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Abubakar Malami

Nigeria’s Attorney General Malami queries Magu, Keyamo

Nigeria's Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, has fired a query to Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, demanding justification for the recent charges the anti-graft office brought against Danladi Umar, the chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal. The Attorney-General also wrote to Festus Keyamo, a legal…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Zamfara Killings: Police arrest three suspects

Three suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the recent killings in Zamfara State, police said Sunday. Halilu Garba, 45, (Alias Mabushi), Zubairu Marafa, 45. (Alias Wakili) and Nafi’u Badamasi, 40, would be helping police with further investigations prior to their arraignment in court on a date to…

Malabu Scandal: AGF Malami writes Buhari, wants trial of Adoke, Diezani, others stopped — FULL LETTER

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to back off on his administration's legal battles against the principal actors in the controversial Malabu Oil deal. The raging scandal over the OPL 245 oil block began in 2011 when the Goodluck Jonathan administration…

Nigerian Air Force explains controversy over drones built under Jonathan, Buhari govts

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday weighed in on the debates about the first Nigerian-built unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). President Muhammadu Buhari sparked the debates when he claimed on Twitter Thursday night that he had just commissioned the 'first-ever' UAV (or drone) built by the NAF engineers. "Today in…

UPDATED: INEC raises committee to probe underage voting in Kano

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday constituted an investigative panel to probe the recent cases of alleged underage voting in Kano State. Footages were recently circulated which showed some voters who were obviously children participating in the local council elections conducted across Kano State last weekend. Following nationwide…

Police, Dickson Akoh disagree on reopening of Peace Corps headquarters

A stopgap telephone conversation between the police commissioner in Abuja and the national commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps has become the latest ground of contention in the year-long confrontation between the police and the paramilitary group. The telephone exchange reportedly occurred on Thursday morning when the Peace Corps leaders,…

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa’s president

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as president of South Africa, a day after Jacob Zuma resigned from office following allegations of corruption.  Mr. Ramaphosa's is scheduled to give the state of the union address tomorrow.  Details shortly...

Police, Peace Corps supporters clash in Abuja

The police on Thursday clashed with activists and supporters of the Nigerian Peace Corps at the organisation's headquarters in Abuja. The police arrived in five Toyota Hilux vans after activists and Peace Corps members attempted to implement court orders that the facility be reopened.  The development came two days after…

President Muhammadu Buhari resumes office 5

115 days later, Buhari fails to act on Head of Service report on Maina

Nearly four months after he received a detailed report on how Abdulrasheed Maina was readmitted into the civil service, President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to take a definitive position on the controversial matter. The president's critics said he is dithering on the report with the hope that Nigerians would soon…

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, dies

Morgan Tsvangirai, a longtime opposition leader of Zimbabwe, has died. His death was announced by his political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, on Wednesday night. He was 65. Mr. Tsvangirai reportedly suffered colon cancer prior to his death. He served as Zimbabwe's prime minister with Robert Mugabe as president…

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s president

Jacob Zuma has resigned as president of South Africa with immediate effect, state television announced Wednesday night. Mr. Zuma, 75, has led South Africa since 2009. His resignation came a day after he was rejected by his party, the African National Congress, on corruption allegations and his connection to the…

Zuma vows not to resign; faces another no-confidence vote in parliament

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) would on Thursday initiate a no-confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma at the parliament, local media reports said Wednesday. The decision came as Mr. Zuma refuses to stand down even after police raided homes of his associates, the Gupta family, in Johannesburg, the…

NSCDC officials

Two Civil Defence officers killed in Benue

Two officers of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps have been found dead in Benue State following a gun battle with armed attackers suspected to be herdsmen, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. "They were in a gun duel with the herders and, unfortunately, we lost two," NSCDC spokesperson, Emmanuel Okeh, told PREMIUM…

Nigerian police force

Benue: Missing Nigerian police officer found dead

A Nigerian police officer who went missing in Benue State on Saturday has been found dead, locals told PREMIUM TIMES Monday. The officer, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, was amongst the four mobile police officers that went missing following an ambush on their patrol vehicle in Logo Local…

How ex-Senator Shagaya died — FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps on Sunday gave its official account of how former Senator John Shagaya died in Plateau State Sunday afternoon. Mr. Shagaya was travelling along Langtang-Pankshin Road on his way to Jos when his vehicle crashed into a tree around 2:25 p.m., the FRSC said in its…

IMN Kaduna

ICC concludes preliminary investigation into Shiites massacre; continues probe of IPOB killings

The International Criminal Court is moving gradually towards prosecution of Nigerian officials involved in the December 2015 massacre of members of Islamic Movements of Nigeria. The office of the prosecutor at the war crimes tribunal reached its preliminary conclusion into the killings in December 2017, submitted its findings to the…

Nigerian police force

Benue violence: Two missing police officers found

Two police officers who went missing in an ambush in Benue State have been found unhurt, police said on Sunday. The officers were amongst four mobile policemen who were declared missing after a police patrol team drove into an ambush by suspected herdsmen in Logo Local Government Area on Saturday…

Four officers missing as ‘herdsmen’ ambush police team in Benue

The police in Benue are searching for four officers following an attack on a patrol team in Logo Local Government Area on Saturday afternoon, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The men were returning from a confidence-building mission in remote villages when suspected herdsmen opened fire on them in Tse Akpam village,…

Nigerian Army

Insecurity: Finally, Buhari deploys soldiers in Benue, Kaduna, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of troops to six states across the restive north-central, the Nigerian Army announced Wednesday. David Ahmadu, head of training and operations at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja, said during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon that troops would be sent to the streets…

Babangida’s spokesman Kassim Afegbua narrates ordeal with Nigeria police, SSS

Kassim Afegbua, a spokesperson for a former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, has chronicled his experience over the last one week. Mr. Afegbua's ordeal started last Sunday when he released a statement on behalf of Mr. Babangida about the state of the nation. In the statement, Mr. Babangida expressed his misgivings…

Nigerian police force

Three killed in fresh attacks on Benue communities

Three persons were feared killed in a late night assault on Benue communities Thursday, residents have told PREMIUM TIMES. The victims were ambushed by assailants who hit villages around Anyiin, a major town in Logo Local Government Area that serves as a base for police special forces and has one…

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Fresh attacks reported in Benue communities

Armed persons on Thursday night attacked villages around Anyiin, a major town in Logo Local Government Area, LGA, that serves as a base for special forces and has one of the biggest IDP camps. Residents in Anyiin reported heavy gunshots from attacks in nearby villages Thursday night. At least five…

Babangida’s spokesman Kassim Afegbua leaves SSS, to return Friday

The State Security Service was unable to attend to a man it invited for questioning on Thursday, saying its director-general was away from the office. Kassim Afegbua was invited by the secret police for questioning on Wednesday night, hours after he was questioned by the police and released. Both invitations…

Bayelsa gets new police commissioner

A new commissioner for police has been posted to Bayelsa State. Don Awunah was transferred to Bayelsa from the police counter-terrorism unit in Abuja. His resumption was effective January 29, according to a statement signed by the state police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat. Mr. Butswat, a deputy superintendent of police, described…

Babangida’s spokesman, Kassim Afegbua, arrives SSS headquarters

Kassim Afegbua has arrived at the headquarters of the State Secret Service to honour an invitation over a statement he signed for former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, last week. He arrived at about 12:46 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Afegbua received a verbal invitation from the SSS on Wednesday, and he planned…