Abdulkareem Haruna

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Adamawa APC denies withdrawing petition against Governor Fintiri

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State, on Friday, denied withdrawing its petition filed at the Adamawa State governorship election tribunal against the victory of Governor Adamu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The APC had in April 2019 challenged the victory of Mr Fintiri at the state’s…

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara

Borno governor to expose looters of state’s ₦2 billion CBN SME loan

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara, has said his administration would soon “open the Pandora’s box” and expose those who had criminally diverted a N2 billion loan issued to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The governor said this on Wednesday evening when he hosted the…

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Yobe hosts summit to ‘reverse’ state’s performance in WAEC, NECO

The governor of Yobe, Mai-Mala Buni, has bemoaned the ‘continuous dismal performance of students of the state in all the secondary school leaving examinations.’ Yobe State has consistently trailed behind other states in WAEC and NECO since 2015 to date. In 2015, for example, only 646 candidates out of the…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Why we’re falsely accused of supporting Boko Haram – Red Cross

The Public Relations Officer of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Abuja, Aliyu Dawabe, has said his organisation has no sympathy for any armed opposition group (AOG) including the dreaded Boko Haram. The agency is one of the numerous foreign outfits carrying out humanitarian interventions in the…

A section of Borno school children

EU donates N8bn to support education in insurgency-ravaged Borno

The European Union (EU) on Friday, doled out 20 million Euros (about N8 billion) as support for the education sector in Borno, which had degenerated as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency. The EU had in January 2018 donated 143 million Euros (N60 billion), as funding for various multi-sectoral…

Former Governor Amosun claims there are armouries in most Governor Lodges in Nigeria

Armouries in Government Houses: Governors react over Amosun’s claim

State governments across Nigeria have pushed back against claims by one of their former colleagues that they maintain armouries inside their respective official residences. Ibikunle Amosun, a former governor of Ogun State, made the disturbing allegation on Tuesday night as he struggled to extricate himself from a PREMIUM TIMES story…

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Again, Borno IDPs protest inadequate food in camp

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Thursday morning, took to the streets to protest ‘days of hunger’ after officials in charge of their upkeep ‘failed to provide food for them for weeks’. The IDPs from Gubio Road Camp, an outskirt location of Maiduguri, marched in…

Boko Haram kills 29 farmers in fresh Borno attack

At least 29 farmers were killed in cold blood when Boko Haram insurgents attacked two Borno communities on Monday, sources have said. The incidents occurred on the day the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, paid a courtesy visit on the Borno State governor, Babagana Umara. During the visit, he…

Tukur Buratai

Buratai denies saying Nigerian troops lack commitment to fight

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has denied saying that Boko Haram insurgency has continued to persist because soldiers under his command are no longer willing to fight. Mr Buratai, a lieutenant general, said he was "somehow" wrongly quoted by a section of the Nigerian media "probably with some…

Prsident Buhari in agroup meeting with members of NEC

What I told Osinbajo, governors about insecurity across Nigeria – NSA

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, on Thursday told the National Economic Council (NEC) that violence by "armed bandits was gradually replacing terrorism" across Nigeria. Mr Monguno, who addressed journalists after the NEC meeting, said he also told the NEC members that the violence between herders and farming communities was…

Halima Umar (in white veil)

Corps member kidnapped by Boko Haram freed

A member of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Halima Umar, who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in January, has been freed in a negotiated deal. The deal between the insurgents and the Nigeria military is believed to have been midwived by Nigerian journalist, Ahmed Salkida. Though the military…

The European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels [Photo: Press TV]

UN partners Nigerian private sector to raise $80m for North-east crisis

The United Nations is seeking to partner with Nigeria's private sector to raise over $80 million to support ongoing humanitarian intervention in the North-east part of the country. Working under the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund Private Sector Initiative (NHF-PSI) launched in February 2017, a committee headed by the chairperson of First…

Why I abandoned June 12, joined Abacha junta – Kingibe

Babagana Kingibe, the running mate to late Moshood Abiola, whose victory in the 1993 presidential election was annulled by the Babangida junta, on Sunday, explained why he abandoned the June 12 struggle to join the next military regime of late Sani Abacha. Mr Kingibe, who was also Nigeria's former Secretary…

Man arrested for ‘producing fake codeine’ syrups

A 26 years old man, Emmanuel Peter, has been arrested by the police in Bauchi State for "producing fake codeine." According to the police, Mr Peter specialises in the mixing of substances which he packages as codeine and sells to his customers. The accused was arrested at his hideout in…

Borno governor, Babagana Zulum

Borno governor inaugurates panel to investigate allocations in four housing estates

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara, on Thursday set up a committee to review the ownership of houses in four government housing estates within Maiduguri, the state capital. The estates made up of about 3000 houses were built between 1999 and 2011 by governments of late Mala Kachalla and…

Senator Ali Ndume addressing journalists after his loss to Ahmed Lawan for the seat of the Senate President

Senate Presidency: Again, Ndume speaks on loss to Lawan

Borno senator, Ali Ndume, on Wednesday said he has put behind his loss of the Senate presidency to Ahmed Lawan. Mr Ndume challenged the new Senate President, Mr Lawan, during the run-up to the inauguration of the 9th Senate that climaxed on Tuesday, June 11. He contested against Mr Lawan,…

Leah Sharibu

Leah Sharibu’s father reacts to Saraki’s donation

The father of Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl held by Boko Haram, on Monday reacted to the donation made by the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who gave out part of his severance allowance to the girl's family. Nathan Sharibu, a civil servant, spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview…

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Polio Vaccination: Nigerian soldiers to lead health workers to hostile locations – Buratai

The Nigeria army will henceforth conduct polio vaccination in locations in Borno State made inaccessible to health workers by the Boko Haram insurgency, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said. This decision was taken as the world looks up to Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa to do the needful…

CODE holds capacity enhancing training for Borno budget trackers

CODE holds capacity enhancing training for Borno budget trackers

Connected Development (CODE), a nongovernmental organisation known for budget and public projects implementation tracking, on Saturday held a capacity building training for young volunteers following the money in Borno State. The volunteers, also known as Follow The Money Champions, were trained on how to expand their scope in budget tracking…

Femi Gbajabiamila in Maiduguri

Speakership Contest: Gbajabiamila takes campaign to Borno

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and a contender for the speakership position in the 9th Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday took his campaign to Borno State. Accompanied by over 100 members of the House, the lawmaker arrived Maiduguri late Friday afternoon and was received at the Government…

Confusion Borno as new governor pays surprise visit to the state secretariat, meets 99.9 percent workers absent

99% of Borno workers report late to work as governor pays surprise visit

There was confusion in the Borno State civil service, Friday, when the new governor paid an unscheduled visit to the state secretariat complex Maiduguri only to find out that only four workers had resumed duty as at 8:30 a.m. The Borno State secretariat hosts about 12,000 of the total 17,000…

Borno governor’s inauguration ends abruptly after he coughed persistently while reading speech

Babagana Umara, a professor, was today, administered with the oath of office as the 7th democratically elected governor of Borno State. He was sworn in alongside his deputy, Umar Kadafur, by the Chief Judge of Borno State, Kashim Zanna. The inauguration, however, had to be cut short after Mr Umara…

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Man hangs self in Borno Govt House

A middle age man, John Achagwa, who is a chief steward at the Government House Maiduguri, Borno State, has committed suicide. He was found dead hanging by the branch of a tree. No one could yet say why he took his own life. But his colleagues at work said he…

Kashim-Shettima

I’m handing over to one of the most honest politicians in Borno – Governor Shettima

The outgoing governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said he is confident the state will move to the next level of speedy development because he is handing over power to one of the most honest persons in the state. Mr Shettima who is leaving office on Wednesday said the…

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Hunger, rainstorm kill 11 villagers after ‘forced’ evacuation by Nigerian military – Survivors

Some villagers forced out of their homes last week by Nigerian soldiers said they lost at least 11 persons, mostly children, between Saturday and Sunday in their makeshift homes in Damboa village of Borno State. Last week, the Nigerian military ordered the residents of Sabongari, a community 150km west of…