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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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WAEC examination

GCE registration starts on Friday – WAEC

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has announced that it will commence registration for the General Certificate Examination (GCE) 2017 for private candidates on Friday. The examination body disclosed this on its official tweeter handle, @waecnigeria. A screen shot of the registration information was also shared in the tweet. It…

Niger State on Nigerian Map

How ex-commissioner stole N6 billion discovered by EFCC – Governor

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Friday said that the N6 billion discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the accounts of a former public official were stolen from Niger State Government account. Mr. Bello also provided some details of how the money was allegedly stolen. The…

Nigerian Soldiers

Movie on Nigeria’s fight against terrorism to premiere in Abuja

"Conscripted", a fictional film that depicts security agencies’ patriotic fight against terrorism and other crimes in society, is set for premiere in Abuja next week. The producer of the film, Aik Odiase, in a statement on Monday in Abuja said the premiere will hold on April 28 and 29 at…

Nigeria govt confirms further negotiation with Boko Haram to free Chibok girls

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said negotiations are ongoing for the release of more Chibok schoolgirls still in the custody of the Boko Haram terrorists. He also expressed optimism that the dialogue would yield the desired result in due course. Mr. Osinbajo made this known on Tuesday evening at…

Hanging rope [Photo credit: crimefeed.com]

Death Sentences: Nigeria ranks second in the world after China – Amnesty International

Nigeria has been ranked second in the world after China in recorded death sentences in 2016. Africa’s most populous nation handed down a total of 527 death sentences in 2016, three times more than the previous year. This was disclosed by Amnesty International, a human rights group, in its annual…

JAMB postpones UTME 2017 exams, extends registration date

The Joint Admission and Registration Board (JAMB) has extended the registration date for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). The board extended the deadline for sale of forms and registration for the exams from the earlier announced April 19 to May 5. Consequently, the exam body also postponed the 2017…

JAMB may extend registration deadline for 2017 UTME – Registrar

The Joint Admission and Registration Board (JAMB) on Friday said it might extend the one-month deadline given to applicants to register for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). JAMB had fixed sales of forms and registration of candidates for between March 20 and April 19, 2017. Application forms for…

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede

JAMB suspends UTME registration for one day

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Friday announced suspension of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for one day. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Registrar of the Board, Is-haq Oloyede, said candidates would not be able to register for the examination at Computer Based Test (CBT)…

Two MMM ‘agents’ docked

Two middle-aged persons, Debora Fojo and Musa Garba, on Friday appeared before a Malumfashi Chief Magistrates’ Court in Katsina State for alleged breach of trust and cheating. The two were accused of collecting N429,000 to invest in MMM, a Ponzi popular among millions of Nigerians. Ms. Fojo and Mr. Garba…

University of Ibadan (UI)

ASUU frowns at Buhari administration’s budgetary allocation to education

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has expressed its disappointment at the federal government’s budgetary allocation to the education sector. The union also called on the National Assembly to address the issue of low funding of education in Nigeria. The ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, made the call on Wednesday…

JAMB says no going back on Computer Based Test

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has faulted a report that it had dumped the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. The board restated its determination to continue all its examinations using CBT mode. A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the spokesperson…

MMM, other Ponzi schemes thrive in Nigeria, despite past woes

In spite of the bitter experience that millions of Nigerians have had since the foremost Ponzi scheme in the country, MMM, pulled a break on its operation last December, similar schemes are springing up and many Nigerians are investing in them. Nigeria’s public financial and anti-graft institutions, including the Central…

UTME: JAMB to set up three centres for visually-impaired candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed plans to set up three centres for visually impaired candidates in 2018. The centres will be located in Abuja, Lagos and Kano, it said. JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this on Wednesday at Arewa House, Kaduna, at a strategic planning retreat…

Ex-Benue governor Suswam docked on fresh N9.8 billion fraud allegation

A former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, is in for another round of troubled waters as the Federal Government, on Monday, accused him and two others of diverting N9.79 billion. The funds, part of which was meant for a police reform programme and Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P,…

INTERVIEW: How Buhari will win 2019 presidential election – DG Voice of Nigeria

Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, Mr. Okechukwu answered questions from Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji. Excerpts: PT: It is close to eight months since you were appointed the DG of Voice of…

Leading Nigerian civic groups, Senator Sani, Falana condemn attack on Amnesty International

Leading Nigerian civil society organisations, advocacy groups and individuals were joined by a Senator on Wednesday to condemn the attack on Amnesty International, AI, by a controversial group. A group, Global Peace and Rescue Initiative, GOPRI, had on Monday protested at the head office of Amnesty International Nigeria demanding the…

Shiites rally in Abuja, demand El-Zakzaky’s release

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, on Wednesday took to the streets in the Federal Capital Territory FCT demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, who have been in detention since December 2015, despite a court order for their release. The members, who were…

UPDATED: Court grants ex-NNPC chief Andrew Yakubu bail

A former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, has been admitted to bail by the Federal High Court Abuja. Mr. Yakubu was arraigned on a six-count charge of money laundering and false asset declaration. The trial judge, Ahmed Mohammed, granted him bail to…

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu to know fate April 25

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed April 25 to rule on the bail application by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and three others. The judge, Binta Nyako, adjourned hearing in the case till that date to rule on the applications. CHANNELS Television…

Protesters occupy Amnesty International office

Protesters want Amnesty International to leave Nigeria

A group of protesters on Monday barricaded the Abuja office of Amnesty International and asked the international organisation to quit Nigeria within 24 hours. Speaking for the protesters, Melvin Ejeh warned that the group would lead other Nigerians on a five-day Occupy Amnesty International protest as a first warning, if…

University of Abuja

Nigeria university lecturers, ASUU, accuse federal govt of deceit, threaten showdown

University lecturers have warned of “consequential damage to public university education in Nigeria” if the federal government does not stop the slash in lecturers’ salaries. The lecturers, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, stated this at a press conference on Sunday. The text of the speech read…

Nnamdi Kanu distances self from U.S. launch of Radio Biafra

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has distanced himself and his deputy, Uche Mefor, from a live broadcast of Radio Biafra slated for today in the U.S. The IPOB leader who spoke through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES on…

Vice Chancellors, Bursars involved in corruption in Nigerian universities

In their efforts to check the menace of corruption, Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies appear to be paying attention to happenings in the ivory towers where administrators have been accused of financial scandals. From vice chancellors to pro-chancellors and bursars, various officials of major Nigerian universities have been accused of corruption with…

UTME 2017: JAMB clarifies position, says awaiting results candidates can apply

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has clarified its position on candidates awaiting results being able to write admission examinations into tertiary institutions. The examination body had initially barred candidates without their Ordinary Level results from sitting for the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The board's initial stand was…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Senate’s rejection of Magu: Lawyers react, blame Presidency

Some Nigerian lawyers have reacted to the rejection by the Senate for the second time of the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Senate hinged its decision on Wednesday on a letter by the State Security Service, SSS, which reaffirmed its earlier…