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Cattle graving on a portion of the expanse

‘Ruga’: Steeped in history of distrust, Nigeria’s botched solution for deadly conflicts

Hands on the hip, elbows turned outward, a sword pouch dangling – the young Fulani man watches as his cows stray into an already harvested farmland where they graze marginal grasses. This is Karu, a neighbourhood off Abuja-Keffi Expressway, central Nigeria. Several kilometres away, in Benue State, a herdsman who…

Wole Soyinka on the Airplane (Photo: Twitter)

Those thinking I’ll ‘consolidate’ airplane sitting error need help — Soyinka

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has said he erred by occupying another passenger's seat on an airplane but condemned any thought he tried to "consolidate" that error. Mr Soyinka was recently a subject of a trending media topic after businessman Tonye Cole narrated how a male passenger asked the professor of…

Adebayo-Shittu

INTERVIEW: Why APC lost Oyo despite Buhari’s performance there (2) – Adebayo Shittu

In the second part of this interview, Adebayo Shittu speaks on his failed gubernatorial ambition, the future of the All Progressives Congress and his chances of being re-elected a minister. Read the first part of the interview here. Excerpts: PT: Now you are out of the communications ministry and probably…

Adebayo-Shittu

INTERVIEW: My role in MTN fine saga and achievements as communication minister (1) – Shittu

In this exclusive interview, Nigeria's former communication minister, Adebayo Shittu, grants audience to PREMIUM TIMES' managing editor, Idris Akinbajo, and senior investigative reporter, Hassan Adebayo. Mr Shittu talks about his failure to partake in the mandatory NYSC scheme, his role in the MTN fine saga, his achievements as a minister,…

Eat, drink, be merry, be happy; it’s a NIMC policy!

“Foodie call”: A third of women went on a date because of free food – Study

About a third of women - who exhibit "dark" personality traits - have considered a date as a source of free meal, not because of romantic interest, research has found. The research found that 23 to 33 per cent of women in an online study said they had engaged in…

IDPs used to illustrate the story.

Boko Haram: New UN report highlights worsening humanitarian disaster in Nigeria

The internally displaced people’s population in North-eastern Nigeria is expanding, according to a new United Nations’ report, spotlighting the unabating humanitarian disaster precipitated by the Boko Haram terrorism in the region. At the end of 2018, there were 2.2 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria, representing a 27 per cent…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

UK-funded research seeks new approach to Boko Haram crisis

The humanitarian crisis precipitated by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s North-east will be the theme at an international symposium on forced displacement holding in Leicester, the United Kingdom, on June 12. The symposium is the first public engagement aspect of an international development research project - funded by Leicester-based De Montfort…

President Buhari and Adams Oshiomole.

EXCLUSIVE: To avoid ‘going down’, APC must retire Oshiomhole – Buhari’s minister

Injustice and impunity perpetrated by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adam Oshiomhole, cost the party Oyo State and led to other instances of misfortune elsewhere during the last elections, former communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, has said. Speaking exclusively with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Monday, Mr…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

Commander, others missing after Boko Haram dislodged Nigerian troops in Borno

An army commander and six soldiers are currently missing after two bases of the Nigerian military in Borno State came under Boko Haram attack on Saturday, with one soldier feared dead. There was also a loss of “unquantifiable” combat equipment in the wake of the terrorists’ offensive, PREMIUM TIMES has…

Farm lands

Kano farmers sensitised on access to financial services

The Gezawa Commodity and Exchange Market has organised a sensitisation workshop for small holder farmers in Kano State on the importance of accessing financial services in boosting agricultural production. Speaking at an interactive session with the farmers on Saturday in Kano, the Coordinator of the Exchange, Binfan Bingchan, said that…

5. Wheat farm in Wurno

How Buhari’s ABP programme improved financial inclusion among rural, illiterate farmers

Between 2016 and 2018, Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, included 2.6 million more people in the formal banking system, reducing the exclusion rate from 41.6 per cent to 36.8 per cent in two years, according to the Access to Financial Services Survey by the not-for-profit Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access, (EFInA).…

Former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon. [Photo credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Renewed efforts to document Nigerian civil war gain momentum

Efforts are ongoing towards documenting the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970), which precipitated a humongous human crisis in the then eastern region (now South-east and South-south) after violence blew open between federal troops and separatist Biafran fighters led by Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. The efforts, which are people-led, have gained the backing of…

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER FEC MEETING 0A. President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN and SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha during the FEC Meeting at the Council Chamber, State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 8 2019

Like predecessors, Buhari ends first term violating Nigeria’s procurement law

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is ending his first term in office, has failed to constitute the National Council on Public Procurement, in violation of a federal law. The Public Procurement Act 2007 places a duty on the president to constitute the NCPP, which, as the law stipulates, is responsible for…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

I have no apology for my comment on godfatherism in Lagos – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday said he has no apology over his comment last week that "godfather can be defeated" in Lagos State. The governor further said he is unfazed by the criticisms that have followed the comment. Mr El-Rufai had at a forum organised by the…

A cargo ship used to illustrate the story

Four Nigerians who sneaked aboard UK-bound ship for trial in October

Four men thought to be Nigerians and arrested by the police in the United Kingdom are to remain in custody ahead of the resumption of their trial in October, the UK police told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday. The men were arrested after they sneaked aboard a ship which set off from…

Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumin Kabir

Insecurity: Emir of Katsina laments about ‘this kind of country’, sends Minister to Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s agriculture sector initiatives may yield no success if the insecurity devastating Nigeria’s northwest persists, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman, suggested on Monday. According to Daily Trust, the Emir told the Minister for Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, that farmers and herdsmen who are the target beneficiaries of government…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Pix: Daily Post Nigeria]

SPECIAL REPORT: How Buhari is suppressing own govt’s anti-corruption war

By his refusal to assent or reject a crucial audit bill passed by the country’s legislature several months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari is jeopardising measures aimed at improving financial accountability and transparency among government officials and organisations. The president’s failure to sign the bill into law is at variance with…

Nigeria Football Federation Glass House

‘Above The Law’: How Nigeria Football Federation exploits ‘borderline’ status to mismanage funds

Nigerian football officials are hiding behind the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) regulation that prohibits government’s interference in football matters to divert grants and funds from sponsorship deals, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed. FIFA makes it mandatory for its members to be free from the control of the…

How Nigeria’s gas flare commercialisation will work

The Nigerian government now has a market-based mechanism to eliminate gas flaring in the Niger Delta. Gas flaring by oil companies in the region has for years devastated the environment and livelihoods of local populations. The new initiative -- National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme -- was launched in 2016 as…

Rivers state on map

LIVE UPDATE: INEC resumes collation of Rivers election result

The Independent National Electoral Commission today, Tuesday, reopened the electoral process in Rivers State, with collation of results from 17 Local Government Areas for the governorship and state parliamentary elections. The commission had last month suspended the process, citing reports of disruptions and violence that affected voting and collation of…

Ahmed Idris

SPECIAL REPORT: Audit reports indict Nigeria’s Surveyor-General of multi-billion naira contract frauds, theft

A troubling blend of questions bordering on corrupt practices, involving N1.4 billion in one case, and theft of public assets has been raised against the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu, and his office, the OSGF, according to audit documents reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES. The audit reports, for at least…

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

It’s Official: Tambuwal wins re-election as Sokoto State Governor

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been re-elected for a second term. Mr Tambuwal defeated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Ahmad Aliyu, to emerge the winner in a hotly contested exercise, The margin of victory was only 342 votes, according to the…

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

Tambuwal survives, narrowly defeats APC in Sokoto

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has scored the highest votes the Sokoto State governorship election after polling a total of 512,002 from both the March 9 first ballot and yesterday's supplementary election. Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came close behind with 511,661, losing…

Aminu Tambuwal

Tambuwal now walking tightrope as APC closes gap with one LGA left

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Sokoto State governorship election, now walks a tightrope as the margin of win between him and the opposition has narrowed with results from only one local government area, Kebbe, now being awaited for collation. Earlier, after results from…

Aminu Tambuwal

Tambuwal maintains slim lead in Sokoto

Aminu Tambuwal, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Sokoto State governorship election, is leading the poll with a slim margin after results from 18 local government areas were collated for the supplementary election on Saturday night. In the first ballot held on March 9, Mr Tambuwal,…