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Nigerian Army recovers large arms cache in Southern Kaduna

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it recovered a large cache of arms in Southern Kaduna during its ongoing operation to stem the crisis in the area. Hundreds of people have been killed in Southern Kaduna in the past year in clashes minaly between migrating herdsmen and host farming…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

UTME: JAMB fumes as ‘powerful’ registration fraudsters are arrested

Five people have been arrested by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for various alleged registration infractions in the ongoing 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to be conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB). The suspected fraudsters were arrested in Oyo, Ogun and Borno States by…

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ANALYSIS: Yoruba Films and the Reign of Mediocrity, By Adegbenro Adebanjo

I first watched Ti Oluwa ni Ile in the early 90's and I've watched it( the part 1) for over 10 times. I could watch Kosegbe and Saworo ide and Oleku again and again. All the films are classics from the stable of the inimmitable Tunde Kelani. But watching a…

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode

Lagos to begin construction of three new ‘ultra-modern’ General Hospitals – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said plans are underway to commence construction of three new ultra-modern general hospitals in the state this year to improve healthcare delivery in the state. Governor Ambode, who spoke at the second quarterly Town Hall Meeting for the year and seventh in…

Kirikiri

Amnesty International advises Lagos govt against executing death row inmates

The Nigerian authorities must immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, Amnesty International said Friday amid reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. This follows a statement by Adeniji Kazeem, the Attorney…

Dipo Famakinwa [Photo Credit: dawncommission.org]

ARG, Aregbesola mourn Famakinwa

The Afenifere Renewal Group on Friday mourned the passing of one of its key members, Dipo Famakinwa, the pioneer Director-General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, Commission. In a statement jointly signed by its chairman, Olawale Oshun, and secretary, Ayo Afolabi, the ARG described Mr. Famakinwa’s death as a…

Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal leaving the Presidential Villa Abuja after the announcement of his suspension in Abuja on Wednesday (19/4/17).
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Aftermath Lawal’s suspension, Nigerian govt postpones annual retreat of SGF, SSGs indefinitely

Two days after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, was suspended, a retreat involving his office has been cancelled. Mr. Lawal was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday following Senate findings that he violated public service rules by chairing a company which got a grass-cutting…

Dipo Famakinwa [Photo Credit: dawncommission.org]

DAWN Commission Director General, Dipo Famakinwa, is dead

The Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, Commission, Dipo Famakinwa, is dead. Multiple sources close to Mr. Famakinwa confirmed his death to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday morning. Mr. Famakinwa’s organisation was responsible for designing and implementing the blueprint for better integration and governance of the six…

EFCC Operatives

Top Nigerian politician in trouble as EFCC uncovers N6billion in bank accounts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is considering declaring a former Commissioner of Local Government in Niger State, Kantigi Liman, wanted after a further N2billion was traced to his United Bank for Africa account by the agency. An EFCC insider told PREMIUM TIMES the discovery brings to N6 billion funds…

Osita Okechukwu

VON Director General hails Ebonyi governor over statement on 2019 presidential poll

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has hailed the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, for indicating that he and his supporters would not vote along party lines in the 2019 presidential election. Mr. Umahi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, had on Tuesday in Abakaliki,…

Nigerian journalists used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: icirnigeria.org]

Investigative journalists tasked to deepen fight for public accountability

Fifty reporters and editors in the West African sub-region who gathered to meet for a one-week training programme, Tuesday, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, received kudos from leading global experts on corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism, and organised crimes who told them how central investigative reporting is to their work. The sub-regional…

President Tayyip Erdogan 

Facts on Turkey

While Buhari praises Turkish referendum, EU calls for “transparent investigations”

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday felicitated with the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country's referendum on Monday. Mr. Buhari congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the “foresight and maturity of leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of…

Obafemi Awolowo University

US doctors arrive Nigeria to provide free services

A team of doctors from the United States of America are arriving the country this weekend for a medical mission at Ile Ife, Osun State. The 20-man collaborative team of physicians, surgeons and medical support staff is made up mostly of alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, formally University of…

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Why I was stoned by my constituents – Senator

The senator, who alongside other public officials, was stoned by irate protesters in his constituency has given reasons for the Saturday incident. Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina south) blamed his political opponents for the disruption of Saturday’s All Progressives Congress, APC, rally in Funtua. Amiru Tukur, the member representing Bakori/Danja federal…

American University of Nigeria, AUN main gate

AUN students sensitise girls against being used for suicide bombing

To help challenge the increasing cases of young female suicide bombers in the country, students of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) under the auspices of Women Against Violent Extremism (WAVE) last Wednesday organized a security sensitization workshop for 150 young girls in Yola. The workshop, led by security and…

Gov. El Rufai in Southern Kaduna (Photo Credit: Governor's Office, Kaduna)

Gunmen attack Southern Kaduna community as El-Rufai launches operation to end violence

An attack has occurred in Asso community, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The details of the attack are unclear, but the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, condemned the attack in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan. The attack on Asso is believed to be…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido [Photo Credit: Channels TV]

Kano indigenes disagree on Emir Sanusi’s public comments on Islamic, family issues

Some indigenes of Kano State have reacted to some statements by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, with some describing them as critical and inflammatory comments on religious and family issues. Mr. Sanusi, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, recently called for the regulation of marriage…

James Ibori

Despite stealing $250million from his people, Ibori says he believes in “justice, equity, fairness”

Despite just getting out of jail for stealing at least $250 million from the coffers of his oil-rich Delta State, former Governor James Ibori has described himself as a man who believed in justice, equity and fairness. Speaking Saturday when he received a delegation from a socio-cultural group, Ndi Anioma,…

Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Meningitis: Zamfara governor replies Emir Sanusi, says ‘practise what you preach’

The governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has tackled the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for criticising his response to the outbreak of meningitis in several northern states. Mr. Yari, whose state has been worst hit by the epidemic, with over 200 people killed, had told journalists that Nigerians were…

N13Billion Ikoyi money

EXCLUSIVE: Untold Story of the N13billion recovered from Ikoyi, Lagos apartment

The $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos was a discreet allocation released to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for major but covert security projects, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The total value of the money at the Central…

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed, Joan Okorodudu win African award

The new United Nations Deputy Secretary and immediate past Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, was on Thursday named the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office. Mrs. Mohammed was named in the New African Woman magazine’s award ceremony held in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday. Prior to her new post,…

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Another three police officers killed in Lagos, four civilians kidnapped

Four days after three four police officers and an army captain were killed by armed persons in Lagos, another three police officers have been killed in a different Lagos community. The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the killing of three of its officers and two community leaders by…

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM 
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UPDATED: Buhari restates commitment to free Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reassured Nigerians that his administration would do everything necessary to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. It will be exactly three years, on Friday, since over 270 ‎girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Secondary School in Borno by the Boko Haram. About 195…

N13Billion Ikoyi money

‎Whistle-blower: EFCC uncovers over N13 billion cash in local, foreign currencies in Lagos apartment

The whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government appears to be paying off as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday announced that it uncovered foreign currencies and Naira notes to the tune of $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million at a four-bedroom apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos. The total…

Panama Papers

Atiku, El-Rufai, Olojede, Shettima, others praise PREMIUM TIMES over Panama Papers Pulitzer Prize win

Congratulatory messages have poured into PREMIUM TIMES offices in Nigeria and the United States over the Pulitzer Prize awarded the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its partners, including this medium, for the groundbreaking reporting on Panama Papers. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; and…