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APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

APC Crises: Buhari’s appointee accuses Oshiomhole of impunity, fraud

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has accused the All Progressive Congress national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of promoting impunity in the concluded party primaries. The VON-DG was an aspirant for the Enugu West Senatorial District ticket of the party for 2019. He however lost. In…

Former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke

2019: Donald Duke picks Junaid Mohammed as running mate

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, has picked Junaid Mohammed as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election. Mr Duke, a former Cross River state governor, disclosed this in on his twitter handle @Donald_Duke, describing Mr Mohammed as a well-known academic scholar with a…

Jamal Khashoggi (Photo Credit: The Independent)

Khashoggi: CIA director arrives Turkey

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gina Haspel, arrived Turkey Tuesday morning to get updates on the investigation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Khashoggi, a columnist with the Washington Post, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, a move that has earned the Saudi's worldwide…

President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office and Press Conference in the Rose Garden

American envoy to visit Nigeria, three other African countries

American Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, is expected to visit Nigeria and five other countries on promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the United States and Africa. According to a statement released on the U.S. state department website on Monday, Mr Nagy would visit…

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Kaduna Crisis: NYSC postpones orientation for Kaduna corps members

The National Youth Service Corps has announced the postponement of orientation course for corps members posted to Kaduna State. The announcement on Monday follows the violence that has rocked some parts of the state and the declaration of 24 hours curfew in those parts. At least 55 people were killed…

Kayode Fayemi swearing-in ceremony

Fayemi’s inauguration, Fayose at EFCC, South-east on Peter Obi, others headline political news last week

Monday - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it stood by its statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not field candidates for the 2019 general elections in Zamfara. The INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, stated this on the sideline of the opening of a two-day validation workshop titled…

Dino Melaye reacts to Shehu Sani resignation from APC

The senator representing Kogi West at the senate, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the resignation of his colleague, Shehu Sani, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Melaye responded on Saturday, via his Twitter handle @dino_melaye, thanking God he had left the party before the same treatment would have…

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NNPC replies senator, declines responsibility for fatal Abia explosion

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday restated its stance that the fire incident that happened on System 2E pipeline network in Umuaduru and Umuimo communities in Abia State was caused by suspected oil thieves. The corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, late…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

#Gandujegate: CSO’s demand independent probe of Kano Gov’s bribery scandal

Nigerian rights activists and groups have demanded an independent probe into the bribery allegation involving the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. Mr Ganduje appeared in a series of videos, receiving money in dollars alleged to be bribe amounting to about $5million. The money was given by persons believed to be…

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Global Competitiveness Index: Nigeria ranks 115 out of 140 countries

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Nigeria 115 out of 140 countries in its 2018 Global Competitiveness Index. In its annual report released on Tuesday, titled The Global Competitiveness index report 2018, Nigeria moved 10 places upward from its 2017/2018 ranking of 125 out of 137 countries. According to…

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Abia Explosion: Nigerian officials give conflicting casualty figures

There is an embarrassing confusion over the number of persons killed in Friday's explosion at a pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Umuaduru and Umuimo villages in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State. Officials, including of the state government, the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA)…

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose (M) arrives the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office in Wuse, Abuja on Tuesday (16/10/18). Fayose arrived the EFCC office, wearing a t-shirt with the inscription, ‘EFCC, I am here’. 05029/16/10/2018/Anthony Alabi/NAN

Alleged Corruption: Fayose still in EFCC custody – Lawyer

A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, is still being held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 24 hours after he reported at the agency, his lawyer has said. Mr Fayose turned himself up at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, the day after his tenure…

File photo of the #NotTooYoungToRun protesters shutting down the National Assembly gate

2019: How major parties edged out young aspirants – Group

The Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement on Monday alleged that the undemocratic nature of political party primaries conducted ahead of the 2019 elections had robbed most youth of the opportunity to contest for tickets. The group also denounced the monetisation of the primaries, describing it as shameful. Election observers and media outfits who…

Rescue efforts after explosion in Crimea

Explosion in Crimea college kills 13

An explosion at a vocational college in Crimea has killed at least 13 people and injured 50 others, according to Russian officials. The Associated Press quotes Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee that the blast at the college in the city of Kerch in eastern Crimea on Wednesday was caused by an…

France wins Germany at the UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League: Loew’s job under threat as France beat Germany

France on Tuesday defeated Germany 2-1 in a UEFA Nations League game played at the Stade de France in Paris. Germany took the lead in the 14th minute through a controversial Toni Kroos penalty. A brace by Antoine Griezmann in the second half including a controversial penalty secured victory for…

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose (M) arrives the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office in Wuse, Abuja on Tuesday (16/10/18). Fayose arrived the EFCC office, wearing a t-shirt with the inscription, ‘EFCC, I am here’. 05029/16/10/2018/Anthony Alabi/NAN

Alleged Corruption: Fayose submits self to EFCC

The Immediate past Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, made good his words to turn himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as he reported to the anti-graft agency headquarters in Abuja, 24 hours after exiting office. Mr Fayose made a public show of the action, as he…

Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring for England against Spain (Photo Credit: Squawka Football on Twitter)

UEFA Nations League: England defeat Spain in classic encounter

England on Monday defeated Spain 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League match played in Seville, Spain. The victory was the first by the Three Lions of England on Spanish soil in 31 years. England raced to a three goal lead in the first half with goals from Raheem Sterling (2)…

Wale Oshun

Wale Oshun denies receiving N400mn from Ambode

A former federal lawmaker has denied receiving N400 million from the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Wale Oshun, a leader of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), said this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Ambode recently lost his bid to secure the ticket of the All Progressives Congress…

Buhari and Atiku

Atiku mocks Buhari, says he’ll not take six months to appoint ministers

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged to appoint his cabinet before inauguration if voted president by Nigerians. Mr Abubakar, in an apparent criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari, said if elected president he would appoint his ministers before May 29, 2019. “If Nigerians elect me as…

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UPDATED: Why NNPC pipeline exploded in Abia killing 16 people – Official

The pipeline explosions in Abia State on Friday that caused the death of at least 16 people may have been caused by oil thieves, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Friday. PREMIUM TIMES reported the fire in Osisioma Local Government Area of the Abia State. The Abia commander…

A cross section of Civilian JTF fighters in the North-East

Boko Haram: CJTF frees 833 child soldiers – UNICEF

The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) fighting against the Boko Haram in North-east Nigeria, has released 833 children from its own ranks. The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), which made this known on Friday, said some of the children are as young as 11 years-old. UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac,…

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Two Nigerians arrested in India

Two Nigerians have been arrested by the India police for allegedly defrauding people by posing fake advertisements on online market portal Quikr. Quikr is an Indian classified advertising platform, founded in 2008. According to a report published by The Times of India, on Friday, the accused are Samuel Udom, 24,…

Jerry Gana

2019: Jerry Gana faults Donald Duke’s emergence as SDP presidential candidate

A former minister of information, Jerry Gana, on Thursday, called for review of the presidential primary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in which he was defeated by a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke. Mr Duke polled 812 votes to defeat Mr Gana who polled 611 votes…

Mohammed Dewji, Africa's youngest billionaire [Photo: The Straits Times]

Africa’s ‘youngest billionaire’ abducted in Tanzania

Africa's 'youngest billionaire', has been kidnapped by masked gunmen in Tanzania's main city, Dar es Salaam. Mohammed Dewji, 43, who is reportedly worth $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) and is the president of MeTL Group, which operates in about 10 countries was abducted as he entered a hotel gym. Mr Dewji…

Nikki Halley

U.S. Ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley resigns

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Tuesday resigned from her position at the United Nations. Mrs Haley's resignation would take effect at the end of 2018, as U.S. President, Donald Trump, has accepted her resignation, BBC reports. Also according to the report, the official said the…