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FILE PHOTO: A woman and her child in an IPD camp in Gombe. Children, especially those without parents are targeted.

Boko Haram: NEMA evacuates 5,000 people from Dikwa

The National Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said it had evacuated 5,000 starved persons from…

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NAHCON airlifts 8,851 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Wednesday said it has transported 8,851 intending…

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How we smuggle cocaine aboard flights – Arik Air staff

A staff of Arik Air has told the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency investigators how…

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FRSC, NIMC to harmonize biometric data

The Federal Road Safety Corps and National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday in Abuja began the process of harmonizing biometric data as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Buhari’s had on August 10 directed all agencies involved in collection and usage of biometric data in Nigeria to harmonise the data.…

Bauchi State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar

Bauchi imposes curfew on Misau town as appointment of new emir sparks riots

The Bauchi State Government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Misau town following a riot that trailed the appointment of a new emir by the state government. The curfew, which the government said is parts of measures to safeguard the lives of the people, will last between 6pm and 6am…

President Muhammadu Buhari (L) Receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassador-Designate of The King of Saudi Arabia To Nigeria, Mr Fahad Abdullah-Sefyan, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja

Economic diversification very high on our agenda – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reaffirmed his administration's commitment to faster development of non-oil sectors and the speedy diversification of the country's economy. Mr. Buhari made this known at an audience with the new ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Fahad Sefyan, at the presidential villa, Abuja. According to him,…

From Left: Gov. Muhammadu Bindo of Adamawa; Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Gov. Abdul-Azeez Yari of Kebbi State during the Progressive Governors Forum Meeting in Yola

APC governors set up committee on job creation

Governors on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday said they had constituted a committee on job creation to check the rate of unemployment in the country. Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, who is the chairman of the body, disclosed this after the forum's meeting in Yola, Adamawa…

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“Hangry”, 22 other new words added to Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford University Press has released 23 new words in its quarterly update of list of words in Oxford advanced learners dictionary. The words, released Thursday to the web version of the dictionary, include hangry, bants, manspreading and more. Awesomesauce: This is an adjective, used also informally in the US to…

President Muhammadu Buhari on Day one at Presidential Villa

Buhari appoints SGF, Chief of Staff, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments: Babachir David Lawal - Secretary to the Government of the Federation Abba Kyari - Chief of Staff to the President Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) - Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service Kure Martin Abeshi - Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service Senator Ita S.J. Enang…

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I never said Jonathan fought corruption in more civilised manner than Buhari — Falana

Lagos-based senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has said he never suggested that immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, fought corruption in a more civilised manner than President Muhammadu Buhari as it is being claimed in some reports. He said at no time during during his recent interview on Channels Television did he…

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Arms probe: Defence ministry was side-lined for years — permanent secretary

The Nigerian defence ministry has denied any role in arms purchase in recent years as the Buhari administration prepares to probe the deals. The permanent secretary, Ismaila Aliyu, said the ministry was not part of efforts by the former Jonathan government to source weapons to confront the militant group, Boko…

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INEC helping PDP to frustrate Rivers election case – APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as “deceitful, obstructionist and provocative” the petition written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the 16 PDP federal lawmakers from Rivers over the State's Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, saying those who are blatantly obstructing the course of justice are the same ones now trying…

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​PDP nullifies Metuh’s suspension

Members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have rejected the “suspension” of the national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, by a faction of the party in his home Anambra state. The party’s leadership also nullified the alleged impeachment of the chairman of…

Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman

EXCLUSIVE: Police IG, Solomon Arase, moves to remove Lamorde as EFCC chair

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission indicating his plan to recall all police officers who have so far served in the commission for five years, authoritative sources at the police headquarters in Abuja have told PREMIUM TIMES. In a letter,…

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NUC releases list of illegal tertiary institutions (See full list)

The National Universities Commission has released a list of illegal degree awarding institutions operating in Nigeria. The schools were published in the NUC’s weekly bulletin dated August 24. According to the bulletin, the NUC Executive secretary, Julius Okojie, warned that those who patronise the schools, do so at their own…

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Pirates strike again in Bayelsa waterways, abduct local chiefs

Barely three weeks after pirates killed 4 soldiers and one policeman at a military base in Nembe, sea pirates on Wednesday afternoon ambushed two speedboats and kidnapped three persons along the Ogbia-Brass waterways of Bayelsa East senatorial district. Police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development but said he was yet…

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Falling oil prices: Nigeria loses N4.5bn in one month

The declining trend in crude oil prices at the international oil market continued to negatively affect Nigeria’s earnings from crude oil exports, as the country lost $22.53 million (about N4.48 billion) in June, 2015. The Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris, who disclosed this at the end of…

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Salary backlog: Banks begin disbursement of bailout to states

The Central Bank of Nigeria has approved the request of Deposit Money Banks to provide loans to state governments to enable them to pay the backlog of their workers' salaries. This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by the Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Mu'azu Ibrahim. According to…

NDDC Boss Briefs President Muhammadu Buhari

NDDC money not missing – MD

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dan Abia, Wednesday, has denied that N183.7 billion is missing from the coffers of the commission as stated in a government audit report. The Auditor General of the Federation, Samuel Ukura, had last week said that N183.7 billion was missing…

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Tinubu breaks silence on attacks on Fashola, speaks on relationship with ex-Lagos governor

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has distanced himself from the recent ordeal of the former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola. In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Tinubu said he is not behind the latest "rancid attacks" on Mr. Fashola. "An attack against the performance of Governor…

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APC, PDP senators team up against Saraki, say EFCC probe breaches Senate rules

A group of senators of the All Progressives Congress, under the aegis of Unity Forum, have risen against the decision of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, over alleged diversion of N1 trillion recovered…

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Nigeria’s electricity generation hits new peak — Transmission Company

The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria, said in Abuja on Wednesday that it had attained a new peak of 4,810.7 megawatts of generated electricity. This is contained in a statement signed by the Managing Director, System/Market Operation of TCN, Dipak Sarma. Mr. Sarma said this was achieved at 20.45…

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Why we abandoned textile business for cocaine smuggling – Suspects

Two suspected drug‎ traffickers have narrated to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency the reason they abandoned their once thriving businesses for cocaine smuggling. Frank Obiekwe and Jacob Okoye were arrested on their way to Hong Kong by NDLEA officials during an outward screening of passengers at the…

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IAAF World Championships: AFN clears the air on Okagbare’s 200m miss

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has offered some explanation on why Africa’s Queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare, was conspicuously missing in the Heats for the 200m Women’s event earlier Wednesday at the ongoing World Championships in Beijing, China. Hopes were high that Okagbare would bounce back strongly in the…

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NNPC cancels fraudulent contract for delivery of crude oil to refineries after PREMIUM TIMES enquiry

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Wednesday announced new measures aimed at cost reduction and strengthening of operational efficiency across its value chain. The NNPC in a release by its spokesperson, Ohi Alegbe, stated that after proper evaluation and in line with the terms of contract for the delivery…