Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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Sacked senators still on Senate website as lawmakers

Dino Melaye, Yari, other sacked senators still on Senate website as lawmakers

Long after being sacked from their positions by the courts, some politicians elected into the 9th session of the Senate have their names still on the official roll call of Nigerian senators. Days of scrutinizing the website of the National Assembly show that at least seven senators who are not…

Amotekun [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

UPDATED: Amotekun by South-west is illegal, Nigerian government declares

The Nigerian government has declared a regional security outfit, Amotekun, formed by states in the South-west geopolitical zone as illegal. Governors in the region announced the formation of the regional paramilitary outfit last week to complement the work of the police. Policing is a federal duty under the exclusive list of…

Shiites protesters being arrested by the Nigeria Police (Photo Credit: @uche_ezeonye on Twitter)

ICC expresses concern over ‘evidence tampering’ on 2015 Shiites killings

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has expressed concerns over alleged attempts to tamper or destroy evidence concerning the December 2015 massacre of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). No names of those behind the alleged evidence tampering were given, but top Nigerian military…

ARMY: Nigerian Soldiers (Army) on duty. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian]

ICC identifies potential war crimes by Nigerian security forces, Boko Haram

The Office of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has outlined 10 possible cases it could press against Nigerian security forces and the three factions of insurgent groups operating under the popular name of Boko Haram. The war against Boko Haram has lingered on since 2009, spreading to swathes…

Shehu Sani

EFCC arrests Senator Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central in the last Senate, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mr Sani was arrested for allegedly collecting money in the name of the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, sources told this newspaper. A source…

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke dragged by the EFCC.

How $2.2 million New York apartment purchase raised questions over Diezani’s Dominican diplomatic status

A New York apartment hurriedly purchased by a shoddy company registered in the American state of Delaware is raising fresh questions over the circumstances leading to the conferment of diplomatic status on Nigeria’s former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, by the Commonwealth of Dominica. The revelation first emerged in “Diplomats for…

Yewande Sadiku

Court bars NIPC from spending N5.6 billon IGR

A federal high court in Abuja has stopped the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) from spending internally generated revenue (IGR) accrued by the agency for 2018 and 2019. The amount, according to court papers seeing by PREMIUM TIMES, stands at N5.6 billion. The restraining order was given following an ex-parte…

Goje Danjuma after meeting with Buhari

I won’t contest election at any level again – Goje

A former governor of Gombe State and serving senator, Muhammadu Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe), on Saturday announced his intention not to contest election again. Mr Goje who disclosed this during an empowerment programme, tagged, "Goje Empowerment Programme" at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe State, said he would, however, remain in politics.…

Abdulaziz Yari Former Governor of Zamfara State

How ex-Zamfara governor Yari paid self, deputy N525 million two days to handover

When a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, wrote his successor, requesting N10 million monthly upkeep, in addition to his monthly pension as former governor, it generated furore across the country. In the October 17 letter, Mr Yari told the incumbent governor, Bello Matawalle, that he had not enjoyed…

Yewande Sadiku

Crisis rocks Nigeria’s investment agency over ‘anti-Buhari’ comment

A crisis is brewing at the Nigerian agency responsible for sourcing and coordinating foreign investment, the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). A frosty relationship between the executive secretary of the commission, Yewande Sadiku, and the governing council of the commission led by Babangida Nguroje, a former deputy speaker of the…

Donkeys

Why I sponsored bill to protect Nigerian donkeys — Lawmaker

A member of the House of Representatives, Garba Muhammad, said his sponsorship of a bill to protect donkeys and ban the exportation of their body parts was to protect the animals from extinction and preserve their socio-economic roles. The bill was passed by the lower chamber of the National Assembly…

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…