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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Broaden your struggle beyond Chibok girls, Emir of Kano tells BBOG

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, has asked the BringBackOurGirls campaigners to expand the scope of their campaign to include others boys and girls who were also abducted by Boko Haram insurgents. He stated this on Friday in Abuja while delivering the maiden lecture organised by the group to mark…

Do more to free Chibok girls, Amnesty International, BringBackOurGirls tell Buhari

Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to intensify efforts to secure the release of the remaining 195 school girls under the captivity of Boko Haram and thousands of others, abducted across the North-East region by the insurgents. The organization made the call as part the ongoing seven-day global week…

PREMIUM TIMES Centre to train Nigerian undergraduates in data, digital journalism

A programme to build a nascent generation of data and digital journalists in Nigerian tertiary institutions is to be organised in Lagos by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism [PTCIJ] with the support of Ford Foundation. PTCIJ’s Programme Officer, Deji Adekunle, said in Abuja on Tuesday that ahead of…

INTERVIEW: Our problems with Nigerian doctors, govt health policies – Nurses’ President

Adeniji Abdulrafiu Ajani, a Chief Nursing Officer and President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), spoke in this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ayodamola Owoseye and Idris Ibrahim on some of the challenges the nursing profession is facing in Nigeria. Excerpts: PT- Nurses in Ondo State recently…

Onaiyekan joins BringBackOurGirls march

The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group continued its Seven-Day Global Week of Action on Tuesday with the Catholic Archbishop for Abuja Diocese, John Onaiyekan, calling on the Nigerian government to do more to free all Nigerians in illegal captivity. The week-long programme is to mark the third anniversary of the abduction of…

Patience Jonathan

After court frees her $5.8 million, Patience Jonathan visits Skye Bank

A former first lady, Patience Jonathan, was on Monday sighted at the Maitama branch of Skye Bank in Abuja. Mrs. Jonathan’s visit to the bank may not be unconnected with a court decision last week to unfreeze her account at the bank. The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday…

Three years after Chibok kidnap: BringBackOurGirls begins seven-day Global Week of Action

The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group on Friday began its Global Week of Action at the Unity Fountain, Abuja. There was a low turnout of its members at the opening session of the scheduled seven day of activities to mark three years of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls. About 195 of…

Osinbajo inspects Abuja airport, says repairs 80 per cent complete

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and said the exercise is going according to schedule. The airport was shut down on March 8 to enable repairs on the runway over a scheduled period of six weeks. Mr. Osinbajo arrived the…

Migrant boat used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: CBC]

Italy deports another 40 Nigerians

The Italian government has deported 40 Nigerians for committing various offences in the country. The latest deportation comes less than a month after 37 Nigerians were deported from Italy on March 8. Two weeks before that, another 33 Nigerians were also deported from the European country on February 23. The…

Why I will not speak on Stephanie Otobo’s allegation now – Apostle Suleman

Johnson Suleman, the clergyman accused by a Canada-based Nigerian woman of having amorous relationship with her, on Sunday, declined to speak on the allegation, saying he would only “open up” at the appropriate time. PREMIUM TIMES met Mr. Suleman, the founder of Omega Fire Ministry, OFM, in his Auchi, Edo…

INTERVIEW: Why I begged Apostle Suleman – Stephanie Otobo’s mother

PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim travelled to Sapele, Delta State, to speak with the mother of Canadian-based Nigerian woman, Stephanie Otobo, who accused the pastor of the Omega Fire Ministry, Auchi, Johnson Suleman, popularly called Apostle Suleman, of having amorous relationship with her. For two days, attempts by our…

Shiites hold solidarity rally for Amnesty International. [Photo: Idris Ibrahim]

Civil society groups, Shiites hold solidarity rally for Amnesty International

A coalition of civil society groups, and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, on Wednesday held a rally to protest the siege laid last week by a group of protesters to the Abuja office of Amnesty International, AI, the global non-governmental organisation that defends human rights. The rally, which…

Nigerian Army confirms the restoration of demoted officer’s rank

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed the restoration of the rank of a demoted senior officer, Patrick Falola. PREMIUM TIMES had on Tuesday reported the withdrawal of the petition filed against the Army Council by Mr. Falola after his rank was restored. The officer was court-martialed last year for allegedly…

Photo from a previous military court martial used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian general withdraws case against Army council after restoration of rank

A Nigerian Army officer, Patrick Falola, who was demoted from the rank of Major General to Brigadier-General September last year, on Tuesday withdrew the case he filed over the demotion at the Court of Appeal, Abuja. The development followed the restoration of Mr. Falola to the rank of Major General…

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…

SPECIAL REPORT: Leprosy patients, care givers tremble as key donor pulls out of Nigeria

THE LEPER'S TALE Mustapha Abdullahi, a resident of Egabi in Kaduna State, has been battling leprosy for over eight years. The 42-year-old, down with hives on his skin and severe deformity on both limbs, is a patient at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre (NTBLC), Saye, in Zaria, Kaduna State.…

Turai Yar’Adua’s Cancer Centre

Eight years after raising billions, Turai Yar’Adua’s Cancer Centre remains abandoned, overtaken by weeds

Despite securing a partnership agreement with a key organ of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, about eight years ago, and raising billions of naira in cash and materials from public and private donors, the International Cancer Centre Abuja, ICCA, a pet project of a former Nigerian First Lady, Turai…

Readers top 10 comments of last week

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INTERVIEW: Doctors in public hospitals shouldn’t be allowed to run private clinics – NMA President

Mike Ogirima, a professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, is the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and President of Nigeria Orthopaedic Association. He spoke in an exclusive interview with Ayodamola Owoseye, Nike Adebowale and Idris Ibrahim on critical issues in Nigeria’s health sector and doctors’ perspective of the way…

rape victim

Man docked for allegedly raping neighbour’s teenage daughter

A 20-year-old man, Lekan Akinyemi, charged with rape was on Wednesday arraigned at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The accused, an apprentice who resides at 16, Alhaji Oladipupo St., Oko-Oba, Agege, suburb of Lagos, was alleged to have raped the 14-year-old daughter of his neighbour. The prosecutor, Raphael Donny, told…

Nigeria Police bar anti-govt protesters from presidential villa

Police have stopped anti-government protesters from reaching Nigeria’s presidential villa in Abuja. The demonstrations were called across the country to protest the country’s economic crisis that has severely hit millions of families. In Abuja, protesters marched early Monday from Unity Fountain in Maitama District, chanting songs and displaying placards, as…

Nigerians hold anti-government protests — LIVE UPDATES

A protest to demand good governance and an urgent explanation for the country's economic downturn kicks off today simultaneously in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and other major cities across the country. The decision to stage the process has been met with stiff opposition by the police who, repeatedly, told the…

former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar

Readers top 10 comments of last week

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Why Police sealed Nigerian private station, Core TV, others

The security operatives who sealed the Abuja office of a cable and satellite broadcaster, CoreTV, early Friday morning were not from the State Security Service, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The operatives were from the Mobile Unit of the Police, witnesses said, out to enforce a quit notice arising from a…

Nigeria Police Officers

Aide to former Abia governor assassinated

Unknown gunmen on Sunday night shot dead Ben Onyechere, the former Media Adviser to former governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji. A source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Owerri that Mr. Onyechere was kidnapped at about 8 p.m. in Ikenegbu axis of Owerri where he…