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Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu misses President Buhari’s phone call, receives sms

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has narrated how he missed the president’s phone call on Saturday. The presidential aide, who made this known on his Facebook page on Saturday, said Mr. Buhari originated a call to him from his London abode…

Nigerian Soldiers
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Explosive kills soldier, 2 others in Niger State

A hand-held grenade exploded on Saturday at Bari village, Bangi Local Government Area of Niger, killing a soldier and two villagers. According to Bala Elkalla, spokesman of the Niger State Police Command, the explosive also injured four other villagers. Mr. Elkalla said the soldier, who is serving in Maiduguri, obtained…

Toke Makinwa with estranged husband, Maje Ayida

Ayida slams estranged wife Toke Makinwa with N100 million lawsuit

Maje Ayida , Toke Makinwa’s estranged husband, has sued her for N100 million for defamation of character. Makinwa, a TV host had written a tell-it-all book “On Becoming”, documenting her marriage to Ayida, a celebrity gym expert, that went sour. In an earlier letter, Ayida’s lawyers had written to Makinwa…

Abuja Airport

Nigerian govt recalls sacked NCAA directors

The Federal Government has recalled two out of the nine directors who were sacked from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Friday. The duo are Adamu Abdullahi, Director of Consumer Protection, and Ayodele Sasegbon, Director of General Aviation. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, confirmed the development to…

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JAMB explains why candidates can no longer apply to two public universities

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed why it restricted candidates from choosing two public universities during the 2017 online registration. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday that the choice of public universities was restricted to one but candidates can choose as many…

The Match between Shooting Stars and Remo Stars FC

Nigerian League: Remo Stars secure first away point

Newly promoted Remo Stars finally got their first away point in the Nigeria Professional Football League as they forced Shooting Stars to a 1-1 draw in the South West Derby played at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan. Sunday Faleye gave Shooting Stars a first half lead but Remo Stars…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Those speculating about my health are ‘mischief makers’ — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday that rumours about his death in London were being peddled by "mischief makers". The president said this when he spoke to his media adviser, Femi Adesina, by phone on Saturday. “I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers,” Mr. Adesina quoted Mr.…

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EPL: Victor Moses cruises to victory with Chelsea

Nigerian international, Victor Moses, had his 50th start for Chelsea on Saturday and it was a memorable one for him as his team cruised to a 3-1 win over Swansea City. Though Moses was culpable in the solitary goal scored by Swansea City, it did not take too much away…

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Expert warns on dangers of tobacco farming

An expert on tobacco-induced diseases, Akin Adebiyi, has warned tobacco farmers of the harmful effects of cultivating the crop. Mr. Adebiyi, a medical doctor at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, said tobacco farmers should form a co-operative and engage the government for alternative means of sustenance in farming. Tobacco cultivation…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Southern Kaduna: Osinbajo gives Police IG marching orders to halt killings — Presidency

Additional security measures, including a total deployment of 15, 285 policemen are now being put in place by the Nigeria Police Force in Southern Kaduna, days after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to Aso Rock over the violence in the area. People familiar…

Rev, Paul Emeka

Supreme Court affirms Assemblies of God’s General Overseer’s sack

The three-year-long leadership crisis in the Assemblies of God Church was on Friday laid to rest as the Supreme Court upheld the sack of the General Overseer of the Assemblies of God Church, Paul Emeka, for violating the church’s rules. In a unanimous judgment, the apex court dismissed the appeal…

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU) Katsina
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Buhari scraps special intervention funds for tertiary institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Tertiary Education Trust Fund’s special intervention funds given to tertiary institutions across the country be excluded in 2017 due to past abuses. Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary, TETFund said this on Monday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the intervention funds approved by the…

Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

Buhari not ‘witch-hunting’ anybody — SGF

The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is laying a solid foundation for the future generation through his leadership style. Mr. Lawal spoke at a roundtable with top government officials in Owerri on Saturday. The SGF was in Owerri on Friday…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai hails Southern Kaduna community for rescuing 30 victims

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has commended Zauru community in Zangon Kataf local government for rescuing 30 persons who were attacked by hoodlums. The governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Kaduna. The Zauru community in Bajju Chiefdom had on Wednesday resisted a…

Gov Amosun helping a victim of the accident.

Gov. Amosun rescues accident victims

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday joined other witnesses in rescuing victims of a car accident along Akure-Ondo Highway. Mr. Amosun was returning from the inauguration ceremony of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in Akure, on Saturday, when he met victims of the crash. The governor stopped at the…

Governors Ayodele Fayose

Fayose berates SSS over arrest of former PDP governorship candidate

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the arrest and detention of a former governorship aspirant of the party in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, by operatives of State Security Service, SSS, describing the arrest and detention as a continuation of…

Master Peter Nwigwe

Ebonyi govt ‘bureaucracy’ delays teenage leprosy patient’s treatment

A non-governmental organization, Good Living Initiative, has accused officials of the Ebonyi State Government of delaying the treatment of an indigent boy diagnosed as having leprosy. The director of the organisation, Stella Chukwuma, stated this in Abakaliki while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES. Mrs. Chukwuma said she picked up the 13-…

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FACT-CHECK: Presidency wrong again; Nigeria not world’s second-largest rice producer

Nigeria is not the world’s second-largest producer of rice as recently claimed by the Buhari administration. Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, made the claim on February 18 while addressing university students in Abuja. “As I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice…

Gov Wike and security operatives

Wike orders arrest of 15 mechanics caught burning tyres, oil

In furtherance of the fight against air pollution in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike on Friday ordered the arrest of 15 mechanics engaged in the burning of used tyres and condemned engine oil. The governor gave the order when he drove by a premises where the burning was taking place.…

Nigerian Lawmaker Sani Zorro

Nigeria to issue UN passport to ‘stateless’ persons — Lawmaker

Sani Zorro, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), says the Nigerian government plans to issue United Nations passport to people at risk of being stateless. Mr. Zorro made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, in Abuja, marking the…

Enugu State governor Ugwanyi[Photo Credit: Catholic Diocese of Nnsukka

School apologises after teacher called in armed police to threaten pupils over assignments

The Management of Early Dew Montessori Academy, Enugu, has tendered an unreserved apology to Enugu State Government for the untoward and unprofessional act displayed by a teacher in the school. A teacher had invited armed police officers to the school premises to threaten some school children between the ages of…

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

Why I attended Akeredolu’s inauguration — Fayose

Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti said on Friday that he attended the inauguration of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo for Yoruba unity. Mr. Fayose, a prominent member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti.…

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Morocco seeks to join ECOWAS

Morocco, a north African country, has officially requested to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a full member. According to APA, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation issued a statement on the plan to join the 15-member West African bloc. The kingdom of Morocco has…

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Trump’s White House bars New York Times, CNN, others from briefing

Several major U.S. media outlets including the New York Times, CNN and Los Angeles Times were barred from attending Friday White House briefing, indicating a worsening relationship between the media and the controversial Trump administration. Since he was sworn in on 20 January, Mr. Trump has been attacking the US…

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Nigeria Customs Targets N1.1 trillion Revenue in 2017

The management of the Nigeria Customs Service, NSC, has set a revenue target of N1.1 trillion for 2017. The Comptroller-General of the agency, Hameed Ali, made this known during a strategy meeting with Customs Area Controllers, CAC. A statement released, Friday, by the agency’s spokesman, Joseph Attah, said the customs…