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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…

Ahmad Ahmad [Photo: BBC]

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…

Oil vessel

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…

PDP Headquarters

PDP may hold convention before June

Nigeria's main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may hold its national convention in the second quarter of this year where new national officers of the party will be elected. The party is currently factionalised with two former governors claiming leadership of the party. While former Borno State governor,…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Nigerian govt extends BVN to Microfinance Banks as ‘ghost workers’ migrate there

The Federal Government has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to enforce the use of Bank Verification Number, BVN, in Microfinance Banks, amid suspicions that fraudulent government employees have set up "ghost workers" accounts in MFBs to avoid detection. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, in a correspondence to the…

Ile-Ife ethnic clash

Ethnic Clash: Ooni declares three-day fasting, prayers in Ife

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has declared fasting and prayers for three days to restore peace and harmony to Ile-Ife. Oba Ogunwusi made the declaration through his Deputy, Idowu Adediwura, the Obalufe of Ife kingdom, on Sunday in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Mr. Adediwura said that the monarch, who travelled…

Rivers United Football Club [Photo Credit: Africasports24]

Nigerian clubs experience mixed fortunes in CAF Champions League

It was mixed fortunes for two Nigerian clubs participating in the African club competitions organised by the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF. In Port Harcourt, Rivers United on Sunday trashed Al-Merrikh of Sudan 3-0 to brighten their chances of qualifying for the group stage of the CAF Champions League. The…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Bayelsa Polls: Judicial commission submits report

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the violence that characterised the last governorship election in Bayelsa State has submitted its report ‎to Governor Seriake Dickson. The commission, which was inaugurated o‎n December 14, 2015, was given seven terms of reference and in August 2016 it submitted an interim report to…

Abuja-Kaduna Expressway

Governor’s aide dies in accident on Abuja-Kaduna highway

A Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kashim Shettima died in an accident on the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Friday, an official has confirmed. The victim, identified as Farouk Musa, died after a car intercepted ‎a Hilux in which he was driving in the convoy of Mr. Shettima. Mr. Musa was until…

NNPC TOWERS

How international oil firms can help Nigeria improve production – Official

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, says increased collaboration and support of international operating companies, IOCs, to the execution of upcoming projects would boost prospects of meeting Nigeria’s aspiration to increase crude oil production. The Executive Secretary of the Board, Simbi Wabote, who spoke during his visit to…

President Muhammadu Buhari

VIDEO: I will rededicate myself to serving Nigeria — Buhari

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President Buhari arriving from London Friday

Buhari speaks on London vacation, says more London medical trips ahead

President Muhammadu Buhari has released the following statement, explaining his London medical vacation, and indicating that he would make more travels to the British capital for further medical checks in the weeks ahead. Read full statement below. "I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians - Muslims and Christians alike who…

President Buhari arriving from London Friday

Buhari speaks on his health, suggests travelling for more treatment soon

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja expressed gratitude to Nigerians for all the prayers and show of goodwill, pledging to rededicate himself to the service of the nation. Addressing the country from the State House, shortly after arriving from London, President Buhari said he was fully committed to serving the nation and protecting…

President Buhari arriving from London Friday

PHOTOS: President Buhari’s new look as he returns to Nigeria via Kaduna

Below are photographs of President Muhammadu Buhari as he arrived Kaduna Friday after a 51-day vacation in London. All Photos are courtesy Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president. The following photographs were taken after the president arrived Abuja. [caption id="attachment_225761" align="aligncenter" width="524"] The wife…

FILE PHOTO: Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Works Minister, Babatunde Fashola

Fashola replies Ambode, accuses Lagos governor of misleading Nigerians on Works Ministry cooperation

A day after the Lagos State governor accused the Federal Ministry of Works of frustrating some of his plans in Lagos State, the minister has replied. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode accused the federal ministry of two things: failure to allow the state…

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode

Gov. Ambode to deploy drones made by Lagos Polytechnic for surveillance

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday said the State Government would deploy drone made by the staff and students of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) to effectively carry out aerial security surveillance across the State. Speaking at the 25th Convocation Ceremony of the institution held at the main campus in Ikorodu,…

President Muhammadu Buhari

INEC announces dates for 2019 general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced dates for 2019 general elections. In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the electoral commission said it was making the announcements well ahead “in order to ensure certainty in our dates for elections, and to allow for proper planning by the…

Governors Ayodele Fayose

PDP Crisis: Fayose rejects Dickson committee report, vows never to work with Sheriff

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has rejected the recommendations of a committee his party set up and vowed not to be part of any convention organised by the Ali Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party. A reconciliation committee led by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, in its report…