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Nigeria’s banking industry strong, sound — NDIC Report

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on Tuesday said the nation’s banking industry remained strong…

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EFCC arraigns ex-Ministers, Fani-Kayode, Nenadi-Usman for allegedly laundering N4.9 billion

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday arraigned a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode,…

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PREMIUM TIMES’ journalists nominated for Rotary award

Two PREMIUM TIMES’ journalists have been nominated for the 2016 Rotary District 9125 humanitarian award.…

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PDP Crisis: Makarfi urges Sheriff to embrace dialogue

The national caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised a factional chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, to tow the path of dialogue over Edo governorship election. The chairman of the committee, Ahmed Makarfi, gave the advice on Monday in Abuja when he received the report…

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TV station staff who produce satirical news shows arrested

The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrest of two senior staff at a privately owned television station in Algeria on June 24. Mahdi bin Issa, the manager of KBC, and Riyadh Hartouf, a producer, face charges of falsifying permits and complicity in abuse of position, and were…

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Alleged Forgery: Buhari, Saraki in war of words

President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Monday kicked off an open war of words following the arraignment in court of the senate president and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged forgery of the rules of the upper legislative chamber. Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu were…

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Presidency replies Saraki, says President Buhari is nobody’s stooge

The Presidency has dismissed insinuation by Senate President Bukola Saraki that President Muhammadu Buhari was operating "a government within the government.’’ This is contained in a statement issued by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and issued to newsmen on Monday in Abuja. The statement said…

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Alleged Forgery: I am ready to go to jail – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said he was ready to lose his freedom to entrench democracy and stabilise governance in the country. This is contained in a statement signed by him and issued on Monday in Abuja. Saraki was reacting to the trial of the leadership of…

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Fleeing Boko Haram terrorists now disguise as vigilantes, hunters – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters on Monday said Boko Haram terrorists were fleeing Sambisa Forest disguised as vigilantes and hunters in their bid to escape arrest from troops. The Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, revealed the terrorists’ new tactic in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday. Mr. Abubakar urged…

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VON DG, Osita Okechukwu, asks Biafra agitators to end violent protests

The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, on Saturday renewed his call on separatist groups in the country to drop their violent agitations and support President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to rid the country of corruption. He stated this in Enugu at a reception organised for him and…

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Suicide bombers killed by own bombs in Maiduguri

At about midnight on Sunday when Muslim faithfuls were performing the vigil prayers associated with the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, two deafening blasts echoed all over Maiduguri as two suicide bombers on a mission to attack innocent persons got killed by the explosives they wore…

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Alleged 4.7billion Arms Fraud: Fayose’s close aide arrested

Abiodun Agbele, a close aide of Governor Ayodele Fayose has been arrested, insiders at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Agbele was arrested in Lagos by operatives of the EFCC who had been on his trail in the past one week over allegations that he…

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Anti-Buhari protest rocks Ekiti as youth declare support for Fayose

Some youth in Ekiti State, including students of tertiary institutions, on Monday rallied in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, in support of embattled Governor Ayodele Fayose. The youth frowned at what they described as the rascality flagrant and disrespect for the Rule of Law and disobedience of the constitution by the…

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Nigeria Police Force gets new spokesperson

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed Don Awunah as the new Force Public Relations Officer to replace Olabisi Kolawole who was the Force Public Relations Officer from August 2015 to June, 2016. Until his new assignment, Mr. Awunah was deputy commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide…

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Court sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party,…

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Alleged Forgery: Saraki, Ekweremadu, others granted bail

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others, accused of forgery, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. They were granted bail after their arraignment but Justice Haliru Yusuf ruled that they should be detained at the Kuje Maximum Prison in Abuja…

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Sahara Group upgrades vocational centres, empowers 2600 beneficiaries annually

A total of 2600 beneficiaries in Lagos now have access to capacity building opportunities annually through vocational centres supported by leading energy giant, Sahara Group, a statement by the organisation has said. The group said the gesture was in keeping with itscquest to enhance economic growth and development in Nigeria.…

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Alleged Forgery: Saraki, Ekweremadu to be arraigned today

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others, accused of forgery, will appear before Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal Capital Territory High Court today. Mr. Saraki, Mr. Ekweremadu, a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi, are…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Adenuga’s Mountain of Debt: Several firms, AMCON chase billionaire for unpaid bills

ConOil, owned by Nigeria’s second richest man, is being pursued for a combined debt of over $140.5 million by two foreign and one local companies, PREMIUM TIMES has learned. Despite making several pledges to pay, ConOil and other companies owned by Mr. Adenuga have reneged on paying the debts, multiple…

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Chucks Ehirim’s death and the challenge of Nigerian media

“He died from a lack of medical care," his wife said. That sentence cuts deep in Nigerian daily expression. But when uttered about the demise of a prominent reporter who lived his life agitating for better living and working conditions for those in his field, it cuts even deeper. The…

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PDP crisis, indication of strength — Lamido

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said the current crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party is an indication that the party is strong. Mr. Lamido told journalists in Bamaina village, Birninkudu Local Government Area of the state, that the party would emerge stronger and bigger. According to…

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Tension in Borno as Buhari seeks explanation on malnourished, dying IDPs

There has been panic among Borno officials ahead of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday. Officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Sunday boarded a flight that left Maiduguri ahead of the meeting with the president at the…

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Three kidnapped Australians, South African released in Nigeria

Seven contractors, including three Australians and a South African, have been released unharmed four days after they were kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria, local police and a state security adviser said on Sunday. Reports say police had earlier given accounts of how many had been seized and what their…

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How smugglers attack, kill Nigeria Customs officials – Comptroller

The Comptroller of Customs in Ogun, Waindu Multafu, has described details of how customs officials are attacked and in some cases killed by smugglers. Mr. Multafu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, said the agency makes "seizures every day," from smugglers "Once in a while, if it…

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Why we re-opened Silverbird, Rhythm FM – AMCON

A day after they were sealed by Nigerian officials for loan default, some subsidiaries of Silverbird Group reopened for business on Friday afternoon, with apologies to their "viewers, listeners and online subscribers." The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, on Thursday effected a court order to take possession of Silverbird…