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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

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

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 Mohd Buhari

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…

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.…

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…

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,…

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 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 on patrol in Borno, Boko Haram

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…

Buhari praises Osinbajo, mocks #ResumeorResign London protesters

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday praised his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, for the efforts at leading the country, while he (Mr. Buhari) was away on medical vacation. The president, at a meeting with some state governors, then taunted protesters who gathered in London to demand his return to work or resignation.…

Nigerian Airforce plane crashes, kills pilot

An aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Airforce has crashed, killing a pilot who was the only officer on board, a spokesperson has announced. The accident occurred in Kaduna on Thursday, the spokesman for the airforce, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a short statement. Mr. Adesanya, an Air Commodore, said the cause…

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Police tackle Nigerian senator who raised allegations of pay-for-promotion

The police on Thursday verbally attacked a senator who raised allegations of pay-for-promotion in the force but allegedly failed to substantiate them. Isah Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, had accused police chiefs and officials of Police Service Commission of turning special promotion of police officers into a quid-pro-quo racket.…

Appeal Court sacks PDP Senator

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has sacked George Sekibo as Rivers East Senator, upholding an earlier ruling of the Rivers National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal. The three-member appeal panel led by Adamu Jauro delivered its judgement on Thursday. Consequently, the appellate court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC…

South-east senators meet Nnamdi Kanu, pledge “peaceful and united Nigeria”

The leader of the South-east caucus of the Nigerian Senate, Eyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday met with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and expressed the caucus' desire for a "peaceful and united Nigeria". Mr. Abaribe, in a statement after the meeting at his Ohuru, Abia State…

UPDATED: Buhari has final decision on suspended Lawal, Oke, Osinbajo says after submitting report

President Muhammadu Buhari has final decisions on Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke, now on suspension from their official positions over suspected abuses, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said. Mr. Lawal was suspended from his position as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, while Mr. Oke was suspended as…

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

Last time President Buhari attended FEC Meeting was April 5 (See Timeline)

Two days after announcing readiness to resume duties, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday authorised the cancellation of the day’s weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC. Mr. Buhari's spokesperson, Femi Adesina,  in a statement, Wednesday morning, said his principal would rather, at noon,  receive the report of the Vice-president Yemi…

#HealthDialogue: Osinbajo, Emir Sanusi, other stakeholders to discuss critical issues affecting Nigeria’s health sector

A National Health Dialogue will hold between Thursday and Friday in Abuja, organisers have announced. The dialogue is organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, the Project for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH, and the Project Pink Blue. In a statement on Monday, organisers said…

#PresidentialBroadcast: Ijaw, Northern groups react to Buhari’s speech

A Niger Delta group, the Ijaw Youth Council, on Monday said it disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari's statement that Nigeria's unity "is settled and not negotiable". Mr. Buhari spoke early Monday morning in a short nationwide broadcast in which he expressed strong views on Nigeria's continued existence as one nation and declared the country's indivisibility, despite…

Buhari writes National Assembly, resumes duties as President

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the lawmakers of his return from a 103-day medical vacation in London and his subsequent resumption of duty, an official has said. The president signed the letter of notice for dispatch to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, hours…

Buhari’s Declarations: Nigeria indivisible; National Assembly, Council of States can handle restructuring

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed strong views on the country's corporate existence and vowed zero tolerance for separatist movements and inflammatory statements as well as actions that threaten the unity and stability of Africa's most populous nation. The president said comments that question Nigeria's continued existence as one…