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Pension: Nigerian govt credits retirees’ accounts

The National Pension Commission on Tuesday notified beneficiaries of the treasury-funded pension of the federal ministries, departments and agencies of the payment of their retirement benefits. In a statement in Abuja, spokesperson of the Commission, Emeka Onuorah, said the payment was for those who retired between January and August 2016…

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Two Nigerian women arrested for alleged drug trafficking

Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) say the agency has foiled attempts by two women to unlawfully export narcotic drugs to New York, United States and Medina, Saudi Arabia.  The suspects allegedly ingested 108 wraps of substances that tested positive for heroin and cocaine during the outward…

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Rape of six-month-old girl: Kano govt pushes for life imprisonment

The Kano State Government, says it would ensure that whoever is found involved in the reported rape of a six-month-old girl in Kano, goes to jail for life. The government said it was deeply saddened by the news of the rape allegedly committed by a close confidant of the victim’s…

Ifeanyi Ubah

SSS arrests Capital Oil boss, Ifeanyi Ubah, over N11 billion petrol ‘theft’

The State Security Service, SSS, has arrested the managing director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ifeanyi Ubah, on allegation of “economic sabotage”. The SSS says Mr. Ubah was detained on Friday in connection to missing petroleum products. “The arrest was sequel to UBAH’s engagement in acts of economic sabotage…

Pastor Nsikanabasi Ese, pastor and founder of Kairos Rhema Embassy, Uyo

Pastor trying to evade duties check knocks down Customs official on highway

A Customs officer serving in Akwa Ibom State was critically injured on Thursday after he was knocked down on a highway by a man who allegedly tried to evade duties check. The man, who was later identified as Nsikanabasi Ese, a pastor, and founder of Kairos Rhema Embassy, Uyo, was…

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Activist accuses tobacco industry of ‘aggressive attempt’ to derail anti-smoking law

The deputy director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Akinbode Oluwafemi, has accused the tobacco industry of laying the groundwork to a major subversion of the country's tobacco control policies. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Mr. Oluwafemi said the industry had been coercing…

Muhammadu Buhari and Mahamadou Issoufou

Nigerien President’s visit to Buhari postponed‎ indefinitely

The visit of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic to President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled for Friday has been postponed indefinitely. The rescheduling, according to a statement by Mr. Buhari's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, late on Thursday is at the instance of Mr. Issoufou who has another domestic engagement. "All arrangements had…

Mr Umana Okon Umana, MD, OGFZA

Free zones agency threatens stiff sanctions against erring operators

The Oil & Gas Free Zones Authority, OGFZA, has threatened stiff sanctions against operators who ignore all extant laws and regulations guiding their activities in the zones. The managing director of the agency, Okon Umana, told a management meeting in Onne that the agency had already issued circulars to free…

Nigerian Army

Three suicide bombers killed at military outpost

Three suicide bombers who attempted to attack a military outpost in Maiduguri, Borno State, were killed on Wednesday night, an official has said. The three female teenage suicide bombers attempted to attack a military outpost popularly known as "Gontanamo" along muna garage at about 10:05 p.m. After being sighted by…

Ibrahim Shekarau

Shekarau asks police to investigate ‘document’ linking him to murder of Sheik Jaafar

A former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, has given the Nigeria Police a two-week ultimatum to investigate a document they said linked him to the murder of an Islamic cleric, Jaafar Adam. Mr. Shekarau also demanded that the police should make their findings public or face legal action. Mr. Shekarau…

epa05113059 (FILE) A file photo dated 30 July 2015 showing a company flag flying infront of the head office of Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague, The Netherlands. Royal Dutch Shell plc on 20 January 2016 reported a sharp fall in profits for the last quarter of 2015 as low oil prices hit earnings and the company restructured to reduce costs. Shell said it expected fourth-quarter earnings to be between 1.6 billion and 1.9 billion dollars, down from 4.2 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2014. Full-year earnings, including the impact of lower prices on the company's oil inventory, are expected to total 10.4 billion to 10.7 billion dollars, about 45 per cent lower than the 19 billion dollars reported in 2014.  EPA/JERRY LAMPEN [Photo Credit: Financial Times]

Despite Malabu Scandal, Shell, ENI will continue to operate OPL 245 – Nigerian govt

The Federal Government says the Zabazaba deepwater project in Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 245 will continue in spite of controversies surrounding the oil block. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said this in Houston Texas, U. S. while addressing journalists on the sidelines of the annual Offshore…

FROM LEFT: Anambra State PDP Chieftain, Mr Chris Uba; Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Mr Kelechi Igwe; PDP National Chairman, Sen Ali Modu-Sheriff and Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecelia Ezeilo, during the Anambra State PDP Stakeholders meeting in Enugu on Monday (10/4/17).
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PDP Crisis: Only Fayose, Wike, Okowa belong to Makarfi group – Sheriff’s faction

The Ali Modu Sheriff-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it has more of the party’s governors in its camp than its rival faction led by Ahmed Makarfi. The Deputy National Chairman of the faction, Cairo Ojougbo, who stated this in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said of the…

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PREMIUM TIMES names ombudsman board for public oversight of its journalism

As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day, PREMIUM TIMES today announced a bold initiative to make its journalism more transparent, and its editorial decision-making more accountable, by officially constituting an oversight board to serve as advocate for our readers with regards to any professional or ethical flops. Publisher of…

Buhari and Aisha

Aisha Buhari speaks on president’s health

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has broken her silence on her husband’s health, amid growing concerns about the president’s fitness. Mrs. Buhari said the president's health was not as “bad as it’s being perceived”. She said Mr. Buhari, who has missed key state meetings and functions in the last two…

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Bail: Detained ex-Niger governor, Aliyu, knows fate Wednesday

The High Court II sitting in Minna will on Wednesday decide whether the detained former governor of Niger State, Muazu Aliyu, and his Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, will be granted bail or not. The duo were remanded in prison by the court pending a decision on their application for…

Bassey Udo

Premium Times’ journalist, 18 others for 2017 U.S. International Visitors Leadership Programme

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist has been selected alongside 18 other professionals by the U.S. government to participate in its 2017 International Visitors Leadership Programme, IVLP. The paper’s Business and Economy Editor, Bassey Udo, is the only representative from Nigeria invited to join 18 other participants from 16 African countries selected…

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Take medical leave immediately, Falana, others tell Buhari

Nigerian civil society leaders have urged ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately take medical leave to attend to his health. Several activists, including notable lawyer, Femi Falana, and Jibrin Ibrahim, said the president should heed the advice of his personal physicians without further delay. “As we join the Nigerian people…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, acknowledging the march past of Labour and Trade Unions during the 2017 Workers Day in commemoration of the Lagos @ 50 celebrations at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Ambode insists on phasing out Danfo buses

The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday said the plan by his administration to phase out the yellow commercial buses, popularly known as Danfo, would create more jobs in the transportation sector. The governor, who spoke at the May Day Rally held at the Agege Stadium to commemorate the 2017 Workers Day Celebration,…

Sahara Group director, Tonye Cole

UK Oil & Gas Council unveils Sahara Group director, Tonye Cole, as winner of Africa Energy Awards

The United Kingdom Oil and Gas Council on Tuesday announce the Executive Director/Founder of the Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, as winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Africa Energy Award. In announcing the award, the Council said Mr. Cole was recognised for his commitment to the provision of energy across Africa,…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Two die in Lagos building collapse

At least two people died, Thursday, in a partial collapse of a building at Nicon Town Estate, Admiralty way, Lekki, Lagos. Sources said the building, which is under construction, collapsed as mixed concrete suddenly fell on some of the workers on site. Two of the workers on the site, identified…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Supreme Court fixes Nov. 14 to hear crude oil revenue sharing formula suit

The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed November 14 to hear a suit on alleged outdated oil revenue sharing formula instituted against the Federal Government. Justice Bode Rodes-Vivour led other six justices of the apex court to announce the date after a preliminary session on the suit. The Bayelsa and Rivers…

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Spanish La Liga: Barcelona, Madrid win big to maintain title challenge

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona won 7-1 win over bottom side Osasuna. Elsewhere in Spain, Real Madrid also defeated their host, Deportivo La Coruna, 6-2. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that before kick-off in the Barcelona match, a huge banner was unfolded in commemoration of Messi’s landmark total…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Nigeria’s Finance Ministry denies spending $2 million on British consultancy firm

The Federal Ministry of Finance on Wednesday denied hiring any public relations firm for a fee of $2 million (N612 million) per month. But, said the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC approved only N28.97 million spent on hiring the British consultancy firm. A media report had said the Minister…

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir Sanusi to address AUN graduation May 13, to get honorary doctorate

The graduating class of 2017 at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) will experience a touch of royalty on May 13, when the Emir of Kano will give the traditional commencement address. Interim President, LeGene Quesenberry of AUN, announced that Emir Sanusi accepted the university’s invitation to serve as the…

Senator Goje's house

Nigeria Police allegedly planning another raid on Senator Goje’s houses

The Nigeria Police are allegedly planning another raid on the residence of the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, Danjuma Goje. A team from the Force Headquarters last week raided the Asokoro, Abuja residence of the senator and carted away millions of Naira and some foreign currencies as well…