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Two soldiers wounded in gun battle with oil thieves in Rivers

Two soldiers belonging to the 29 Battalion troops in Port-Harcourt, were wounded in a gun battle with armed oil thieves in Rivers State, a spokesperson has said. In a statement on Wednesday, the Army deputy spokesperson, Aminu Iliyasu, confirmed the development. He said the troops also destroyed quantities of illegally…

Lagos police chief appoints panel to investigate corruption, sexual abuse allegations against officers

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has appointed the Commander of the Rapid Response Service, Tunji Disu, as lead to investigate allegations of bribery and sexual molestation levelled against some officers in the Anti-kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Squad of the State Intelligence Department. PREMIUM TIMES reported how a woman,…

SHOCKING: Buhari’s Minister endorses Atiku for 2019

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has endorsed a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 presidential election. The minister made the endorsement when she led a private visit to Mr. Abubakar, a chieftain of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress. "Your excellency, our father and our president by…

Nigerian police in Borno

Police confirm death of officer in Ebonyi well

The police in Ebonyi have confirmed that a sergeant, Donatus Oyibe, was found dead inside a well. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported Mr. Oyibe's death. The native of Ndegu Ishieke in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state, was found inside the well on Sunday night. He was recently posted to…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

El-Rufai announces reopening of tertiary institutions in Southern Kaduna

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday announced the reopening of tertiary institutions in the southern part of the state. This was disclosed through a statement signed by the governor's spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, on Monday. Mr. Aruwan said the governor hosted some stakeholders from Southern Kaduna. The schools were…

Akeredolu assigns ministries to commissioners

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday officially completed the appointment of his commissioners. Mr. Akeredolu later unveiled their names, local governments of origin and portfolios on his Twitter handle. The governor while charging them to be hard-working added that every ministry, agency and public office was important and…

Nigerian govt’s move to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu ‘dangerous, politically unwise’ — Abubakar Umar

A former governor of Kaduna State, Abubakar Umar, has warned the Nigerian government over its latest move to re-arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, for flouting his bail conditions. Mr. Kanu is presently on bail after being charged with treasonable offences. He has dismissed…

Charly Boy

Charly Boy, other protesters want ‘looters’ jailed

The group of protesters led by Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, on Tuesday ended its two-day sit-out in front of the head office of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, with a demand that the agency prosecutes former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and other corrupt…

Charly Boy leads protest to EFCC, wants Diezani extradited

Nigerian musician, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, on Monday led a protest to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja. The protest which was peaceful was organised to demand the extradition of former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from the UK to Nigeria. Mrs. Madueke is…

IPOB rejects withdrawal of Igbo quit notice

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has rejected the withdrawal of the quit notice issued to the Igbos by the Coalition of Northern Groups. The coalition had ordered the Igbos to leave the north on or before October 1, 2017, but a suspension of the notice was announced on Thursday…

Eight Nigerians arrested in Malaysian drug raids

A Nigerian student has been arrested by Malaysian security operatives after illicit drugs were discovered in his home during a raid. The police also picked up seven other Nigerian men and one Ugandan woman, aged between 25 and 42, for drug related offences in Petaling Jaya and Sungai Besi areas…

Why 9mobile customers are experiencing service disruptions – Official

The management of 9mobile have provided a reason why some subscribers are experiencing disruption in services. Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd., EMTS, trading as 9mobile, announced a network outage in one of its data centres as the reason for the service disruption. In a statement signed by Ibrahim Dikko, one…

INTERVIEW: Why Buhari did not discuss restructuring, healthcare, others in #PresidentialBroadcast – Femi Adesina

In this interview with SUNRISE DAILY, an interactive show on Channels Television, the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, speaks on the President Muhammadu Buhari's  recent return from a protracted medical leave and numerous questions it raised in the polity.  The interview was held after the broadcast by the president on Monday…

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“Buhari will travel for treatment again if …” – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned Saturday from a 103-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom, may yet return there for medical treatment if need arises, his media adviser said Monday. Mr. Buhari addressed the nation on Monday, his first since coming back, warning of his administration’s readiness to deal with…

Osinbajo off to Rwanda

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has left the country for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the presidential inauguration of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. A statement by Mr. Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said the inauguration ceremony, which is expected to be witnessed by several African Heads of State and Government, follows…

UPDATED: Death toll rises in Barcelona terror attack

The death toll from the Barcelona terror attack has increased to 13, CNN quotes government officials as saying. Local police have confirmed that the incident was a terror attack and one suspect has been arrested. The incident occurred near the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas, which has been sealed…

The entrance of Wuse Market

#ResumeOrResign: Wuse market reopens after attack on Charly boy, others

The Wuse market in Abuja which was closed after violent protests on Tuesday has been reopened. According to a trader who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, the market was re-opened at 8 a.m., Wednesday, instead of the usual opening time of 7:30 a.m. with a lot of police officers on standby carrying out security checks.…

Abuja market shut down amid clashes over Buhari’s absence

The attempt by protesters at the popular Wuse Market in Abuja to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to return to Nigeria or resign on Tuesday resulted in the breakout of an inter-tribal clash. Early Tuesday, members of the movement, #ResumeOrResign, led by popular musician, Charles Oputa, popularly called Charly Boy, were…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Benue govt. shuts 2,424 schools

The Benue State government has sealed 2,424 schools in the state, an official said on Tuesday. A statement by Dennis Ityavyar, the State Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, disclosed this at a meeting with education stakeholders According to Mr. Ityavyar, the affected schools failed to meet the basic requirements…

PHOTO NEWS: Popular Abuja Wuse market deserted after attack on Charly Boy, other #ResumeOrResign protesters

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NIGERIA-CHINA-DIPLOMACY

How Jonathan, Yar’Adua, Atiku, Saraki lost millions of naira, properties to aides, partners

Two weeks ago, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported on how an Abuja home of Nigeria’s immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, was burgled by police officers assigned to guard the property. The policemen stole items valued at several millions of naira from the building located at No. 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa District…

‎Why PDP won’t comment on Diezani’s multi-billion naira corruption scandal – Spokesperson

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it will not comment on the indictment of a former Minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, by the anti-graft agency, EFCC. ‎During the week, the EFCC said it had traced at least N47.2 billion and $487.5 million in cash and…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki sacks several aides

The President of Nigeria's Senate, Bukola Saraki, has sacked several of aides thereby scaling down the number widely seen as wasteful. Daily Trust Newspapers says 98 aides were sacked, a figure disputed by Mr. Saraki’s spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu; who, however, did not provide the actual number dismissed. Although Daily Trust…

Edo governor orders probe of N253 million exam budget padding

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has vowed to expose the officials behind the request of N283 million for the conduct of First School Leaving Certificate Examination in the state, an exercise which was eventually conducted with N30 million. Mr. Obaseki has ordered an immediate investigation into the "budget padding."…

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Married man dies after sex in lover’s house

A 45-year-old married man has died after having sex with his girlfriend at her apartment in War College Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja. The Abuja police said the deceased visited his girlfriend identified as Bridget at about 10:00 a.m. and was preparing to leave after they made love. According to Daily Trust…