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Infograph showing Confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria as at 2nd July, 2020

Over half of Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases recorded in June

A review of data provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that over 50 per cent of COVID-19 cases recorded so far in Nigeria were recorded in June. About 15,116 confirmed cases were recorded in June which is equivalent to 58 per cent of total infections in…

Novak Djokovic

Coronavirus: Novak Djokovic tests positive

The World No 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has tested positive for coronavirus. Djokovic, 33, was under intense pressure following the Adria exhibition tour he organised in Croatia. The Adria Tour, which Djokovic was due to play in the final, was cancelled following Grigor Dimitrov’s positive test. Djokovic is the…

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COVID-19: Lagos, Abuja have more cases than 34 other states combined

The number of coronavirus cases in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is higher than the combined figure for all the other 34 states in which infections have been recorded in Nigeria, a PREMIUM TIMES review of officialdata shows. A review of the data provided by the Nigeria Centre…

President Buhari meets with Ondo State Governor RotimiAkeredolu in State House

Ondo Governorship: Akeredolu meets with Buhari, says he has president’s support

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State met with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, after which he said he secured the president's blessing for his re-election bid. After the meeting which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Mr Akeredolu told journalists that he was prepared for the All Progressive Congress…

Nigerians troop out to protest the scourge of rape ravaging the country. [PHOTO: @town_crierng]

UPDATED: As rape cases increase, Nigerian govt vows decisive action

The federal government has pledged to take decisive action against rapists, especially given the upsurge in reported rape cases. The Federal Executive Council took the decision at its meeting Wednesday following a memo presented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen. Alarming trend PREMIUM TIMES has reported several rape…

Gboyega Oyeola, Governor of Osun state.

Coronavirus: Osun sets up welfare committee for indigent

The Osun State Government has set up a 21-member food and relief committee to attend to the indigent in the state during the period of restrictions occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in a statement signed by Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to the State Government, and sent to…

National Hospital, Abuja

Coronavirus: How prepared are Abuja hospitals to prevent transmission?

As Nigeria's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 36 Monday afternoon, there are concerns over the preparedness of Nigeria's public health system for combating the pandemic. Abuja has six confirmed cases as of Monday afternoon, concerns over a wider spread have soared in the capital city. Schools, religious and public…

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II of Kano Emirate

Nigerians on Twitter react to Emir Sanusi’s removal

Nigerians on social media have been reacting to the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano. The Kano State government on Monday removed Mr Sanusi on sundry charges, including insubordination to constituted authorities. The former monarch is a reformist and advocate of girl-child education, family planning, reform…

Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State

Ganduje appoints Nasiru Ado Bayero new Emir of Bichi

The Kano State Government has approved the appointment of Nasiru Bayero as the new Emir of Bichi. Mr Bayero is the younger brother of Aminu Bayero who was on Monday appointed as the new Emir of Kano to replace Muhammadu Sanusi. Mr Bayero, who is the erstwhile Ciroman Kano, will…

Nuhu Ribadu Adamawa 2015 (5)

I Never Accused Buhari, El-Rufai as Sponsors of Northern Bandits – Ribadu

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has denied claims he said Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, and Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, are the chief sponsors of bandits in the North. Mr Ribadu on Thursday described the statement being circulated on social media as…

Maryam Sanda

Trending: What Nigerians are saying about Maryam Sanda’s death sentence

Many Nigerians on social media have reacted to the court judgement which sentenced Maryam Sanda to death. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the case was brought to an end on Monday after almost three years. Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court found Ms Sanda guilty of…

Berlin, Germany - November 04: Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees of UNHCR, attends a press conference in german foreign office on November 04, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

Exercise restraint, renew dialogue, UN urges warring nations

The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has sent a clear four-point message to world leaders. "Stop escalation, exercise maximum restraint, restart dialogue, renew international cooperation," he said. Mr Guterres was addressing the United Nations Security Council on Monday at the UN Headquarters in New York. He said “the new…

The United Nations General Assembly (Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad on Twitter)

ANALYSIS: How Nigeria has voted at UN General Assembly since 1960

Nigeria has mostly voted in support of the United Nations General Assembly's resolutions on colonialism, human rights and Isreali-Palestinian conflict, among others, since the country's independence in 1960, an analysis of data sourced from an international broadcaster, Al Jazeera, shows. The General Assembly (UNGA) is the main deliberative and most…

Kabba bunu LG, Olle/ oke ofin ward 13, PU 001, Vp 2, 1:50 pm. The inec officers were so surrounded. Some are arguing, others are telling the voters who to vote for.

KogiDecides: Vote-buying, electoral violence rife despite heavy security presence — Situation Room

The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room has said electoral violence and vote-buying were rife in Saturday governorship election in Kogi State. The organisation said this in an interim statement on the poll on Saturday. It said attacks on electoral observers, vote-buying and electoral violence happened despite the heavy presence of…

Former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon. [Photo credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

I never believed military coup was possible in Nigeria – Gowon

Nigeria's second military ruler, Yakubu Gowon, says he did not believe a military coup could take place in Nigeria until the first one on January 15, 1966. After that initiation which brought in Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi as the first military Head of State, Nigeria experienced five other successful coups and many…