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Ex-Nigerian Senator Kanti Bello is dead

A two-time senator from Katsina State, Kanti Bello, is dead. He died in the early hours of Tuesday, in Abuja. Associates said he was 72. Mr. Bello, who represented Daura Senatorial Zone between 2003-2007 and 2007-2011, was the pioneer Managing Director of Katsina Steel Rolling Mill. Kabir Faskari, a younger…

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Documentation, preservation, key challenges to Hausa Literature – Professor Furniss

A British renowned Hausa language scholar, Graham Furniss, says five factors militate against the growth of Hausa literature to international standard. Furniss, an emeritus professor at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, classified documentation, description, preservation and changes in technology as the key problems of Hausa literature.…

Aliko Dangote

Dangote to establish university in Abuja, earmarks N200 billion

The President and founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, has set aside N200 billion to establish a world-class university in Abuja. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the proposal has since been delivered to the National Universities Commission, NUC. A former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie, who is the chairman…

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#ResumeOrResign: Charly Boy escapes lynching in Abuja’s Wuse market

A popular musician, Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, who has been leading a campaign for the return or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been attacked. Charly Boy was attacked in Wuse Market by angry protesters who are believed to be supporters of the president, witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES.…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

EXCLUSIVE: How Police foiled Sergeant’s attempt to escape after looting Jonathan’s home

The policeman at the centre of the burglary of an Abuja home of former President Goodluck Jonathan, initially made a bolt for it but was rearrested after a man he sold a property to tricked him into police's net, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr. Jonathan had last week confirmed this…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

Four police officers dismissed over theft of ex-President Jonathan’s belongings

The police have dismissed four police officers for their alleged roles in the theft of items from a house belonging to former President Goodluck Jonathan. The Federal Capital Territory's Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, approved the dismissal of the four policemen for burgling the Gwarimpa residence of the former president.…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

INTERVIEW: How I was invited to buy ex-President Jonathan’s belongings – Trader

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ashafa Murnai, the Chairman of the Tipper Garage second-hand materials market, Ibrahim Bagobiri, explained how he was persuaded to buy some items looted from an Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the reason why he is on the run from the…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

Jonathan speaks on Abuja house burglary

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has spoken on the theft of his property from his house in Abuja. PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the theft of the property which is believed to have been carried out by police officers sent to watch over the house. A statement by Mr. Jonathan’s…

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

SHOCKING: WCs, kitchen cabinets, ‘everything’ stolen from Jonathan’s house – Family source

Fresh facts have emerged on the comprehensive looting of an Abuja house of former President Goodluck Jonathan allegedly by the police officers on guard duty at the house. PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the incident on Monday. Police authorities in the Federal Capital Territory later confirmed that three officers were being questioned…

Ex-President Jonathan’s house

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-President Jonathan’s house burgled

An Abuja home of former President Goodluck Jonathan has been burgled, PREMIUM TIMES can confirm. However, in what appears a curious twist, the house was not burgled by known thieves, but by police officers assigned to guard the house. The Nigeria Police have thus arrested three of its officers for…

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Ex-Jigawa governor, Saminu Turaki, finally released after meeting bail conditions

A former Jigawa State governor, Saminu Turaki, was on Thursday released on bail from the Kuje Prison after days trying to meet the conditions. PREMIUM TIMES confirmed that Mr. Turaki, who was granted bail bond of N500 million with two sureties, was released to the Maganin Garin Sokoto, Hassan Danbaba,…

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Alleged N36 billion fraud: Another court grants ex-fugitive governor bail

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday granted N500 million bail to a former Jigawa State governor, Saminu Turaki. Mr. Turaki, who was on the run for three years, is charged with allegedly laundering about N36 billion while he served as governor between 1999 and 2007. His case was transferred…

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EFCC fumes as court grants bail to ex-governor on the run for four years

Despite being on the run for four years after a warrant of arrest was issued on him, an Abuja court has granted bail to Saminu Turaki, about one week after he was arrested. A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja granted Mr. Turaki bail on Thursday despite the anti-graft…

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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Jigawa governor, Saminu Turaki, to spend minimum 77 Days in detention

A former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, who was arrested on Tuesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may stay in the custody of the anti-graft agency until at least September 19, PREMIUM TIMES has gathered. Mr. Turaki was arrested at the International Conference Centre, Abuja by…

NOUN VC, Abdallah Adamu

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria Open University operated for months without website – VC

Abdallah Uba Adamu, a professor, is the vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, Ashafa Murnai and Ebuka Onyeji, he speaks on the institution’s activities and challenges. Excerpts: PT: You have been in the academic system for a long time, what…

chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party from Adamawa State

INTERVIEW: Why Jonathan lost re-election in 2015 – PDP Chieftain

After three failed attempts in 2003, 2007 and 2011, Muhammadu Buhari was elected President of Nigeria at the fourth attempt in 2015. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party from Adamawa State, Umar Ardo, narrated why he believes Mr. Jonathan lost re-election to the…

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
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ANALYSIS: Two years on, Northern supporters await Buhari’s magic

He never called himself a revolutionist – he was a former military dictator who imposed draconian laws - but President Muhammadu Buhari's electoral campaign in 2014 and 2015 can be described as revolutionary. His campaign was more or less a mass movement championed by the masses, especially the youth in…

NOUN Headquarters

NOUN to matriculate students Saturday

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will on Saturday matriculate 13,943 students. . A statement issued by the spokesman of the university, Ibrahim Sheme, said the 16th matriculation ceremony will be holding simultaneously at NOUN’s 78 study centres across the country. He noted that this year’s ceremony was a…

Sheriff Ahlan

Kannywood actor Ahlan Sheriff suffers horrific injuries after knife attack

A popular Kannywood actor, Sheriff Ahlan, was on Saturday in Kano taken to hospital after being assaulted by persons suspected to be thugs. The incident occurred in the evening around Kabuga Janbulo quarters along the Bayero University, Kano new site where the actor resides. A source close to Mr. Ahlan…

MOPPAN

KANNYWOOD SPECIAL: New MOPPAN leadership grapples with challenges after acrimonious elections

The new Executive Council members of the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, MOPPAN, are trying to come to terms with the daunting nature of the many challenges facing the association they were last week elected to lead for the next two years. This is in spite of the fact…

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

Katsina govt under Shema had over 100 bank accounts – Governor Masari

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has disclosed that the administration of his predecessor, Ibrahim Shema, operated over 100 savings accounts in various banks. Mr. Masari made this known on Sunday at an interactive session with the state’s indigenes living in Abuja at Shehu Yar’Adua Conference Centre, Abuja. The governor…

Mohammed Garba Gololo, member, representing Gamawa Federal Constituency

Another Nigerian lawmaker attacked by irate mob, house ransacked

About one week after protesters attacked lawmakers and other public officials at a political event in Katsina, another lawmaker has been attacked. Protesters on Sunday disrupted a political gathering convened by a member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), in his ancestral Gololo village of Gamawa Local Government…

Senator Ibrahim Ida

INTERVIEW: Mob Attacks: Nigerian politicians sitting on time bomb – Former Senator

Ibrahim Ida represented Katsina State in the Senate between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. As a civil servant, he rose to the position of permanent secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Economic Affairs office in the Presidency and the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF. In…