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Nigeria transports 18,909 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Saturday said it had transported 18,909 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 pilgrimage. About 76,000 intending pilgrims from the 36 states and Abuja are expected to participate in this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The Director, Public Affairs of the…

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Cameroonian Journalists Union, CPJ, Others Condemn Arrest Of Nigerian-Based Journalist

The President of the Cameroon Journalism Trade Union, Dennis Nkwebo, has condemned the arrest of a Nigerian-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, who is being detained by the country’s military authorities on charges of espionage. The President of the Cameroon Union of Journalists, Charles Ndi Chia, and the Committee for the…

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INTERVIEW: Why I’m fighting Governor El-Rufai — Shehu Sani

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' team of Musikilu Mojeed, Bassey Udo and Lere Mohammed, Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, speaks about speaks about federal lawmakers' controversial jumbo pay, his disagreement with his state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and other issues. PT: How has the transition been from activism…

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D’Tigers defeat Senegal to reach first Afrobasket final since 2003

Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, took a giant step towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday night in Rades. They defeated their Senegalese opponent 88-79 in overtime to reach their first FIBA finals. By the victory, they have now avenged their 2013 defeat by Senegal. They will now…

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Presidency attacks PDP, says Jonathan’s economic achievements fake

The presidency has advised the Peoples Democratic Party "to stop its pathetic efforts to play down President Muhammadu Buhari's achievements in his first 100 days in office and bury its head in shame for subjecting Nigeria to the worst economic plunder through corruption in its recent history". Reacting to a…

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Police to promote 40,000 in next two months, says I-G

The Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase on Saturday said about 40,000 policemen between the rank of constable and inspector would be promoted in the next two months. Mr. Arase, who disclosed this during his private visit to Lagos, noted that the rank and file were the officers doing the major…

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Kogi University ASUU threatens industrial action

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Kogi State University, says it will resume an industrial action suspended in May over unpaid allowances of N1 billion to its members. The Acting Chairman of the union, Dr. Gbenga Aina, told newsmen in Anyigba on Saturday that the lecturers had resolved to…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan, Alison-Madueke, CSO Obuah in trouble over $6.9million ‘mobile stage’ scandal

Between himself, his Chief Security Officer and the former Petroluem Minister, former President Goodluck Jonathan spent, in just one deal, a princely $6.9 million dollars to buy three 40-feet mobile stages for use during mass public speaking events, investigations have now revealed. Federal government investigators and security agencies say this…

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EPL Round Up: Iheanacho makes Premier League debut as Chelsea, Liverpool suffer shock home defeats

Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho on Saturday finally made his long awaited Premier League debut as he made a cameo appearance in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. Iheanacho came on in the 89th minute for Raheem Sterling who was one of the goal scorers in…

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Nigerian economy worse in 90 days of APC – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as alarming, the "damage" so far done on the nation’s economy by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, since it took office at the center, three months ago. The party said the "shambolic" state of the nation’s economy within the period…

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IAAF World Championships: Bolt picks third gold as Jamaica wins 4x100m double

After his heroics in the 100m and 200m events, world’s fastest man Usain Bolt has added another feather to his cap as he helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100 metres men’s event on Saturday at the ongoing IAAF World Championships. The 29-year-old ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans…

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20 die of cholera in Bauchi State

Twenty persons have died of cholera in the Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State. This is contained in a statement made available by the Information Officer in the LGA, Danlami Baza, in Bauchi on Saturday. Mr. Baza said 200 persons were admitted in the hospital. He added that the…

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Buhari will not marginalize any part of Nigeria — Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians for calm and has assured he will not marginalise any section of the country in subsequent appointments, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said Saturday. Mr. Shehu said the appointments made so far were a “tip of an…

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IAAF World Championships: Mixed fortunes for Nigeria as 4x100m team crashes out

It was mixed fortunes for Team Nigeria's relay teams on Saturday at the ongoing IAAF World Championships as the quartet for the 4x100m Women’s event crashed out in the heats while the 4x400m qualified for Sunday’s final in a highly commendable manner. In the 4x100m, Blessing Okagbare, was conspicuously missing…

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How Nigerian Air Force plane crashed, killing all passengers, crew — Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force on Saturday said all passengers and crew on board the Dornier-228 aircraft were killed in the crash that occurred Saturday morning. NAF spokesperson, Dele Alonge, told PREMIUM TIMES that while the number of passengers and pilot on board are yet to be ascertained, there were no…

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SSS disrupts Boko Haram spy network at Abuja airport, arrests suspect

The State Security Service, SSS, said it has disrupted a spying network mounted by the Boko Haram terrorists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The SSS arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Sulaiymon Abdulraman, from Kogi State, in connection with the spy network, a statement by a spokesperson for…

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Rain wreaks havoc in Adamawa town recaptured from Boko Haram

A heavy rain has rendered homeless, hundreds of returnee displaced persons in Pella town, one of the towns in Adamawa State liberated from Boko Haram insurgents. While it was still uncertain if deaths occurred, many mud-made homes were washed away by the flood caused by the rain that started at…

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Rivers guber poll: Tribunal blocks APC from scanning election materials

The Rivers Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday dismissed an application by the All Progressives Congress to scan and crop all the materials used for 2015 governorship election in the State. The APC and its candidate in the April 11 governorship election, Dakuku Peterside, are seeking the…

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Nigeria-based journalist arrested in Cameroon, accused of spying for Boko Haram

A Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, has been arrested by Cameroonian authorities as he investigated the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country's far north. The journalist, who managed to leave a messages on his Facebook page before he was locked up Friday, said he was arrested for venturing,…

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Ogun Governor’s wife denies arrest in London for money laundering

Olufunsho Amosun, the wife of the Ogun State Governor, has debunked speculations that she was recently arrested in the United Kingdom over money laundering allegations, saying the false tales were spread by those bent on destroying her image. Mrs. Amosun made the clarification at State Hospital, Abeokuta, on Friday during…

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D’Tigers need to play team basketball to beat Senegal

The stage is set and the players are ready. Will it be revenge or consolidation of strength when Nigeria’s national basketball team, D’Tigers, confront the Senegalese team in Rades tonight? The match will see the two West African rivals jostling for a final ticket to the FIBA Afrobasket Championship final…

From left to right: Michael Harvey, USAID Country Director; Dehab Ghebreab,‎ Acting U.S. Consul General; and Linus Awute, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health at the launch of the Warehouse-in-a-box project in Lagos.

How Nigerian permanent secretary ‘apologized’ to US officials, guests for arriving late

For almost three hours on Thursday,‎ invited guests, journalists, and United States officials waited in Lagos for the arrival of a high ranking official of the Nigerian government. It was the ‎launch of the “Warehouse-in-a-box,” a US$5 million project by the U.S. Agency for International Development in collaboration with the…

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Nigeria MDGs office deletes project tracker from website after PREMIUM TIMES borehole story

The Nigeria Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Office has deleted an online tool, project tracker, from its website days after PREMIUM TIMES exposed how the office spent N154 million to construct a single borehole. The story, published Tuesday, showed how the office spent outrageous sums to build boreholes around Abuja. The…

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Uproar over Buhari’s appointments antics of jobless politicians — Keyamo

A human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has criticized the uproar that greeted the recent government appointments ‎made by President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement Friday, Mr. Keyamo said majority of Nigerians are only interested in good governance and not the ethnic origin of a government appointee. "The so-called 'uproar' over…

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Late Oba Sijuwade lamented Yoruba marginalisation before he died – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday said the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, shortly before his death, lamented that the Yoruba people were marginalised in the scheme of things in the country. He said this when he paid a condolence visit over the passage of the Ooni to…