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Buhari’s return excites Nigerians – Report

The announcement that President Muhammadu Buhari will be returning home from London on Friday after his medical vacation has excited many Nigerians, especially on the social media, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. The tweet by @NGRPresident that originally revealed the president’s homecoming, generated over 1,200 retweets, one of…

Sweden, France, Uruguay proffer solution to Boko Haram insurgency

Sweden, France and Uruguay have proffered solutions to the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, which have ravaged parts of Northeast Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. The three countries, which are members of the UN Security Council, at a news briefing on their recent trip to the Lake Chad Basin…

Osinbajo orders Police IG to investigate Ile-Ife crisis

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday directed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to promptly investigate and prosecute the culprits in the recent communal clashes in Ile-Ife. He gave the order in a statement issued by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, in which he noted that many lives were reportedly…

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PDP Reps reject Sheriff, dismiss Gov. Dickson’s report

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the report by the party’s National Reconciliation Committee chaired by Bayelsa  Governor, Seriake Dickson. The leader of the caucus, Leo Ogor, told journalists in Abuja that the committee that submitted its report to the chairman of the…

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Court removes South Korea’s President Park 

Impeached South Korean President Park Geun Hye must step down permanently, the country’s constitutional court ruled in the capital Seoul on Friday. Park, 65, South Korea’s first female president, was impeached by the National Assembly in December on charges of colluding with her close friend Choi Soon Sil to extort…

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UPDATED: Buhari arrives Nigeria

President Muhamadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria, after 51 days on vacation in London, United Kingdom. PREMIUM TIMES correspondent in Kaduna said a presidential jet, 5N-FGN, conveying the president landed at exactly 7:40 a.m. at the Nigerian Air Force Base in the city. Mr. Buhari was dressed in a black…

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PDP NWC accepts Dickson’s reconciliation committee’s recommendations

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it had accepted the recommendations in the report of the party’s Reconciliation Committee. The National Chairman of the party, Ali Sheriff, said this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja. Mr. Sheriff said the NWC believed that…

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Naira inches up against dollar at parallel market

The Naira on Thursday marginally appreciated against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained three points to exchange at N462 to a dollar, after it closed at N465 on Wednesday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N550…

House of Reps

Reps reject motion to probe FIRS

The House of Representatives, on Thursday in Abuja, rejected a motion to probe the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, over alleged breach of the Public Procurement Act 2007. It, however, mandated the sponsor of the motion and Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema (Anambra-PDP) to provide evidence of breach for the…

Police recruitment: Commission to consider candidates on reserve list

The Police Service Commission (PSC), says it will consider applicants on the reserve list for interview for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force. A statement issued by, Ikechukwu Ani, Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission on Thursday, said that candidates for specialists cadre would also be invited for…

Osinbajo meets Guinea Bissau Prime Minister at Kaduna Airport

Acting President Yemi Osibanjo on Thursday said Nigeria would continue to be actively involved in finding solutions to the leadership crisis in Guinea Bisau. Mr. Osinbajo gave the assurance after a closed-door meeting with the Prime Minister of Guinea Bisau, Omaru Sissco Embalo, at the Kaduna International Airport. He told…

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Unpaid Delta teachers commence strike

Teachers in Delta on Thursday embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries, Joe Iyalekhue, the Secretary Delta branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has said. Mr. Iyalekhue told the News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba that a written order was issued to all teachers in the state…

U.S. deploys 400 additional troops in Syria to expedite ISIS defeat in Raqqa

The Marines artillery unit has deployed 400 U.S. forces to Syria in recent days to help local forces speed up efforts to defeat Islamic State at Raqqa, coalition spokesman of the Air Force, John Dorrian, said on Thursday. Mr. Dorrian said the additional U.S. forces would be working with local…

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, also the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim, sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA) - RTR1N1ZM

Sultan of Sokoto wants ban on importation of rice, vehicles relaxed

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to relax its ban on importation of rice and vehicles through land borders. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Sultan made the call when the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, paid him a courtesy visit…

LA Galaxy offer to make Ibrahimovic highest paid MLS player

LA Galaxy have told Zlatan Ibrahimovic they are prepared to make him the highest paid player in Major League Soccer history if he joins them from Manchester United this summer. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahimovic only joined United on a one-year deal last summer. There is an…

‘World’s heaviest woman’ undergoes successful weight-loss surgery in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman reportedly the heaviest in the world has undergone successful weight-loss surgery at the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, a hospital spokeswoman said on Thursday. Eman Ahmed was flown to Mumbai on a cargo plane on Feb. 11 in the hope that the hospital’s bariatric surgery (weight loss…

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South Sudan hikes work permit fees by 9,900 per cent

War-ravaged South Sudan has hiked work permit fees for foreign aid workers to $10,000 dollars from $100, officials said. The world’s youngest nation has been mired in civil war since 2013, when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar, sparking a conflict that has increasingly split the country along…

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria remains at 41st position

The Super Eagles remained unmoved at the 41st position in the FIFA World ranking for the month of March. The ranking table was published on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday. Though unmoved in the ranking, Nigeria had one point less, from 686 in February to…

Gambian authorities discover body of opposition leader

Gambian authorities on Thursday discovered the body of opposition leader, Solo Sandeng, who died in custody during former autocrat Yahya Jammeh’s regime. Police spokesman, Foday Conta, said Mr. Sandeng’s body was found near the western coastal village of Tanji and would undergo forensic investigation at a hospital in the capital,…

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One Nigerian soldier killed, two missing in anti-Boko Haram operation

The Army has confirmed that one soldier died, two went missing and 13 others are wounded in an operation against Boko Haram insurgents. Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a Brig.-Gen., made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He said the operation involved ambushes, cordon and search of the…

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Al-Shabaab leader surrenders

The African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, on Thursday confirmed that the leader of the militant group al-Shabaab has surrendered to government forces in Baidoa town in southern Somalia. The AU mission confirmed that Hussein Mukhtar surrendered to the Somali National Army (SNA) on Tuesday following a government amnesty offer…

Bayelsa governor salutes Maryam Abacha at 70

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa says the people and government of the state will remain grateful to the Abacha family for creating Bayelsa. Mr. Dickson stated this in a message to Mrs. Abacha, who turned 70 on March 4. He described the wife of Nigeria’s late military dictator as a…

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Nigerian Navy dismisses personnel found with Indian Hemp

The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday said it dismissed a rating found in possession of 14.55 kg of cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp) and handed him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for prosecution. The Navy disclosed this in a statement issued by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT…

House of Reps

Reps to investigate alleged irregularities in Nigerian govt’s social intervention schemes

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to investigate alleged irregularities in the management of Federal Government’s social intervention programmes. It has therefore mandated its Committee on Appropriation and Poverty Alleviation to investigate the Ministries of Finance, and Budget and National Planning to ascertain the method of identification and selection…

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Nigeria Customs cuts duty on vehicles bought on or before 2015

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has adjusted payment of duty on old vehicles, placing 60 per cent rebate across board on vehicles bought on or before 2015. The Acting Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, announced the grace period for auto duty payment on Wednesday in Abuja.…