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Gani Adams replaces MKO Abiola as Yoruba’s Aare Ona Kakanfo

The leader of the Oduduwa Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, is the new ‘Aare Ona Kakanfo’, which in the pre-colonial Yoruba history was a supreme military title conferred by the Alaafin of Oyo. The Alaafin, Lamidi Adeyemi, confirmed the choice of Mr. Adams for the title during his 79th birthday celebration…

Nigerian Senate

Senate probes Nigerian Army over arbitrary dismissal of officers

The controversial dismissal of 38 officers of the Nigerian Army is now a subject of Senate investigation, after one of the affected officers, Abdulfatai Mohammed, petitioned the legislature.    Mr. Mohammed's petition was received by the Senate through Ovie Omo-Agege, APC-Delta, on July 19 this year.   Consequently, the petition was…

Federal High Court

Former senior Nigerian officials jailed 40 years for corruption

A former Director-General of the Ibadan-based Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Benjamin Ogunmodede, was on Tuesday sentenced to 40 years in jail for corruption. Mr. Ogunmodede, a professor of agriculture, was convicted and sentenced with two others, Zackeus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement, former Chief Accountant and a staff with…

Andy Uba

Andy Uba loses Influential position as Saraki changes heads of Nigerian Senate committees

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday changed the heads of Senate committees, with Andy Uba losing chairmanship of the influential public accounts committee. Traditionally, the public accounts committee of both the Senate and the House of Representatives are headed by opposition lawmakers and Mr. Uba was named…

Nigerian Senate

After two months recess, Senate promises to prioritise PIB, Social Justice Bill, others

The Senate has said that it would prioritise the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, upon resumption from its recess on Tuesday. The lawmakers – senators and members of the House Representatives – were previously scheduled to resume from the recess on September 19. They have been on recess…

Shehu Sani

2019:  Shehu Sani reacts to Kaduna APC endorsement of El-Rufai

The endorsement of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for re-election in 2019 by the All Progressives Congress in the state is a charade, Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, said on Monday.  Mr. El-Rufai, alongside President Muhammadu Buhari, was on Sunday endorsed for re-election at a meeting, held at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna, attended…

Bukola Saraki [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

Governors, Military Lack Power To Proscribe, Declare IPOB Terrorist Organisation – Saraki

The proscription and declaration of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation is illegal, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said, opposing the South-eastern governors and the country’s Armed Forces. Mr. Saraki spoke on Monday in a statement he shared on Facebook and Twitter. Last Friday,…

Pius Adesanmi

Premium Times columnist Pius Adesanmi wins prestigious Canadian award

A PREMIUM TIMES columnist, Pius Adesanmi, has been named the recipient of prestigious Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award for 2017. Mr. Adesanmi, a professor of English language and Literature at Carleton University, Canada, heads the university's Institute of African Studies. He holds a doctoral degree from the University…

Nigerian police force

What we are doing to ensure Abia violence doesn’t spread – Nigeria Police chief

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the outbreak of violence in some parts of Abia. After the briefing, Mr. Idris told State House Correspondents that the police was adopting a three-pronged approach to resolve the crisis. “The strategy we are using is…

Nigerian Soldiers
[Photo Credit: Olisa TV]

Abia crisis: Hausa/Fulani residents seek government protection

Members of the Hausa/Fulani community in Abia State have called for enhanced security for their members taking refuge in various locations, following days of reported attacks by suspected members of the separatist Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB.    The community also cautioned against violent responses in North.   The head…

Ariaria police station. [Photo credit: BellaNaija]

Abia violence: Suspected IPOB members burn police station, attack officer

Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday morning burnt a police station in Abia State and injured one officer, the police spokesperson for the state has told PREMIUM TIMES. According to the spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbona, the attack was carried out around 6:30 a.m. "Ariaria police station…

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu accuses Army of plotting to kill him, to re-consider ‘non-violent’ struggle

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday announced his group would re-consider its "non-violent" separatist struggle amid military operation in Nigeria's Southeast. This was contained in a statement reported by Punch Newspapers. Mr. Kanu's lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, however, told PREMIUM TIMES he had been…

National Assembly

National Assembly postpones resumption from recess, no reason given

The National Assembly has postponed the resumption of Nigeria's federal lawmakers from their annual recess by one week. No reason was given for the decision. The lawmakers - senators and members of the House Representatives - were previously scheduled to resume from the recess next Tuesday, September 19. They have…

Nigerian Army. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

IPOB – Military violence: Senate caucus condemns Nigerian Army

The military operation – codenamed Operation Python Dance - in Nigeria’s South-east has been criticised as ill-conceived and anti-rights by the senators representing the region. In a statement on Tuesday, the chairman of the South-east Senate caucus, said the Igbo senators viewed the military operation as one that could jeopardise…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: dailypost.ng]

Obasanjo, African leaders canvass peaceful presidential rerun in Kenya

Six former African presidents, including Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo, have urged the international community as well as local actors to help ensure that the coming presidential rerun election in Kenya is peaceful and credible. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IBEC, had returned incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the first…

President Mohammadu Buhari [Photo credit: Sahara Reporters]

Nigerians mobilised to “Pray For Buhari” accuse organisers of pocketing their pay, seize car

Nigerians mobilised to the Eagle Square, Abuja, to "pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and the peace of the country" have accused the organisers, the National Youth Council of Nigeria, of denying them their promised incentives. PREMIUM TIMES interacted with some of them Friday night at Wuse 2, where they had…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Mama Taraba is on her own, Buhari’s supporters will ensure he runs in 2019 – El-Rufai

Some politicians, including ‘ministers and governors’ under the banner, ‘Buharists’ are working behind the scene to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari recontests the presidency in 2019, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed. This is despite claims by Nigeria's minister for women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, who said that Mr.…

Itse Sagay

Senate, Sagay at war again over lawmakers ‘jumbo’ pay

The Senate and its serial critic, Itse Sagay, are sparring again.   This time, the Senate accuses the senior lawyer and presidential adviser on anti-corruption of hate speech and claims he is a "senile, jaded, rustic and outdated Professor of Law" who may be "under influence of substance.”   The…

Top PDP financier Emeka Offor. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

EXCLUSIVE: Top PDP financier Emeka Offor is broke, shuts down company

The fall of the Peoples Democratic Party at the centre appears to have devastated the fortunes of several politically-connected businessmen who, as once suggested by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, mostly relied on the then-ruling party for government contracts. One of such billionaire businessmen, Emeka Offor, has indicated that he is…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

CJN Onnoghen not under probe, EFCC says; silent on Fayemi, Fayose, Jonathan, others

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, is not under investigation for alleged corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said, saying a report of the probe of the CJN was not accurate. The report, published by the Punch on Wednesday, also included, apart from Mr. Onnoghen, a Judge…

Nigerian police force

Several Nigerian police arms ‘missing, unaccounted for’ — Audit Report

At least of 44 assorted arms belonging to the Nigerian police could not be accounted for between 2013 and 2015, a government audit report says, raising fears the weapons could have ended up in the wrong hands. The report, released in two parts between in December 2016 and May 2017,…

Buhari at FEC[Photo credit: www.newsflashngr.com]

After many misses, Buhari presides over FEC meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over his first meeting ‎of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, since April. Excluding the over 100 days for which he was out of Nigeria for health treatment, ‎the president had missed five consecutive meetings, two of which were cancelled. At Wednesday's meeting, ministers offered…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017
[Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

Osinbajo remains Buhari’s closest adviser, confidante – Presidency

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, remains the closest adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari and is not fenced by any ‘cabal’, the presidency has said. The presidency was reacting to a newspaper report on Sunday that following the return of Mr. Buhari after a 103-day medical vacation in London, the ‘cabal’…

Owerri market demolition [Photo: Naij.com]

Owerri Market Demolition Controversy: PDP reacts, calls for investigation

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the deadly violence that followed the “forcefully demolition” of the popular Ekeukwu market, in Owerri, by the Imo State Government, yesterday.    PREMIUM TIMES confirmed at least one person, 10-year old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, died, allegedly from bullet fired by soldiers, in the course…

Nigerian Army

Again, ‘unjustly’ dismissed Nigerian soldiers petition Buhari, demand justice

‎Some Nigerian army officers, dismissed under controversial circumstances in June 2016, have forwarded another petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, further to separate appeals made over a year before now. This latest petition came well over one year after ‎after nothing came from the separate appeals to Mr. Buhari. The Nigerian Army had last year…