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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent at PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where he also obtained an Masters's degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Twitter: @nastogo

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The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is consulting stakeholders on other measures to halt Covid-19

UPDATED: Court refuses to bar Obaseki from participating in PDP primaries

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has refused to bar Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor, from participating in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election slated for Thursday. Mr Obaseki was granted a waiver by the PDP recently after he joined the opposition party from the…

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus.

UPDATED: PDP grants waiver to Obaseki

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted a waiver to its new entrant, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to take part in the party's activities. The national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, made this known on his verified Facebook page. “The PDP NWC in exercising the power of…

Godwin Obaseki [PHOT: Edo Govt. house]]

Edo 2020: Obaseki joins PDP

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The governor made this known on Friday afternoon when he led some of his appointees and supporters to the PDP secretariat in Benin-City. The leadership of the PDP had on Wednesday met with Mr Obaseki who is…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

Wadume: Falana writes Malami, wants prosecution of 10 soldiers

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has written to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, requesting the immediate arrest and prosecution of 10 soldiers who allegedly killed three policemen and two civilians. The 10 officers were recently charged by the police alongside the…

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is consulting stakeholders on other measures to halt Covid-19

Edo 2020: PDP postpones primaries as Obaseki remains undecided

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the postponement of its gubernatorial primary election in Edo State. According to a tweet by the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the election will now hold on July 23rd instead of 20th as earlier announced by the party. “@OfficialPDPNig has postponed its primary election…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

NDDC Crisis: Senator sues presidential aide, NDDC spokesperson for alleged defamation

Delta State senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, has dragged Lauretta Onochie, a presidential aide, and Charles Odili, the spokesperson of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), before the high courts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Delta state for alleged defamation of character. Ms Onochie and Mr Odili are being accused…

Godwin Obaseki [PHOT: Edo Govt. house]]

Edo Governorship: Obaseki resigns from APC

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Obaseki announced this after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, Channels Television reports. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how Mr Obaseki said he would take a decision on his…

Aisha Buhari

Police ‘detain’ Aisha Buhari’s ADC, Escort commander, others

Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has accused the police of detaining some of her aides without informing her. In a tweet on Friday, Mrs Buhari called for the release of the aides. “….Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of…

Femi Gbajabiamila

Ninth Assembly @ One: Reps treat 850 bills, 394 motions

The ninth House of Representatives under the leadership of Femi Gbajabiamila has considered 850 bills and 394 motions. According to a statement by the House spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu, the 850 bills are at different legislative levels of consideration. This is an indication that the ninth assembly has surpassed the preceding…

The House of Representatives today, played host to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari, as a mark of honour for his exceptional work in the fight against criminality across the country. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bashir Ahmad]

Reps honour Abba Kyari for exemplary performance

The House of Representatives on Thursday, during plenary, honoured a deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, for his hard work and outstanding performance over the years in the Nigeria Police Force. Mr Kyari is the commander of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team. The police officer and his…

Gunmen used to illustrate the story.

Gunmen kill two people, kidnap others along Lokoja – Abuja expressway

Gunmen on Wednesday morning killed two people and reportedly abducted several others along the Lokoja - Abuja expressway. The incident occurred at about 7:00 a.m. between Acheni and Gegu villages in Kogi State. Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mohammed Onogwu, confirmed the…

House of representatives during plenary. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of House of Reps.]

Reps pass revised 2020 budget

The House of Representatives has passed the 2020 revised Appropriation Bill. The bill which was proposed by the executive sought to reduce Nigeria’s 2020 federal budget from N10.6 trillion to N10.5 trillion was however increased by the lawmakers. The budget was increased to N10.8 billion, higher than the initial approved…

Lauretta Onochie, the social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari. [PHOTO CREDIT: Concise News]

NDDC Crisis: Senator threatens to sue Buhari’s aide, NDDC spokesperson

A Delta State senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, who was recently accused of contract fraud by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has threatened to sue an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding a retraction and apology over a social media post he considers defamatory. Mr Nwaoboshi’s lawyers wrote a letter to…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Senator reacts to NDDC’s contract fraud allegation

The Delta senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, accused of fraud by the interim management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has asked the commission to allow for an independent investigation of all contracts awarded by it from inception to date. The lawmaker said only a "holistic audit of the commission’s account…

President Muhammadu Buhari

PDP tackles Buhari over killings, robbery in Kaduna, Kogi

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his government’s "central control system" has collapsed. PDP said this in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, berating Mr Buhari over the recent rise in insecurity across the country. The opposition party condemned the increasing armed robbery and…

Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya

Gombe shuts clinic, SSG’s office over COVID-19 fears

The Gombe State Government has closed down the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and the Government House clinic following the death of a staffer who recently died after contracting COVID-19. The state task force on COVID-19, through the governor’s spokesperson, Ismaila Misilli, said officials have commenced…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum [PHOTO: Pulse.ng]

Governor suspends hospital staff for abandoning patients to NGO

The Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has suspended the entire staff of the General Hospital in Ngala town for abandoning the facility to an international non-governmental organisation. The governor made this known via his verified Twitter handle @GovBorno on Wednesday. Mr Zulum said those affected include resident doctors, nurses, pharmacists,…

Gombe discharges another batch of 153 almajiris after 2 weeks quarantine (Photo credit: Gombe State Government)

Gombe discharges another batch of 153 almajiris after two weeks quarantine

The Gombe State government has discharged another batch of 153 Almajirai children who tested negative to coronavirus after the two weeks mandatory quarantine period at its Amada facility in Akko Local Government Area of the state. The governor, Inuwa Yahaya, who was at the quarantine centre to mark the 2020…

President Muhammadu Buhari

UPDATED: Buhari writes National Assembly, seeks fresh $5.5 billion loan

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate and the House of Representatives, seeking approval for a fresh loan of $5.513 billion. In a letter read by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Thursday, the president said the loan was to finance the 2020…

Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari, Gbajabiamila, Ugwuanyi, Inuwa, others felicitate with Muslims

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Muslims to keep their spirits up in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. The president made the call in his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. The Eid-el-Fitri is celebrated by Muslims globally to mark the end of the Ramadan…

Gombe flags-off distribution of palliatives, targets 400,000 individuals in 66,000 households

COVID-19: Gombe flags-off distribution of palliatives, targets 400,000 individuals in 66,000 households

The Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has flagged-off the distribution of palliatives and relief materials to the less privileged members of the society across the state to cushion the effects of COVID-19. The flag-off ceremony took place in Boh, the headquarters of Shongom Local Government Area of the state. Governor…

Bill Gates

Infectious Disease Bill: Bill Gates denies offering bribe to Nigerian lawmakers

American billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has denied media reports that he offered a $10 million bribe to the Nigerian House of Representatives to pass the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill being considered by the House. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation registered the denial in a…

Babajimi Benson, Chaiman House of Representatives Committee on defense during an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

INTERVIEW: Low budgetary releases limiting effectiveness of Nigeria’s military – Lawmaker

Babajimi Benson is the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Defence. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Benson who represents Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State speaks on poor welfare of Nigerian soldiers in the war front, as well as other legislative and national issues. Excerpts: PT:…

Chinese doctors arrive in Nigeria

COVID-19: PDP urges Buhari to explain Chinese doctors’ whereabouts

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given the federal government a 48-hour ultimatum to declare the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team it brought in to assist in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country. The PDP's position is predicated on the declaration by the…

The ongoing house of reps voting to elect new speaker from APC

Infectious Disease Bill: House tackles Tambuwal, governors’ forum

The House of Representatives on Thursday chided the Nigerian Governors Forum over its stand on the controversial infectious disease bill. The NGF had on Thursday criticised the bill sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, stating that they were not consulted and asked that the bill…