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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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Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

Coup Scare: Atiku demands apology, immediate arrest of Lai Mohammed

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday asked law enforcement authorities to arrest the minister of information, Lai Mohammed. Mr Abubakar said Mr Mohammed raised a false alarm about purported plots to sabotage the Buhari administration, an allegation that he had failed to provide any evidence to substantiate. The opposition leader…

The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Kayode Fayemi.]

Fayemi emerges new chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum

The Nigeria Governors Forum on Wednesday elected Kayode Fayemi as its new chairman for a term of two years. The Ekiti State governor was chosen at a gathering of the 36 governors in Abuja Wednesday night, following his nomination by Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. Some governors, including Ibikunle Amosun…

Jones Abiri

JUST IN: Nigeria charges journalist Jones Abiri for terrorism

The Nigerian government on Wednesday arraigned journalist Jones Abiri for alleged economic sabotage and terrorism. Federal prosecutors filed three counts of terrorism, economic sabotage, and fraud against Mr Abiri on Wednesday morning, according to his lawyer, Samuel Ogala. Court filing seen by PREMIUM TIMES said Mr Abiri sent text messages…

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Boko Haram attacks Nigerian Army base, leaves soldiers killed, wounded, missing

Insurgents in Nigeria's north-east have attacked yet another military base in Borno State, killing, wounding and displacing soldiers. The Boko Haram thugs drove yet unconfirmed number of trucks into Gubio Local Government Area at about 5:30 p.m. on May 19, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from military sources. They attacked a camp…

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Presidential Tribunal: Police issue traffic advisory as Atiku application hearing opens

The police in Abuja on Tuesday said they will block some major roads in the federal capital as part of security measures near the venue of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday. The tribunal has been sitting at the Court of Appeal Headquarters between the Federal Secretariat and the…

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

Brexit: Theresa May to ask UK Parliament to vote on another referendum

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that she will ask the parliament to vote on whether or not another referendum should be conducted to determine whether the United Kingdom should retain its European Union membership. Ms May made the disclosure at a press briefing on Tuesday as part…

Lai Mohammed is unable to provide any document on a coup plot

Coup Scare: No evidence document referenced by Nigerian military, SSS exists

The circulation of a document which allegedly called for a coup to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari appeared to have been exaggerated by the Nigerian government and security agencies, PREMIUM TIMES can report after efforts to obtain it fell through. Over the past two weeks, security chiefs and political appointees of…

Mr. Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: concisenews.global)

Alleged Defamation: Atiku threatens to sue Buhari’s aide

Atiku Abubakar has threatened a lawsuit against a media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding a retraction and compensation over a social media post he considers defamatory. Mr Abubakar's lawyers wrote to a letter to Lauretta Onochie on May 14, asking her to retract her post or face legal action.…

Governor Nyesom wike

Nigerian Army running oil bunkering syndicate in Rivers — Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike has accused the Nigerian Army of running illegal bunkering in Rivers State. The governor accused Jamil Sarham, the general officer commanding the Army's 6 Division in Port Harcourt, of raising a team of soldiers to steal and sell petroleum products in the region. "The GOC has his…

Facebook logog on a smartphone

Election: Facebook shuts down Israeli firm for pushing Buhari propaganda

Facebook has shut down the account of an Israeli consulting firm after being found to have circulated propaganda against former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar during the presidential elections. The Associated Press reported on Friday that Archimedes was found to have initiated a high-tech propaganda that spread positive messages about President Muhammadu…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

Sowore remains AAC chairman — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has voided the suspension of Omoyele Sowore as the chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC). The electoral umpire said in a May 14 letter that those who suspended Mr Sowore from office did so without regard to the party's constitution or other governing…

2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar with President Muhammadu Buhari

Tension in Nigeria as Buhari govt accuses opposition of subversive tactics

The Nigerian government's media onslaught over purported opposition plots to seize power with extralegal tactics could have a serious implication for the nation's already fragile stability, security experts warned on Thursday. The past week has seen a circle of senior administration officials and security chiefs ramp up claims of an…

Men think more about football than sex — Report

A recently-published finding has shown that men think more about football than they do sex. The report said 64 per cent of 1,000 adults that were sampled said they think more about football every seven seconds than they do about women or sex. Only eight per cent of the respondents…

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iPhone, Android users face security risk as Israeli spyware hits WhatsApp

A spyware traced to an Israeli intelligence firm has injected vulnerabilities into WhatsApp's phone call function on iPhone and Android devices. Attackers used the malicious agent to transmit private user data by calling the user and infecting the call whether or not the call was picked-up, according to the Financial…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army commander, two soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

At least three Nigerian soldiers were killed, while four suffered critical injuries after a roadside bomb ripped through a military convoy on Monday morning, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. A lieutenant-colonel was amongst those killed in the attack, alongside his driver and orderly, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The development marked the latest…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking during the formal opening of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections Result Collation Centre, in Abuja on Sunday (24/2/19). 01726/24/2/2019/BJO/NAN

INEC withdraws return certificate from senator

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has withdrawn a certificate of return issued to Peter Nwaoboshi. The electoral umpire gave the document to Ned Nwoko following a court ruling that recognised Mr Nwoko as the genuine candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta North Senatorial District elections held on…

Nigerian Naval officer found dead

A Nigerian Navy personnel has been found dead while undergoing training for a study tour at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. It was not immediately clear when the naval officer, a lieutenant commander, passed on, but his body was discovered on Sunday morning, according to military sources.…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Tension in Kano as Emir Sanusi makes triumphant return from London

A tense atmosphere on Sunday enveloped the northern Nigerian city of Kano, as supporters of Emir Lamido Sanusi trooped to the airport to welcome their beleaguered traditional ruler. Hundreds of Kano residents matched towards the airport on Sunday afternoon in a solidarity demonstration for Mr Sanusi, whose emirate was divided…

Soyinka, Sekoni, other African academics demand fresh poll in Benin

A group of African American scholars has written to President Patrice Talon of Benin, demanding a rerun of the country's controversial parliamentary elections. The academics, numbering 50, said Mr Talon suppressed opposition's participation in the election by colluding with the electoral commission to disqualify his most potent challengers, leaving only…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Why Lamido Sanusi was after me — Cecilia Ibru

Cecilia Ibru, the former CEO of defunct Oceanic Bank, has accused Lamido Sanusi of withdrawing her personal driver and security shortly after she was ousted from office. Mrs Ibru, 73, was fired from her family-owned Oceanic Bank after regulators discovered widespread manipulation of books. At least four other banks were…

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II of Kano Emirate

Sanusi: Inside the court order suspending the splitting of Kano Emirate

The Kano State High Court has given embattled Emir Lamido Sanusi some reprieve. On Friday, it granted all reliefs sought by the Peoples Democratic Party caucus of Kano State House of Assembly over the creation of new Emirates in the state. The lawmakers, led by Minority Leader Rabiu Gwarzo, approached…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

UPDATED: Court restrains Ganduje from breaking up Kano Emirate

The Kano State High Court has granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the breakup of Kano Emirate. Mr Ganduje signed a law on Wednesday which created an additional four emirates, a move that was widely seen as depletion of Emir Lamido Sanusi’s influence. The matter immediately took a political dimension…

Metropolitan-Police

Internet Fraud: Six Nigerians, others get 43 years in UK jail

Six London residents of Nigerian origin have been jailed in the United Kingdom for their role in a series of online scams that fetched them over £10 million. The Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday that the Nigerians collaborated with four other criminals of Middle East and Pakistan origins to carry…

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Nigeria plunged into darkness as national grid collapses again

Nigerians are groaning again in darkness after the national electricity grid suffered a major failure on Wednesday, seizing power supply to homes amidst scorching weather conditions. The collapse has seen Nigeria's electricity output dwindle to a meagre 230 megawatts or less for a population exceeding 180 million, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.…

Senator Ademola Adeleke [Photo: TheCable]

Alleged Certificate Forgery: Police arrest Senator Adeleke again, file fresh charges

The police on Monday said they have arrested Ademola Adeleke, a Nigerian senator. The police said Mr Adeleke will be arraigned in court on Tuesday in Abuja. Police spokesperson Frank Mba did not immediately give reasons for Mr Adeleke's detention, but said his legal representatives were carried along during preparation…