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UPDATED: Worshippers escape death in Owerri as police uncover deadly explosives in Church

The Police in Imo state have arrested six suspects over the discovery of two Improvised Explosive Devices in a church in Owerri, the state capital, the Commissioner  of Police, Abdumajid Ali,  and spokesperson for the command, Andrew Enwerem, have said. Mr. Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, told PREMIUM TIMES…

Despite Boko Haram challenge at home, Nigeria deploys 700 soldiers to Liberia on peace mission

The soldiers will depart for Liberia on Friday. (more…)

Anti-Gay Law: Islamic group warns U.S., E.U others to leave Nigeria alone

An influential Islamic organisation in Nigeria, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to call the bluff of the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and other Western countries that have condemned Nigeria's new anti-gay law. In a statement Thursday, the group said Mr.…

UPDATE: Six anti-Amaechi Rivers lawmakers denied entry into Assembly building

UPDATE 2 The six Rivers state lawmakers seeking to impeach the state's governor, Rotimi Amaechi, are trying to gain entry into the sealed Rivers state House of Assembly building to commence 'plenary'. The group, led by Evans Bipi, arrived the building but were prevented by police officers from entering the…

Opeyemi Bamidele dumps APC, joins Labour Party

The political face-off between a member of the House of Representatives from Ekiti state, Opeyemi Bamidele, and the state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, came to a head Sunday with Mr. Bamidele renouncing his membership of the All Progressives Party, APC. The lawmaker also announced his adoption of the Labour Party as…

ASUU ends NEC meeting, keeps mum on outcome till meeting with Jonathan

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rose from a two-day National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) on Saturday in Kano with a resolve to keep mum until it met with President Goodluck Jonathan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was held at an undisclosed venue, away from…

Akwa Ibom governor, Akpabio, supervises beating of opposition lawmaker

The Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly has descended into a serious crisis after the state governor, Godswill Akpabio, personally supervised the beating of a lawmaker he suspected to be politically opposed to him and his loyalists, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr. Akpabio, witnesses said, watched as his loyalists manhandled…

EXCLUSIVE: Stella Oduah in fresh trouble; N255m armoured cars missing in NSA’s security list

Suspicion that Aviation Minister Stella Oduah might not have actually procured the controversial N255million armoured cars is gaining traction in the nation's security circle, with operatives trying to understand whether the minister merely masterminded a paper process to launder public funds. PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today that the bullet-proof…

Several die in stampede as Kwara PDP members scramble for Saraki’s sallah gifts

A yet unknown  number of members of the Kwara state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, died on Wednesday night as they scrambled for handouts distributed by former Governor of the state, Bukola Saraki. A source said no fewer than a dozen people were feared dead. Several others were…

President Jonathan to lead 30,000 Nigerian Christian pilgrims to Israel

President Goodluck Jonathan will lead 30,000 Nigerian Christians on this year’s pilgrimage to Israel, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. It is not clear when Mr. Jonathan would depart the country for the spiritual exercise, but the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) says pilgrims would begin leaving for the holy…

Pro-Jonathan rally turns violent in Kaduna, several injured

A pro-Jonathan political rally, disguised as a Unity and Peace rally, has ended abruptly on a tragic note in Kaduna, with an unspecified number of participants reportedly injured, with some dripping with blood. At least two people were stabbed and rushed to hospital while several others suffered minor injuries after…

EXCLUSIVE: Turai Yar’adua’s “greed” cause of Abuja land dispute with Patience Jonathan

A protracted land dispute between first lady, Patience Jonathan, and her predecessor, Turai Yar’adua, would have been unnecessary if Mrs. Yar’adua had not, with the help of a former FCT minister, Adamu Aliero, cornered a government plot to herself, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. Months after an Abuja High…

BREAKING: Court strikes out Fashola’s suit seeking to stop Jang as Governors’ Forum chair

An FCT High Court on Thursday struck out a suit by Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, challenging the purported election of Plateau state Governor, Jonah Jang, as chairman of a faction of the Nigeria Governors' Forum. Details of the judgment are sketchy at this time. Mr. Fashola had on June…

How Baraje-led PDP faction tricked Jonathan, Tukur with ‘fake wedding’ claim

Former governor of Osun state and secretary of the new faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said his group tricked authorities into believing they were planning a wedding at a venue they would later use in declaring the new faction. Government agents, who would predictably have closed the…

Akwa Ibom crisis: Akpabio, Umana in secret meeting

The government secretary's office was still sealed by security operatives as at Tuesday evening. (more…)

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Electrician recovers Gov. Akpabio’s missing dollars; gets N1m reward

The missing dollars were actually removed by a driver, and concealed in an air conditioner. Bundles of mint-fresh dollars, valued at over $250,000 (about N40 million), which reportedly disappeared late last month from Governor Godswill Akpabio’s bedroom at the Akwa Ibom state governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, have been recovered…

KIND Slams Judgement granting Al Mustapha Freedom

The Court of Appeal in Lagos got a sharp rap Saturday for overturning the Murder judgement on Major Hamza Al Mustapha, Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan found guilty of assassinating Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in Lagos, during the reign of terror of General Sani Abacha, The rebuke came…

We are under siege in Port Harcourt, Govt House being teargassed — Rivers Govt

The Rivers State Government has accused the Rivers State Police Command of directly firing teargas into the Government House in Port Harcourt. The state Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, told PREMIUM TIMES that the police fired teargas canisters into the complex as Governor Rotimi Amaechi made to meet with members…

Why Aso Rock Bodyguard Blocked Amaechi From President Jonathan — Presidency

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers was blocked by presidential bodyguards from exchanging pleasantries with President Goodluck Jonathan at a dinner hosted by the president on Wednesday night to avert a possible breach of security, the Special Adviser to the president on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, has said. The Punch newspaper…

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Govt rushes food to suffering Nigerian troop in Mali as Army General threatens to arrest PREMIUM TIMES reporter

The Federal government has today hurried food to Nigerian troop in Mali twenty-four hours after this newspaper reported that the 873-man contingent were being poorly fed and had not been paid allowances in the last three months. Defence sources in Abuja and Lagos told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday that the defence…

NGF Crisis: Amaechi warns Jang against impersonating him

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has warned his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, to stop impersonating him as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Mr. Amaechi was on May 24 reelected chairman of the NGF, defeating his only challenger, Mr. Jang, 19 to 16 votes, despite massive opposition from the…

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Homosexuals protest arrest, prosecution of two suspected gay men in Anambra

There was drama Wednesday at the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogbaru Council Area of Anambra State, when people, suspected to be homosexuals, stormed the court to protest the arrest and prosecution of two men standing trial for homosexuality. Reports say the protesters, about 50 in number, arrived the court premises…

Governor Wamakko, Speaker Tambuwal blast PDP Chair, Tukur; say “We can’t be intimidated”

Suspended Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto has described the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, as an incompetent party leader who should be sacked immediately and replaced with former chairman Ahmadu Ali. Describing Mr. Tukur as a man on a mission to destroy the party and the…

NGF Crisis: We Jang supporters almost smashed ballot box, says Gov. Mimiko

Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, said the anti-Rotimi Amaechi camp of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum almost smashed the ballox box used for the May 24 election which returned the Rivers State Governor to office as chair of the Forum. Speaking in an interview with the PUNCH, Mr. Mimiko, said once…

Wanted: U.S places $7million bounty on Boko Haram leader, Shekau

The United States has officially declared the leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, wanted and placed a $7m bounty on his head. In an announcement Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice Reward for Justice Programme says it would pay $7million to anyone with information that could lead…