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UPDATED: Jonathan nominates FRSC boss, Chidoka, one other as minister

The Nigerian senate has received communication from President Goodluck Jonathan nominating the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Osita Chidoka, and  Abubakar Olanrewaju from Kwara, as ministers. If confirmed by the senate, Mr. Chidoka, an indigene of Anambra state, would replace in the Federal cabinet the former…

Osun Governorship Election: Omisore accepts open debate with Aregbesola

The PDP governorship candidate in Osun, Iyiola Omisore, has accepted the challenge to an open debate with Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress. The acceptance is contained in a statement circulated to journalists in Osogbo on Tuesday by Diran Odeyemi, Mr. Omisore's Director of Media Affairs. Governor Aregbesola,…

UPDATE: How gunmen in military uniform bombed Bauchi hotel – Survivor

The police confirmed 10 people died from the explosion. (more…)

Shettima orders investigation into mass abduction of women

There were reports of about 60 women abducted in a place near Chibok. Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has ordered an investigation into alleged abduction of 60 women by suspected insurgents in Damboa Local Government Area of the state. This is contained in a statement by Isa Gusau, his Special…

Boko Haram activities un-Islamic – Governor Aliyu

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Monday in Kaduna condemned the activities of members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, saying that it was un-Islamic. Mr. Aliyu, who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, said this at the international conference on Security and Development Challenges of Pastoralists…

PDP attributes victory at Ekiti poll to party’s adherence to internal democracy

The PDP on Sunday attributed its victory at the just-concluded Ekiti State governorship election to its strict adherence to the principles of internal democracy. This is contained in a statement issued by Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja. The statement, which congratulated the Governor-elect of the state, Ayodele Fayose, described his…

Fayose dedicates victory to Ekiti people

The governor-elect of  Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday  dedicated his victory in Saturday's governorship election to the people of the state. Mr. Fayose told  the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti  that  his victory reflected the wishes  of the people of the state. The governor-elect, who spoke through his…

Fayose dethrones Fayemi, sweeps Ekiti governorship election

Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] has won Saturday's governorship election held in Ekiti State, with what appears a landslide. To emerge winner, Mr. Fayose polled a total of 203,090 votes, winning the highest number of votes in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. Incumbent…

Governor Okorocha condemns attempt to bomb church in Owerri

Mr. Okorocha said that the explosives planted at the church premises could have killed many innocent people, if they had exploded. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has condemned Sunday’s attempt to bomb the Living Faith Church, located on Port Harcourt Road, Owerri. Mr. Okorocha, who addressed journalist, condemned the…

Atiku, Mark, Amosun, Igbo leaders, others mourn Ado Bayero

“Ndi-Igbo will never forget in a hurry how this enigma helped to smuggle a lot of our people to safety during the great pogrom of 1966.” (more…)

Rivers Chief Judge Controversy: NJC directs most senior judge to act

“Suffice it to say that the law abhors a vacuum, therefore, where there is a vacuum, the law must fill it.” About 24 hours after the Rivers State government accused the National Judicial Council, NJC, of plotting to illegally impose an acting chief judge on the state, the council on…

Rivers Chief Judge Controversy: NJC directs most senior judge to act

“Suffice it to say that the law abhors a vacuum, therefore, where there is a vacuum, the law must fill it.” (more…)

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Monarch, 18 others charged with murder

“The accused came in a Toyota Sienna bus and pointed guns at Edimeh, seized and dragged him into the bus and drove away.” (more…)

UPDATE: Chibok Schoolgirls: Why we banned #BringBackOurGirls protests in Abuja – Police

Mr. Mbu said the protests pose a serious security threat. (more…)

Gunmen attack Jos community, kill four

Gunmen attacked a village in Jos while residents slept. (more…)

UPDATE: Jos Explosion caused by car bomb, casualty ‘massive’ – NEMA

The NEMA official said while he cannot categorically give casualty figure, there was an alarming number of dead bodies at the scene of the blast. (more…)

Mutiny: Nigerian military redeploy’s controversial commanding officer

“The GOC has been redeployed based on the decision of the headquarters,'' he said. The Defence Headquarters on Thursday announced the redeployment of Ahmed Mohammed as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Maiduguri. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information, made the announcement at a news conference in Maiduguri.…

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Death toll in Wukari, Taraba violence hits 24 – Police

Mr. Kwaji, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said 34 persons were injured while 99 houses were burnt during the crisis. (more…)

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Police confirm 7 dead in Wukari, Taraba, violence

The police say the crisis was not religious. (more…)

Aregbesola, Fayemi get APC governorship tickets

Governors Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti have been declared winners of the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) governorship primaries in their states. In Osun, Nasir El-Rufai, the Chief Returning Officer of the Planning Committee of the primary, announced Mr. Aregbesola as the winner in Osogbo on…

File Photo: JAMB examination in a centre in Abuja

Nigeria Police say no JAMB candidate killed in Borno

The Commissioner of Police in Borno State, Lawal Tanko, said no  candidate for the JAMB examination that held nationwide on Saturday was killed in the state. Mr. Tanko was reacting to reports (not by PREMIUM TIMES) that 200 candidates were killed in one of the centres in Maiduguri by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. He told the…

Female kidnap suspect lynched in llorin

A woman suspected to have abducted eight children was lynched by mob in llorin on Friday. The incident took place on Emir Road when the suspect tried to escape. She was stripped by the mob who attempted to set her on fire while inflicting machete cuts and beating her with clubs…

Anambra Governor, Obiano swears in 19 commissioners, 10 special assistants

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Friday in Awka sworn in 19 commissioners and 10 Special Advisers. The commissioners are: Chinedu Emeka, Water and Public Utilities; Callistus Ilozumba, Works; Azuka Enemuo, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Tony Nnacheta, Sports; Prof. Kate Emenugha, Education. Others are: Anali Chude, Attorney-General and Commissioner…

I am proud to be Nigerian, says Hollywood actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor

A London-born Nigerian Hollywood star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, on Friday said he was proud to be identified as a Nigerian. Mr. Ejiofor said this in Lagos at the premiere of a movie “Half of a Yellow Sun’’ based on a novel written by a Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie. He said that…

Nigerian military to investigate Amnesty International’s revelation on killings

DHQ insists that Amnesty International report is not consistent with "actual situation on ground" in the North East. (more…)