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Fuel Scarcity Persists in Abuja

Fuel Scarcity: Oil workers urge Okonjo-Iweala to intervene

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, NUPENG, on Monday in Abuja called on the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to intervene in the current fuel crisis in the country. Isaac Aberare, the NUPENG General Secretary, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the intervention of the minister…

STAKEHOLDERS CONVERSATION ON COMMUNICATING GOVERNMENT POLICIES IN ABUJA (2)

Police arrest 50 protesting JAMB candidates in Benue

The Benue Police Command on Monday arrested 50 candidates of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for violent protests and stoning of security officials. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hyacinth Dagala, said the police intervened to prevent breakdown of law and order when the candidates started throwing…

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Tinubu threatens to sue AIT over documentary, demands N20 billion damages

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has threatened to sue the owners of African Independent Television for airing a documentary he deemed defamatory "in all respects". In a letter dated March 2, 2015, to the management of Daar Communications Limited, owners of AIT, Mr. Tinubu gave…

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Boko Haram: Chadian forces recapture Nigerian town, Dikwa

Chadian forces, who have joined their Nigerian counterparts in the fight against terrorist group, Boko Haram, have taken Dikwa town in Borno State, held earlier by the insurgents, Nigerian military insiders have told PREMIUM TIMES. Dikwa, which is the seat of the Dikwa Emirate, was recaptured at about 12:40 p.m.…

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Owners of 555 unclaimed voter cards in Ogun deceased — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun State has said 555 of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards belonged to dead persons. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Timothy Ibitoye, said this on Monday at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Commission at Magbon area of Abeokuta. He…

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Why Nigerian govt won’t fiddle with fuel subsidy removal

In spite seeing crude oil prices drop to unprecedented levels since July 2014, the federal government is not contemplating removing fuel subsidy and deregulating the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, PREMIUM TIMES can confirm. Removing fuel subsidy could save huge billions spent annually by government in subsidizing retail fuel…

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Persons living with disability in Plateau vow not to vote PDP

The Plateau state coordinator for the Persons Living with Disability in Nigeria, Bulus Shanding, has directed members of the group not to vote for the People's Democratic Party’s candidate seeking any political office in the country. Mr. Shanding said members of the group have suffered untold hardship in the outgoing…

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Nigeria Civil Defence arrests 41 beggars in Jigawa

The Nigeria Security and Civil Corps in Jigawa State on Monday said it arrested 41 beggars for seeking alms. The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Muhammad Gidado, said they were arrested in Dutse Local Government Area. Mr. Gidado said “more than 41 beggars were mopped up from the streets of…

Femi Fani-Kayode Appears in Court in Lagos

APC threatens to sue Fani-Kayode over Osinbajo, Tinubu oath claim

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential Campaign’s Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani-Kayode, to produce evidence on his claims of oath-taking and resignation of Vice presidential candidate, Yemi Osinbajo, for national leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, in the event that APC’s…

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Nigeria Navy hands over 11 suspected oil thieves to EFCC

The Nigerian Navy has handed over 11 suspected oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crime's Commission for prosecution, an official said Monday. Navy Captain Noel Madugu, Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base, Brass, said the suspects were on board the vessel “MT Redemption” which was arrested by Nigeria Navy Ship…

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Ebonyi judiciary workers call off two-month strike

The Judiciary Staff Union in Ebonyi on Monday in Abakaliki announced the calling off of its two- month-old industrial action. The Chairman of the union, Jude Ukason, who announced it, directed its members to return immediately to work. He said the strike was called off due to the agreement reached…

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Emergency patients lament poor attendance at Army hospital

Criticism has continued to trail the slow response of health personnel to accident and emergency cases at 44-Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna. Families of patient​s​ with emergency cases, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday in Kaduna, lamented the slow response in the hospital. An accident patient, Danladi Samuel,​ who…

Muhammadu Buhari speaking at Chatham House

Group alleges plot to assassinate Buhari

The Buhari Vanguard, a group supporting the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has accused the Nigerian Presidency and the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, of a sinister plot to assassinate Mr. Buhari. Mr. Buhari, 73, is the flag bearer of the APC in the March…

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Nigerian military clears​ Yobe community of terrorists

The Nigerian military on Monday said it has ​flushed out terrorists operating in KukawaGeri, a community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. In a tweet on its official page, the Defence Headquarters said troops have taken control of operations in the community. The DHQ also said cordon and…

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Fuel crisis worsens in Abuja as queues remain at petrol stations

In spite of assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Friday that the fuel scarcity that resurfaced in most major cities last Thursday would soon disappear, the situation worsened at the weekend in Abuja and environs. Long queues of anxious motorists continued to build outside most filling stations…

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Group seeks U.S., E.U. pressure against shift of Nigeria polls

The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice at the weekend called on the international community, particularly the European Union, United States and Canada, to pressure the Nigerian government to ensure rescheduled elections are held as planned. The civil society group said it was worried that after an inter-agency consultative…

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Pray for defeat of Boko Haram, Jonathan tells Easter pilgrims

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged prospective Easter Christian pilgrims to pray for peace in the country and the total defeat of Boko Haram militants. The President, represented by the Anambra Governor, Willy Obiano, gave the advice at the launch of the 2015 Easter Pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome on…

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Nigeria must return to First Republic structure to progress – ARG

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, has called for a return to the First Republic’s regional political structure or the constitution of Nigeria’s six geo-political zones into federating units. In the First Republic, Nigeria practised a true federalist system with three regions, Western, Eastern, and Northern, as federating units and each…

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Nigeria2015: Don’t remove Jega, CNPP warns Jonathan

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has expressed outrage over alleged plot by the presidency to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, from office before the expiration of his tenure in June. Media reports claimed at the weekend that the presidency had shortlisted four…

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APC slams Fani-Kayode for Osinbajo ‘resignation’ allegation

The Presidential Campaign Organization of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has lashed out at Femi Fani-Kayode and the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, for alleging that their vice presidential candidate had taken an oath to resign six months after assuming office. In a statement issued on Sunday, Dele Alake, Director of…

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Chelsea win Capital One Cup

The London club, Chelsea, have scooped their first trophy for the season after beating neighbours, Tottenham Hotspurs, 2-0 in the final of the Capital One Cup at the Wembley Stadium. Super Eagles midfielder, John Obi Mikel, was missing for the Blues as he is recovering from an injury but that…

Femi Fani-Kayode Appears in Court in Lagos

APC spent N5 billion on Buhari’s Chatham House speech, PDP campaign alleges

The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, spent N5 billion to set up a speaking engagement for its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, at Chatham House, London, last week. Mr. Buhari on Thursday presented a paper titled “Prospects for Democratic…

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Boko Haram: Ribadu commends Jonathan, Nigerian soldiers, others for successes

The Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate, Nuhu Ribadu, has lauded the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan and security operatives for routing the Boko Haram insurgents from occupied territories with minimal collateral damage. He said both the political leadership and the armed forces deserve a vote of confidence…

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How Buhari’s administration will fund social investments, safety nets – APC Campaign

The APC Presidential Campaign Organization, APCPCO, has assured that it will not impose any harsh tax regime on Nigerians but will rather employ existing tax policies of government to fund its people-oriented programmes. In a press statement by Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign…

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How Edo pastors shared ‘N7 billion PDP bribe’ – APC

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said over 400 clergymen in the state shared money offered as bribe to the Christian Association of Nigeria by the Peoples Democratic Party to support President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election. The party, in a statement…