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Hall of Shame: 21 Nigerian institutions criticised for ‘violating’ FOI law

A host of public institutions have been publicly shamed for repeatedly failing to comply with the provisions of Freedom of Information Act. The Media Rights Agenda published the 2017 list of 'FoI Hall of Shame' which also included some federal court judges. More than 20 institutions and persons exhibited "an…

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TIMELINE: From Hero to Villain: The Story of Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, ending a 37-year rule that was characterised by political and economic chaos. Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mr. Mugabe had sacked as Zimbabwean vice president early November for being “disloyal“, would be sworn in as president on Friday. The momentous events leading to Mr. Mugabe's fall began…

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Inter-agency Rift: Call NIA, SSS to order, SERAP tells Buhari

A group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SEERAP has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to exert his authority and curb what it described as the excesses of some security agencies. Operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, prevented anti-graft detectives from arresting the former heads…

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War Crimes Tribunal finds Ratko Mladic guilty of genocide

Judges at the UN War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague on Wednesday convicted a former Bosnian Serb commander, Ratko Mladic, of genocide, murder and other war crimes. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. "The crimes were amongst the most heinous known to humankind," the judges found. Mr. Mladic, a former…

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Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe resigns, Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending his 37-year reign. His resignation brings to an end the political impasse in the state since last week when the military took charge of the government. Mr. Mugabe, 93, had initially refused to resign, insisting he would hold on to power. His resignation was announced Tuesday evening by…

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African Union reacts to Robert Mugabe’s resignation

The African Union has welcomed the resignation of Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe's president. Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea and current chairperson of the AU, hailed Mr. Mugabe as a "great fighter" who should have left office for a while before now.   "It is a shame that he is leaving through…

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Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Zimbabwean vice president, who was sacked by Robert Mugabe, would be sworn in Wednesday, media reports say. Local media and Zimbabwean sources said Mr. Mnangagwa would be sworn in Wednesday to replace Mr. Mugabe who resigned Tuesday afternoon after 37-years in office. The 75-year-old was removed…

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Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe President

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending his 37-year reign. Speaker of the country's parliament, Jacob Mudenda, announced the development Tuesday afternoon, a move that ended an impeachment proceeding that begun shortly before then. Mr Mugabe, according to Speaker Mudenda, said in his resignation letter that the decision to quit…

Nigerian Army

Gunmen kill Nigerian soldier, seize weapons in Port-Harcourt

A deadly exchange of gunfire involving Nigerian soldiers guarding a storage facility operated by Royal Dutch Shell and British Petroleum in Port-Harcourt left at least one Army corporal dead last week, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The dead corporal (name witheld as we are not sure his family has been notified),…

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Why Buhari would sign law separating NFIU from EFCC — Aide

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to sign a bill that detaches the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a presidency official said Monday. The proposal has pitted the acting-chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, against Attorney-General Abubakar Malami for months, and Mr. Buhari had largely…

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Jonathan ‘face of democracy in Africa’ — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as the "face of democracy in Africa". Mr. Abubakar, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said Mr. Jonathan's democratic ideals were evident in his respect for the will of the people. Mr. Jonathan turned 60 on Monday.…

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‎Jubilation in Zimbabwe as lawmakers plot to remove Robert Mugabe

Wild celebrations were reported across Zimbabwe on Saturday moments after reports emerged that some lawmakers were plotting to remove the country's defiant president. Robert Mugabe has failed to stand down, days after the military seized control of the country's affairs. Zimbabwe Newsday reports Saturday that an opposition parliamentarian of the…

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Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe showed up at the graduation ceremony of Zimbabwe Open University in Harare on Friday morning, local media reports say. The appearance was the long-ruling leader's first since the army seized control of the country on Tuesday. The 93-year-old appeared without his wife, Grace, and Higher and…

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Judge reverses controversial BVN ruling, unblocks bank accounts

A federal judge who earlier granted an order for bank accounts not linked to bank verification numbers to be frozen has reversed himself. Nnamdi Dimgba, presiding at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, said he later learnt that his October 17 order created an "awkward and unfortunate result."…

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Zimbabwe Crisis: South Africa in talks to end stalemate

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is said to be holding a meeting with South African government officials who were sent by President Jacob Zuma to resolve the stalemate occasioned by military takeover on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's Newsday reported that Mr. Mugabe's convoy was seen Thursday afternoon moving from his 'Blue Roof' residence…

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LIVE UPDATES: Military takes control in Zimbabwe; detains Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been detained in an unfolding military takeover in the southern African country. Soldiers took control of Zimbabwe's ZBC state broadcaster in the early hours of Wednesday, and said the 93-year-old leader was "safe and sound". Mr. Mugabe has led the southern African country since independence…

Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, briefing Newsmen during a Monthly News Conference on Defence and Security in Abuja on Friday (28/4/17).
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Nigerian military denies cancelling training programmes for female combatants

The defence headquarters has denied cancelling training programmes for female combatants. It said a news report claiming the programmes had been scrapped was "an act of disinformation." The military said all female officers would continue to enjoy the same career benefits available to their male counterparts. The Punch Newspaper reported…

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How whistle-blowing helped my tenure at EFCC — Ribadu

The deployment of whistle-blowing policy resulted in a successful prosecution of some of the biggest corruption cases between 2003 and 2007, a former head of anti-graft EFCC has said. Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer head of the frontline anti-corruption outfit, implored Nigerians to embrace the tactics of whistle-blowing as a crucial…

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Nigerian soldier kills captain; takes own life

A Nigerian Army captain who led an emergency response team was killed in Adamawa State on Sunday, gunned down by a fellow soldier who subsequently took his own life, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The Army said the tragic incident happened in Chibok, Borno State. Our sources said a report of…

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Nigerian govt to re-arraign Senator feuding with police chief

A Nigerian senator on trial for forgery is to be re-arraigned on December 12, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. An error by the prosecution compelled Anwuli Chikere of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to postpone the arraignment of Isah Misau, APC-Bauchi Central, at the resumed hearing Tuesday…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Paradise Papers: Saraki violates Nigerian law again, linked to another firm in offshore tax haven

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, is in trouble again. On Sunday his name popped up in the global list of infamy exposing some leading world politicians for utilising shell companies in tax havens to either conceal assets, evade tax, or launder funds. That revelation, which is capable…

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Shooting at Texas church leaves dozens dead

Over two dozen people are feared killed in southwestern United States after a gunman opened fire at a church outside San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, U.S. media report. The mass shooting reportedly occured at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, reports said.…

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UPDATED: Buhari suspends panel on recovery of public property; places gag order on Obono-Obla

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended further activities by the Special Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property. In a November 1 memo, Attorney-General Abubakar Malami said the presidency had placed a gag order on Okoi Obono-Obla, the president's special assistant on prosecution who also serves as the chairman of the…

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ANALYSIS: Top 11 Buhari administration’s most controversial excuses

More often than not, leaders across the world are put on the defensive either in form of a backlash for a policy misstep or by the ferocious snap of their political detractors. Also as frequent, though, is the tendency of their aides to swiftly intervene and minimise the magnitude of…

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Nigerians react to Buhari’s announcement of Ekwueme’s medical treatment abroad

Nigerians have reacted to Friday's announcement by President Buhari that he had approved a foreign medical treatment for a former vice-president, Alex Ekwueme. Mr. Ekwueme, 85, reportedly collapsed at his residence in Enugu on Sunday morning. While some citizens praised Mr. Buhari for the move, others see it as having a political undertone and…