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Nigerians express divergent views on ‘sex dolls’ debate

An unusual phenomenon has been trending in the Nigerian Cyberspace. It is the introduction and sale of sex robots fused with Human Artificial Intelligence. A few days ago, raunchy pictures of a female version of the sex dolls started making rounds on the internet with many Nigerians and celebrities alike…

Ortom warns Benue Indigenes against inciting violence

Residents of Makurdi, the Benue state capital, have been warned against raising false alarms and making inflammatory statements regarding the already escalated security crisis in the state. The state governor, Samuel Ortom, who gave the warning said such alarms create panic and give hoodlums the opportunity to harass, rob and…

Health minister warns Nigerians of meningitis, explains inability to vaccinate all citizens

Nigerians have been warned to be on alert and take preventive measures against Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM, as this is the season of the deadly disease. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who gave the warning, said the federal government cannot afford to vaccinate every single citizen against the disease at…

Why we support field trials of genetically modified cassava in Nigeria – Scientist

A research scientist, Paul Onyenekwe, has described the approval granted to two international agencies by a Nigerian regulatory agency to test run some genetically modified cassava in Nigeria as a welcome development. Mr. Onyenekwe, the President of Nigeria Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium, NBBC, was reacting to criticisms levelled against the…

Regular intake of Ibuprofen can cause male infertility – Study

Young men who regularly take Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter painkiller drug, at high doses stand a high risk of infertility, a new research study has revealed. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States found that regular ibuprofen use may lead to compensated…

Ghana records 80% increase in new cases of HIV/AIDS in 2017

There was 80 per cent increase in new cases of HIV/AIDS infection in Ghana according to a 2017 Ghana AIDS Commission report. The report also indicates that the Volta Region and Brong Ahafo Region topped the chart of HIV/AIDS prevalence. A large proportion of the new HIV/AIDS cases were pregnant…

Fuel scarcity persists amid high prices across Nigeria

Barely a week after the fuel scarcity across Nigeria subsided in major cities, long queues of motorists have resurfaced at filling stations in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country. The fuel scarcity lasted through the Christmas and New Year celebrations forcing thousands of motorists to spend hours queuing…

We train no militia, Benue Govt replies Nigerian Army

The Benue State Government has denied arming militia groups to defend the people against marauding herdsmen in the state. The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it arrested nine well-armed militia from Benue, alleged to be members of the state government sponsored security volunteers. The suspects were arrested at Arufu, a…

Father Mbaka turns against Buhari, warns against re-election bid

Fiery Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against contesting in the 2019 presidential election. According to Sun Newspaper, Mr. Mbaka, who gave the warning during his new year message at the Adoration ground in Enugu on Sunday, said the warning came from God. “As I was waiting…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (1)

November 2017 marked two years that most of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. Mr. Buhari inaugurated 36 ministers on November 11, 2015 to man 24 federal ministries. However,…

INTERVIEW: Why I remain critical of Ebonyi govt despite assault – Journalist

Charles Otu was one of two journalists beaten to stupor with dangerous weapons and later abducted by suspected political thugs in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on June 2. Mr. Otu, the publisher of Conscience, a local newspaper, and also a correspondent of Guardian Newspaper was assaulted allegedly over comments…

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Cult violence continues in Akwa Ibom community despite arms ultimatum

Midim Atan, a local community in Akwa Ibom state, is still besieged by terror and criminality, three months after it gave an ultimatum to members of a suspected local cult group to lay down their arms, residents say. The traditional council of the community in Essien Udim Local Government Area…

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Fuel Scarcity: Tuface calls for protest, but Nigerians shut him down

As Nigerians groan under a biting shortage of petrol, Nigerian artiste, Innocent Idibia, better known as Tuface or 2baba on Saturday called for a protest against filling stations selling petroleum products at unofficial prices. “Make we start campaign say make dem shut down any filling station wey no dey sell…

As fuel scarcity worsens, controversy trails operations of marketers, unions

Over 50 trucks loaded with petroleum products meant for supply have been prevented from leaving a depot in Lagos, a coalition of civil society groups alleged Friday. The coalition, Transparency for Good Governance, in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES said it used a private team of investigators to…

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GTBank speaks on Innoson, EFCC controversy

Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) on Thursday said it would continue to report any untoward and criminal activity to law enforcement agencies despite the criticism it has faced following the arrest of businessman Innocent Chukwuma. The bank, in a notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), on Thursday, said it…

Blow whistle on illegal drug production, NAFDAC urges Nigerians

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has called on Nigerians to report on the production of fake drugs around them, in line with the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government. “We are calling on the public to blow the whistle whenever they discover any…

N-Power extends deadline for physical verification exercise

N-Power, the federal government job programme aimed at empowering graduates, has extended the physical verification exercise for applicants successfully pre-selected. The physical screening was scheduled to hold between December 4 and 14. However, the scheme on its official Facebook page on Monday said the screening will continue this week. It…

Abandoned PHC at ubbe/Ogba Akwanga LGA, Niger state.

INVESTIGATION: The terrible state of Nigeria’s Primary Healthcare Centres (2)

(In this second part of his investigation into the terrible state of PHCs across Nigeria, Ebuka Onyeji reveals the rot in the system, and the factors leading to the current situation. You can read the first part here). 'Out of service' read the network signal on the journalists' phone at exactly 6:35…

File photo of children fetching water from the borehole constructed by UNICEF and EU in Ikot Nkpenne community, Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, [Photo Credit: Nike Adebowale]

More Nigerians had access to potable water in 1990 than 2017 – Minister

In percentage terms, more Nigerians had access to potable water in 1990 than in 2017, an official has said. The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said on Thursday that Nigerians who had access to pipe-borne water dropped from 32 per cent in 1990 to less than 7 per cent…

Abuja orphanage home shares entrance with dumpsite

The management of an orphanage home situated in Piwoyi village, a suburb of Abuja, has expressed concern over a dumpsite within its entrance. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who visited the orphanage found the dumpsite just a few feet from the gate of the orphanage with its litters spread across the…

Final stage as a finished product. ready and stored for sale. (Photo taken by Ebuka Onyeji)

Cooperative empowers Nassarawa community, begins processing of 10,000 tonnes of maize

An air of excitement is presently sweeping through Gaate village, a rural settlement along the Keffi-Akwanga road in Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State as a cooperative farming society begins the first harvest of maize which it cultivated in the last planting season. Gaate community leased a thousand hectares…

Physical verification is free – N-power

N-Power, the federal government job programme aimed at empowering graduates, has warned applicants successfully pre-selected to undergo physical verification not to pay anybody for the screening. "The Physical Verification stage is free. If you pay, you will be automatically disqualified," the scheme said on its official Facebook Page on Saturday.…

Health Minister, Isaac Adewole

Nigerian govt sets aside N28 billion to fund primary health care intervention in 2018

The Nigerian government has initiated a N28 billion health fund that will target the revitalisation of at least one primary health Centre in each of the 774 local government areas. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday inaugurated the special intervention which he said would be formally rolled out…

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Why Igbos will ‘massively’ vote for Buhari in 2019 – Kalu

Igbos will massively vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 so as not to disrupt the zoning formula, a former Abia State governor and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Orji Kalu, has said. Speaking at an interview session on Arise Television on Saturday, Mr. Kalu noted that…

Olamide, Falz, Simi, other Nigerian celebrities speak on #EndSARS Campaign

More than 48 hours after the ongoing campaign for a shutdown of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS started trending with the hashtag #EndSARS, many Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media handles to support the campaign. The demand for an end to SARS dominated Twitter activities by Nigerians…