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Niger Delta Avengers announces destruction of more oil installations, reinstates “big shock” vow

Niger Delta Avengers, the new militant group that has launched multiple attacks on oil and…

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British auditors query N2.1 billion incestuous transactions in Christ Embassy’s accounts

Auditors appointed by the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission to review the accounts of the UK…

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Buhari meets newspaper publishers, pledges good partnership with media

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja met with members of the Newspaper Proprietors' Association…

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INVESTIGATION: Skolombo Boys: How parents abused, abandoned children on streets of Calabar

Sometime in April 2003, Arikpo Williams, a resident of Calabar, Cross River State in Nigeria’s oil-rich South-south region, was to attend a rehearsal at the city’s Cultural Center. As he walked into the expansive compound, Mr. Williams said he spotted a boy lying lifelessly on the lawn. “I thought he…

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Nigeria sets up panel for prosecution of high profile corruption cases

A National Prosecution Coordination Committee, NPCC, has been inaugurated for the effective prosecution of high criminal cases in the country, with an assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari is not interested in tele-guiding the anti-corruption agencies or prosecution authorities in the country. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, stated this earlier today…

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Buhari’s emergence saved Nigeria’s economy from collapse — Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as president in 2015 saved the country's economy from imminent collapse due to mismanagement and unbridled corruption. The minister made the remarks in Kano on Friday during a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, shortly before…

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

Nigeria ‘change agenda’ will give 100 million guaranteed healthcare access – Minister

Nigeria's minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has said that the country's "Change Agenda for Health" will guarantee access to effective and qualitative healthcare for about 100 million Nigerians. The renewed health agenda is geared towards achieving Universal Health Coverage through the Primary Health Care program, the minister said. Mr. Adewole…

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UPDATED: Niger Delta Avengers attacks NNPC facility, vows to “shock the whole world”

Niger Delta Avengers, the new militant group that has launched multiple attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region, has struck yet again. The group announced its latest assault on Friday, saying it blew up a gas and crude trunk line belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

APC chair, Oyegun, faults calls for party’s campaign funds probe

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has faulted calls for investigation into the funding of the party’s 2015 presidential campaign, which brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power. Mr. Buhari won the March 28 presidential election defeating Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party. The funding of…

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

No group will illegally occupy Nigerian communities under my watch— Police IG, Arase

Solomon Arase, the Inspector-General of Police, on Thursday assured that no group will overrun the country or illegally occupy any part of it under his watch as the chief police officer. Mr. Arase gave the assurance in Abuja at a public hearing on the influx of herdsmen to Benue, organised…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

EFCC has secured 140 convictions, recovered billions of dollars in 6 months – Magu

Within the last six months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured more than 140 convictions and recovered billions of dollars in stolen funds from unscrupulous individuals, the anti-graft body’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has said. Mr. Magu spoke Thursday at a rally organised by the EFCC to sensitise Nigerian…

Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara.

How Speaker Dogara helped to quietly push Sharia bill through second reading

A member of the House of Representatives criticised over a controversial pro-Sharia bill which he sponsored, has said he was advised by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to quietly speed the bill through a second reading to avoid controversy. In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday, Abdullahi Salame, representing Gwadabawa/Illela federal…

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“I’m guilty,” says army colonel who bags 7-year jail for land fraud

Justice F. N. Yunusa of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on Wednesday sentenced one Eugene Okpala, a 62-year old retired colonel to seven years imprisonment in a case of conspiracy, and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N34.5million (thirty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) brought against…

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Controversial Sharia bill aimed at protecting Christians in northern Nigeria – Sponsor

Abdullahi Salame, the lawmaker representing Gwadabawa/Illela federal constituency, Sokoto State, has dismissed insinuations that his controversial pro-Sharia bill is aimed at expanding the Islamic legal system across a secular Nigeria. Mr. Salame said his constitutional amendment proposal is actually designed to protect Christians from wanton attacks in Northern Nigeria. The…

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Major shake-up as Nigerian Air Force redeploys top officers

The headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force has announced a major restructuring with the redeployment of some of its top officers. The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, announced the redeployment via a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday. Mr. Famuyiwa, Group Captain, said the…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Violent herdsmen may have Boko Haram ties — Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said on Thursday in Abeokuta that violent herdsmen ravaging some parts of the country may have links with the Boko Haram. Mr. Buratai, who spoke during a courtesy call on Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, said the Nigerian Army was investigating the activities…

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Why I’m in NAN — New MD, Bayo Onanuga

Bayo Onanuga, the new Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria has pledged to "improve things" and ensure that the agency ``gets better’’. Mr. Onanuga made the pledge while addressing some staffers of the agency in Abuja on Thursday. "I want to assure all of you that I have…

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Rescued Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru, delivers baby girl in Yenagoa

Ese Oruru, the 14-year old girl, allegedly abducted from Yenagoa and taken to Kano, on Thursday gave birth to a baby girl at the Government House Clinic in Yenagoa. Charles Oruru, Ese’s father, said in a telephone interview that his granddaughter and daughter were in good health. “Ese delivered a…

L-R: Lawyer to late Rashidi Yekini, Jibril Olanrewaju; daughters of the deceased, Yemisi and Omoyemi, during a press conference in Lagos on May 26, 2016.

Rashidi Yekini’s children want inquest 4 years after father’s death

Yemisi and Omoyemi, daughters of late football icon, Rashidi Yekini, have renewed their demand for an inquest into the death of their father. Yekini died on May 4, 2012, at the age of 49. The family said the circumstances of his death were unclear, for his two daughters, it has…

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How bus conductor in Kaduna allegedly raped 5-year-old for 2 years

A 24-year old man, Haruna Tukur, who works as a bus conductor in Kaduna, has been accused of serially raping a five-year old girl (name withheld). Mr. Tukur was arrested and charged to a magistrate court in Kaduna on February 29, this year, for allegedly raping the minor. But that…

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Remain on strike if you like, I can’t sell myself to pay salaries, Fayose tells striking workers

Workers in Ekiti State on Thursday began an indefinite strike over government's inability to pay five months salary arrears and for failing to refund deductions made from their December 2015 salaries. The strike brought the state capital to a halt as government offices and public schools remained shut. But the…

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In Children’s Day message, Buhari reaffirms commitment to electoral promises

I heartily greet and felicitate with all Nigerian children on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day celebration. I seize the opportunity of this year's celebration which comes just two days before the first anniversary of the present Administration, to reassure our children and youth that we remain fully committed…

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“Change not instant coffee,” Lai Mohammed tells Nigerians

The Nigerian government on Thursday asked Nigerians to be hopeful of a better future, saying a "long suffering" people always enjoy enduring prosperity afterwards. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the message of hope at a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) ahead…

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Real Reason Amaechi turned against Jonathan – Ibim Semenitari

One year after Goodluck Jonathan became the first sitting Nigerian president to be voted out of office, more light has been shed on why one of his closest allies and former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, worked against him. The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission and…

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Don’t let our son die, Olisa Metuh’s family begs govt.

The family of the immediate past spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has pleaded with Nigerian authorities not to let its son die without receiving proper medical attention. Mr. Metuh is currently facing prosecution for allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of the National Security Adviser…