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Gabriel Suswam and his wife during the election in 2011

I did not beat my wife, ex-governor Suswam says

The immediate past governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, on Sunday denied either beating or having any quarrel with his wife as reported in some sections of the media. This is contained in a press statement signed by his aide, Joseph Tsavsar, and made available to the News Agency of…

Nigerian Army

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army mulls court-martial of more soldiers

Despite convicting dozens of soldiers in the past year to various punishment, including death. for crimes such as mutiny and indiscipline, the Nigerian Army says more soldiers could still be punished. The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said the Nigerian Army would continue to set up court-martial…

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Commercial operations commence at Maiduguri airport

The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, has said the just re-opened Maiduguri International Airport is now free for commercial operations. This is contained in a statement issued by FAAN's General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Yakubu Dati, in Lagos, on Sunday. The statement assured Nigerians…

Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos lawmakers defend Ambode’s delay in appointing commissioners

Some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have said that the delay by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to form his cabinet was for the general good of the state. The lawmakers said that the delay had not affected governance and projects executions across the state. According to lawmakers who…

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Nigeria Central Bank vows to punish foreign currency traffickers

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, says it will collaborate with relevant agencies to discipline anybody who is involved in foreign currency trafficking across Nigerian borders. The bank said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, signed by Ibrahim Mu’azu, the Director of Corporate Communications of the bank.…

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Nigeria should prepare for post Boko Haram – UN analyst

An analyst with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, on Sunday in Abuja advised Nigeria to prepare for the post-insurgency rebuilding of the North East, destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents. Matthew Alao, a UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst, told the News Agency of Nigeria that Nigeria was…

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

Chibok girls’ parents alert Nigerians on fraudsters

The parents of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on Sunday alerted the public on the activities of some fraudsters using their names to defraud Nigerians and corporate bodies. More than 200 students of the school were abducted by the Boko Haram on April 14, 2014,…

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How Yuguda left Bauchi in a mess – Governor Abubakar

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has said that his pronouncements on the “empty treasury” he inherited, were for the purpose of placing on record the situation he met on assuming office. He told heads of media establishments in Bauchi on Saturday night that he never intended ridiculing anybody, but…

Marylyn Ogar

New SSS chief reverses controversial promotion of Marilyn Ogar, others

The new Acting Director General of the Department of State Security, SSS, Lawal Daura, has ordered the reversal of all promotions approved by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan on the eve of his exit from office. Those who “enjoyed” the “hurried promotion”, seen then as gratification for services rendered to the Jonathan…

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APC Crisis: Kwara, Lagos chapters clash over Saraki

The crisis rocking Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, since the election of National Assembly leaders took a new turn on Saturday as the spokesperson of the Kwara State chapter of the party asked its Lagos chapter to caution its spokesperson. In a statement on Saturday, Sulyman Buhari, the Publicity…

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Gunmen storm Zamfara communities, kill 30

At least 30 people have been reported dead following fresh attacks by gunmen in Birnin-Magaji local government area of Zamfara, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Chairman of the council, Muhammad Gusami, said on Sunday that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages in the area. Mr.…

James Entwistle, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria. Image: American Embassy

U.S. is Nigeria’s best friend – American Ambassador

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, said on Saturday that the people of Nigeria have no better friend that the United States. Mr.Entwistle stated this in his remarks to mark the 239th Independence Anniversary of the U.S., which was commemorated at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja. He explained that…

Plateau governor, Lalong; Photo Credit: ChannelsTV

I inherited N104bn debt, N93m cash in Plateau, says Gov. Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state on Saturday said he inherited a cash balance of N93million and a debt profile of N104 billion from the immediate past administration of former Governor Jonah Jang. Mr. Lalong disclosed this at the 2015 graduation ceremony of Saint Louis College Jos. The governor stated…

Stephen Keshi

NFF sacks Keshi as Super Eagles coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has terminated the appointment of Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday said this decision was made, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and…

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EL-Rufai to speak on Nigeria’s oil fortune at 7th Wole Soyinka lecture

Nigeria and the oil fortune, or perhaps, misfortune, is the focus of the discussion at the Seventh Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series which holds Monday, July 13 in Abuja. The event is scheduled for 1p.m. at the Ladi Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari vows crackdown on political assassinations, violence

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassinations, intimidation and kidnappings, are thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators speedily brought to justice. A presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement Saturday. Mr. Adesina said the president gave the assurance while addressing…

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Buhari fires own Chief Security Officer

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday fired his Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani, and requested the State Security Service to redeploy him out of the presidential villa, sources in the presidential villa and the State Security Service have told PREMIUM TIMES. The presidency has yet to officially announce the development, but…

Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor

I inherited N90bn debt from predecessor, Suswam — Benue governor

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Saturday said that he inherited a debt burden of N90 billion from the immediate past administration in the state. Mr. Ortom succeeded Gabriel Suswam. Mr. Ortom, who disclosed this at an interactive session with newsmen in Makurdi, said the debt were for salary…

Nigerian army searching for missing Chibok school girls

Nigerian troops recover vehicle loaded with bomb

The Nigerian military on Saturday said a jeep full of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting cordon and search operations after suicide bomb attacks on Zabarmari Muna, near Maiduguri. The spokesperson for the military, Chris Olukolade, a major general, said the jeep, was recovered…

Willy Obiano, Anambra State Governor

Transfer of Boko Haram Suspects: Anambra governor assures residents of peaceful resolution

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has reassured that he is handling the recent "transfer" of Boko Haram suspects to Ekwulobia prisons in the state, with utmost seriousness. This is contained in a statement signed by James Eze, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, in Awka, on Saturday.…

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State APC Chairpersons pass vote of confidence on Buhari

State Chairmen of All Progressive Congress (APC) on Saturday in Abuja, passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, endorsing his leadership style. The spokesman of the 37 state chairmen of the APC, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Umar Doruwa, confirmed this development to State House correspondents in…

Akinwunmi Ambode

Cyber fraudsters impersonating me, Gov. Ambode raises alarm

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has alerted Nigerians on the activities of some unknown people he said are impersonating him through the social media to defraud the public. Mr. Ambode said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna on Friday. He said some unscrupulous characters…

Greece's Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis

Greece accuses lenders of terrorism

Greece's Finance Minister accused international creditors of "terrorism" in an interview on Saturday, a day before Greeks vote in a referendum that could decide their country's fate in the euro common currency. "What they are doing to Greece has a name: terrorism," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, was quoted as saying.…

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Lagos Govt. to assist mother of 3 sets of twins abandoned by husband

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has directed that Ruth Uche, the mother of three sets of twins abandoned by her husband, be assisted in raising the children. Mr. Ambode told his Deputy, Oluranti Adebule, that the rehabilitation and provision of welfare to the woman and her children should be…

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INVESTIGATION: How children from rich Nigerian families help finance Boko Haram

On Saturday, 4 October, 2013, Bauchi, capital of Bauchi State, was experiencing an unusually cold weather. At the Old GRA, a suburb of the city, Ismaila Gambo, a 21-year-old with a neatly trimmed beard got up at dawn and headed to a nearby mosque for his morning prayers. He wore…