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U.S. condemns recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

The United States Government has condemned the latest Boko Haram onslaught in North East Nigeria…

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APC Senators defy party, nominate Ali Ndume as Majority leader

All Progressives Congress senators have nominated Ali Ndume as the Majority Leader of the Senate,…

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House of Reps sitting disrupted as members engage in free-for-all

The House of Representatives descended into full blown crisis Thursday as rancorous members disrupted its…

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UN not equipped for internet governance — U.S.

The United Nations is not equipped to regulate the internet and lead with international decision making on policies that will shape the future of the internet, the United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Catherine Novelli, has said. Ms. Novelli made the assertion last…

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EFCC grants ex-Minister Etete bail over $1.1 bn Malabu fraud

For the second time in a week, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission has placed a former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete who is being investigated for a curious huge transfer made to Switzerland in relation to the dubious $1.1 billion Malabu Oil deal, on an administrative bail. The Economic…

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NASS Crisis: Saraki Stops Move To Challenge His Election

The Senate President Bukola Saraki, Wednesday, blocked an attempt by a senator to question the legality of the June 9 elections of himself and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Mr. Saraki emerged the Senate President unopposed, while Mr. Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party, was elected deputy Senate President…

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New PDP leaders to emerge August – Party

The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that a new national chairman of the party, as well as a new BoT chair, will emerge three months after the resignation of former holders of the positions. The secretary of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, made the disclosure…

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EFCC begins probe of ex-Governor Akpabio over alleged N108.1bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun investigation into alleged theft of N108.1billion of Akwa Ibom funds by former Governor Godswill Akpabio. The action followed a petition forwarded to the commission by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong. Mr. Ekpenyong had on June 8 petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Why Nigerian govt. should scrap women affairs ministry – Human Rights chief

The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has said there is a need for the Nigerian government to scrap the Ministry of Women Affairs. Speaking at a forum attended by top editors and staff of NHRC, Mr. Odinkalu said the women affairs ministry, as presently constituted, lacks the political…

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Buhari denies ejecting SSS from Aso Rock villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday dispelled rumours that State Security Service operatives have been expelled from the Presidential Villa. Mr. Buhari, who spoke through his Senior Adviser, Femi Adesina, said the speculations on the expulsion of the SSS operatives were unfounded. A statement from the presidency said: "Rumours that personnel…

Nigerian campaigners seek more action against gender-based violence

Men in Nigeria have joined in speaking up against various forms of violence against women and girls around the globe. Joining women to commemorate the International Widows Day, the Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership Strategy, Otive Igbuzor, said he was not just interested in reducing the rate of gender…

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NASS Crisis: Saraki blocks moves to read APC’s letter

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a move by some All Progressives Congress Senators to read the letter from the APC leadership recommending some senators to occupy specific principal officers of the senate. Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos East), who relied on Order 15 of the Senate Standing Order, urged that the President…

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5 Anambra students to represent Nigeria at world debate in Singapore

Five students from various secondary schools in Anambra will represent Nigeria at the 27th World Schools Debating Championship scheduled for Singapore from June 27 and July 3. The students are: Adachukwu Onyekwena (Girls Secondary School, Amaenyi, Awka), Nnamdi Udoji (Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha) and Chinemerem Oguaba (Awada Secondary School,…

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Ben Bruce wants Nigerian youth appointed ministers

Ben Murray Bruce, a Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, said on Wednesday that youth between the ages of 20 to 40 should be appointed ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Bruce stated this in a series of tweets on his twitter handle, @benmurraybruce while discussing youth empowerment. “If we…

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NLC leadership crisis deepens as Wabba, Aremu trade barbs

The post-election crisis that engulfed the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) appears to have taken a turn for the worse, as the factional President, Ayuba Wabba, declared his arch rivals, Joe Ajaero and Issa Aremu “serial blackmailers” and “criminal impersonators.” Mr. Wabba, who was sworn in as…

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NASS Leadership Crisis: Buhari, APC Govs tell Saraki, others to respect party

President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress governors have asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to accept the party’s nominees for the remaining leadership positions in the Senate. They stated this position at a meeting, Tuesday night, at the Presidential Villa. The leadership of the APC had nominated Senators…

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Military chiefs to retain “essential check points”

Nigeria’s military chiefs have resolved to retain check points they consider essential in dealing with insecurity. The service chiefs met on Wednesday in Abuja to discuss President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on the removal of check points nationwide. A source briefed about the outcome of the meeting, told PREMIUM TIMES that…

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NASS Crisis: North Central, South East lawmakers reject APC’s directive on Principal Officers

Members of the House of Representatives from North Central and South East regions, who belong to the All Progressives Congress, APC, have rejected the party’s nominees for principal positions in the House. At separate media briefings Wednesday, the lawmakers said the party’s choices of principal officers violate the federal character…

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Senate summons NNPC over oil refineries

The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to examine the conditions of the nation’s four refineries. The decision was taken following a motion urging the Senate to act in respect of incessant fuel tanker tragedies on Nigeria's highways. The motion was introduced by Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos…

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House of Reps probes NNPC over Crude Oil Swap Scam

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged scams in the Refined Product Exchange Agreement, commonly called crude oil swaps contracts, involving the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and some companies. Following a motion sponsored by Michael Enyong, from Akwa Ibom State, the House at its sitting on Wednesday, resolved…

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Missing $20 bn: Again, NNPC fails to refund $1.48 bn

For the umpteenth time, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Tuesday failed to refund to the Federation Account $1.48 billion balance of an alleged missing $20 billion oil money. An audit ordered by the Goodluck Jonathan administration recommended that $1.48 billion be paid by NNPC to the government. The…

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Saraki, Dogara, dare APC; reject party’s choices of principal officers for Senate, House

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have yet again defied their party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, rejecting the APC’s nominees for top leadership positions in the two chambers of the National Assembly. Messrs Saraki and Dogara defeated candidates nominated by…

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Buhari secures U.S., others’ support to recover billions stolen from Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in Abuja that his administration has received firm assurances of cooperation from the United States and other countries on the recovery and repatriation of funds stolen from Nigeria. Speaking at an audience with members of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council led by the Sultan of…

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Stop Offering Excuses, PDP tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as evasive, diversionary and pre-emptive, the present government’s pile up of excuses for possible failure in delivering on its campaign promises to Nigerians. The PDP said it is unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC, who were privy to the nation’s dwindling…

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Saraki appoints Chief of Staff, media aide

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has appointed Isa Galaudu and Yusufu Olaniyonu as his Chief of Staff and Special Adviser, Media, respectively. A statement signed by the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly, Benedith Efeturi, said the appointments should take immediate effect. Mr. Galaudu is a former Senator who represented…