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Samuel Ogundipe is a general assignment reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. At various times, he has covered the Presidency, National Assembly and Defence. Twitter: @SamuelOgundipe

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President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: © Presidency]

Buhari says Boko Haram aiming ‘soft targets’, but Nigeria loses 2,006 soldiers in three years

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday repeated his claim that Boko Haram has been defeated and reduced to aiming "soft targets", but a new report says the group has targeted and killed at least 2,006 Nigerian soldiers in the last three years. The report by SBM Intelligence, which researches and analyses…

Again, Trump threatens Turkey over Syria

President Donald Trump in a stern letter to the Turkish president last week warned that he could destroy Turkey's economy if the ongoing military offensive Syria does not cease. Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a military action against Kurdish forces in northern Syria earlier this month. The move followed Mr Trump's…

Security more important than rule of law, human rights — Nigeria’s Customs chief

Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, has said that Nigerians should forget the rule of law and constitutional protections of their fundamental rights where matters of security are concerned. Mr Ali's position appeared to reinforce the position of President Muhammadu Buhari and Attorney-General Abubakar Malami — both…

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee announced on Friday. Mr Ahmed, 43, was honoured for his efforts in restarting the peace talks with Eritrea that ultimately resolved the crisis between the two countries. The two nations have ethnic and…

Nigeria Human Rights

Odinkalu demands open trial in Kaduna ‘incitement’ case

Chidi Odinkalu, a Nigerian human rights advocate, has demanded an open trial in the case of "injurious falsehood" and incitement instituted against him by the Kaduna State Government. The Chief Magistrate's Court in Kaduna has been hearing the charges behind closed doors since they were filed at the apparent instance…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari speaking

World Bank, IMF, others ‘publishing inaccurate data about Nigeria’ — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said Nigerians should be wary of statistics from world bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The president played up the significant role which an accurate collection of data can play in the country's social and economic planning but recommended that…

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel training in preparation for the 2019 General Elections in Port Harcourt on Monday (18/2/19). NSCDC have deployed 60,000 personnel nationwide for the elections. 01489/19/2/2019/Chidi Ohalete/BJO/NAN

Gunmen shoot Civil Defence officer, kidnap nine in Abuja

Violent attackers waylaid a fleet of commuters in Abuja on Monday night, abducting nine people in yet another instance of growing insecurity across the nation’s capital. Officials told PREMIUM TIMES a Civil Defence officer was shot and another kidnapped alongside eight civilians during the attack on people heading home after…

Defence Headquarters says police and the Army are culpable in the incident

Police, military culpable in Taraba killing of officers — Panel

A panel of inquiry set up to investigate the killing of three police officers and two civilians in Taraba State in August has found that both the police and military were responsible for the incident. The Defence Headquarters in a statement on Tuesday said the panel submitted its findings and linked the…

Canadian-American, Swiss win Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was on Tuesday awarded jointly to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their findings into the evolution of the universe and the Earth’s place in the cosmos. Mr Peebles, a Canadian-American, was awarded half the prize, while Messrs Mayor and Queloz, from…

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

Eleven Nigerian soldiers killed, 14 injured in Boko Haram attack on military convoy

Nigerian soldiers have suffered yet another round of casualties in their patriotic battle to drive out insurgents from the country's borders. PREMIUM TIMES has learnt of a devastating attack on October 3 in which Boko Haram terrorists killed 11 soldiers and wounded 14 in an ambush on a military convoy…

Donald Trump

Americans criticise Trump for attacking major media outlets

President Donald Trump's near-daily affront on American media outlets and specific journalists who run them has become an enduring feature of his administration. Consequently, many Americans are also relentless in their pushbacks of the president for seeking a destruction of an institution enshrined in the Constitution as one of the…

Tukur Buratai and the troops.

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army declares 22 soldiers wanted for ‘running’ from Boko Haram (FULL LIST)

The Nigerian Army has accused one major and 21 soldiers of fleeing from the scene of a Boko Haram attack and subsequently declared them wanted, military sources said. The soldiers were declared as deserters bound to face dire consequences if found, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from military commanders who demanded anonymity…

Stanley Nwabia

Requiem for late Stanley Nwabia holds in Abuja

Deji Adeyanju, a political activist and commentator, said anger was the first emotion he felt when he learned of the passing of his friend on Sunday morning. But social crusaders cannot be bitter or angry after one of their own died in avoidable circumstances, he said. Instead, they must unite…

Former Head of State, Sani Abacha

Nigeria to repatriate N108 billion Abacha loot from U.S. – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said efforts to repatriate another tranche of $300 million in Abacha loot had reached an advanced stage with the United States government. The president said a memorandum of understanding would be ratified by both countries to return the trapped fund back to Nigeria. The $300…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari speaking

P&ID Contract Scandal: Buhari vows to punish corrupt, unpatriotic Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Nigerian officials who oversaw the problematic gas processing contract with Processing and Industrial Development Limited, an Irish engineering firm. Mr Buhari promised to punish all Nigerians involved for their "corrupt and unpatriotic" act that threw Nigeria into a $9 billion arbitration liability. "The P&ID arbitral…

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Economic Advisory Council will meet him periodically.

Buhari threatens ‘firm and decisive action’ against ‘hate speech’ promoters

President Muhammadu Buhari during his Independence Day speech vowed that his administration would take a "firm and decisive action" against promoters of hate speech and other divisive materials on the Internet. "Our attention is increasingly being focused on cyber-crimes and the abuse of technology through hate speech and other divisive…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Change your lawless habits, Buhari tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to eschew bad behaviour and remain law-abiding in their daily endeavours. In his nationwide broadcast at Nigeria's 59th Independence Anniversary on Tuesday, the president said the change Nigerians desire could only come from good conduct. "This change can only be delivered if we…

Stanley Nwabia

Social commentator Stanley Nwabia dies at 43

Stanley Nwabia, a popular social commentator on Twitter, has died. Family sources told PREMIUM TIMES Mr Nwabia died in the early hours of Sunday following an unsuccessful blood transfusion procedure in Lagos. He was 43. Ojugo Onyeluka (@GentleOjay) told PREMIUM TIMES he spoke with Mr Nwabia’s wife and she confirmed…

ARMY: Nigerian Soldiers (Army) on duty. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian]

Seven soldiers killed, seven missing in Boko Haram ambush

Seven Nigerian soldiers have fallen on the frontlines and seven others missing after a military patrol team drove into a Boko Haram ambush in Borno State on Wednesday. Military sources told PREMIUM TIMES the soldiers were on their way to Maiduguri from Gubio when they came under attack in Madamari,…

Buhari at The UNGA

Buhari’s jumbled response to UN question sparks online furore

A rapidly spreading video which appeared to show President Muhammadu Buhari giving an incoherent reply to a question at a United Nations climate change panel in New York has sparked social media furore. Mr Buhari joined world leaders at the Climate Action Summit on September 23. The event, which featured…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (Photo Credit: DailyPost)

EXCLUSIVE: Malami writes Buhari, backs IGP Adamu on police recruitment procedure

Attorney-General Abubakar Malami has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the Nigeria Police Force conclude the ongoing recruitment of new constables, dealing a crucial blow to the Police Service Commission that has long asserted constitutional powers over recruitment and regulatory obligations of the police. The nation's chief law officer told…

A Thomas Cook airplane [Photo: Sky News]

Britain’s travel firm Thomas Cook collapses

Thomas Cook, a British travel company of over 178 years, has collapsed after concerted talks with lenders, shareholders and the government failed to produce a rescue package. Thomas Cook’s officials said on Monday that the company had been forced to close shop despite “considerable efforts" that held at Latham &…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Controversy as police arrest another ‘serial killer’ in Port Harcourt

The police in Port Harcourt have announced the arrest of yet another suspected serial killer linked with the recent killings targeting women in the city. In an announcement late Thursday, the police described Gracious David West as "the notorious serial killer" behind a string of fatal assaults on young women…

Robert-OBrien [PHOTO CREDIT: UPI.com]

Trump names new national security adviser

United States president, Donald Trump, on Wednesday appointed Robert O’Brien as his new national security adviser. Mr O’Brien, a lawyer who has worked at the U.S. State Department as chief hostage negotiator, was appointed a week after John Bolton left as the NSA. Mr. O’Brien will be Mr. Trump’s fourth…

Embattled Nigerian Army major general, Hakeem Otiki at the Nigerian Army court martial (Photo Credit: Signature TV)

Dirty fight to be Nigeria’s army chief triggered theft of ‘billions’ by soldiers – General

A military court-martial for the troubled Nigerian Army major-general, Hakeem Otiki, opened on a very personal note in Abuja on Tuesday, with the defence team labouring to cast the case as springing from a protracted resentment rather than merely another manifestation of endemic corruption in the military. The defence argued…