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Nigerian Senate

Journalists, media organisations condemn controversial Nigerian Press Council Bill

A bill seeking to regulate journalism practice in Nigeria has drawn strong skepticism and condemnation from foremost media rights groups in the country. The Senate pushed the controversial Nigerian Press Council Amendment Bill through second reading earlier this year, eliciting widespread outrage from media practitioners who immediately identified it as…

Atiku Abubakar

2019: Atiku declares presidential bid, tackles Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar stood before a cheering crowd in his home state of Adamawa on Saturday, announcing he will seek the Peoples Democratic Party ticket for president next February. Decrying the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months before thousands packed into…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

2019: Atiku launches presidential campaign Saturday

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will formally open his presidential campaign on Saturday, following "several months of consultations with critical stakeholders in Nigeria and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)," his office said in a statement. The former vice president will stand before a crowd in Yola, the capital…

Nigerian military vehicles torched by Boko Haram fighters during an attack at Jilli, Borno state.

EXCLUSIVE: Untold story of Boko Haram’s deadly attacks on Nigerian troops in Borno, Yobe

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained exclusive details of how insurgents ambushed a detachment of Nigerian troops and hours after overran a fortified military base, inflicting maximum damage. In an assault that has now created fresh complications for the military operation in war-ravaged North-east, suspected Boko Haram insurgents last weekend attacked troops…

Mr Innoson Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Motors.

Innoson heads to Supreme Court as Appeal Court grants GTBank’s new application

Innocent Chukwuma, the owner of Innoson, has asked his lawyers to appeal the recent reliefs granted GTBank by the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal, allowing the bank to amend its notice of appeal. The order was granted on July 13 following arguments by GTBank's lead lawyer, Wole Olanipekun.…

Fayose addressing the media

Fayose will face trial after leaving office – EFCC

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State will face criminal trial after leaving office, the anti-graft agency, EFCC, said on Monday. Mr Fayose, a vocal critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to leave office in October after handing over to the governor-elect of the state, Kayode Fayemi. Mr Fayemi on…

Fayose addressing the media

EkitiDecides2018: I won’t run away from Nigeria — Fayose

An undaunted Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, has said he will not abscond from Nigeria when his immunity from criminal prosecution elapses in October. "He is not afraid of anything. What are they going to do to him. Is EFCC the court of law?" Mr Fayose's spokesperson, Lere Olayinka,…

The accident scene

Tragedy as pastor accidentally drives into jubilating crowd in Fayemi’s hometown

A mid-size wagon ran into an ecstatic crowd welcoming the victory of Kayode Fayemi on Sunday morning, hitting a seven-year-old boy and leaving him ghastly wounded. Medical personnel were not optimistic about the boy's high chances of recovery, only urging his family and relatives to be fervent in their prayers.…

At 8:39, Ilejemeje LGA, Ward 6, PU 001, voting process has commenced, security personnel present and party agents.

Ekiti Decides: Unofficial INEC results (LIVE UPDATE)

Results of the local government election held in the 16 local governments of Ekiti State have been trickling in. Many of the results have been announced by local INEC officials at polling units and some local governments. While those results were all officially provided by INEC officials, only the final…

Ekiti State Gubernatorial candidates

EkitiDecides2018 (LIVE UPDATES): APC, PDP, 32 others battle for Ekiti governorship

All is set for residents of Ekiti State to make a crucial decision that could shape the state’s development in the next four years. The politicking has ended, now the people will decide. A total of 35 political parties are fielding candidates for today’s election. According to the Independent National…

Ekiti State Gubernatorial candidates

#EkitiDebate2018: Fayemi, Olusola-Eleka, others in final showdown (Live Updates)

Gubernatorial candidates in Ekiti State are taking part in a televised debate to canvass support for their individual ambitions, two days to the showdown on Saturday. Major contenders, Kayode Fayemi and Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, standing for the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, respectively, are expected to slug it…

Femi Adesina [Photo Credit: Culture Custodian]

FOR THE RECORD: What Buhari’s aide, Femi Adesina, said about ancestral land, death

Last week, Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari's most senior spokesperson, subtly warned during a television interview that Nigerians should be eager to give up their ancestral settlements for livestock grazing as part of the administration's solutions to the ongoing killings. “Ancestral attachment? You can only have ancestral attachment when you…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: adelove.com)

#AdeosunGate: Eight things to know about Minister’s questionable NYSC certificate

Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun is still reeling from revelations that she probably forged a certificate of exemption she claimed was issued to her by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), three days after PREMIUM TIMES published an investigation that exposed her scandalous manipulation of public documents. Neither Mrs Adeosun nor the Buhari…

US military joining search for boys lost in Thailand cave

All 12 Thai boys, coach rescued from cave after 18 days

Divers have successfully rescued all the 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand, bringing their ordeal to an end 17 days after they were cut off by monsoon flood. The boys, ages 11-16, went missing with their 25-year-old coach while on an expedition from a local…

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

Herdsmen Crisis: Presidency blames climate change, politicians; explores solution

The presidency said on Sunday that the ongoing killings linked to herdsmen are amongst the multifaceted implications of climate change. The presidency also restated the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that politicians are behind the killings, saying his administration has evidence to prove that. He appealed to Nigerians to be…

Senator Dino Melaye

I miss PDP so much — Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye, Kogi west senator, has released a new song to express his flattering affection for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, marking yet another indication of his imminent departure from the ruling All Progressives Congress. In a video released Friday night, Mr Melaye chorused that the PDP is his home…

Late Adamu Ciroma

Buhari, Obasanjo, Atiku, Dickson, others mourn as Adamu Ciroma passes on at 83

Condolences and tributes poured in Thursday for the family and memory of Adamu Ciroma, a foremost Nigerian politician who died on Thursday. Mr Ciroma, a career journalist, historian and bureaucrat in the later part of his career, died at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital in Abuja around noon, according to his…

Late Adamu Ciroma

Adamu Ciroma is dead

Adamu Ciroma, a foremost Nigerian politician, is dead. A family member who was with Mr Ciroma in his last days at the hospital confirmed his death to PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon. Mr Ciroma, a former minister of finance, passed on at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, where he had been…

Senator Shehu Sani

APC Crisis: We ‘the persecuted’ are exiting Pharaoh’s Egypt — Shehu Sani

A Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, has once again hinted of his imminent departure from the ruling All Progressives Congress, capturing his irreconcilable differences with the party in biblical terms. "We the persecuted are on Exodus, riding on horses,chariots and caravans, departing Pharaoh Thutmose’s Egypt; we are now at the coast…

Police on patrol

Abuja police officers open fire at checkpoint; kill female corper, sister alleges

A Nigerian woman on her national youth service in Abuja has been allegedly killed by police officers, her sister told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday. Nkechi Igwetu was heading out to a party Wednesday morning with her male friends when officers opened fire at the vehicle they were riding in, leaving her…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

UPDATED: Gunmen kill seven police officers in Abuja – Official

Armed attackers have gunned down seven police officers in Abuja. The incident reportedly occurred at Galadimawa Junction, just off the international airport road. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police commissioner, Sadiq Bello, informed PREMIUM TIMES of the incident Tuesday afternoon. The police chief was, however, unable to immediately provide full…

British House of Lords

Herdsmen Killings: British lawmakers tackle Buhari; demand president’s crackdown on attackers

President Muhammadu Buhari's handling of ongoing killings linked to herdsmen has drawn heavy concerns from members of the United Kingdom House of Lords. The senior lawmakers at the upper chamber of the British Parliament said the latest killings in Plateau State have placed Nigeria's collective existence on the edge, calling…

Nigerian Army

Despite security presence, gunmen kill another four in Plateau

Unidentified gunmen have once again defied security operatives to attack defenseless civilians in Plateau State, security forces confirmed Monday. At least four residents of a small town in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area were killed when the attackers struck around around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, the police and the military…

Rabiu Kwankwaso

2019: PDP and I will easily defeat Buhari — Kwankwaso

Rabiu Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress who is increasingly becoming estranged from the ruling party, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will be defeated in 2019. He identified the Peoples Democratic Party as the most potent opposition platform capable of defeating the incumbent in the upcoming presidential election…

Atiku Abubakar

I’m ready to go to America — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said he is prepared to go to the United States if the country's diplomatic authorities approve his application for visa. Mr Abubakar, vice president from 1999-2007, has not been able to travel to the U.S. since he left office. "If America says come today,…