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FILE PHOTO: Oba of Lagos snubs Ooni of Ife

Video shows Oba of Lagos snub Ooni of Ife

A new video has gone viral showing the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, shunning the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi. The video showed the Ooni arrive, greet the monarch seated beside Mr. Akiolu, believed to be the Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe. But when the Mr. Ogunwusi tried to greet…

State House clinic [Photo credit: nigeriamedinterns.com]

EFCC docks Jonathan’s State House doctor for alleged N258.9 million contract scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned Fortunate Fiberesima, a former Chief Executive Officer, State House Medical Centre, Abuja, before Justice Peter Affen of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 6-count charge of money laundering.   Mr. Fiberesima, was alleged to…

Dame Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan may access $5.8 million as EFCC withdraws court applications to block account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday withdrew a motion before a Federal High Court Lagos for stay of execution of a judgment which unfroze the account of a former first lady, Patience Jonathan. The Skye Bank account is believed to contain about $5.8 million. Justice Mojisola Olatoregun…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Pioneer military administrator of Bayelsa, Philip Ayeni, is dead

The first military administrator of Bayelsa State, Philip Ayeni, is dead. Mr. Ayeni, a retired naval officer, died on Thursday after a protracted illness. The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has already sondoled with the family of the victims. Read the statement from Mr. Dickson’s aide below: The Bayelsa State…

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

Two Nigerian Army generals escape Boko Haram mines

Two senior Nigerian Army officers escaped any harm as their convoy encountered and cleared four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists along their way from Bama to Gwoza on Saturday. The Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.…

Nigerian Soldiers
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Nigerian Army recovers large arms cache in Southern Kaduna

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it recovered a large cache of arms in Southern Kaduna during its ongoing operation to stem the crisis in the area. Hundreds of people have been killed in Southern Kaduna in the past year in clashes minaly between migrating herdsmen and host farming…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

UTME: JAMB fumes as ‘powerful’ registration fraudsters are arrested

Five people have been arrested by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for various alleged registration infractions in the ongoing 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to be conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB). The suspected fraudsters were arrested in Oyo, Ogun and Borno States by…

Photo extracted from a Yoruba movie [Credit: Youtube]

ANALYSIS: Yoruba Films and the Reign of Mediocrity, By Adegbenro Adebanjo

I first watched Ti Oluwa ni Ile in the early 90's and I've watched it( the part 1) for over 10 times. I could watch Kosegbe and Saworo ide and Oleku again and again. All the films are classics from the stable of the inimmitable Tunde Kelani. But watching a…

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode

Lagos to begin construction of three new ‘ultra-modern’ General Hospitals – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said plans are underway to commence construction of three new ultra-modern general hospitals in the state this year to improve healthcare delivery in the state. Governor Ambode, who spoke at the second quarterly Town Hall Meeting for the year and seventh in…

Kirikiri

Amnesty International advises Lagos govt against executing death row inmates

The Nigerian authorities must immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, Amnesty International said Friday amid reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. This follows a statement by Adeniji Kazeem, the Attorney…

Late Dipo Famakinwa [Photo Credit: dawncommission.org]

ARG, Aregbesola mourn Famakinwa

The Afenifere Renewal Group on Friday mourned the passing of one of its key members, Dipo Famakinwa, the pioneer Director-General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, Commission. In a statement jointly signed by its chairman, Olawale Oshun, and secretary, Ayo Afolabi, the ARG described Mr. Famakinwa’s death as a…

Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal leaving the Presidential Villa Abuja after the announcement of his suspension in Abuja on Wednesday (19/4/17).
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Aftermath Lawal’s suspension, Nigerian govt postpones annual retreat of SGF, SSGs indefinitely

Two days after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, was suspended, a retreat involving his office has been cancelled. Mr. Lawal was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday following Senate findings that he violated public service rules by chairing a company which got a grass-cutting…

Late Dipo Famakinwa [Photo Credit: dawncommission.org]

DAWN Commission Director General, Dipo Famakinwa, is dead

The Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, Commission, Dipo Famakinwa, is dead. Multiple sources close to Mr. Famakinwa confirmed his death to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday morning. Mr. Famakinwa’s organisation was responsible for designing and implementing the blueprint for better integration and governance of the six…

EFCC Operatives

Top Nigerian politician in trouble as EFCC uncovers N6billion in bank accounts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is considering declaring a former Commissioner of Local Government in Niger State, Kantigi Liman, wanted after a further N2billion was traced to his United Bank for Africa account by the agency. An EFCC insider told PREMIUM TIMES the discovery brings to N6 billion funds…

Osita Okechukwu

VON Director General hails Ebonyi governor over statement on 2019 presidential poll

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has hailed the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, for indicating that he and his supporters would not vote along party lines in the 2019 presidential election. Mr. Umahi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, had on Tuesday in Abakaliki,…

Nigerian journalists used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: icirnigeria.org]

Investigative journalists tasked to deepen fight for public accountability

Fifty reporters and editors in the West African sub-region who gathered to meet for a one-week training programme, Tuesday, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, received kudos from leading global experts on corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism, and organised crimes who told them how central investigative reporting is to their work. The sub-regional…

President Tayyip Erdogan 

Facts on Turkey

While Buhari praises Turkish referendum, EU calls for “transparent investigations”

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday felicitated with the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country's referendum on Monday. Mr. Buhari congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the “foresight and maturity of leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of…

Obafemi Awolowo University

US doctors arrive Nigeria to provide free services

A team of doctors from the United States of America are arriving the country this weekend for a medical mission at Ile Ife, Osun State. The 20-man collaborative team of physicians, surgeons and medical support staff is made up mostly of alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, formally University of…

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Why I was stoned by my constituents – Senator

The senator, who alongside other public officials, was stoned by irate protesters in his constituency has given reasons for the Saturday incident. Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina south) blamed his political opponents for the disruption of Saturday’s All Progressives Congress, APC, rally in Funtua. Amiru Tukur, the member representing Bakori/Danja federal…

American University of Nigeria, AUN main gate

AUN students sensitise girls against being used for suicide bombing

To help challenge the increasing cases of young female suicide bombers in the country, students of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) under the auspices of Women Against Violent Extremism (WAVE) last Wednesday organized a security sensitization workshop for 150 young girls in Yola. The workshop, led by security and…

Gov. El Rufai in Southern Kaduna (Photo Credit: Governor's Office, Kaduna)

Gunmen attack Southern Kaduna community as El-Rufai launches operation to end violence

An attack has occurred in Asso community, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The details of the attack are unclear, but the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, condemned the attack in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan. The attack on Asso is believed to be…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido [Photo Credit: Channels TV]

Kano indigenes disagree on Emir Sanusi’s public comments on Islamic, family issues

Some indigenes of Kano State have reacted to some statements by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, with some describing them as critical and inflammatory comments on religious and family issues. Mr. Sanusi, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, recently called for the regulation of marriage…

James Ibori

Despite stealing $250million from his people, Ibori says he believes in “justice, equity, fairness”

Despite just getting out of jail for stealing at least $250 million from the coffers of his oil-rich Delta State, former Governor James Ibori has described himself as a man who believed in justice, equity and fairness. Speaking Saturday when he received a delegation from a socio-cultural group, Ndi Anioma,…

Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Meningitis: Zamfara governor replies Emir Sanusi, says ‘practise what you preach’

The governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has tackled the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for criticising his response to the outbreak of meningitis in several northern states. Mr. Yari, whose state has been worst hit by the epidemic, with over 200 people killed, had told journalists that Nigerians were…

N13Billion Ikoyi money

EXCLUSIVE: Untold Story of the N13billion recovered from Ikoyi, Lagos apartment

The $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos was a discreet allocation released to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for major but covert security projects, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The total value of the money at the Central…