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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…

President Muhammadu Buhari speaking

2019: Buhari wishes Saraki, Akpabio, other defectors ‘good luck’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday spoke on the defection of top politicians from one party to the other. At a lunch with some APC governors accompanied by some members of the national and state assemblies and commissioners, the president wished the defectors "good luck." "For those who have decided to…

MusiciYinka Ayefele’s radio station demolished in Ibadanan Yinka Ayefele’s radio station demolished in Ibadan

BON condemns demolition Of Yinka Ayefele’s radio station

The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has condemned the demolition of the structure housing Fresh FM in Ibadan. Music House was pulled down early Sunday morning by the Oyo State Government, citing alleged breach of the approved plan. The property is owned by popular musician, Yinka Ayefele. Speaking on the…

Zamfara State map

Zamfara Attacks: 3,000 people killed, 2,000 homes destroyed – Official

The ongoing banditry in Zamfara has claimed over 3,000 lives in the past few years, an official has said. The Secretary to the Government of Zamfara, Abdullahi Shinkafi, made the disclosure on Sunday in Gusau at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Mr Shinkafi also…

UPDATED: Abuja Building Collapse: Rescue efforts ongoing as Osinbajo, Abuja minister, others visit

Rescue efforts were ongoing on Friday at about 10:30 p.m. at the site of a building collapse in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, visited the site of the collapsed four-storey building under construction in the Jabi part of the Nigerian capital. He commended rescue efforts. :As…

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

U.S.-based lawyer writes Osinbajo, urges release of detained Premium Times journalist

A U.S.-based lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, has written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo demanding the release of PREMIUM TIMES journalist Samuel Ogundipe. Mr Ogundipe has been detained by the Nigerian police since Tuesday for refusing to disclose his source for a story. The police also secretly arraigned him at a magistrate…

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

SSS appoints first spokesperson in three years

The State Security Service has appointed its first spokesperson in three years. The SSS, also called DSS, announced the appointment of P.N. Afunanya in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday. The SSS claimed Mr Afunanya replaces Tony Opuiyo, the fictional name the agency has been using to circulate its…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Pulse.ng)

Adeosun appointed NBET board chairman

The Nigerian government has reconstituted the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) with Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, as the new chairman. The Director of Information, Ministry of Finance, Hassan Dodo, announced the development in a statement. NBET invests in electricity from the generating companies…

Nigerian Senate

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Nigerian senator, governor demand release of Premium Times journalist

The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has joined other Nigerians and international originations in condemning the arrest and detention of PREMIUM TIMES’ reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti also joined the call for the release of Mr Ogundipe. Mr Sani, who called for the unconditional…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: adelove.com)

#AdeosunGate: SERAP sues NYSC over Adeosun’s forged ‘exemption certificate’

A civic group has sued the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the 'exemption certificate' being used by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how Mrs Adeosun avoided the mandatory youth service upon graduation from the university and instead procured a forged 'exemption certificate' contrary…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

I will restructure Nigeria if elected president — Makarfi

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Ahmed Markafi, has promised to restructure Nigeria to the best interest of every citizen if elected next year. According to a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Markafi said this on Monday in Asaba when he met with Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa,…

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

No money, incriminating evidence found in Lawal Daura’s homes – SSS

The State Security Service (SSS) has denied that huge sums of money and other incriminating materials were found at the homes of its sacked Director General, Lawal Daura. Videos of such recovery have been circulating with some media organisations (not PREMIUM TIMES) publishing that such recovery was made after Mr…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

2019: Why it is hard for Igbo to produce Nigeria’s president – Okorocha

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, says it has been difficult for an Igbo to become president of Nigeria because the people have a knack to drag down their rising leaders. According to a report by The Punch newspaper, the governor stated this in an interview with journalists on Sunday…

Some of the 'Not Too Young To Run' protesters

2019: Group asks parties to allow young people seek elective positions

The ‘Not Too Young To Run Movement’ on Wednesday said political parties must give opportunities to young people and women with disabilities to run for office. The group also asked political parties to reduce the cost for running for office and cost for nomination, adding that Nigerian youth want a…

Rabiu Kwankwaso

Six Kano lawmakers dump APC, join PDP

Six members of the Kano State House of Assembly have defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The legislators, who are loyal to former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso, announced their defection in a letter they sent to the House. Mr Kwankwaso recently defected to the PDP…

Security breach at the Sokoto Airport

NCAA investigates alleged security breach at Sokoto Airport

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced investigation into the alleged security breach at the Sultan Abubakar Sadiq III Airport, Sokoto, by loyalists of a politician on August 3. Sam Adurogboye, the NCAA’s General Manager, Public Affairs, said this in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday. Mr Adurogboye said the…

Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere. [Photo credit: official Facebook page of Eze Madumere]

Police allegedly withdraw security details of ‘sacked’ Imo deputy governor Madumere

The Police in Imo State have reportedly withdrawn the security details assigned to the 'former' deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere, a spokesperson said on Thursday. According to a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the official's spokesperson, Uche Onwuchekwa, the act was a deliberate attempt to ''take the…

103 survive as plane crashes at take off in Mexico

About 103 persons aboard at an Embraer 190 jetliner, Aeroméxico Flight 2431,Tuesday survived a crash as the plane tried to take off from Durango, in North-west Mexico. According to CBS reports, the plane appeared to have struggled to climb above land before the engines caught fire and eventually crashed. Mexican…

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

UPDATED: 12 Sokoto lawmakers abandon Tambuwal, declare support for Buhari

Twelve of the 30-member Sokoto State House of Assembly have declared their loyalty to the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari. The lawmakers stated this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday afternoon. "We reiterate our commitment and loyalty to the APC led government under President Muhammadu Buhari,"…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

I will obey court ruling on deputy governor – Okorocha

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Tuesday, said he would respect a court ruling directing a halt to the swearing-in of a new deputy governor of the state, Calistus Ekenze. The embattled 'former' deputy, Eze Madumere, was removed on Monday by 19 of the 27 members of the state assembly…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki

2019: APC goes after Saraki, dissolves Kwara party executive

The National Working Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dissolved the Kwara State Executive of the party loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki. The dissolution was announced in a resolution signed by the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, on Monday in Abuja…

Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere

UPDATED: Imo Deputy Governor Eze Madumere sacked amidst restraining court order

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, has been sacked from office. He was sacked by 19 of the 27 members of the Imo House of Assembly. The Assembly had earlier received a report by a seven-member panel set up by the state chief judge which allegedly indicted Mr…