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NAPTIP arrests four alleged trafficking, rape

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested four Nigerians for alleged human trafficking, rape and domestic violence. At a press briefing on Friday at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, the acting NAPTIP’s director of investigations, Josiah Emeriole, said the briefing is in line with…

Keystone Bank sued for alleged non-remittance of $17 million to TSA

An Abuja-based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, has sued Keystone Bank for alleged violation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. The bank was accused of not remitting $17 million to the TSA. The bank is among the seven banks the federal government alleged to have connived with CBNsome government agencies to…

Sorow, tears as BBOG members visit Red Cross office.

Boko Haram: Sorrow, tears as BBOG members visit Red Cross office

It was tears and sorrow on Tuesday when members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Group, rallied to the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in mourning over the killing of the committee’s member, Saifura Khorsa. Ms Khorsa, a midwife with the ICRC, was killed…

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Again, CAN accuses Buhari of lopsided appointments

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of unduly favouring Muslims from Northern Nigeria in federal appointments. CAN was reacting to three of the latest appointments approved by Mr Buhari in different federal agencies. In a statement by the association on Monday, its President, Samson…

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UPDATED: Court strikes out suit against journalist Jones Abiri

A magistrate court in Abuja on Monday struck out the suit against a journalist, Jones Abiri, for lack of jurisdiction. The court stated that the offence for which the journalist was arraigned before the court amounted to criminal intimidation under the Criminal Code and the court could not entertain the…

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Court strikes out suit challenging Fani-Kayode’s police invitation

After filing an application against the Nigerian Police in court for inviting him, a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has asked the court to dismiss the suit. Mr Fani-Kayode had filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja questioning his invitation by the Nigerian police on alleged…

Jones Abiri

Court awards N10 million damages against Nigeria for illegal detention of journalist Jones Abiri

The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has described the two years detention of journalist Jones Abiri as outright conviction and ordered government to pay N10 million in damages to Mr Abiri. Mr Abiri was arrested in August 2016 and detained for two years till his lawyers, led by…

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2019: Bafarawa speaks on purchase of nomination forms for Buhari, Atiku, others

A former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, has criticised the recent trend by some groups who purchase nomination and expression of interest forms for political aspirants. President Muhammadu Buhari; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje and an ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar are some of the aspirants…

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Election Forms: Buhari, Atiku violating Electoral Act, lawyers say; others differ

The nearly N60 million which supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar recently spent on presidential nomination forms for the two politicians has triggered renewed debates around campaign finance provisions. The last 10 days have seen some deep-pocketed loyalists of both politicians pick up presidential nomination…

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How US is partnering Nigeria to strengthen health sector – Diplomat

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, on Monday urged Nigeria to continue to invest in building resilient health systems as this will safeguard citizens and act as a strategy to bolster economic transformation in the nation. According to a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES by the Nigeria…

Some Islamic clerics join in the protest by Islamic Movement in Nigeria over alleged “1000 days of detention of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and wife”, in Abuja on Friday (7/9/18). 04826/7/9/2018/Jones Bamidele/NAN

Again, Shi’ites protest in Abuja as El- Zakzaky marks 1000 days in detention

Hundreds of Shi'ites rallied in Abuja Friday to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who marked 1,000 days in detention Friday. The protest started from the Wuse Market to the Federal Secretariat in Abuja. Mr El-Zakzaky has remained in detention since he was arrested in December 2015, following…

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INTERVIEW: What I saw of Sambo Dasuki in SSS detention — Jones Abiri

It is a heart touching story of scheming, incarceration and torture. Recently released journalist, Jones Abiri shares his experience in the hands of the dreaded State Security Service (SSS) in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES Evelyn Okakwu and Halimah Yahaya. Mr Abiri spent two years without trial at an SSS…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (Photo Credit: DailyPost)

AGF wades into suit to stop removal of Saraki as senate president

Nigeria’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has questioned the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain a suit seeking to stop the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s removal. Following Mr Saraki’s defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July, some senators…

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Jones Abiri wants trial transferred to Bayelsa

Recently released journalist, Jones Abiri, has asked a Magistrate court in Abuja to transfer his trial by the Nigerian government to Bayelsa State. Mr Abiri is being tried over allegations that he was linked to armed militancy in the Niger Delta. The federal government had arraigned him before a magistrate…

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Another Nigerian Catholic cleric kidnapped

A reverend father, Christopher Ogaga, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Delta State. Mr Ogaga is the parish priest of Emmanuel Catholic Church in Aragba, Okpe Local Government Area of the state. According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Mustapha, who confirmed the abduction on Channels Television…

Pic.22. Muslim pilgrims from Kwara boarding during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17). 04011/3/8/2017/Anthony Alabi/BJO/NAN

Hajj 2018: NAHCON sends condolence message on Nigerian fatalities

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has expressed sadness over the news of some of its pilgrims from Zamfara State who were involved in a tragic motor accident that resulted in three fatalities. This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, and made…

Jones Abiri

Why we detained journalist for two years without trial – Nigerian govt

The Nigerian government has said it did nothing wrong by detaining a journalist, Jones Abiri, for two years without trial. Mr Abiri was recently released on bail by the court after he was charged following outcry by Nigerians and the international community. Before he was charged to court, the Nigerian…

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Trump threatens to withdraw US from WTO

President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming it treats the country unfairly. Mr Trump said this in an interview with Bloomberg News that if the organization don't shape up, he would withdraw from it. “If they don’t shape up, I would…

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Buhari pushes for conducive political atmosphere for women

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on political parties to ensure conducive atmosphere for women aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections. Mr Buhari said this on Thursday while addressing Nigerian women at the Women Political Aspirants Advocacy Summit in Abuja. The summit was organised by the National Centre for Women…

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Court fixes date on suit challenging EFCC’s powers to probe Benue govt

The Abuja division of the federal high court will on October 8 decide on an application challenging the legality of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's investigation into allegations of fraud in Benue State. The court gave the date on Wednesday, after taking arguments from counsels. Following the freezing of…

Health Minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole

African leaders tasked on non-communicable diseases

African leaders have been tasked to prioritise the medical interventions in their respective countries in order to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases ravaging the continent. This advice was given by the World health Organisation (WHO) regional director for Africa, Rebecca Moeti, at the ongoing 68th session of the WHO/African…

Nigeria needs competent, not strong leader – Jega

Nigerians need competent and assertive leaders and not necessarily strong leaders, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has said. Mr Jega made this assertion on Monday, at the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association. Addressing the audience, Mr Jega said an…

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Nigerian lawyer drags Ugandan President to UN over alleged rights violations

A Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has appealed to the United Nations (UN) to investigate Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over alleged grave human rights violations in Uganda. According to a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday, Mr Falana on Friday urged the UN to “urgently investigate the ongoing…

Tukur Buratai

Illegal detention: Court orders Nigerian Army to pay N11m to detainees

A judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Ijeoma Ojukwu has ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to pay N11 million to 11 Gombe State indigenes that were of illegally detained by the Army. Mrs Ojukwu, in her judgment, said the detention of the applicants since July 6…

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Nigerian wanted in Canada for alleged homicide

A 27 years old Nigerian, Philip Afolabi, has been declared wanted by the Calgary Police service in Canada. Mr Afolabi was accused of sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault with weapon among other offences. According to a report by Canada-based news medium, CBC News, the Calgary police said in a statement…