Ibanga Isine

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Reps summon Kogi governor for ‘flouting’ House resolution

The House of Representatives has summoned the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, over allegations that he flouted National Assembly resolutions and an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja. The decision was taken at plenary on Tuesday, following the consideration of the report of ​an​ ad hoc committee set up…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Governor Ayade appeals for patience as refuse mounts in Calabar

Amidst mounting refuse heaps in parts of Calabar metropolis, the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has appealed for patience as the government tackles the situation. The governor made the appeal on Monday after inspecting dump sites in Calabar as part of efforts at ensuring effective waste management in the…

Alleged N3.1bn Fraud: Judge withdraws from trial of ex-Governor Suswam

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has withdrawn from the ongoing trial of former Benue governor, Gabriel Suswam. Mr. Suswam and his former Commissioner for Finance, Omadachi Oklobia, are standing trial on alleged diversion of N3.1 billion, money laundering and breach of public trust. Mr. Mohammed withdrew…

What Nigeria needs to do to progress — Jonathan

A former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday said Nigeria could only make progress if it embraced the values of peace, freedom and unity. Mr. Jonathan, who spoke at the Bloomberg studio in London, insisted that “these values need to be deeply, strongly and irreversibly entrenched in Nigeria for…

INVESTIGATION: Skolombo Boys: How parents abused, abandoned children on streets of Calabar

Sometime in April 2003, Arikpo Williams, a resident of Calabar, Cross River State in Nigeria’s oil-rich South-south region, was to attend a rehearsal at the city’s Cultural Center. As he walked into the expansive compound, Mr. Williams said he spotted a boy lying lifelessly on the lawn. “I thought he…

UPDATED: TheNews publisher, BBC journalist, others appointed DGs of NTA, NAN, VON

The Federal Government on Wednesday named the chief executives of six agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture. The appointments were announced in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. The new appointees are Ishaq Modibo Kawu – Director-General, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC); Mansur Liman – Director-General, Federal…

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

Kogi Governor Bello reacts to PREMIUM TIMES report, says funds not squandered

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has reacted to a PREMIUM TIMES investigative report detailing how he spent N260 million days after he was sworn into office. Mr. Bello, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, described the report as “libelous,” but did not deny that the funds…

AUN President, Ensign, urges Vice Chancellors to back bill criminalizing sexual harassment on campuses

The President of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State, Margee Ensign, has called on vice chancellors of Nigerian universities to support the bill banning sexual harassment in tertiary institutions. Dr. Ensign made the call in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, a day before the university…

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

EXCLUSIVE: How Kogi Governor, Bello, squandered over N260 million ‘security vote’ days after assuming office

Barely a week after he became governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello approved for himself a total of N260 million as security votes, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. Mr. Bello, who is currently Nigeria's youngest governor, was sworn into office at an elaborate ceremony on January 27 after his…

Ledum Mitee

Don’t convict people before charging them to court – Mitee tells Buhari

Prominent activist and lawyer, Ledum Mitee, has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari, over the Federal Government’s anti-corruption drive, saying suspects are being convicted before they are charged to court. Mr. Mitee, who made his feelings known to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, however, said he was not averse to the government’s war…

Akwa Ibom Speaker urges activists, lawyers to speak up against federal misrule

The speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has called on human rights activists and top lawyers in the country to speak up against what he described as “apparent misgovernment in the country”. Mr. Luke said the nation was in dire need of courageous people to speak…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Campaign against Cross River superhighway ‘cheap blackmail, bad politics’ – Gov. Ayade

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on the Federal Government and the international community to support the anti-deforestation efforts of his government. Rather than work against the construction of a super highway initiated by his administration, the governor called for action to preserve and manage the state’s…

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PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh slumps in Abuja, in critical condition at National Hospital

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday slumped and was rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, an associate and an aide have told PREMIUM TIMES. The incident occurred during the inauguration of the Yobe and Borno states caretaker committees at the Wadata Plaza party…

SSS arrests 5 suspects for kidnap, murder of NYSC member

The State Security Service in Rivers has arrested five suspects for the kidnap and murder of a National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member Sampson Worlu. The deceased, who served in Imo State, South-east Nigeria, was abducted in November 2015. The victim was killed even after his family parted with a…

ASUU lambasts Buhari govt for ‘unfulfilled electoral promises’

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Monday accused the Nigerian government of dashing the hopes of the people after promising them “change”. The president of ASUU, Nasir Isa, made the union’s position known while presenting a “State of the Nation Address” to journalists in Abuja. The union called…

Fayose attacks Buhari over planned increment of VAT

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari, over the planned increase of the Value Added Tax, VAT, by five per cent. The governor, who was reacting to comments attributed to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos, said the move would worsen the hardship already faced…

Falana threatens to sue Nigerian government for plans to borrow $5.5 billion

An activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has threatened to go to court if the Muhammadu Buhari administration goes ahead to borrow $5.5 billion from international creditors. Instead of taking loans to increase the nation’s debt profile, the Lagos lawyer advised the government to recover the $200 billion…

2016 budget will not benefit Nigerians unless judiciously implemented – Senator Eno

A senator representing Cross River Central, John Enoh, has called for the judicious implementation of the 2016 budget in order to bring the desired change promised by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Mr. Enoh, who made the call on Monday, said the N6 trillion budget passed by the National Assembly would…

Groups reject planned introduction of genetically modified maize, cotton in Nigeria

No fewer than 100 rights groups and faith-based organisations have opposed attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. In a petition submitted to the National Biosafety Management Agency, NABMA, the groups cited many serious health and environmental concerns and the failure of…

Group petitions UNICEF, urges probe of killing of children by suspected Fulani herdsmen

An Abuja-based NGO, Aliwe Daughters Initiative, has petitioned the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund to investigate the recent killings of children in Benue State, north central Nigeria. Over 500 persons including women and children ​we​re reportedly murdered in a crisis between Benue farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The group’s chairperson,…

PIC. 6. A FISHERMAN WITH FISHING NETS SALVAGED FROM SUSPECTED OIL SPILL AT THE QUA IBOE OIL FIELDS IN AKWA IBOM ON WEDNESDAY (15/8/12).

16 Nigerian communities ‘raided by gendarmes’ threaten to join Cameroon

Leaders of 16 mangrove island communities in Akwa Ibom State have threatened to join Cameroon if the Nigerian government fails to stop Cameroonian gendarmes from constantly molesting them. Already, the community leaders alleged that Cameroonian authorities have taken over their ancestral lands. The communities allegedly annexed by the neighbouring country…

EFCC invites Skye Bank MD over N6.3billion, recovers $2.33m in separate operation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has invited the Managing Director of Skye Bank, Timothy Oguntayo, over the bank’s alleged refusal to remit N6.3 billion to government’s Treasury Single Account. The anti-graft body also invited the bank’s chief compliance officer over what investigators say was The bank's alleged failure…

Akwa Ibom Speaker wants recovered loots shared among states

The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to share ​stolen ​​​monies recovered by the government, among states of the federation. He also called on Mr. Buhari to pay all recovered funds into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation as…

Ex-Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, rearrested

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday evening rearrested a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye, for alleged corruption and obtaining money  by false pretence, otherwise known as 419. The rearrest came about eight months after a federal court in Abuja ordered him released…

FRSC releases interim report on crash that killed Minister James Ocholi, wife, son

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, on Monday released an interim report on the auto crash that killed the Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi and his wife and son. Mr. Oyeyemi attributed the accident to a busted tyre which resulted in the…