Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

Southern Kaduna crisis not ethnic cleansing – Military Commander

The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, has described the killings in Southern Kaduna as the activities of criminal elements on both sides and not ethnic cleansing as it is being claimed. Mr Okonkwo, an army major-general, who briefed journalists after the high level security meeting which held at…

Heavily Armed Policemen

Two minors, one other killed in Kaduna attack

Three persons, including two minors and a 30-year-old man were killed in the early hours of Tuesday during an attack on Fulani herders at Fari village in Kauru local government of Kaduna State. A community leader in the area, Ardo Kofa, told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday evening that the three were…

Ismaila Isa-Funtua

Buhari’s associate, Ismaila Isa-Funtua, is dead

A close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and Second Republic minister, Ismaila Isa-Funtua, has died. Mr Isa-Funtua died Monday night while keeping a doctor's appointment, according to family sources. He is suspected to have died of cardiac arrest as he was not known to be seriously sick. The Katsina-born newspaper…

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, Wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Aisha Ummi El-Rufai (middle) & house members in a group photography with the Movement Against Rape & Sexual Violence ( MARS-V) shortly after a courtesy visit to the Speaker over rising rape cases in the country at the National Assembly on July 15, 2020.

Rapists should be castrated — Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has advocated for severe punishment for rapists as a way of fighting the rising cases of rape and sexual violence in Nigeria. Mr Gbajabiamila said the stern punishment could involve "chopping off the genitals" of convicted rapists. Speaking on Wednesday when…

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai with Governor Bello Matawalle during the project inspection.

Buratai endorses Zamfara governor’s security strategy

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said praised the efforts of Governor Bello Mohammed in ensuring peace returns to Zamfara State. Mr Buratai, a lieutenant general, who was in Zamfara for an official function, was taken to one of the three modern 'rugga' settlements being constructed by the…

Waziri Bulama was the acting national secretary of the APC until this week.

INTERVIEW: Real cause of APC crisis — Bulama

In this interview conducted two days before his controversial removal as the APC's acting national secretary, alongside other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, Waziri Bulama speaks on a wide range of issues affecting the party to a select group of journalists. PT: Is there any…

APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu with President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad on Twitter)

ANALYSIS: In siding with Giadom APC faction, Buhari humiliates Tinubu

The widely speculated 2023 political ambition of a former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu, has suffered a major setback as President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen to side with Mr Tinubu's opponents in the raging feud over the control of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The former Lagos state governor…

The Kebbi State Governor and chairperson of the APC Governors Forum, Abubakar Bagudu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official web page of Kebbi State government]

Why APC governors are pushing for NEC meeting — Bagudu

The Kebbi State Governor and chairperson of the APC Governors Forum, Abubakar Bagudu, has said governors elected on the party's platform are pushing for a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in order to halt a drift of the party. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced a plan to…

Federal High Court Headquarters, Abuja

Alleged False Information: Court dismisses case against Jigawa lawmaker

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a case filed against the eligibility of Musa Adamu to contest the by-election to represent Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State, conducted on March 14, 2020. The by-election followed the death of the member representing the constituency, who was the father of…

Members of the House of Representatives at a Special plenary on Tuesday 28/4/2020 (Photo: Speaker’s Office)

COVID-19: Lawmakers decry exclusion of some airports in reopening schedule

Some Nigerian lawmakers from the North-east have frowned at the exclusion of the region in listing of airports marked for reopening following the coronavirus lockdown. Also, three senators representing Akwa Ibom State have requested for the intervention of the Senate to get the federal government to include the Victor Attah…

Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle [PHOTO: The Guargian NG]

Matawalle swears in sole administrators for Zamfara LGs

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun), has appointed and sworn in 14 local government sole administrators in the state. A statement by Mr Matawalle's spokesman, Zailani Bappa, said the action followed a recommendation from the state House of Assembly Friday after the parliament dissolved the local government councils…

Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta [PHOTO: Independent.ng]

Buhari reappoints NCC boss, Umar Danbatta

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Umar Danbatta as the executive vice-chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission. Mr Danbatta, a professor of telecommunications technology, was appointed to the position four years ago by Mr Buhari. Uwa Sulaiman, the spokesperson for the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim-Pantami, announced…

National Mosque Abuja, used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: Daily Trust]

Abuja authorities release guidelines for reopening of worship centres

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced guidelines for the operation worship centres within the federal capital territory. The opening, which was directed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, was part of second phase of re-opening of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease. In…

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello

There’s pressure to declare COVID-19 in Kogi – State Govt

The Kogi State Government has alleged plans to 'import' cases of coronavirus into the state through illicit means. The government also said the plan is part of an "unholy conspiracy to declare COVID-19 in all states of the federation." It alleged there were "recent pressures from some interesting quarters for…

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Kano elder, Isa Hashim, dies at 86

Less than 24 hours after the death of Tafida Abubakar, the emir of Rano in Kano State, another elder statesman and community leader has passed on. Isa Hashim, a retired professor who held the title of Jarman Kano in the Kano emirate council, died on Sunday morning, according to a…

on COVID-19 [PHOTO CREDIT: @OfficialFCTA]

Abuja discharges nine more COVID-19 patients

Nine more recovered patients of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been discharged from treatment centres in Abuja. The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Musa Bello, announced the new recoveries in a Wednesday morning tweet. "I am delighted to announce the discharge of additional nine (9) #COVID19 patients in the…

Coronavirus

FCT begins community search for coronavirus carriers

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it has commenced community outreach to test persons with coronavirus symptoms and avert further spread. The Director of Public Health of the FCT, Josephine Okechukwu, stated this in a notice shared with PREMIUM TIMES. "We started the community active case search in Mpape…

Abuja City Gate.

Abuja begins community search for coronavirus carriers

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it has commenced community outreach to test persons with coronavirus symptoms and avert further spread. The Director of Public Health of the FCT, Josephine Okechukwu, stated this in a notice shared with PREMIUM TIMES. "We have started the community active case search in…

on COVID-19 [PHOTO CREDIT: @OfficialFCTA]

Coronavirus: 70-year-old, three others recover in Abuja

A 70-year-old man is among four patients released from a coronavirus isolation centre located at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, on Saturday. The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) tweeted about the release of the patients Saturday afternoon. The tweet reads, “The FCTA has confirmed the discharge of four…

FIRS

INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: How we’ll help Nigeria fund 2020 budget – FIRS Chairman

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, recently fielded questions from some journalists in Abuja. In the interview, the graduate of Bayero and Ahmadu Bello Universities gave insights into the challenges he has faced so far in office and the measures taken to overcome them. He also…

Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello

Coronavirus: Abuja’s Asokoro Hospital converted to isolation centre

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced the conversion of the Asokoro General Hospital into an isolation centre for COVID-19 patients. The Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, at a news briefing on Thursday said the FCT administration is working with private sector players to provide 600 beds for…

Brother of Bauchi Governor Regains Freedom

Abducted brother of Bauchi governor regains freedom

Adamu Mohammed, a brother of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, has regained freedom from his abductors. The victim, popularly called Yaya Adamu, was kidnapped on March 25. The Chief of Staff to the Bauchi governor, Ladan Salihu, shared clips of Mr Mohammed's reunion with his family Tuesday evening. Another…

APC logo used to illustrate the story.

APC expels Reps member over anti-party activities

A member of the House of Representatives, Usman Kumo, has been dismissed from his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for alleged anti-party activities and actions capable of bringing the party to disrepute. The decision to expel Mr Kumo from the party was taken by APC leaders of his Kumo…

Empty Abuja roads

Lockdown: Abuja roads, streets deserted

Major roads and streets in Abuja, Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were deserted Monday morning and afternoon as the lockdown on the city came into force. The FCT and Lagos State commenced observation of the lockdown which was proclaimed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday. The third affected town, Ogun…

Nigerian Ports Authority. [PHOTO CREDIT: NigerianEye]

Coronavirus: NPA suspends demurrage charges, donates isolation centre

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has directed all terminal operators to suspend all applicable terminal storage fees on consignments, otherwise known as demurrage. The suspension of the charges, according to a statement by the NPA spokesperson, Jatto Adams, is for an initial period of 21 days effective March 23, 2020.…