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BREAKING: Brother to Cross Rivers Governor, Ayade, arrested over alleged N2.4billion fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a brother to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State over alleged N2.4billion contract scam. Sources at the EFCC told PREMIUM TIMES that Francis Ayade was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the scam. Mr. Ayade, managing director of Leophina Nigeria Limited…

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Bangladesh army hails Nigerian military over defeat of Boko Haram  

Officials of the Bangladesh army on Tuesday commended the current leadership of the Nigerian military for decimating the Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria within a very short period of its mandate.  This commendation was made when a team of the Bangladesh National Defence College on Geo-strategic study tour  of Nigeria visited the Chief of Defence…

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Saraki’s corruption trial: Tribunal fixes October 5 for ruling on fresh application

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Monday fixed October 5, 2016, for a ruling on a motion by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki. Mr. Saraki had on June 14 filed the motion seeking to halt hearing on the criminal charges pending against him,…

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How gunmen abducted Kaduna assembly member

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday, abducted Ibrahim Samaila,  a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly,   representing Tudun Wada Constituency. Mr. Samaila, the Chairman of the Assembly's  committee on education, was abducted at gunpoint in Abakpa, in the Kaduna North Local Government area of the state, a witness said.…

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300 Boko Haram terrorists killed as Nigerian Air Force intensifies aerial bombings

The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday said it killed about 300 Boko Haram members during a recent aerial bombardments of terrorist locations in the North-East of Nigeria. The Director of Public Relations and Information for the Air Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement emailed to PREMIUM TIMES that the…

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WHO commends Nigeria’s handling of fresh polio outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Nigeria on its prompt management of the recent new poliovirus outbreak in Borno State. The world health body's regional director, Matshiduso Moeti, made the commendation at the 66th session of the African Regional Committee Meeting holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She praised the…

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Budget Padding Scandal: Anti-graft panel to quiz ex-Appropriation chair, Jibrin

The Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption has invited a former chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abulmumin Jibrin, over the unfolding budget padding scandal, PREMIUM TIMES learnt Tuesday. The invitation followed repeated calls from Mr. Jibrin that anti-graft agencies should investigate the veracity of his scathing petitions against the Speaker…

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Adamawa workers shut Govt. House, demand removal of officials

Civil servants in Adamawa on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the Government House, Yola, calling for the removal of three government officials from office. The protesters, led by the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dauda Maina, shut the entrance to government house for several hours. They…

PIC. 27. U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY VISITS PRESIDENT BUHARI IN ABUJA

Buhari opens up to U.S Secretary of State about Niger Delta, Boko Haram, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the anti-corruption crusade in the country will be deepened and institutionalized to last beyond the life of the current administration. Receiving the U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, at in State House, Abuja, Tuesday, the president declared: "We will insist on the standards we're…

Governor Adams Oshiomhole and former Governor Oserheimen Osunbor during the decamping of the former Governor to the All progressives Congress in Edo State.

Former PDP governor says party is “evil”

Former governor of Edo, Oserheimen Osunbor, said he was declared disloyal by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he refused to share the state’s resources to party leaders. Mr. Osunbor, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2015 general elections, said this at APC’s campaign rally in Iruekpen,…

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Economic Crisis: Buhari yet to request emergency powers – Presidency

The presidency on Monday denied news reports that President Muhammadu Buhari was seeking emergency powers from the National Assembly in order to tackle the lingering economic crisis in the country. In a statement by the Special Assistant to the Vice President on Public Affairs, Laolu Akande, said an economic management…

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Ebonyi jailbreak: Rights group demands names of ‘killed’ inmates

A rights group, Campaign for Democracy in Ebonyi State has given the Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, 48 hours to release the names of prison inmates killed by prison officials during the purported jailbreak at the Abakaliki prisons. The group is accusing prison authorities of opening fire…

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Gowon meets Buhari over Chibok girls, economy

Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Tuesday, said he went to inform the president about his trip abroad, to also discuss other matters affecting the nation. Speaking shortly after emerging from a closed-door meeting with the president, Mr. Gowon, who…

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Justice Abang declines hearing kinsmen suit

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court on Thursday disqualified himself from hearing the case of Incorporated Trustees of Oron Union in the interest of justice and fairplay. Mr. Abang said: “Having regard to the fact that I am from the Oron nation, an ethnic group in Akwa Ibom…

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187 Ministries, Depts, Agencies yet to submit procurement records — BPP

Only 355 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government have complied with the directive to collate and submit 2014 procurement records to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP). BPP Head, Public Relations Unit, Thomas Odemwingie, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in…

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Muslims not welcome in Czech Republic – Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Bohuslav Sobotka, has warned that its government did not want a larger Muslim presence in the country. He, however, said on Tuesday in Prague that while the country shared Germany's desire to stem the tide of refugees from the Middle East, yet the country had…

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Police seal Kwankwaso’s residence in Kano

Armed policemen on Tuesday sealed the residence of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, located on Lugard Road in Kano metropolis. The house also serves as headquarters of the group loyal to the former governor popularly known as Kwankwasiyya. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf, confirmed…

PIC. 2. POLICE CADET EXAMINATION AT OKAKA IN YENAGOA

10,000 new personnel for Nigeria Police to undergo 9 tests

The Nigeria Police Force will subject successful candidates in the ongoing recruitment exercise to compulsory polygraph test (lie detector test) this test will be in addition to the general background check, biometrics, medical, physical examination, aptitude, oral and psychological tests. The Police will also conduct a thorough verification of all…

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Why we boycotted BringBackOurGirls Group march – Chibok Parents

Parents of the missing Chibok girls have explained why they did not join the protest march that took place yesterday in Abuja. Yakubu Nkeki, the leader of the missing girls’ parents who lives in Chibok, told the News Agency of Nigeria via phone that parents of the abducted girls based…

Jumoke Anifowose, governorship aspirant of the APC in Ondo State

INTERVIEW: Nigerians not doing enough to check corrupt governors – Ondo guber candidate

Jumoke Anifowose is a gubernatorial aspirant in the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, ahead of the August 27 party primaries, the daughter of the first civilian governor of the state (Adekunle Ajasin) talks about her chances, her visions for the state, and the party politics.…

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How Zamfara ‘blasphemy’ mob killings occurred

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained further details of the killings in the Talata Marafa town of Zamfara State, where eight residents were burnt to death by a mob suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic. The details emerged just as President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings and promised justice for…

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Buhari condemns Zamfara ‘blasphemy’ killings, pledges justice

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of at eight persons in Zamfara State on the allegation of “blasphemy”. A mob, suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, on Monday descended on a man they accused of blaspheming the Prophet of Islam. They later set those who tried to…

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Nigerian workers blast Govs Okorocha, Al-Makura, Ortom, say they’re slave masters

Nigerian workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Labour Congress and its affiliate organizations marched in Lagos, Tuesday, over non payment of their members salaries in over 20 states across the country. The workers singled out Governors Rochas Okorocha, Tanko Al-Makura, and Samuel Ortom of Imo, Nasarawa, and Benue respectively…

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U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, arrives Nigeria’s presidential villa

The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, has arrived the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, and top government officials. Mr. Kerry's motorcade arrived the villa at about 3pm and was received by Mr. Buhari's State Chief of Protocol, Lawal Kazaure. Reporters were…

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Kerry visits Sultan, says world losing $2.6trn annually to corruption

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Monday said the world lost 2.6 trillion dollars to corruption annually. Kerry made this known when he visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III, in his palace in Sokoto on Tuesday. He said the money being lost to corruption across the…