Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria Central Bank endangers economy as bank illegally funnels huge cash to fund ‘broke federal govt.’

A massive and clearly illegal multi-source funding of the federal government by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) could drag the Nigerian economy to its knees, experts familiar with domestic monetary conditions and current happenings at the CBN have warned. The central bank had, in the last one year, pumped…

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CPJ criticises Cameroon over continued detention of Nigerian journalist, others

The Committee to Protect Journalist, CPJ, has criticised the government of Cameroon over rampant cases of harassment and arrest of journalists, including a Nigerian journalist working with Hausa Service of Radio France International, Ahmed Abba. CPJ called on the Confederation of African Football to withhold Cameroon’s right to host the…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Nigerian minister shut out of Supreme Court event

Nigeria's Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, was on Monday shut out of an event at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, commemorating a new legal year. The event is also earmarked for the swearing in of a new set of Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Mr. Dalung, himself a lawyer,…

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede. [Photo credit: Channels TV & YouTube.com]

INTERVIEW: Why we deported 50 foreigners from Nigeria — CG Immigration, Babandede

In this second part of an interview with the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, he tells PREMIUM TIMES the challenges faced by the service in managing the country’s vast border, and what the Immigration Service is doing in tackling irregular migration and abuse of permits by expatriates. He also…

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

INTERVIEW (PART 2): APGA no longer relevant in Igboland – ex-Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka

In the second part of this interview, Osita Chidoka speaks on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ‘third term’ bid. He also speaks on his aspiration to govern Anambra and other political matters. Read the first part of the interviewhere. Excerpts: PT: Was that the reason why you didn’t consider APC when you…

Shiites protest detention of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Nigerian Shiites write U.S. not to sell weapons to FG

A Nigerian Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, has written to the United States government urging it not to sell weapons or any military hardware to the Nigerian government. The letter, which was dated August 17 and signed by the head of the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, Abdulrahaman Abubakar,…

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede. [Photo credit: Channels TV & YouTube.com]

INTERVIEW: How I’m tackling corruption in Nigerian Immigration Service – Comptroller General

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, recently fielded questions from PREMIUM TIMES editors. In this first part of the interview, the Immigration boss speaks on a shocker on assuming duties as well as efforts he is making to tackle problems he met in the system, especially that of…

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

INTERVIEW: How we convinced Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari – Osita Chidoka

Osita Chidoka is a former Minister of Aviation, Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and currently a governorship aspirant in Anambra State. He recently spoke with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Idris Ibrahim on his years in the Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations as well…

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Nigerian writer Gimba Kakanda selected for prestigious Iowa Writing Program

Nigerian essayist and fiction writer, Gimba Kakanda, has been selected for the 2017 Iowa International Writing Program, IWP, residency at the University of Iowa, United States. Poet, essayist and fiction writer, Mr. Kakanda ran a column for PREMIUM TIMES, and contributed to many other publications. Mr. Kakanda's participation was announced…

Muhammed Babandede, Controller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (left) having a 'tete a tete' with H.E. Marcel de Souza, President, ECOWAS Commission, when he visited the commission in Abuja, 10th October, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Migration in West Africa takes centre stage as Nigeria hosts ECOWAS immigration chiefs

The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, hosts ECOWAS Heads of Immigration Meeting today. The meeting is convened to review and make recommendations on the protocol of free movement of persons, migration and irregular migration management as well as regional data sharing. PREMIUM TIMES will bring you live updates from the event.…

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EXCLUSIVE: 1.2 million applicants jostle for 1,112 Nigeria Immigration jobs

About 1.2 million applicants are presently competing to clinch 1,112 job openings to be filled by the Nigeria Immigration Service, PREMIUM TIMES can report. PREMIUM TIMES had on Monday reported that the Service is recruiting 1,112 officers in its ongoing recruitment drive, according to its Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede. Speaking…

FILE PHOTO: Surging crowd at an Immigration recruitment test in 2014.

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Immigration Service to recruit 1,112 officers

The Nigerian Immigration Service is in the process of hiring 1,112 officers in its ongoing recruitment drive, the Comptroller General of the service, Muhammad Babandede has said. The recruitment exercise is the first since 2014 when a similar exercise was mired by controversy following a stampede that killed many applicants, including…

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Boko Haram: Amnesty International accuses Cameroonian military of “horrific use of torture”

Hundreds of Boko Haram suspects in Cameroon are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published Thursday. The human rights group alleged "horrific and widespread torture at 20 sites, including four military bases, two facilities run by intelligence services, a private residence and a…

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Police release Nigerian journalist detained over Facebook post

A Nigerian journalist detained on Saturday over a Facebook post has been released. The journalist, Danjuma Katsina, confirmed his release to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Katsina was invited to the Katsina state Police Command around 8 p.m. on Saturday over a complaint filed by a lawmaker from the state, Mansur Mashi.…

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Police detain Nigerian journalist over Facebook post

The Police in Katsina State have detained a journalist in the state, Danjuma Katsina, over alleged “injurious comments” on a newly elected member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives from the state, Mansur Mashi. A colleague of the journalist, Zaharadeen Umar, said Mr. Katsina was invited to the state’s Police Command…

Former Petroleum Miniister, Diezani Allison-Madueke

U.S. prosecutors expose how Alison-Madueke, Omokore, Aluko blew billions on ‘lavish lifestyle’

Prosecutors in the United States have provided details of how Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her two businessmen-allies, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, lavished billions of naira on property and luxury items in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The trio have, in the last two years, been…

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku

Makarfi’s PDP victory: No victor, no vanquished says Governor Ishaku

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has hailed the verdict of the Supreme Court, affirming the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the authentic leadership of the party. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, Mr. Ishaku said there were…

Magajin Garin Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Danbaba

Sultan Abubakar, Magajin Garin Sokoto, Hassan Danbaba, reconcile

The grandson of late Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria, Hassan Danbaba, has been reconciled with the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III. The Sultan was and the kingmaker engaged in public disagreement last week with Mr. Danbaba rejecting his kingmaker title of Magajin Garin Sokoto. Palace sources told PREMIUM…

Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, also the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim, sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA) - RTR1N1ZM

Sultan desperate to jail me, says Sardauna’s grandson

Hassan Danbaba, a businessman and grandson of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello, has accused the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar of plotting to jail him over chieftaincy tussle that led to exit of the former from the Sultanate Council. In a statement he signed and circulated to journalists…

Former Nigeria Permanent Representative to United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule died in a Cairo Hospital at the age of 89 years.
In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation's pioneer ombudsman. In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria's representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
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OBITUARY: Maitama Sule: A servant’s son who almost became Nigeria’s president

But for high-level scheming during the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, nominating convention in 1978, Yusuf Maitama Sule who died on Monday would have picked the party’s princely ticket ahead of close opponent, Shehu Shagari. Though the two frontline candidates served in the cabinet of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Tafawa…

Former Nigeria Permanent Representative to United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule died in a Cairo Hospital at the age of 89 years.
In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation's pioneer ombudsman. In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria's representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
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UPDATED: Elder statesman Maitama Sule is dead

A two-time minister and former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yusuf Maitama Sule, is dead. He was 88 years old. Mr. Sule, also known by his traditional title, Danmasanin Kano, died in the early hours of Monday while on admission at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. He was…

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Armed robbers attack VP Sambo wife’s car, kill 2

The attack resulted in multiple crashes. Armed robbers attacked commuters along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway Friday, killing two and injuring several others, witnesses said. The raid resulted in multiple crashes involving at least six cars, including one belonging to a nongovernmental organization owned by the wife of Vice President Namadi Sambo.…

Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

When the President writes, By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

“Because of the feeble crutches the Washington Post piece is hinged on, the President, ended up like the proverbial he-goat who went on a tryst and returned pregnant”. (more…)

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Ekiti Election: The Poll Is An Ass, By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

"While internet warriors castigated Fayose and patrons of his rice, the man pushed on. He knew what the people wanted" "I'm all in favour of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes…

Stellenbosch bring back our girls protest (4)

#BringBackOurGirls protesters vow to march on Aso Rock as Abuja police boss, Mbu, kicks

Nigerians campaigning for the rescue of Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the extremist Boko Haram members on Wednesday resolved to march on the Presidential Villa Thursday to take the group's message to President Goodluck Jonathan. Over 250 girls were abducted from Government Secondary School Chibok on April 14 in a night…