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Coca-Cola considers buying off Nigerian firm

U.S. firm, Coca-Cola, is planning to take over Nigerian company, Chi Limited, by the end of the first quarter of 2019. According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, the president of Coca-Cola’s West Africa business said the Atlanta-based company aims to complete the deal by the end of the…

South Africa on map

Two Nigerians jailed for human trafficking in South Africa

Two Nigerian brothers based in South Africa on Tuesday were jailed by a Gauteng judge in Pretoria for human trafficking. According to IOL, a South African newpaper, the convicts, who ran a brothel in Arcadia, Pretoria, are Obioma Benjamin Abba, 32, sentenced to 12 years and Chinedu Justine Obasi, 38,…

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Nigeria declares national disaster as floods kill over 100

Over 100 people have died in floods in several Nigerian states following heavy rains that caused the Rivers Niger and Benue to overflow, the National Emergency Management Agency announced Monday. The emergency body, NEMA, declared national disaster in the affected states of Kogi, Niger, Anambra and Delta. Eight other states…

Abdulkadir-Abdulsalam

Labour Party Crisis: Chairman tackles NLC President Wabba

The Labour Party of Nigeria, on Saturday, admonished the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, to focus more on the issues affecting workers, instead of tarnishing and undermining the leadership of the party. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the national chairman of the Labour Party,…

Ima Niboro

INTERVIEW: Why I want to run for House of Representatives – Ima Niboro

Ima Niboro, a journalist, was the special adviser on media and publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan. He was later appointed the managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Kunle Sanni, Mr Niboro speaks on his plan to contest for…

PIC.19. INEC PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO FIVE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES IN ABUJA

2019: INEC considers ban of smart phones at polling units

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, on Thursday, said the commission is considering banning the use of mobile phones at polling units. Mr Yakubu made this known on Friday at an Election Dialogue Series organised by a civil society organisation, YIAGA’s WatchingTheVote, at Sheraton Hotels…

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Eleven killed, 21 injured in fresh Zamfara attack

Eleven persons have been confirmed killed during an attack on a viewing centre in Zamfara State in the early hours of Thursday. Viewing centres are private places were people gather to watch sports, movies and others after paying a little sum of money. They are common across Nigeria. Although the…

Yemi Osinbajo

How I started my political life – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday narrated his youth years and how he joined several pressure groups before becoming the Attorney-General of Lagos State. Mr Osinbajo disclosed this while addressing young political aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday night. “As a young…

2019: Edwin Clark’s wife battles Amosun for Ogun central seat

The wife of Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, Abisola Shodipo-Clark, on Wednesday, declared her intention to run for the Ogun Central Senatorial seat in the 2019 general elections. She intends to run on the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC). According to a report on DailyTrust Newspaper, Mrs Shodipo-Clark told journalists…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Ambode submits APC governorship form amidst controversy with Tinubu

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has submitted his governorship nomination form, PREMIUM TIMES can confirm. The form was submitted at the APC headquarters Wednesday afternoon by an ally of the governor and his estranged godfather, Bola Tinubu, a source close to Mr Ambode told PREMIUM TIMES. The submission…

Gov. Rochas Okorocha‏

2019: Okorocha ‘sacks’ son in-law, 12 others

The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has sacked 13 political office holders in the state, including the Secretary to the State Government, George Eche, and Chief of Staff to the governor, Uche Nwosu, who is also his son-in-law. A statement issued in Owerri by the Chief Press Secretary to the…

Femi Otedola

2019: Otedola to vie for Lagos governorship under PDP – Dele Momodu

The Chairman, CEO of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola is going to run for the governorship seat of Lagos State, according to influential publisher, Dele Momodu. Mr Momodu, publisher of Ovation magazine and The Boss Newspaper, revealed this via his Twitter handle, @DeleMomodu. He said Mr Otedola said he would run…

Nasarawa State

UPDATED: Two killed, 37 injured in Nasarawa gas explosion

A gas explosion in Lafia, Nasarawa State, has left at least two persons dead and dozens of others injured. The Nasarawa State Government on Monday expressed shock and sadness over the explosion. The Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, said during on-the-spot assessment visit to the scene of the incident that the…

Protest in the UK calling for the release od the last Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter page of Reno Omokri]

Leah Sharibu: British MP, Reno Omokri, others protest in UK

A British member of parliament, Tom Brake, Thursday staged a protest outside the Nigerian High Commission in London to call for the release of Leah Sharibu, CNN reports. Miss Sharibu was among 110 girls kidnapped February 19 by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls' Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi…

Buhari and Atiku

Atiku lists Buhari administration’s scandals, insists president ‘power drunk’

A presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has listed what he considers corruption cases in the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Mr Abubakar, who defected from the governing All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party stated this in response to a statement by the presidency. The presidency in a statement on Wednesday reacted…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

Restructuring: Atiku replies Osinbajo, accuses VP of revising history

A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has replied Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the raging debate over the need to restructure Nigeria. Mr Abubakar, in a statement he signed, also accused Mr Osinbajo of attempting “to revise history” on the topic. The statement by the opposition presidential aspirant comes hours after…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Restructuring: Osinbajo replies Atiku, explains stance

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has replied a presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, who criticised his stance on restructuring. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Osinbajo had spoken in the U.S. about restructuring not being Nigeria’s major problem. “It is about managing resources properly and providing for the people properly, that is…

Internally Displaced Persons

EU donates €138 million to vulnerable communities in Nigeria, three others

The European Union on Monday released €138 million to help communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon affected by violence, insecurity and environmental degradation. The donation will provide humanitarian and development assistance in the four countries; as part of overall EU aid package for the Chad Basin worth €232 million. According to…

Rabiu Kwankwaso declaring to run for President

Saraki, Kwankwaso, Jang’s presidential declarations, APC NEC meeting dominate politics last week 

The announcement by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to seek the office of the president and the formal declaration by two former governors and serving senators, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Jonah Jang, to also seek same office dominated political discussions last week. There were also meetings by the governing APC at…

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Buhari to Merkel: Illegal Nigerian immigrants ‘at their own risk’

President Muhammadu Buhari has publicly told visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, his government does not support Nigerians trying to illegally enter Europe, saying those caught would be "at his or her own risk". The president said "Any Nigerian found in Libya or anywhere on his way to Europe through illegal…

Kogi State Map

2019: Former Oyo military administrator joins Kogi guber race

A former military administrator of Oyo and old Ondo states, Ahmed Usman, Wednesday declared his intention to contest the next governorship election in Kogi State on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). Addressing supporters at his hometown, Okura Olafiya in Kogi East senatorial district, the retired Army…

Theresa May and Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria houses largest population of world’s poorest people – Theresa May

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Tuesday said 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day, making the country home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world. The statement is coming a day ahead of her scheduled visit to the Nigeria on…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Kaduna govt directs appointees aspiring for legislative seats to resign

The Kaduna State Government has directed all political appointees aspiring for seats in the state House of Assembly to resign immediately. In a statement signed by Governor El-Rufai's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, it said the resignation would enable the appointees to comply with the ''relevant…

Rabiu Kwankwaso

2019: Kwankwaso prevented from using Eagle Square for presidential declaration

Less than 24 hours to the date slated by the former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to declare his presidential bid, authorities have denied him access to Abuja's Eagle Square, proposed venue of the event. PREMIUM TIMES gathered the authorities have also denied the former governor access to the Old…

President Donald Trump of United States (l) pose while President Muhammadu Buhari signs visitors book at the White House in Washington DC on Monday (30/4/18) 02254/30/4/2018//ICE/NAN

Trump described Buhari as ”lifeless” after meeting – Financial Times

The United State President, Donald Trump, after an April meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari described the Nigerian leader as "lifeless", Financial Times (FT) has reported Mr Trump hosted Mr Buhari on April 30 in Washington as the two leaders discussed issues including “fighting terrorism” and other threats to peace and security. According…