Aminu Adamu

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Regional ministers, experts meet in Abuja over Lake Chad crises, insurgency

More than 10 ministers from Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), and African Union (AU) representatives have converged in Abuja to adopt a strategy aimed at regaining areas captured by Boko Haram insurgents and tackling the economic crises around the lake. The aim of the conference is to validate the adoption…

Teenage girl allegedly tortured, chained by guardian

A 14-year-old teenager has reportedly escaped torture and abuse from her guardian in Adamawa State. The minor, Hajjati Umar, from Yobe State was said to have escaped from her guardian's home, Sunday, where she was reportedly being held, tortured and abused. Pictures obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed bloody prints of…

UPDATED: Abuja indigenes protest over ‘invasion’ of land by army

Scores of protesters on Tuesday morning blocked the Zuba-Kaduna highway in Abuja to protest what they said was the excessive granting of land to the Army in the Nigerian capital. The protesters carried placards with diverse inscriptions and halted movement of traffic on the usually busy highway. The protesters said…

Protesters block Abuja highway, accuse govt of excessive ceding of land to Army

Scores of people on Tuesday morning blocked the Zuba-Kaduna highway in Abuja to protest what they said was the excessive granting of land to the Army in the Nigerian capital. The protesters carried placards and put a halt to movement of traffic on the busy highway. They said they are…

‎DEVELOPING STORY: Wuse market protest spreads, grounds activities in many parts of Abuja

The protest that started from Wuse market in Abuja spread to other parts of the Nigerian capital but had started subsiding by 1:00 p.m. The protesters blocked vehicles and harassed motorists driving around the market, the largest in the Nigerian capital. The protest spread to Berger, a major transit point…

Boko Haram leader’s ‘ex-wife’ nabbed in Maiduguri

An ex-wife of a factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mamman Nur, was one of the two teenage suspected suicide bombers intercepted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Borno State, Punch newspaper reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the 15-year-old Fatima Kabir was married…

Briton robbed in Abuja

A Briton was on Monday Morning robbed by some hoodlums near the Abuja Central Mosque. ‎The victim (name witheld), who is said to work as a consultant in Abuja, had checked out of her room at the Sheraton Abuja Hotels at about 5:30 a.m to catch a British Airways flight…

Residents, motorists decry deplorable condition of Suleja-Minna road

As the Federal Government hastens to fix the failed sections of the Abuja-Kaduna highway ahead of the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, some regular users of another federal road in the same axis are biting their lips over what might have been. The government is shutting down the…

Former NNPC boss Andrew Yakubu forfeits N3 billion to Nigerian govt

A court has ordered that the $9.8 million and 74,000 pounds recovered from a house belonging to Andrew Yakubu be forfeited to the Nigerian government. The anti-graft agency, EFCC, last Friday announced it recovered the money (about N3 billion in total) from a Kaduna home of the former head of…

Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, (middle) with the Managing Director, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC) Jack Li (left) and Mr Fidel Okhiria, Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.(right) during the test run of the recently built Rail line from Abuja (Idu) to Kaduna

UPDATE: Nigeria secures $7.5 billion loan from China for rail project – Amaechi

The Federal Government has secured $7.5 billion loan for the construction of standard rail gauge from Lagos to Kano, an official has said. The $7.5 billion is part of the $30 billion loan the federal government seeks to take and for which it has sought approval from the National Assembly.…

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20 per cent of $30 billion loan meant for railways – Amaechi

Over 20 per cent of the $30 billion that the Nigerian government plans to borrow would be used for construction of railways across the country, an official has said. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this on Monday. Mr. Amaechi urged Nigerians to appeal to the National Assembly to…

Gambia: President Barrow arrives Banjul

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has confirmed that he is back to the country. Mr. Barrow confirmed this on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, on Thursday. He tweeted: “I’m finally home. #Gambia”. Reuters earlier reported that hundreds of people gathered along the streets of Gambia’s capital Banjul to welcome home…

Abubakar Malami

Nigeria’s Attorney General, Budget Office give contradictory figures on looted funds

Two top officials of the federal government have provided contradictory figures on the looted funds already recovered by the federal government. The Muhammadu Buhari administration has made the recovery of looted funds, as well as prosecution of culprits, one of the focus of its anti-corruption war. [caption id="attachment_215550" align="alignleft" width="317"]…

After abandoning project for months, Jonathan’s cousin set to resume work on N6.4 billion Abuja road

Several months after it was abandoned largely due to the corruption trial of the contractor, work is set to commence on the Apo-Karshi road, in the Nigerian capital Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The contract for the construction of the 13.25 km road was awarded in 2011 to Kakatar Engineering Limited,…

Lagos High court

How we recovered millions in local, foreign currencies in Justice Ademola’s residence – Witness

A witness in the ongoing trial of a Federal High Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola, has stated that various amounts of foreign and local currencies were found in the defendant's residence during a midnight raid by operatives of the State Security Service in October last year. The witness, Ike Onuoha, an…

Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow’s son dies after dog bite

A son of Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has died after being bitten by a dog, the BBC has reported. Eight-year-old Habibou Barrow was reported to have died on the way to the hospital on Sunday in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul. Mr. Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he…

How senior Nigerian lawyer bought N8 million car for judge accused of corruption – Sales Rep

A witness in the ongoing trial of a Federal High Court judge, Adeniyi Ademola, has explained how a BMW luxury car was purchased for the defendant by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi. The witness, Ifeoma Ofornagolu, the first of 14 witnesses to testify in the matter, said she…

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INTERVIEW: Nigeria’s health minister speaks on resident doctors, polio, tuberculosis, budget, transparency, others

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Oluwatoyosi Olawande and Aminu Adamu, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Issac Adewole, speaks extensively on various issues and developments in the health sector, including the performance of the 2016 budget in the sector and what to expect going forward. PT: What is the ministry…

Trump appoints Ben Carson as Housing Secretary

The President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on Monday declared his intention to appoint Ben Carson to serve as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Mr. Trump said this in a statement on his official Facebook page. He described Mr. Carson…

Boko Haram: 5.1 million Nigerians risk starvation in 2017, UN says

The United Nations said on Friday that $1billion was needed in 2017 for the provision of aid to victims of Boko Haram terrorism in north-east Nigeria. The Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter Lundberg, in a statement said the Boko Haram menace was the largest in Africa, and that hope can be…

Nigeria under Buhari is on bumpy ride but will end well – Aide

The spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, has admitted that the Nigerian “boat” under his principal is going through a bumpy ride, but said the president knew where he was going. Mr. Adesina, who admitted that the situation in the country was very tough, expressed the conviction that Mr.…

40 per cent of people living with HIV don’t know their status – WHO

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that nearly half of people living with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected. The organisation, therefore, called for broader access to at-home testing kits. The UN health agency said that 40 per cent of people living with the virus…

Reps want price of petrol reduced to N70

The House of Representatives has advised the Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to review the current price template for petrol and reduce the price to N70. The call followed a motion by a member, Abubakar Fulata, titled “Urgent Need to Review the Petroleum Price Template”. The lawmaker expressed disappointment…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Cross River Homeland Security Service to recruit over 3,000 youth

Cross River State’s Homeland Security Service is expected to recruit more than 3,000 youth, the government said. The state government has in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, commenced the recruitment process. In a statement issued on Monday in Calabar by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade…

Women proffer solutions to challenges in Nigeria’s business environment

A group of professional and business women has advised the Federal Government to address issues affecting women-owned businesses in Nigeria. The Association of Nigerian Women Business Network gave the advice through its National Business Agenda launched in Abuja last week. The launch, which was witnessed by dignitaries from government, public…