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Sumayya Abubakar, the girl still in captivity by the bandits in Zamfara State. To be executed within 24 hours if demand is not met.

Kidnappers threaten to kill pregnant lady in 24 hours

The abductors of Sumayya Abubakar have threatened to execute her if their demand of N20 million is not met in the next 24 hours. They gave a 48-hour ultimatum on Tuesday in a telephone conversation with her father, Abubakar Yusuf. Perhaps to show their determination to carry out their threat,…

Sambo Dasuki

Dasuki challenges Nigerian govt’s right to continue prosecution despite disobeying court order

An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has adjourned the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to January 9, 2019, after he questioned the right of the federal government to continue the trial while ignoring a court order for his release. The presiding judge, Ahmed Muhammed,…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

I never attacked Ilorin Emirate – Lai Muhammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied an allegation that he attacked the Ilorin Emirate in a recent speech. According to The Nation Newspaper, a group of traditional leaders alleged Mr Muhammed attacked the emirate after the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero…

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adams Oshiomhole (m), addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari at the State House Abuja on Monday (23/7/18). With him are Spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 Campaign, Festus Keyamo (L) and former member of the House of Representatives from Birnin-Kudu in Jigawa State. Hon. Farouk Aliyu Adamu. 03946/23/7/18/Ismaila Ibrahim/NAN

APC, Great Ogboru lose in bid to stop suit challenging Delta governorship primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday suffered a minor setback in its bid to stop one of its governorship aspirants from seeking redress in court. An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court refused the request of the APC and other defendants to dismiss a request by a governorship…

The victim, Mr. Haliru Bello and Wife, Maryam Sanda

Absence of witness stalls Maryam Sanda’s trial

The absence of a prosecution witness, Hussein Okpetu, has stalled the ongoing trial of Maryam Sanda, who allegedly killed her husband, Bilyamin Bello. Mr Okpetu was to serve as the sixth prosecution witness to be presented to the court. Ms Sanda was charged for the murder Mr Bello, a son…

Dr Musa Usman Abubakar

ICPC probes AMAC director, others over N9.33m contract fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has quizzed the Director of Agriculture, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Ishaya Wyah, and other top management staff of the Council for allegedly receiving N9.33 million bribe from a contractor. The Commission has also interrogated the Chief of Staff to…

ICPC Head Office

ICPC arrests fake ex-Nigeria Airways worker

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested one Emmanuel Eneji for falsely claiming to be a former employee of the defunct Nigeria Airways. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES through the commission's spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, it said Mr Eneji was arrested at the…

The victim, Mr. Haliru Bello and Wife, Maryam Sanda

Maryam Sanda Trial: Another prosecution witness testifies

A witness on Wednesday narrated what might have led to the death of Bilyaminu Bello, who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam Sanda. Mr Bello, a son of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Haliru Bello, died in November last year. Ms Sanda was charged for his murder, alongside…

Nnamdi Kanu

Analysis: IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu and the propriety of sureties losing N300mn bond

The decision of an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for three sureties to pay N100 million each or produce separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has continued to generate discussion among Nigerians. Mr Kanu, who is facing trial on alleged treasonable offences, disappeared in September 2017 after his lawyer, Ifeanyi…

Alleged N1.5bn Fraud: Court adjourns Dariye son’s trial

An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has adjourned the criminal trial of Nanle Dariye, son of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, till December 17. The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, disclosed this following a plea by the counsel to Mr Dariye, Peter Erivwode, who said he needed more time…

NAPTIP Office [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

NAPTIP arrests aunty of teenager raped to death

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested the aunty of the late Ochanya Ogbaje. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, NAPTIP alleged the accused, identified as Mrs Ogbuja, had knowledge of the repeated rape of the minor but refused to report or…

Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

Fayose accuses EFCC of sealing off innocent people’s houses in Ekiti

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of sealing off houses belonging to innocent people in the state under the guise that they are linked to him. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES and signed by his…

Raymond Dokpesi

Alleged N2.1bn Fraud: You have case to answer, court tells Dokpesi

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has struck out the no-case submission argued by the founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi. The judge, John Tsoho, gave the ruling on Wednesday. He said the defendant's argument that he has no case to answer is false. "I hereby strike out…

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

Court orders continuation of Dasuki’s trial in his absence

An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has ordered the continuation of the trial of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in his absence. The judge , Ahmed Muhammed, made the ruling on Monday after the prosecution provided an affidavit according to the directive of the court on…

Maryam Sanda

Maryam Sanda Trial: Witnesses narrate how victim was allegedly killed

Three witnesses on Thursday narrated what may have led to the death of Bilyaminu Bello, who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam Sanda. Mr Bello, a son of former Peoples Democratic Party chairman, Haliru Bello was killed by in November, 2017. Ms Sanda was charged for murder alongside her…

Lagos High court

Court jails two Nigerians for human trafficking

The Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State, has sentenced 49-year-old Ehie Ehirobo to three years imprisonment for human trafficking. This information was contained in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Tuesday. Mrs Ehiroba, who hails…

Senator Ademola Adeleke [Photo: TheCable]

Alleged Exam Malpractice: Nigerian govt files charges against Adeleke, four others

The federal government has charged the senator representing Osun West, Ademola Adeleke, and four others before the Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged examination malpractice. Mr Adeleke and others were accused, in a four-count charge by the police, of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro,…

Akin Olowokere [Photo: www.tvcontinental.tv]

How to make Nigeria’s entertainment industry yield more revenue – National Unity Museum boss

Akin Olowokere is a retired naval lieutenant and real estate developer who also sees himself as a philosopher, counselor, and entertainer. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Museum and Trade Tourism Village, Panda, Nasarawa State. In this interview, Mr Olowokere spoke about how the village was…

Leah Sharibu

Religious leaders call for immediate release of Leah Sharibu

Eight months after her abduction, religious leaders in Nigeria have reiterated calls for the release of Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, without further delay. The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria, Yakubu Pam, and the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters, Mohmamed Khalid, made the appeal at…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Civic group faults nomination of judge to Nigeria Supreme Court

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to forward the name of Uwani Abba-Aji to the Senate for confirmation as a judge of the Supreme Court. The National Judicial Council (NJC) had on October 5 announced its recommendation of Mr Abba-Aji for the appointment,…

Kashamu Buruji

Court nullifies PDP’s expulsion of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman

A high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja has nullified the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) dismissal of Buruji Kashamu, a senator of Ogun East and the party’s state chairman, Adebayo Dayo. Following his 30-day suspension which elapsed on January 9, the PDP on July 24, announced…

FILE PHOTO: #BringBackOurGirls protest in 2014 prior to the 2015 presidential election

BBOG leaders step down to back Oby Ezekwesili’s presidential ambition

Four of the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement have announced to take a leave of leading the pressure group, following the political ambition of a co-founder of the movement, Oby Ezekwesili. Aisha Yesufu, Florence Ozor, Maureen Kabrik and Dudu Bakam have decided to step down after the emergence of…

Court strikes out Benue govt’s application challenging EFCC’s powers

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed a request by the Benue State government challenging the powers of anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate alleged fraud in the state. The judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, ruled that the EFCC is legally empowered to investigate alleged…

Project PINK BLUE wins award. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Project PINK BLUE]

Nigerian group wins World Cancer Day Spirit Award

A Nigerian cancer awareness organisation has been honoured at the 2018 World Cancer Congress held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The organisation, Project PINK BLUE, won the World Cancer Day Spirit Award. The award was presented by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). World Cancer Congress is an initiative of…

Shi'ites locks down ministry of justice's pictures

El-Zakzaky: Protesting Shiites lock down justice ministry in Abuja

Hundreds of Shiites on Thursday locked down the Federal Ministry of Justice as they rallied again to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, currently in the custody of the Nigeria government. The protest started from the federal secretariat and ended at the ministry. According to the group's spokesperson,…