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William Olorunfemi Adeduro

Nigeria’s unity should not be compromised – Octogenarian

My name is William Olorunfemi Adeduro. Welcome to my greatest day of joy so far. Thank you for coming to celebrate God for lavishing His love on me for eighty eventful years. By the grace of God, I am 4,171 weeks and 4 days old today. I have lived with…

FILE PHOTO: Refuse dump

Lagos warns against indiscriminate dumping of refuse

The Lagos State government has issued a stern warning to residents dumping their refuse indiscriminately on the streets and dredgers sand-filling wetlands to desist from such acts or face the law. Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for Environment, stated this on Friday during a programme on Channels Television. According to Mr.…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Dictatorship, anarchy looms in Kogi, NLC warns; seeks FG’s intervention

The crisis in Kogi State could lead to anarchy and weaken democratic institutions, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC said on Friday. The NLC, in a statement by its president, Ayuba Wabba, also called on the federal government to intervene in crisis in the state. The foremost labour union lamented the apparently…

Nigerian Senate

UPDATED: Senate orders arrest of CEOs of Glo, Indomie, BATN, 27 others

The Senate has ordered the arrest of the chief executive officers of 30 companies for allegedly failing to appear before it, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The companies are alleged to have been involved in the N30 trillion-revenue believed to have been lost by the country in its maritime…

Participants, facilitators and mentor of LASU Campus Journalism Clinic

Premium Times Centre trains campus journalists, launches reporter app

In the last two months, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) team has been on the road training campus journalists across Nigerian universities. The train started at the Bayero University Kano as the Centre launched the Campus Reporter website as part of its programme to support evidence-based campus…

High court

Lagos arraigns 28 adults, 12 minors for alleged homosexuality

The Lagos State Government on Thursday arraigned 28 adults and 12 minors before a Magistrate Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality contrary to the laws of the land. The minors were arraigned before Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court, while the adults were arraigned before Yaba Magistrate Court. The defendants, who are all…

NIPOST Logistics

Nigeria adopts new postal system to improve delivery service to homes

Preparatory to the take-off of the electronic commerce system in the country, the Nigeria Post & Telecommunications service, NIPOST, says it was adopting a system that would improve the delivery of its services. The “what3words address” is an innovative global addressing system designed to help the postal service increase the…

Former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Garba Muhammad-Gadi. [Photo Credit: Guardian Newspaper]

Ex-Bauchi State Deputy Gov. Muhammad-Gadi dies at 70

A former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Garba Muhammad-Gadi, has died at the age of 70 years, a family source said on Tuesday. A close relative to the deceased, Abdurrahman Nuhu-Bayero, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Zaria that Muhammad-Gadi died in an India hospital on Tuesday. He said…

PIX 2312

Inland Waterways: Lagos gives boat operators, dredgers seven-day ultimatum to comply with laws

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday issued a seven-day ultimatum to boat operators, dredgers and stakeholders in the inland waterways sector to comply with laws, rules and guidelines concerning their operations or face stiff sanctions. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the state government said it was ready to enforce…

Scene of an accident

15 people died in Nigeria daily in road accidents between January and June – NBS

No fewer than 2, 673 people died in road accidents in Nigeria between January and June, according to National Bureau of Statistics, NBS. This implies an average of 15 people died each day in the first six months of 2017 in road accidents across the country. The NBS Road Transport…

Oba Rilwon Akiolu

Be careful, Oba of Lagos warns Senate

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has warned the Senate against attack from "angry and hungry" Nigerians. The monarch spoke when he hosted the Minister for Health, Isaac Adewole, in his palace on Monday. "There is still room for improvement and I appeal to them to do what Nigerians want…

From Left:  Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman, Troyka Group; Oba (Dr) Sikiru K Adetona CFR, The Awujale of Ijebuland, and Dr Segun Oshin, Pro Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University during the World Press Conference on the endowment of a professorial chair in governance at the University held at the Oba’s Palace, Ijebu-Ode, March 4, 2016

Awujale speaks: Ignore rumours, I am alive

The Awujale of Ijebuland in Ogun State, Sikiru Adetona, is alive, hale and hearty, contrary to widespread rumours about his demise. The 83-year old monarch, who is spending his 57th year on the throne was reported to have died by some bloggers and websites. But it was all fake news.…

A Nigerian Prison

Ogun lifts moratorium on death penalty

Ogun State has approved the lifting of a moratorium on cases relating to capital punishment as part of measures to fast track dispensation of justice in the state. This was revealed when the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Information and…

File photo of Police arresting suspected members of the dreaded Badoo gang

Badoo: Lagos Police confirm four killed in latest Ikorodu attack

The police in Lagos have confirmed at least four deaths in a recent attack on a family in Ikorodu. The attack is believed to have been executed by members of the ‘Badoo’ cult that has been terrorising Ikorodu and nearby communicates for several months. The police, however, believe the latest…

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo speaks on Boko Haram attack on NNPC, UNIMAID staff

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has spoken on the Boko Haram attack on oil explorers that caused over two dozen deaths. Mr. Osinbajo described the victims as “extraordinarily selfless Nigerians from the NNPC and the University of Maiduguri,” saying they “put their lives on the line that we and generations…

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Mr. Fatai Owoseni (left); Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (right); his Deputy, Mr. Alfred Agboola (2nd right) with the released Igbonla Model College students during a media briefing at the Round House, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja on Friday, July 28, 2017.

How we rescued kidnapped Lagos students – Police, Ondo governor

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, have given insight into how the six kidnapped students of Igbonla Model College, Epe, were rescued. Speaking Friday, in Lagos, shortly after the students were freed, Mr. Akeredolu said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor…

atiku-abubakar

Atiku accuses APC Senators of betrayal for rejecting restructuring

Former Vice President and All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Atiku Abubakar, has accused members of the party in the Senate of betrayal following the "shocking and saddening" decision of the Senate not to grant devolution of power to the states. In a statement released by his media office in Abuja, Mr.…

NNPC Headquarters, Abuja [Photo Credit: Thisday]

After Boko Haram attack, Nigeria halts oil exploration in Lake Chad Basin

The Federal Government on Thursday said it would halt oil exploration in the Lake Chad Basin following Tuesday’s attack on explorers that led to at least 27 deaths. The government also gave reasons why it continued with the exploration despite Boko Haram attacks in Borno, saying it did so only…

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Osun Defender]

The true state of Osun workers’ salaries, pensioners’ benefits – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has explained the status of civil servants’ salaries in the state. Mr. Aregbesola said this on Wednesday in Osogbo at a symposium organised by the Osun Command of the Police Community Relations Committee. The governor said in spite of the economic challenges confronting the nation and…

President Muhammadu Buhari having a great laugh

PHOTO NEWS: Buhari meets seven Nigerian governors in London

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with seven Nigerian governors who travelled to London on Tuesday. The Presidency had announced the meeting on Tuesday, while photos of the meeting were circulated on Wednesday. The governors were led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and include governors of Ebonyi, Kano, Benue, Akwa…

Okey Enelamah [Photo: The Guardian]

Director General appointed for Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Chiedu Osakwe as Director General with concurrent designation as Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, NOTN. According to a statement on Wednesday from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, the appointment, which took effect from June 6, is for a…

Nigerian Senate

LIVE UPDATES: Nigerian Senate votes on major constitutional amendments

The Senate is currently voting on 33 major amendments to the Nigerian constitution. About 95 senators are present for the Wednesday’s session. PREMIUM TIMES brings you live updates of the current voting by the Senate. The Senate voted to abrogate state-LG joint accounts, and guarantee existence of democratically constituted LGAs.…

IDP bomb blast

UN Sec-Gen condemns suicide attacks on Maiduguri IDP camps

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has condemned the suicide attacks on July 24 in two camps for internally displaced persons near Maiduguri, Borno State, in North-east Nigeria. In a statement on Tuesday from New York by his deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, the UN scribe expressed abhorrence at the terrorist…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army promotes 6,199 soldiers fighting Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has promoted 6,199 soldiers currently involved in the fight against Boko Haram. According to a statement by the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, approved the promotion on Tuesday. “The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, has today Tuesday…

Central bank of Nigeria

‎JUST IN: CBN retains lending rate at 14 per cent

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has retained the lending rate at 14 per cent. The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, stated this after the committee meeting ‎on Tuesday. Details later...