said. The partners also warned…

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How Nigeria can get out of recession — Minister

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, said on Tuesday in Abuja that massive investment in infrastructure is the surest way to get the country’s economy out of the current recession. Mr. Udoma, who was addressing the annual forum of laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit,…

Left to Right: The Chairman, Northern States Governors' Forum, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, President/Chief Executive Officer, ‎General Electric, Nigeria, Lazarus Angbazo;  General Electric's Senior Executive, Western Europe and Africa, Armand Pineda, the CEO, Northern Nigeria Global Economic Re-integration Programme, Tanimu Kurfi at the signing of MOU between General Electric and Northern Governors for the construction of five solar power plants in Borno, Niger, Kebbi, Nassarawa and Taraba States... which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Monday.

Northern governors, General Electric sign MOU for 5 power plants

The Northern States Governors' Forum and the General Electric ‎International, on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding, MOU, for the construction of five solar plants some parts of Northern Nigeria. The plants are expected to generate 500 megawatts of electricity. Chairman of the Northern States Governors' Forum, and Borno State…

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Tinubu speaks on Akeredolu’s victory in Ondo

A former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday congratulated Rotimi Akeredolu, the winner of the governorship election in Ondo State. Mr. Tinubu had been opposed to Mr. Akeredolu's emergence as candidate of their party, APC, alleging irregularities in the party's primaries. The former governor and his key supporters were…

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Boat conveying election materials capsizes in Ondo

Tragedy was narrowly averted in Ondo State on Sunday morning as a boat conveying election materials from Ese Odo local government area of the state hit a log and capsized, an official said. According to the INEC returning officer for the local government, election officials were travelling in three separate…

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EFCC releases billionaire businessman, Tunde Ayeni

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released billionaire businessman and lawyer, Tunde Ayeni, after detaining him for two days. Mr. Ayeni was freed Saturday morning after he and other officials of his bank, Aso Savings and Loans Plc, committed to paying up a controversial N1billion naira the former management…

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‘Arrested fake female Army officer not armed’

The Nigerian Army has said that a woman who was arrested wearing military uniforms, with a fake identity card, was travelling alone and was not carrying any improvised Explosive Device, IED. Rumours were rife on social media Friday that a fake female officer was arrested with two kids along Keffi/Abuja…

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OndoDecides: PDP accuses APC leader of campaigning during voting

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State violated election laws by campaigning during voting. The party said Tunji Light-Ariyo, a known chieftain of the APC, was recorded campaigning on behalf of and canvassing for votes for the APC…

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OndoDecides: Card readers malfunction as voting proceeds smoothly in most places

Although the Ondo gubernatorial election took off on an encouraging note in most polling centres across the state, reports of card reader failure appear to be slowing down the voting pace. INEC officials and voters arrived at polling units several minutes before the 8 a.m. start time for accreditation and…