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Why we budgeted N3.2 billion for State House Clinic – Presidency

The Permanent Secretary attached to the State House, Jalal Arabi, has justified the allocation of…

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New NDLEA boss assumes duty in Lagos, vows to ‘immobilize’ drug barons

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohammad Abdallah, has promised to…

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Fayose attacks Buhari,  says “budget scam is national embarrassment”

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to save the country…

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Alleged recruiter of terrorists for ISIS, others, arrested in Nigeria

The State Security Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa alleged to a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the SSS through a statement by one of its officials, Tony Okpuiyo, said Mr. Yunusa…

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2016 Murtala Mohammed lecture to showcase former leader’s legacies

As part of activities to commemorate the demise in office of General Murtala Muhammed, the Murtala Muhammed Foundation is organizing the 2016 Annual Public Lecture in Abuja on Saturday, February 13, 2016. This year’s lecture promises to chart a road map for the country and the region in countering threats…

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Group petitions Buhari over Gov. Okorocha’s ‘brutal and repressive tactics’

The Network of Police Reform in Nigeria has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged use of the police by Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, to ‎attack peaceful protesters in the state. The petition, dated February 8, accused Mr. Okorocha of establishing an 'Imo Security Network' to harass…

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESENTS 2016 APPROPRATION BILL IN ABUJA

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the massive fraud in Buhari’s 2016 budget

On Tuesday December 22, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari walked into a joint session of the National Assembly and presented the first annual budget proposal of his administration, ambitiously tagged: “The Budget of Change”. After highlighting the economic challenges that confronted the country due to the fall in oil prices, the…

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45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs will violate UN ruling– SERAP

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has advised the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, to “ensure that regulatory authorities are not allowed to get away with 45 percent increase in electricity tarrifs by promoting compliance with the November 2013 ruling on the matter by two UN special rapporteurs.” This…

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Firm petitions Osinbajo over fraudulent sale of Kaduna DISCO

A company that emerged reserve bidder in the sale of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, LEDA Consortium Ltd, has petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, over the fraudulent sale of the company by the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). The company wrote the vice president seeking justice, following a protracted trial and…

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Nigeria health minister disowns ministry’s budget, says “rats” have doctored proposal

In what is the latest in the spate of controversies dogging President Muhammadu Buhari's 2016 budget, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health has disowned the budget proposal submitted on its behalf by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, who addressed the Senate Committee on Health…

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Anambra Central Rerun: PDP, APC out; APGA now set for easy victory

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said no new candidate would be allowed to participate in the March 5 Anambra Central senatorial re-run election. That guideline has effectively barred the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress from participating in the poll. The Resident Electoral Commission in Anambra,…

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PDP shifts NEC meeting, new chairman to emerge next week

Nigeria's main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has again shifted the meetings of its national organs that would lead to the emergence of a new national chairman of the party to next week. The party is currently enmeshed in crisis of leadership following an Abuja High court verdict that…

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EFCC slams charges on Nigerian senior lawyer, Ricky Tarfa, ‘for obstruction of justice’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to arraign a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ricky Tarfa, on a two- count charge bordering on obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Mr. Tarfa was arrested on Friday, February 5, by operatives of the EFCC in…

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Reps pledge support for EFCC’s anti-corruption crusade

The Chairman, House of Representatives' Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, Kayode Oladele, has pledged the support of the members of the House to ensure that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is adequately funded to enable it discharge its duties effectively. He made the promise during the…

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Falana wants Nigeria to drop plan to borrow $3.5bn from World Bank

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged the Nigerian government to jettison its plan to secure a $3.5 billion (about N700 billion) loan from the World Bank and the African Development Bank. In a letter to the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Falana said instead of taking the loan, the…

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

Dasuki loses in court, key application dismissed

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday dismissed the application of counsel to the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, seeking a stay of proceeding. Mr. Dasuki's counsel, Joseph Daudu had applied for stay of proceeding in the allegation of diversion of N19 billion by Mr. Dasuki while he…

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Coalition petitions NJC over retired Justice’s role in CCT chair’s probe

An anti-corruption coalition group, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the National Judicial Council (NJC), to investigate the the role of a retired judge, George Oguntade, in the alleged bribery and corruption probe of the chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar. Aside facing the Senate…

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Nigerian Army to court-martial officers, soldiers over recent Borno attacks

The Nigerian Army has set up a court-martial to try cases of misconduct, indiscipline, among other misconducts that led to recent deadly attacks on Dalori and other Borno communities. A statement by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the Nigerian Army had already begun investigations into the…

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Saraki may be going through corruption trial, but we love him — Senate

The Nigerian Senate has rejected calls for the resignation of its president, Bukola Saraki, following Supreme Court ruling that upheld his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. This was disclosed by the Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, who said he was speaking "on behalf of my colleagues" in a statement…

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Court renews arrest warrant on ex-militant Tompolo, orders security agencies to produce him

A Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, dismissed an objection by Government Ekpemupolo (also known as Tompolo) to his arrest brought and renewed a warrant order it had earlier issued on the former militant leader. Judge Ibrahim Buba said the application by Mr. Ekpemupolo's lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, urging the court…

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Acting President Osinbajo, Attorney General Malami in turf war over $1.3 billion Malabu scam

On Thursday, January 28, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), received a letter. The two-paragraph letter from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, made only one request from the anti-graft chief. Signed by…

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EDITORIAL: Buhari, African leaders and the looming conflict over Zanzibar’s disputed election

The determination by Tanzania’s ruling party, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), to hold onto power in Zanzibar, no matter the cost, is approaching recklessness and threatens to open up a new front of violent conflict and extremism in Africa. The Zanzibar Electoral Commission has set a date of March 20th…

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Increase power supply, not tariff, textile workers tell Nigerian government

The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria on Sunday said the Federal Government must ensure steady power supply before increasing electricity tariff. A statement issued in Kaduna by the Secretary General of the Union, Issa Aremu, said the group supports the planned picketing of electricity distribution…

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17 die in Ibadan-Lagos auto crash

Seventeen people were killed in an automobile crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, said on Sunday. Yusuf Salami, the Oyo State Sector Commander of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria that 79 persons were injured in the crash. Mr. Salami said that the accident,…

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Senate to support states’ agitation for reimbursement of funds – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday said the red chamber would support state governments agitation for refund of funds they spent on rehabilitating federal roads. Mr. Saraki made the pledge at Nkalagu, Ishiellu Local Government Area of Ebonyi during a thanksgiving held by Obinna Ogba (PDP-Ebonyi Central).…