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Presidency blames “budget mafia” for controversial allocations in 2016 budget; vows sanctions

The Buhari administration has been very embarrassed by criticisms that have greeted the proposed 2016…

Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state

INTERVIEW: PDP goofed in picking Jonathan as 2015 presidential candidate – Fayose

This is the concluding part of PREMIUM TIMES’ interview with Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti…

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Court remands female lawyer accused of stabbing husband to death

An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday ordered that a 28-year-old female…

Boko Haram is suspected. FILE PHOTO

Boko Haram attacks Borno communities again, kills 4

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Friday raided two villages, Mairi and Malari in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno, killing four persons and razing houses in the communities. The attacks came barely one week after the Dalori incident in which some 100 persons were killed. Some residents in Mairi told…

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Payments for trolleys at Nigerian airports to end — Minister

The fee currently being charged for using trolleys in Nigerian airports will soon be scrapped, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said. The minister made the disclosure on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Security Situation in Nigeria’s Airports. He…

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in a discussion with
Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi,during the former
president's visit to Oluwo at his palace on Friday.

Iwo stands still as Obasanjo visits city, ex-President says Yoruba unity remains indispensable

The ancient city of Iwo came alive Friday as former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the newly-crowned monarch, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi. The ex-president was received by a tumultuous crowd of residents who were surprised by Mr. Obasanjo’s unscheduled visit. The major streets where the ex-president's convoy snaked through went agog…

Ken Nnamani

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, dumps PDP

A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Ken Nnamani, has announced his departure from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, a political platform to which be belonged since 1999, and which, in 2005, made him the third most powerful man in Nigeria. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on…

Service Chiefs

Boko Haram: Nigerian military disputes account of meeting with Senators

The Nigerian military has rejected an account of a meeting between the Senate leadership and military chiefs, as provided by the senate president’s office. The service chiefs led by Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonishakin, had on Wednesday met with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other leaders of the legislative…

Olusegun Obasanjo

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Obasanjo attacks Jonathan, PDP again, says Chibok girls may not return

Olanrewaju Oyedeji Despite efforts and assurances by the Federal Government that it would rescue the abducted Chobok girls alive, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised doubts on their possible return. Mr Obasanjo, who spoke at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Friday,…

Dino Melaye

Abuja land allocated to Jonathan, Yuguda, others violate masterplan – Melaye

The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan and 29 others were allocated plots of land in violation of Abuja Masterplan. The chairman of the committee, Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi State), made the claim during a budget defence by the FCT ministry led by its…

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Tinubu withdraws suit against AIT after apology for “embarrassing” documentary

The African Independent Television has apologized to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, for a documentary it aired before last year's general election. In a letter of apology tendered before a Lagos High Court on Friday, Daar Communications, the owners of the TV station, said…

Buhari and Osinbajo

Buhari begins vacation as Osinbajo becomes acting president

President Muhammadu Buhari has begun a short vacation, his office announced Friday. The president will be on break from his official functions February 5 to February 10, 2016. During his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the president, a statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina,…

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Court sends judge to prison for alleged fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Gombe State on Friday remanded an area court judge, Umar Y. Gwani, for alleged fraud. The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, which filed the case, accused the judge of collecting money from the public through false pretence and conspiracy. The counsel to EFCC,…

The embattled senate president is currently on trial for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.

Corruption Trial: Saraki ‘disappointed’ with Supreme Court ruling

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has expressed disappointment with Friday's Supreme Court judgment, which ruled that he should face corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The Federal Government accuses Mr. Saraki of false asset declaration, and had slammed a 13-count charge on him. Mr. Saraki says the charges are…

Nigeria and China flag

Nigeria-China trade volume exceeds $13 billion in 2015 — Envoy

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, said this at a reception to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations between both countries in Abuja on Thursday night. Mr. Xiaojie explained that both countries had strengthened bilateral relations since 1971. ``China and Nigeria have enjoyed longstanding friendly exchanges 45 years ago…

Saraki Accused Box

UPDATED: Supreme Court says Senate President, Bukola Saraki, must face corruption trial

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, against his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged corruption. The court upheld an earlier decision given by the Court of Appeal, asking Mr. Saraki to face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Mr.…

James Ibori

James Ibori neither released from UK prison nor re-arrested – aide

The embattled former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who is currently serving a jail term in a UK prison, is neither released nor rearrested, a statement by the former governor’s media aide, Tony Eluemunor, said. There were reports Wednesday that Mr. Ibori was released from prison and rearrested immediately.…

Temitope Aluko
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Arresting ex-PDP secretary could lead to anarchy – Ekiti APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has cautioned against the planned arrest of the former secretary of the People's Democratic Party in the state, Tope Aluko, warning that his arrest could degenerate into a breakdown of law and order. A magistrate ordered Mr. Aluko’s arrest after he publicly admitted…

Abba Dabo

Dasukigate: Ex-VP Sambo’s aide admits receiving N25 million for election website

A former special adviser on political matters to ex-Vice President Namadi Sambo, Abba Dabo, on Thursday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja that he was paid N25 million by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, to create a website. The money was…

FILE PHOTO: Murtala Nyako at a lobby in the court

N29 billion Fraud: Court admits exhibits against ex-Gov. Nyako, others

The trial of a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, who are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 37-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

APC chairman, Oyegun, denies seeking Supreme Court judges probe

The chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has denied demanding the investigation of Supreme Court judges for affirming the election victories of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia State governors. The three states are led by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. A statement by the APC’s national…

Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

Court sets date for Dasuki bail ‘enforcement’ ruling

An Abuja High Court will on Monday rule on whether to discharge a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, from the criminal charges brought against him by the Federal Government. Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf fixed the date after counsel to Mr. Dasuki, Joseph Daudu, and counsel to Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs,…

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba

Nigeria labour unions set for street protests over new electricity tariffs

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and civil society allies say they will hold a protest on Monday against the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs announced by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission. The protest will hold Monday, February 8, in Abuja and across the nation, the labour…

Bristow

Nigerian government bars Bristow from using crashed helicopter model

​​The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the operation of the Bristow Helicopters Ltd's Sikorsky S-76C++ model, till further notice​, a day after a chopper operated by the company crashed.​ The director-general of the NCAA, Muhtar Usman, announced this while briefing ​journalists on Thursday in Lagos. He said the…

Buhari Talking

Buhari Scorecard: Presidency accuses group of ​’false propaganda’​

The presidency has rejected a report on President Muhammadu Buhari’s fulfillment of his pre-election promises. The report by ​a ​non​-​governmental group, Centre for Democracy and Development, assessed the president's scorecard after seven months in office, concluding that Mr. Buhari had achieved only one of 222 campaign promises. Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson,…