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LETTER: Arik Airlines refusing to refund passenger for cancelled international flights

Dear Editor, I am a Nigerian citizen studying and resident with my family in the United Kingdom. I write to use your medium to let the management of Arik Airlines know the plight of passengers who paid for tickets to fly the airline before the cancellation of their long haul…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram suspects arrested in Ekiti, Nasarawa

The State Security Services, SSS, said it arrested a Boko Haram kingpin, Adenoyi Abdulsalam, in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on March 20. In a statement by a Tony Opuiyo, the SSS said that an Ak-47 rifle was recovered from the suspect who is currently undergoing investigation. Mr. Opuiyo added that…

Peter Breuning, one of the kidnapped Germans

Suspected kidnappers of two Germans arrested in Nigeria

Two suspects allegedly involved in the kidnap of two Germans in Kaduna State have been arrested. The State Security Services, SSS, in a statement said on Wednesday that it arrested Ibrahim Sule and Bello Shehu for their alleged roles in the kidnap. PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap of the two…

SSS operatives

Journalist raises alarm on his ‘SSS’ invitation

The publisher of an online news portal, 247ureports.com, Ikenna Ezenekwe, has said that he may be on the radar of Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Service, SSS. In a statement he issued on Wednesday, Mr. Ezenekwe said he received a call from an unknown person at about 3 p.m.…

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

PDP Crisis: Dickson submits reconciliation committee report to Makarfi

The chairman of the reconciliation committee of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Seriake Dickson, presented his committee's report to a factional chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi on Wednesday in Abuja. Mr. Dickson had earlier submitted the same report to the court-recognised chairman of the party, Ali Sheriff, at…

Buhari at NEC

Buhari approves new board members for Nigeria’s sovereign wealth agency

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the list of nominees into the reconstituted Board of Directors of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. The agency, which announced the approval on Wednesday in a statement in Abuja, said the list had earlier been approved by its Governing Council. The National Economic Council, NEC,…

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Investigate attack on Amnesty International, SERAP tells Buhari, Osinbajo

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to “urgently instruct appropriate authorities to promptly and thoroughly investigate apparently sponsored and coordinated attacks against Amnesty International Office in Nigeria, and ensure the safety and security of its staff.” A group of…

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Ethiopian officials want part of Dangote Cement given to unemployed youth

Regional officials in Ethiopia are demanding that foreign cement producers in the east African country, including Dangote Cement Plc, surrender control of some parts of their businesses to unemployed youth, Bloomberg reported Monday. Dangote Cement’s 2.5 million metric tons per annum plant in Ethiopia is facing protests by youth groups…

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To power its future, Africa needs ‘Wall of Money’

The hundreds of delegates pouring into the glittering Marriott Marquis hotel for this month’s Powering Africa Summit were experiencing a stark, if unstated, contrast. On a good day this year, Nigeria – the largest per capita of Africa’s 55 countries, produced enough electricity to operate around five ‘eco-friendly’ hotels, the size of…

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Nigeria asks UNICEF’s help to improve capacity of health extension workers

Nigeria has asked the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, for support in building capacity of health extension workers working at the primary health care centres in communities across the country. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, tabled the request on Monday during a meeting with officials of the…

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Electricity: How NNPC plans to generate 4,000 MW in 10 years – Official

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC on Monday disclosed it plans to generate about 4,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 10 years to boost the supply in the country. Data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on the current total power available to the 11 distribution companies as…

Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mining and Steel Development

Nigeria to commence invitation for bitumen exploration in June – Minister

Expression of interest by prospective investors in the country’s bitumen project would commence in June, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed. Speaking in Abeokuta during his tour of mining sites in Ogun State at the weekend, Mr. Fayemi said government was working with the consulting…

El Rufai and Buhari [Photo: Pulse.ng]

El-Rufai’s memo to Buhari: Senator wants Kaduna governor punished

Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to punish Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for allegedly leaking to reporters a memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Sani, who is the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, called for punitive measures in a…

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Man jailed six years for N7.8 million love scam

A 37-year-old internet fraudster, Akintunde Abiodun, was on Friday sentenced to six years in jail after the Lagos high Court sitting in Ikeja convicted him of forgery and stealing. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on January 23 arraigned Mr. Abiodun, a.k.a. Christopher Williams, before the court presided…

FILE PHOTO: Acting President Osinbajo speaking at the Niger Delta town-hall stakeholder's meeting in Rivers State. 13th Feb 2017. Photo: Novo Isioro.

Netherlands, UK, U.S., others seek involvement in Nigerian govt’s discussion with oil communities

The governments of six Western countries and the European Union have indicated their willingness to be involved in the ongoing discussion the federal government is having with oil producing communities. The governments of the Netherlands, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States through their embassy officials indicated this at…

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‎Former Enugu governor dumps PDP, says party is dead

A former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, on Friday confirmed that he had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Mr. Chime said the PDP is dead, according to a News Agency of Nigeria report. The PDP, Nigeria's largest opposition party governed the country for 16 years (1999 to 2015)…

FILE PHOTO: Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

Dasuki: Court knocks off EFCC witness

An FCT High Court, on Friday ordered the prosecution to list its witnesses in retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s case. The court also knocked off a prosecution witness for not being included on the witness list. The judge, Hussein Baba-Yusuf, gave the order after listening to Mr. Dasuki’s counsel, Joseph Daudu.…

President Muhammadu Buhari at his office

Buhari authorises release of more London-Paris refund money to governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to act with dispatch in releasing the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the states in order to ease their financial hardships. The president, who addressed…

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African football can’t be managed by bandits, says new CAF president

Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as head of the Confederation of African Football came to an end Thursday, after Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad beat him in CAF’s presidential election. Mr. Ahmad picked up 34 votes while Mr. Hayatou polled 20. “I’m not a candidate who will serve his personal interests,” Ahmad said…

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Nigeria sets benchmark for new oil industry projects

International oil companies and promoters of new deep-water projects in Nigeria must henceforth deliver Nigerian content milestones that would exceed in-country integration of floating, production, storage and offloading, FPSO, platforms by Total Nigeria’s Egina Deepwater project. The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, said the…

Capital oil

EXCLUSIVE: Capital Oil, NNPC officials in fresh 90 million litres petrol scandal

Two indigenous downstream petroleum firms are involved in a major scandal that could lead to the sack of three officials of Nigeria’s state oil firm, NNPC, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The scandal mainly involves Capital Oil, the firm of businessman, Ifeanyi Uba, and NNPC Retail Services, a subsidiary of the NNPC.…

Comptoller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hamid Ali, addressing the agency's personnel

Nigeria Customs suspends controversial vehicle duty policy

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the suspension of its new policy on payment of import duties on vehicles. Customs gave car owners one month to pay duties for their vehicles -- for those who had not done so-- vowing to prosecute defaulters. The plan sparked controversy as many Nigerians…

Hon. Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN(left), Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa(middle) and Chairman Transcorp Power Limited, Mr Tony Elumelu(right) during the Commissioning of  the 115 MW Gas Turbine 15 shortly before the 13th Monthly Meeting with Sectoral Participants in the Power Sector hosted by Transcorp Power Ltd in Ughelli, Delta State on Monday 13th, March 2017

Nigerian govt pledges to pay N59 billion electricity debt owned by ministries, military, others

The Federal Government has indicated its readiness to commence payment of all verified bills owed electricity distribution companies in the country for electricity supplied to federal ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, based on the on-going audit of the bills submitted by the electricity firms. The government’s decision is a fresh…

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Central Bank boosts forex supply with $195 million on Tuesday

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN on Tuesday, released about $195 million in its continued effort to sustain the supply of foreign exchange to the market. The latest release comprised of $150 million for the wholesale auction and $45 million in the invisible segment for such items as medical fees,…

EFCC Operatives

Jonathan’s ‘godson’ arrested for alleged N2 billion scam – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has arrested a former Special Adviser to Dan Abia, erstwhile Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for alleged corruption. The agency said on Tuesday that its operatives arrested George Turnah, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in connection with alleged…