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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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NANS calls for three-day prayers for Buhari

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has called for three days of prayers for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and his early return to the country. The NANS President, Chinonso Obasi, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, said Nigerian students would within the three days…

Apo 6 killings: After 12 years, Court to deliver judgement Thursday

A judicial drama that has lasted almost 12 years will reach a milestone on Thursday when Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court, Abuja, is scheduled to deliver judgement on the infamous Apo Six killings. The court was to deliver the judgement on February 13, but Justice Bello pushed…

Amid growing hardship, ‘corporate beggars’ flood Abuja streets

On a recent morning, a well-dressed woman walked into an eatery behind Unique Garden, Wuse Zone 2 in Abuja, and sat uninvited next to two men waiting for meals. Wearing a smile, the woman, in her 20s, narrated how she arrived the federal capital for a job interview, and how…

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How we repelled armed men who attacked Abuja community – Police

The police have confirmed that one person was injured during an armed robbery attack on Thursday night in a community in Apo district of Abuja. The Abuja police spokesperson, Anjuguri Mamza, who confirmed the incident on Friday, told PREMIUM TIMES that the police swung into action immediately they received a…

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak acquitted over protesters’ killings in 2011 uprising

Six years after the uprising that ended his rule, former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak. has been acquitted of involvement in the killings of hundreds of protesters in 2011. According to Al-jazeera, The Court of Cassation's final ruling on Thursday could see the ailing 88-year-old walk free. He has been tried…

Armed men attack Abuja community

Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers attacked some residents of a community in Apo district of Abuja. One of the residents, Ebere Emeka, said the attack occurred within Pigba Sama area of Apo. Ebere said the police arrived the area to repel the attack. Another resident, who gave his name…

Victor Moses extends Chelsea contract to 2021

Victor Moses has penned a new four-year contract at Chelsea. The 26-year-old Nigeria international's previous deal was due to expire in 2019, but Moses has now extended his stay until 2021. The two-year extension means Moses is committed to Chelsea until 2021 and has earned a significant pay rise to…

INTERVIEW: Stigmatisation, govt neglect destroying Nigerian Polytechnics – ASUP President

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, on January 30 went a one-week warning strike over alleged refusal by the Nigerian government to reopen negotiations on an agreement it had with the union in 2010. Other reasons the union cited for the strike which ended on February 5 were non-payment…

JAMB explains why candidates can no longer apply to two public universities

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed why it restricted candidates from choosing two public universities during the 2017 online registration. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday that the choice of public universities was restricted to one but candidates can choose as many…

Buhari scraps special intervention funds for tertiary institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Tertiary Education Trust Fund’s special intervention funds given to tertiary institutions across the country be excluded in 2017 due to past abuses. Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary, TETFund said this on Monday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the intervention funds approved by the…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Nigerian govt files another charge against Saraki

The Federal Government filed one more charge against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Mr. Saraki was initially facing a 16-count charge of fraud levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. The bureau had on September 16, 2015 filed…

Group wants former university bursar investigated, prosecuted

Some civil society groups led by the Transparency Initiative Nigeria, TIN, on Tuesday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to probe a former bursar of the University of Calabar, Peter Agi. Mr. Agi was suspended in August last year by the school management under allegations of fraud, forgery…

Groups partner to train journalists in budget, procurement reporting

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, in collaboration with the Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC, is embarking on a project to build the capacity of Nigerian journalists to scrutinise budgetary and procurement issues, in order to create more transparency and accountability in the public sector. The project is…

Nigerian govt approves N1.9 billion intervention funds for each university

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, on Monday gave a breakdown of intervention funds approved by the federal government for tertiary institutions. The government approved N213.4 billion for the schools for 2016, Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary, TETFund, said at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday. The releases and…

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Only 36 per cent of funds approved for Nigeria’s unity schools in 2016 were released – Minister

Only 36 per cent of funds budgeted for Nigeria's unity schools in 2016 was released, an official implied on Monday. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said out of the N13.7 billion appropriated to the unity schools in 2016, only N5 billion was released. Mr. Adamu, however, said the amount released…

UN to raise $1 billion humanitarian fund for Northeast

The United Nations, UN, has said it is planning to raise over $1 billion to address the needs of about 6.9 million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. The plan is within the framework of an 18-month deadline the global body has set to ensure that the…

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian Air Force helicopter, injures airman

The Boko Haram launched an attack on a Nigerian Air Force helicopter on Wednesday injuring an airman, an official has said. Ayodele Famuyiwa, a Group Captain and Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed the attack in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES. "The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at…

Fire outbreak in Onitsha filling station

A fire outbreak occurred at Mobil Petrol Station at DMGS roundabout, Onitsha, Anambra State on Wednesday night. The fire is said to have been caused by a petrol tanker loaded with fuel. According to Chukwumerie Uduchukwu, a Facebook user, the fire badly damaged a two-storey building near the filling station…

Group wants security operatives to investigate, prosecute Boko Haram sponsors

The Arewa Youth Leaders Forum has called on the federal government to expand the scope of operations of the military and other security agencies in the north-east. The scope should include the identification, investigation, arrest and prosecution of sponsors and beneficiaries of Boko Haram, the group said. The group, in…

Nigerian, American firms to power 25 communities with solar energy

Two firms have signed an agreement to provide power to 25 communities across Nigeria using solar energy. The communities are in Bayelsa, Ondo, Ogun and Osun states. A Nigerian firm, Community Energy Social Enterprises Limited, CESEL, and its American counterpart, Renewvia Energy Corporation, signed a $767,512 agreement to provide solar…

White House confirms Trump’s conversation with Buhari

The White House has confirmed that the American President, Donald Trump, spoke on telephone with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari. The Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told journalists during a press briefing, Tuesday, in the White House, that the two leaders had a telephone conversation on Monday. “Before I get into…

Buhari support groups hold rally in Abuja

Barely a week after Nigerians held anti-government protests in major cities across the country, a coalition of Buhari Support Groups held a rally of their own on Tuesday in Abuja in support of President Muhammadu Buhari. The coalition, Truth and Justice Movement of Nigeria, held the rally under the banner:…

Woman who allegedly drugged, robbed medical doctor has multiple identities on social media

A woman arrested by the police in Lagos Tuesday last week for allegedly drugging and robbing her medical doctor consort has several identities on social media, findings by PREMIUM TIMES have shown. The woman, Mitchel Harrold, 37, from Warri, Delta State was arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad,…

What Trump told Buhari on phone – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday had a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump at the request of the American President. The conversation was cordial and Mr. Buhari congratulated Mr. Trump on his election as the President of the United States, the presidency said. The two leaders discussed ways to improve…

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Apo Six – Justice delayed again, as court adjourns till March 9

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday adjourned till March 9, the final judgement in the case of alleged extra-judicial killings of six Igbo traders by the police in Abuja in 2005. Five police officers were found culpable in the killings and are facing trial. Judgement had been set…