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Nigerian Army officers fighting Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers repel Boko Haram attack in ‘fierce battle’

Soldiers on Wednesday evening battled Boko Haram fighters who attacked a military location, an official has said. The battle occurred in Damasak, Borno State and was on at about 7:00 p.m. The spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Texas Chukwu, confirmed the battle in a short message circulated by other officials…

Atiku Abubakar and Sule Lamido

2019: I am Atiku’s senior, I won’t step down for him – Lamido

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has responded to a statement in which former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said Mr Lamido would step down for him in the presidential race. Both men are running for the ticket of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside about ten other aspirants.…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Buhari hails NOUN, Obasanjo on convocation

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, is the best and only solution to the challenges of admission into conventional universities in Nigeria. Mr. Buhari was speaking Saturday at the seventh convocation ceremony of NOUN held at its headquarters in Abuja. “Open Distance Learning…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo backs restructuring Nigeria

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has warned that Nigeria should not turn its back on the clamour for restructuring. Mr. Obasanjo spoke on Friday at a Convocation Lecture organised by the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. He said the university has set the pace for the discussion on restructuring.…

Ibrahim Kurawa

INTERVIEW: Why Fulani leaders dominate in northern Nigeria, and why they speak Hausa — Murtala Muhammed’s cousin

Ibrahim Ado Kurawa was a Special Adviser and the Director of Research and  Documentation under the administration of former Kano State Governor Ibrahim Shekarau. In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES HAUSA, he sheds light on a number of issues related to leadership in Northern Nigeria, including Fulani hegemony and origin of…

Abuja Protest: Police arrest suspects as normalcy returns

The FCT Police Command said that it arrested some suspects in connection with the disturbance between operatives of the Directorate of Road Transport Services (VIO) Task Force and cab operators at Wuse area of the Nigerian capital. The command’s spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, in a statement on Wednesday, however, said that…

‎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…

Sule Lamido, Former governor of Jigawa state

INTERVIEW: APC government is a PDP government – Sule Lamido

A former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, recently wrote members of the Peoples Democratic Party on his intention to seek the presidential ticket of the party for the 2019 General Election. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES Hausa, Mr. Lamido explained why he wants Nigerians to consider him a better…

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…

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…

#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.…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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,…

Saminu Turaki [Photo Credit: QEDNG]

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…