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President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of the 36 States (Photo Credit: thenigerianlawyer.com)

SERAP asks state governors to disclose pension paid to ex-governors

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent Freedom of Information requests to state governors to “urgently disclose details of payment of pensions to former governors and other ex-officials between 1999 and 2019" under their pension laws. The organisation also asked each of the 36 state governors to “provide…

Omoyele Sowore

SERAP condemns Buhari for comparing Sowore, Bakare with Boko Haram

The civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has condemned the presidency for comparing Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare with Boko Haram militants. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the presidency on Sunday justifying the treatment of Mr Sowore by the State Security Service (SSS). “Sowore called for a revolution…

Ekiti State University

Ekiti University dismisses lecturer over sex harassment video

The Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has sacked a lecturer, Olola Olaleye Aduwo, recently caught in a viral video being molested for sexually harassing a female student. The university also sacked two other lecturers for abandoning their duty posts. EKSU had on Thursday also announced the sack of about 800…

Ekiti State University

Nigerian university sacks over 800 workers

Ekiti State University (EKSU) has sacked over 1000 workers after a staff audit exercise. Most affected are workers employed between 2016 and 2018. The spokesperson of the university, Bode Olofinmuagun, announced the development in a statement after a meeting of the university's Governing Council on Thursday. “The Governing Council of…

Power Lines [Photo: energymixreport.com]

Nigerian govt. introduces new electricity distribution policy to bypass DisCos

The Federal Ministry of Power's new electricity distribution policy called "Willing Seller, Willing Buyer" was designed to bypass middlemen and sell power directly to consumers, a statement on Wednesday by Aaron Artimas, the Special Adviser (Media and Communications) to the Minister of Power, has said. Under the differential power distribution…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: © AFP]

No date yet to reopen Nigeria’s borders, Buhari insists

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has not given any date for the reopening of Nigeria's land borders. He said that the closure would remain until the situation improved. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Nigeria partially closed its land borders in August, mainly to check the mass smuggling of products like rice…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

El-Rufai signs N259.25billion Kaduna State 2020 budget into law

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has signed the 2020 budget of the state into law after its passage by the State House of Assembly. The deputy governor, who was the acting governor of the state, Hadiza Balarabe, had presented N257.8 billion as the 2020 proposed budget, with capital…

Makinde inaugurates committee on ownership of LAUTECH

Makinde inaugurates committee on ownership of LAUTECH

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has set up a five-member panel of eminent indigenes of the state to advise him on how the state government can take sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). The university, which is located in Ogbomoso in Oyo State, is jointly…

FUTA expels six students caught on video assaulting another

The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA has expelled six students for physically assaulting another student. The incident occurred at one of the students’ hostels outside the campus of the institution. The students pounced on the victim for allegedly spreading gossip about one of them. During the beating, one of…

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Ekiti bank workers connived with robbers or also stole from vault – Police

The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Asoquo Amba, has said that the robbery incident at a bank in Oye-Ekiti was either in connivance with workers at the bank or the workers also used the opportunity to steal from the bank's vault. According to ICIR, he made this known at a…

The armed robbery accident in Ekiti

UPDATED: Two killed in Ekiti bank robbery

There was pandemonium in Oye-Ekiti on Thursday as armed robbers stormed a branch of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) in the town and left two people dead. The robbers, in the daylight operation, carted away money from the bank’s vault and stole from the customers. When PREMIUM TIMES visited…

Federal University, Oye-Ekiti

Tanker Explosion: Nigerian undergraduate needs N400,000 for emergency surgery, says mother

A 300-level student of Peace and Conflict at Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti, needs N400,000 for an emergency surgical operation, her mother says. Ayomide Oni was her way to school when the bus she was travelling in was involved in an accident involving four vehicles, including a tanker hauling petrol, along…

Lagos state on map

Lagos commences recruitment of 1,000 teachers

The Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) has announced its decision to recruit 1,000 secondary school teachers into the state's Post Primary Teaching Service. According to a statement made available on the Lagos State Government's website, the purpose of the recruitment is "to ensure that the standard of secondary school…

The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Kayode Fayemi.]

Fayemi was not denied American visa, NGF says

The Nigeria Governors Forum has debunked a report that the chairman of the body who is the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, was denied a U.S. visa he applied for. An online platform alleged that Mr Fayemi was denied entry visa by the United States Embassy in Nigeria on Friday,…

Kayode Fayemi presenting a 2020 appropriation bill of N124.7 billion to the Ekiti State House of Assembly

Fayemi presents N124.7 billion 2020 budget to Ekiti Assembly

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has presented a 2020 appropriation bill of N124.7 billion to the Ekiti State House of Assembly. The budget which is christened ‘Budget of Deliverables’ has N53.5 billion representing 43 per cent as capital expenditure while the recurrent expenditure is N71.2 billion representing 57…

Femi Falana

Buhari govt waging war against media, Falana warns

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has accused the Nigerian government of waging war against the media in preparation for the 2023 elections. Mr Falana spoke in Lagos Thursday at a conversation on the shrinking media and civic space in Nigeria and public presentation of a book, Testimony to Courage,…

The award presentation

Nigerian initiative wins Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award

Follow the Money, an initiative of Connected Development, focused on advocating, visualizing and tracking government spending and international aid in rural communities, has won the Council of Europe Democracy Innovation Award. The award ceremony was held in Strasburg. The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award is given by the Secretary-General…

Abuja teacher emerges as Maltina Teacher of the Year

Abuja teacher emerges 2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year

A teacher with the Royal Academy, Abuja, Collins Ezem Collins, has emerged the 2019 Maltina teacher of the year. Mr Ezem, 38, a Christian Religion and Study and Civic Education teacher defeated 23 other teachers across Nigeria at the 5th Edition of Maltina Teacher of the Year event held in…

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

Nigerians condemn expulsion of student over Facebook post, demand reinstatement

Several Nigerians have condemned the expulsion of Ifemosu Adewale, a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB) in Ogun State, over a Facebook post. They also demanded his reinstatement. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how FUNAAB expelled the student who drew the attention of the public to the alleged…

Federal University, Oye-Ekiti

Two months after deadly protest, FUOYE management announces resumption of academic activities

Two months after the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FOUYE) was closed indefinitely, the university Senate on Wednesday announced that academic activities would resume on November 11. The spokesperson of the university, Godfrey Bajki, said the Senate also announced the appointment of a new deputy vice-chancellor, Academics (DVC). The new DVC…

CrossRiverWatch publisher and journalist, Agba Jalingo. [PHOTO CREDIT: Crossriverwatch.com]

My husband charged for exposing graft – Wife of detained journalist

Wife of detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, said her husband was charged to court for exposing corruption in Cross River State. Mr Jalingo, the publisher of the online CrossRiverWatch, has been in prison for weeks in Calabar. He was charged with treason over a report about an alleged diversion of…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

Nigeria among 13 worst countries in unsolved murders of journalists – CPJ

Nigeria is among the 13 worst countries where killings of journalists have remained unsolved, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published Tuesday has stated. Nigeria has five unsolved cases over the last 10 years, the report noted. “The 13 countries that make up the list of the…

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UNIBEN appoints second female vice-chancellor

Lilian Salami, a professor, has been appointed the 10th substantive vice-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State. A home economist and former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Mrs Salami becomes the second female vice-chancellor of the institution after Grace Alele Williams, who was also the first female vice-chancellor…

PRESIDENT BUHARI DEPARTS SOCHI FOR ABUJA 3B. President Muhammadu Buhari departs Sochi after a successful Russia-Africa Economic Summit with other World Leaders held in Sochi Russia. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 25 2019

Buhari set to depart for Saudi Arabia

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Monday for Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to attend the third edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) organised by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). According to a statement by the presidency, the event with the theme 'What’s Next for Global Business?'…

Davido signs Lil Frosh to DMW record

Davido signs Lil Frosh to DMW record

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has signed a new artist, Lil frosh, to his DMW record label. The name DMW came into existence after Davido officially announced his break from HKN. He announced the signing on his official twitter page late on Friday. https://twitter.com/iam_Davido/status/1187818879130767360?s=20 The newly signed…