Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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Police in Anambra reunite kids stolen from Gombe with parents

The police in Anambra State said the origin of two children they recovered from a child-stealing syndicate in the state has been traced to Gombe State. PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday reported the police’s announcement of the recovery of two children suspected to have been stolen. That was the second time…

Journalists, scholars brainstorm on practice of investigative journalism in Africa

Journalists, scholars brainstorm on practice of investigative journalism in Africa

The African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) has kicked off in Johannesburg, South Africa, with about 300 participants from around the world. Journalists, media scholars and students are attending the conference from Monday at the University of Witwatersrand. Now in its 15th year, the conference this year assembles 90 speakers who…

Again, Police rescue two children from traffickers in Anambra

The police in Anambra have announced the rescue of two kids after smashing a suspected trafficking syndicate in Awka, the state capital. A statement at the weekend by Anambra police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police, said three women were arrested in connection to the crime. Two weeks ago,…

A daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra

I can’t speak Hausa fluently — Zahra Buhari

A daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra, on Friday, stunned guests at a BBC Hausa event when she revealed that she is unable to speak fluently in Hausa, her father’s language. The event was to unveil winners of a literary contest organised by the broadcast station. Mr Buhari is a…

NOUN Headquarters

Nigeria Open University introduces new courses [SEE LIST]

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has introduced 15 new academic programmes in different fields of study. NOUN’s pro chancellor, Peter Okebukola, a professor, unveiled the new programmes approved by the board of the university on Thursday. The university’s vice chancellor, Abdalla Adamu, said the open and distance learning…

AHMED BOBBOI, Executive Secretary Petroleum Eqlization Fund

EXCLUSIVE: Agency flouts Buhari’s directive on foreign trips

The Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) has sponsored four lawyers to the International Bar Association’s conference in Seoul, South Korea, in direct contravention of reiterated government’s ban on such trips. With dwindling revenue, the federal government placed an embargo on foreign trips in 2015. The government said only essential trips would…

Taraba-State-University Jalingo

Nigerian university expels student after Facebook criticism of governor

The Taraba State University has expelled a first-year student after he repeatedly criticised the state governor, Darius Ishaku, on Facebook. The school said it took the decision because the student had failed to "complete the registration processes" that include signing the matriculation oath form. Joseph Israel, who was admitted to…

Fatoyinbo

The Role Modele Fatoyinbo Played, by Yvonne Chuks

As the saying goes, “Courage is the one choice if you want to live your best life. It is the choice we make when we decide that fear is not strong enough to hold us back.” A courageous weakling will defeat a brawny but fearful warrior. In courage the brave…

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku

Taraba university expels student for criticizing governor on Facebook

The Taraba State University has expelled a 100 level student of the university for consistently criticising the state governor, Darius Ishaku, on Facebook. Joseph Israel, who was admitted to study Chemistry but later switched to Laboratory Science in the state-owned university, had his admission withdrawn on the excuse of not…

BUA Managing Director, Kabiru Rabiu

BUA managing director named best young African economic leader

The Managing Director of Bua Group, Kabiru Rabiu, has been named the best African economic leader under the age of 40. Mr Rabiu, who oversees operations of Bua Group’s diverse business interests, topped the rank of 100 CEOs and bureaucrats surveyed from across the continent. The annual listing tagged “100…

Murtala Ibrahim

Again, Federal Mortgage Bank sacks whistleblower after ‘reluctant’ reinstatement

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has again sacked Murtala Ibrahim, an auditor with the bank who blew the lid on official corruption three years ago. The dismissal, communicated to Mr Ibrahim on September 26, is the second time the FMBN management will axe the embattled whistleblower. On September…

Stop harassing young Nigerians carrying computers, ministry tells security agencies

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC), has frowned at wrongful profiling of young persons operating computing devices, urging for restraint. The spokesperson for the communications minister, Uwa Suleiman, in a statement on Tuesday, conveyed the ministry’s disapproval over “widespread harassment of young Nigerians with personal computers, tablets or phablets in…

Airline Management Support Limited (AMSL)

PROMOTED: Campaign of Calumny against Airline Management Support Limited

Our attention has been drawn to the wicked lies of one Kamani Desmond in Focus Naija and Mike Nifemi in Nobles Forum, against Our Client, Airline Management Support Limited (AMSL). Before then, we found out that similar falsehood had been peddled by a character with a pen name Mediaguruss in…

SGF Boss Mustapha

SGF, Abuja minister spearhead peace moves in Adamawa APC

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, have moved to reconcile aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State. Both Messrs Mustapha and Bello hail from the north-eastern state. The ruling APC…

NCC

9.2 million SIM cards ‘not properly registered’ — NCC

An estimated 9.2 million mobile telephone lines (SIM cards) in Nigeria are not properly registered in accordance with the standard procedure. Nigerian telecommunications regulator, National Communications Commission (NCC) reportedly disclosed this in a report sent to the Communications minister, Isa Pantami. The spokesperson of the minister, Uwa Suleiman, in a…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers)

How I stopped Jonathan from signing controversial constitutional amendment — Ex-AGF Adoke

But for his defiant stance to block amendments already signed by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria would have ended up with a “tyranny of the legislature”, former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, claims. In his memoir released this week, the former minister said Mr Jonathan had…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers)

How Jonathan accused me of supporting Buhari – Ex-AGF Adoke

A former Nigerian minister of justice, Mohammed Adoke, has revealed how his former boss, President Goodluck Jonathan, confronted him with allegation that he was sympathetic to then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. In a new book on his office years as the minister of justice and attorney general, Mr Adoke listed…

Taraba State on map

Federal govt, governors agree on terms for resolving Tiv/Jukun crisis

Nigeria’s federal government and leaders from Tiv and Jukun communities in Taraba and Benue States have outlined solutions to lingering crises between the two ethnic groups. A meeting attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, and his Taraba counterpart, Darius…

A foreign national enrolls into the e-registration exercise. Credit: NIS

Nigeria registers over 2,100 immigrants in two months — Official

The Nigerian government said it has registered 2,100 immigrants in one of its centres set up to document foreigners living in the country. The registration is part of a window promulgated by the federal government to enable all undocumented foreign nationals to present themselves for registration. A government statement said…

Xenophobia: Jim Ovia withdraws from World Economic Forum

Nigerian billionaire, Jim Ovia, has announced he his pulling out from the ongoing World Economic Forum holding in South Africa amidst increasing backlash over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in Johannesburg. A statement circulated Thursday morning by Zenith Bank, which Mr Ovia chairs, attributed with withdrawal to the…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of the 36 States (Photo Credit: thenigerianlawyer.com)

Buhari administration vows to free LG finances from state govts

The Nigerian government says it will free local governments’ finances from the control of state governors, describing the move as necessary for grassroots development. The government said it will achieve this by abolishing state and local governments joint accounts “through constitutional means”. The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF),…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

EXCLUSIVE: How families secured release of three ABU students after N5.5 million ransom payment

Contrary to a statement by the police, the three abducted students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, were not rescued but released by their abductors after the payment of hefty ransom. PREMIUM TIMES gathered from family sources that the families of the three students came together to negotiate with…

Mourners gathered at the residence of the district head in Katsina.

How bandits sacked Katsina town, kidnapped 49 people, stole ‘everything’

Shocking details have emerged of how a town in Katsina State was ransacked overnight and dozens of inhabitants and property carted away in an attack by bandits. Wurma, a border community near Zamfara State, was attacked late on Monday which went on till early morning on Tuesday. Wurma is located…

NAHCON’s acting chairman, Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed (left) with Nigerian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Muhammadu Isa Dodo (retired) during the post-Arafat briefing Thursday evening.

2019 hajj exercise very successful —Nigerian envoy

Nigeria’s participation in this year’s hajj exercise has been described as successful by the country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Muhammadu Dodo. Mr Dodo, a retired judge, commended the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), for supervising the exercise. The ambassador was speaking Thursday evening at the post-Arafat stakeholders meeting organised…

HAJJ: Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. [Photo credit: PBS]

Hajj: Clerics, pilgrims pray for Nigeria’s peace, prosperity

Islamic scholars and pilgrims from Nigeria spent a significant part of Arafat day, the most important day in the hajj ritual, to pray for peace, national unity and economic prosperity. A team of clerics, under the umbrella of Ulama committee of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), took turns…