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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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Building collapses in Abuja

A building under construction has collapsed in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The collapse occurred at about 2:00 p.m., a witness told PREMIUM TIMES. The building is located at Jabi junction, close to a popular Rukkayat plaza in the Nigerian capital. Rescue officials were seen going towards the building at the…

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Court strikes out suit against genetically modified crops in Nigeria

The Federal High Court on Wednesday in Abuja struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including BT cotton in the country. Though a cause of action was established, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike…

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How I was secretly arraigned, denied access to lawyer – Detained Premium Times Journalist

Detained PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, has narrated how he was secretly arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Kubwa on Wednesday afternoon. The police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), on Tuesday arrested and detained Mr Ogundipe, asking him to disclose his source for a story. The deputy commissioner of…

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#FreeSamuelOgundipe: NUJ writes Osinbajo, accuses IGP Idris of hounding journalists

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has written a petition to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The union complained about the detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist Samuel Ogundipe and other journalists by the police under Mr Idris. "I write this petition on behalf of…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

NUJ, Falana, whistleblower coalition, others call for release of Premium Times journalist

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was detained on Tuesday by the Nigerian Police over a report. The police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), arrested and detained Mr Ogundipe asking him to disclose his source for a story. Apart from…

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Civic groups, media advocates, Nigerians condemn arrest of Premium Times journalist

Local and international media rights advocates have criticised the police over the arrest and detention of PREMIUM TIMES' security sector reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, on Tuesday. Two other PREMIUM TIMES’ journalists, editor-in-chief Musikilu Mojeed and education correspondent, Azeezat Adedigba, were also briefly detained by the operatives of the police Special Anti-robbery…

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Over 150,000 Katsina residents to receive Yellow Fever vaccine

The Nigerian government with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a reactive vaccination campaign in Danja Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State to protect over 150,000 persons from Yellow Fever. Charity Warigon, WHO Communications Officer, said in an article on the agency’s website that the intervention…

Mr Mbilitem docked at grade1 court Karshi.

Controversy as ex-assistant director is arraigned for allegedly molesting children

Rape is the alleged offence for which he was being driven to court. But Amdie Mbilitem kept shouting bei”Wakoshente Wakasanta!” Amdie Mbilitem shouted as he was being taken in an SUV to the Karshi Grade 1 court in Abuja. That was probably an incantation. Neighbours said Mr Mbilitem was a…

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Produce Nnamdi Kanu before talking about reconciliation, IPOB tells Nigerian govt

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the federal government to provide its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as part of preconditions for reconciliation between it and the Nigerian government. The group met Wednesday with a delegation of Igbo leaders in Enugu in continuation of their deliberation on peaceful reconciliation between…

The siege at the National Assembly by security operatives from the DSS

Civic groups condemn SSS siege on NASS

The Nigeria Election Situation Room, a coalition of civic groups, has condemned Tuesday’s development at the National Assembly saying it is unconstitutional. The coalition, in a statement jointly signed and read by its chairperson, Clement Nwankwo, on Tuesday evening described as "a serious threat to democracy the actions of the…

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2019: Nigerian media experts discuss ways to tackle fake news

As the 2019 general elections draw near, media experts on Tuesday proffered solutions to limit the spread of fake news. The two-day conference in Abuja, where the experts spoke, was organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). It is aimed at addressing the rise of fake news. The…

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Fake news, threat to existence of Nigerian media – FG

Fake news is not just a threat to the peace and security of a nation but a threat to the existence of the media itself, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said. Mr Mohammed, who has been championing a campaign against fake news was the chairperson of…

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2019: Meet candidate who wants to be first female councillor of Abuja ward

Born in Oyo town on January 3, 1986, Abiodun Essiet is a nurse, gender activist and community development worker. Although her parents hail from Remo North Local Government of Ogun State, Mrs Essiet grew up in Ibadan where she completed her secondary school education at United Missionary Comprehensive Girls college,…

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Shun medical tourism, Obasanjo tells Nigerians

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians to shun medical tourism. The former President was in Bayelsa for medical check-up and also as a guest of the Bayelsa government which launched a new health programme on Monday. He later made a stop-over at ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s home. "With the presence…

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2019: Conference on fake news holds in Nigeria next week

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) plans to hold a conference to address the rise of fake news in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general election. Themed: "Democracy and Disinformation: How Fake News Threatens our Freedom and Democracy in Nigeria", the two-day conference is scheduled to hold between August…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Hepatitis: Health Minister warns Nigerians against delivering babies at home

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has warned Nigerians against delivering babies at home and circumcision by unqualified hands. He said such acts are some of the major causes of Hepatitis. According to Punch Newspaper, Mr Adewole said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a briefing held to mark the 2018 World…

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Nigeria developing plan for health security

As a signatory to the International Health Regulations (IHR), Nigeria has begun the final process towards the development of a National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS). This process has been coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other…

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Why we suspended strike — Energy Commission Workers

Workers at the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) have explained why they suspended their over one month sit-in industrial action 'temporarily'. The union on Thursday called off the strike it embarked on June 19. Labour ministry spokesperson, Samuel Olowookere, in a statement in Abuja Wednesday said the workers had been…

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Why I want the Almajiri system in Northern Nigeria abolished – Female Assembly candidate

Ndi Kato is a 28-year-old female politician. She has declared her intention to contest for a seat in the Kaduna State House of Assembly on the platform of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections. Ms Kato seeks to end the drought of female representation in the…

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Profiling 2019 Female Aspirants: Why political space dwindles for Nigerian women

During the precolonial era, women, traditionally, were allowed to participate in government and hold major roles in markets in parts of South-eastern Nigeria dominated by Igbos. Indirect rule system was rife there. Women also had the privilege of participating in political movements due to the fact that they were married…

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Buhari’s economic plan will create 3.7m jobs yearly – Minister

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, on Wednesday said the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (EGRP) is targeted towards creating an average of 3.7 million jobs yearly. He said the jobs will be created through robust investment in infrastructure and industrialisation which will create more job opportunities.…

Triplets delivered by Nkechi Okonya shortly before she died.

Brother who witnessed triplet’s mom’s death opens up on hospital’s ‘mistreatment’

A man who was present as his sister bled to death shortly after giving birth to triplets in an Abuja general hospital, has given details of the tragedy, blaming the hospital and the deceased's husband. The touching story, reported first by PREMIUM TIMES in May, shocked Nigerians as the family…

Women group storms court to protest Patience Jonathan's 'harassment'

FACT SHEET: Women ‘poorly represented’ in Nigeria’s 19 years of democratic rule – CDD

In 1999, Nigeria transited from military rule to democratic governance. Despite the return of democracy, however, women are yet to occupy up to 15 per cent of elective positions in a country where the voting population of both men and women are almost equal. Not only has no woman been…

Nigerian journalists trained on gender sensitive reporting

2019: Nigerian journalists trained on gender sensitive reporting

About 50 journalists from different parts of Nigeria, Thursday, converged in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, for a training workshop on how to report gender sensitive issues ahead of the 2019 general elections. The two-day workshop was organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with funding from UN Women.…

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BIAFRA: IPOB resumes referendum bid, ‘prints 40 million ballot papers’

The Indigenous People of Biafra has announced resumption of plans to hold a referendum towards the ‘peaceful restoration’ of the defunct Republic of Biafra. IPOB said it has printed 40 million ballot papers to be used in the first phase of the referendum by Biafrans to determine their readiness to…