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Ebuka Onyeji, a health and investigative reporter at Premium Times Newspaper. Ebuka hails from Ufuma in Orumba North LGA, Anambra state. He bagged a B.SC degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University, Igbariam in 2014.

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EJIGBO: 11:30am - it was observed that voters no longer fold their ballot papers before voting at Ward 3, PU6 in front of Ejigbo local government secretariat located inside Ejigbo town. INEC Ad-hoc staff there said they have told voters to do so. "We repeatedly told them to fold their ballot papers but they keep opening it before going to the voting cubicle. Their party agents also enlightened them on this", an Ad-hoc staff said. It was also observed at same unit that the voter can be fully seen inside the voting cubicle as he/she votes. As part of measures to check vote buying, INEC had said it would restrategize the voting cubicle in such a way that a voter could not be seen by anybody while thumbprinting inside the cubicle. The commission also said voters will not be allowed to go in or come out from the cubicle without folding their ballot papers unlike what is currently happening in Ejigbo.

#OsunDecides2018: How APC won Ejigbo Local Govt

The candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing Osun State governorship election has emerged victorious in Ejigbo Local Government Area. Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC polled 14,779 votes in the local government while Nurudeen Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) followed with a total of 11,116…

#OsunDecides2018: APC, PDP, SDP others battle for Osun governorship

#OsunDecides2018 (LIVE UPDATES): APC, PDP, SDP, others battle

Registered electorates in Osun State will today exercise their political rights to elect a new governor who will pilot the affairs of the state for the next four years. The election is significant in many ways; it is the last major election before the 2019 general election, it’s preceding party…

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ANALYSIS: How vote buying may make or mar Osun polls

About 48 hours to the gubernatorial election in Osun, there are indications that the process may be fraught with vote buying. Vote buying is a practice of inducing voters to make them vote for a particular candidate during an election. Many experts and election observers believe Saturday's polls will be…

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Flooding: How to prevent spread of infectious diseases — NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued precautionary measures to be taken on several diseases that stem from flooding, a scourge that has so far led to over 100 deaths in Nigeria this year. This comes two days after the emergency body, NEMA, declared national disaster in states…

pile of shi*ts in a valley beside Wuse zone 3 walkways.

Five notorious spots where people defecate openly in Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria's capital, is gradually turning into an open field where people defecate without restraint, recent checks by PREMIUM TIMES have shown. Beneath the good roads, exotic cars and gigantic edifices the Federal Capital Territory is adorned with, are long shadows of irritating sights of human excreta. Passing bodily wastes…

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FACT SHEET: 10 things to know about Osun governorship election

It is barely a week to the gubernatorial election in Osun State. The election is expected by many to be a close contest between five leading candidates though there are 48 candidates in the election, including four women. Several crisis trailed the conduct of primary elections in different political parties,…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan replies Oshiomhole over vote-buying allegation

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has questioned the psychological state of the national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. Mr Jonathan was reacting to an allegation by Mr Oshiomhole that vote-buying was started by the former president. Vote-buying is the practice of paying voters to compel them…

Almost 50 tricycles damaged as Protesting 'Keke Napep' Drivers Ground activities in parts of Abuja

Suspected tricycle operators raze VIO office

An Abuja Area Command Office of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) also known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) has been completely razed by suspected commercial tricycle drivers. Neighbours and officials of the agency say the office was set ablaze midnight Thursday in what can be best described as…

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Abuja Tremor: Minister suspends mining, quarrying, borehole drilling in affected areas

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, has directed the suspension of further quarrying and mining activities in the affected areas of Mpape, Gwarimpa and Garki districts where earth vibrations have been reported recently. Residents were apprehensive over the sudden shake of the earth in the affected areas…

Man defecating in an open drainage

Open Defecation: EU to construct public toilets in 14 Ekiti towns

The European Union says it is financing the construction of public toilets in 14 towns in Ekiti State. Ekiti State has the highest number of residents, among Nigerian states, who defecate openly, two agencies said in 2016. The United Nations Children’s Fund and the European Union stated that two in…

Almost 50 tricycles damaged as Protesting 'Keke Napep' Drivers Ground activities in parts of Abuja

Several tricycles damaged as ‘Keke Napep’ drivers protest in Abuja

Activities were grounded in parts of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday as commercial tricycle drivers protested alleged attack by members of a Joint Task Force. About 50 tricycles were damaged in the melee caused by the so-called 'Keke Napep' drivers. The joint task force comprises the police, civil defence,…

Former Borno state commissioner, Salma Ibrahim Anas-Kolo

INTERVIEW: How we helped Boko Haram victims manage trauma, despondency – Ex-Borno health commissioner

Salma Anas-Kolo is a former Borno State Commissioner for Health who served between 2011 and 2015, a time when Boko-haram insurgency was at its peak. In a grim statistics by Borno state Government last year, the Boko Haram insurgency in the state led to deaths of almost 100,000 persons with…

IPOB women demand Kanu’s release. [Photo credit: NAN]

Biafra: IPOB calls for sit-at-home

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, says it has declared September 14 as "a day of general strike, mourning and resistance across Biafra land.’’ IPOB, a group demanding a separate country of Biafra but labelled a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian government, warned that any person or persons seen outside…

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Buhari to Merkel: Illegal Nigerian immigrants ‘at their own risk’

President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly told visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, his government does not support Nigerians trying to illegally enter Europe, saying those caught would be "at his or her own risk". The president said "Any Nigerian found in Libya or anywhere on his way to Europe through illegal…

UEFA Champions League 2018 Draws

LIVE UPDATES: UEFA Champions League 2018/19 group stage draw

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 group stage draw, featuring more teams from Europe’s top five leagues and fewer representatives from the smaller ones, takes place Thursday in Monaco. The last campaign was won by Spanish Giants, Real Madrid. It was their third consecutive time of winning the trophy and 13th…

Leah Sharibu

SSS investigating Leah Sharibu’s ‘audio recording’ – Presidency

The Presidency on Monday confirmed that there was an audio recording purported to be the voice of Leah Sharibu, the last Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram’s captivity. It said the State Security Service is analysing the leaked audio tape. Miss Sharibu was one of the 110 girls abducted by…

Archilin, one of the many varieties of cough syrup with Codeine. Bought from a drug bandit in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja at N2,000.

INVESTIGATION: Abuja drug sellers, street vendors cashing in on codeine ban

Ladi Kwali Street off Constantine street in Zone 4 of Wuse District is one of the most popular areas in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Aside being the location of the popular Sheraton Hotel, the area is synonymous with one thing: trade in currencies. Buyers and sellers of different foreign and…

2019: Nigerian doctors warn politicians against inflammatory statements

As the 2019 elections draw near, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed concern over what it described as overtly heated inflammatory statements by top political leaders. According to the NMA, such statements have the potentials of plunging the country into unrest. Though the medical doctors were not specific, their…

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INTERVIEW: How we determine service charges, process visa for Nigerians – VFS GLOBAL

Jiten Vyas, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VFS GLOBAL in Africa, an outsourcing visa application processing company. There has been a myriad of complaints from applicants over the operations of VFS GLOBAL in Nigeria. These complaints were highlighted in an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES on the company's operations…

Nigerians eating at a food stand in Wuse.

FEATURE: Roadside food vendors thrive across Nigeria despite health risks

Mama Oyibo sells cooked beans, roasted plantain (boli in local parlance) and yam, alongside fish and cow skin 'Kpomo,' a delicacy some Nigerians love. She sells her food at the street adjacent the popular Wuse Market, in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He spot is an open space whose only shed…

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Over 100 IPOB women remanded after protest

A magistrate court in Owerri, Imo State capital, on Monday remanded in custody at least 112 women members of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). The women, who were arraigned on eight counts of charges, were arrested in Owerri by the police on Friday while they protesting and demanding…

Jabbi building collapse

Abuja Building Collapse: Anger as NEMA, others end rescue effort

A protest occurred Saturday afternoon at the site of a collapsed building in Abuja as government agencies including the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA ended its rescue mission. One person was confirmed dead after the building under construction collapsed on Friday, the NEMA said, but residents said at least 10…

JABI building collapse

Abuja Building Collapse: NEMA confirms one dead, but residents say many buried

One person was confirmed dead after a building under construction collapsed in Abuja on Friday, the National Emergency Management Agency said, but residents say at least 10 persons remained under the rubble. At a press conference Saturday, Mustapha Maihaja, the director general of NEMA said besides the single fatality, one…

UPDATED: Abuja Building Collapse: Rescue efforts ongoing as Osinbajo, Abuja minister, others visit

Rescue efforts were ongoing on Friday at about 10:30 p.m. at the site of a building collapse in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, visited the site of the collapsed four-storey building under construction in the Jabi part of the Nigerian capital. He commended rescue efforts. :As…

Jabbi building collapse

DEVELOPING STORY: Two feared dead, many trapped in Abuja building collapse

Activities in Jabi area of Abuja have been put on hold as a four-storey building under construction collapsed at about 2 p.m. Friday. The building is situated within Jabi/Utako park, directly opposite Panda shopping mall. Two people are feared dead from the incident. The incident has caused heavy gridlock with…