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A Nigerian soldier leads victims rescued from Boko Haram captivity on Nov. 16, 2019

Nigerian troops rescue women, children from Boko Haram — Official

Nigerian troops deployed in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State have rescued women and children from Boko Haram captivity. A spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Aminu Iliyasu, said in a statement on Sunday that the victims were rescued after some Boko Haram fighters were subdued in the local government…

Idris Wada

Polls: Ex-Kogi governor advocates electronic voting system

A former governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, has called for adoption of electronic voting system with computerised data base to curb the nation’s flaws in electioneering processes, costs and security challenges. Mr Wada, who made the call while addressing journalists after casting his vote at Odu Ward 4 Unit…

FILE: FRSC on an accident site [Photo credit: Instagram: @frscnigeria]

Seven die in Osun road accident

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Osun State on Saturday said seven persons died in a road accident on Osogbo-Ikirun Road, with only one survivor. The Sector Commander, Peter Oke, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo, the state capital. “The accident…

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Court of Appeal sacks two Imo lawmakers

An Appeal Court sitting in Owerri on Saturday sacked Obinna Onwubuariri the member representing Isiala Mbano/Onuimo/Okigwe Federal constituency of Imo State in the House of representatives. The Chairman of the Panel, Justice R.N Pemu, who read the judgment, said the election that brought Mr Onwubuariri of the Peoples Democratic Party…

3:15pm Ward 2, Polling Unit 5, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State Elections have ended. Vote counting was done among the election officers only. They did not call out counts.

Voting ends as collation underway in Bayelsa governorship poll

Voting has ended and collation of votes is in progress across Bayelsa State in respect of Saturday’s Governorship elections, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports The election was generally peaceful, although pockets of violence were reported in some places. Sources across the state indicated that the card readers functioned…

Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development [Photo: NCC]

Minister canvasses early resolution of LAUTECH crisis

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says crisis rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso in Oyo State is unfortunate but surmountable. He made the disclosure during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Michael Ologunde, on Saturday in Ogbomoso. The institution, co-owned by…

Pic.22. Muslim pilgrims from Kwara boarding during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17). 04011/3/8/2017/Anthony Alabi/BJO/NAN

2020 Hajj: Board asks intending Katsina Pilgrims to deposit N300,000

The Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has directed intending pilgrims from the state to deposit N300,000 as initial deposit for 2020 Hajj. Acting Executive Director of the Board, Dalhatu Usman, announced this on Saturday in Katsina. “All intending pilgrims are free to start making deposits from November 2019 to March…

France President, Emmanuel Macron

Two suspects arrested for planning to attack French president

Two men close to the ultra-right were indicted for “terrorist criminal conspiracy” and placed in pre-trial detention, as part of the investigation of a bombing project against French President Emmanuel Macron. Franceinfo, a French domestic rolling news channel, reported this on Saturday. The two suspects, aged 30 and 45 respectively,…

Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola

Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has expressed fears that Nigeria may experience the Brexit experience, unless youth in the country are given political education to make them understand the issue of restructuring. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a cross-section of Nigerians has been clamouring…

11:38 AM President Goodluck Jonathan (2010-2015) and his wife, Patience, arrived the PU 39, Ward 13 of Ogbia LGA. The couple came to the polling with Mr Jonathan's mother ,acknowledging cheers from locals.

Jonathan, wife vote in Bayelsa election

After initial delays in the commencement of elections in Bayelsa State, former president, Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, voted at in their hometown in Saturdays governorship elections in the State. Mr Jonathan and wife cast their votes at polling unit 39, Ward 13 at the Otazi Playground, Otuoke in…

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

#BayelsaDecides: Dickson votes, accuses opposition of hijacking materials

The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, on Saturday alleged the establishment of a “well-organized election criminal brigandage” in the governorship election in the state. He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of working with security agencies to hijack voting materials. The governor spoke at Polling Unit 005,…

Sadique Abubakar

Reps summon Chief of Air Staff over helicopter crash

The House of Representatives Committee on Air Force says that Chief of Air Staff Sadique Abubakar should appear and explain the factors that lead to the crash of a training helicopter in Enugu. The committee gave the directive in a statement issued by the Chairman, Shehu Koko (APC-Kebbi) on Saturday…

Boat Mishap

BayelsaDecides: Journalists, others in boat mishap

Journalists on election duties in the governorship elections in Bayelsa State were involved in a boat mishap on Saturday. The boat conveying the journalists across flooded parts of Sampou community on Nun River in Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa capsized and threw its four occupants into the water.…

11:35a.m. Voting is yet to commence at Unit 17, Ward 5, Yenagoa. An ad hoc official of INEC told PREMIUM TIMES that the delay was caused by "logistics and security challenges". Voters are patiently waiting in the line, ready to cast their votes.

Election: Thugs attack journalists in Kogi

Thugs suspected to belong one of the political parties in the Governorship and National Assembly elections in Kogi State on Saturday attacked two journalists. The journalists, Sam Egwu of the Leadership newspapers and Sunday Omachi of Radio Kogi, were attacked at Ayangba area of the state. Both journalists were on…

Donald Trump [Photo: BBC]

Trump clears army officers in war crimes cases

U.S. President Donald Trump cleared three army officers who had been accused of war crimes in high-profile cases, pardoning two and restoring the rank of another. The move on Friday came in spite of reported objection to the president’s plan within the Pentagon and military, but amid prodding by conservatives,…

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Bayelsa Election: Heavy security presence at major junctions in Yenagoa

Residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, woke up on Saturday to see the heavy presence of security personnel in major junctions in the city as the state votes to elect its governor. Checks around the city showed heavy security presence at major checkpoints like Imgbi, Opolo, Akenfa, Igbogene Okarki…

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House impeachment panels are starting to release transcripts from their investigation. And in one of them, Yovanovitch says that Ukrainian officials warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and his allies were planning to "do things, including to me." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

I feel threatened by Trump’s comments, action – Ousted U.S. ambassador

Ousted U.S ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies to Congress that she felt threatened by President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about her in a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. She also describes how she was recalled from Kiev in the middle of the night after being told…

Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE)

NSE crucial market indicators end Friday with 0.03 per cent growth

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) crucial market indicators closed trading on Friday with a marginal growth of 0.03 per cent. Specifically, the market capitalisation of listed equities rose by N4 billion or 0.03 per cent to N13.071 trillion from N13.067 trillion on Thursday. Also, the NSE All-Share Index appreciated by…

Air force helicopter

Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashes in Enugu

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu. A statement on Friday in NAF’s Twitter handle, said the incident occurred after a routine flight and that though the blades of the helicopter broke but there were no casualties. The…

Plateau State on map used to illustrate the story

Plateau PDP chairman resigns

The embattled Plateau Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Damishi Sango, on Friday formally stepped aside by handing over to his deputy, Amos Gombe. Mr Sango’s resignation was announced by the party’s governorship candidate in the last election, Jeremiah Useni, at a stakeholders meeting in Jos on Friday. “Sango is…

WAEC Releases Results: 65% fail to score five credits with Maths, English

The West African Examinations Council says the results of 9,457 candidates who sat for the Second Series of its 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for (private candidates) are to be investigated before they would be released. The council’s Head of National Office, Olu Adenipekun, said this at a…

Buhari, Atiku mourn ex-minister Alex Akinyele

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Alex Akinyele, who passed away on Thursday night. The president commiserates with the government and people of Ondo State, friends and professional colleagues of the departed, urging them to take solace in the lasting legacy of the former colorful minister, according…

Lightning (Photo Credit: CNN)

Lightning strikes kill 27 in Pakistan

Officials said separate incidents of lightning killed at least 27 people and injured over two dozens others in different areas of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province during the last 24 hours, local media reported Friday morning. Saeed Ghani, the provincial government spokesman said local authorities declared an emergency and rushed rescuers…

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. [Photo credit: Thisday Live]

Appeal Court affirms Okowa’s election as Delta governor

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday affirmed the election of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Great Ogboru, are challenging the election of Mr Okowa. Respondents in the appeal are Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National…

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Court of Appeal affirms election of eight Sokoto lawmakers

The Court of Appeal in Sokoto, on Thursday dismissed the appeals filed against the elections of the Majority Leader, Sokoto State House of Assembly, Bello Ambarura and seven other lawmakers. Dayyabu Kalmalo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) went to the appellate court seeking to upturn Mr Ambarura’s election who…