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Buhari thinking

EXCLUSIVE: Inside Buhari’s 2019 campaign strategy and the Keyamo connection

At a recent brainstorming session with some of his top aides, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed concerns about the limitations of his anti-corruption effort, saying it seemed his administration had spent too much time on rhetoric than give vital sectors needed attention. Mr Buhari feared he had little to campaign on,…

Senator Dino Melaye, sitting on the floor after jumping out of a moving police van

I can’t say the Dino Melaye we met is stable — Senator Shehu Sani

Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday said he was not able to immediately say whether his hospitalised colleague, Dino Melaye, was "stable or not", hours after visiting him in hospital. Mr Sani, from Kaduna Central, was among the dozens of senators who stormed the National Hospital in Abuja to ascertain…

Senators arrive National Hospital to visit Dino Melaye

Senators storm National Hospital to see Dino Melaye

Nigerian senators have stormed the national hospital to see Dino Melaye, one of their colleagues who was hospitalised after jumping out of a moving police vehicle. Mr Melaye jumped out to avoid being taking to Lokoja to stand trial in a slew of criminal allegations, including murder. The senators arrived…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

EXCLUSIVE: While thousands die due to lack of cancer machines, Adeosun releases N120billion for lawmakers’ self-enrichment projects

As the release of the N9billion allocated for cancer machines that could check the deaths of 10,000 Nigerians annually suffers delay without explanation, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has so far released N120 billion for pet projects by lawmakers at the National Assembly, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.…

Dino for ground

Dino Melaye speaks on arrest, escape

Nigerian senator, Dino Melaye, has explained the events leading to his reported escape from a moving police vehicle that landed him in a hospital in Abuja on Tuesday. A statement signed by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Wednesday morning, said the senator voluntarily submitted himself to the police and,…

Senator Dino Melaye, sitting on the floor after jumping out of a moving police van

Police speak on Dino Melaye’s ‘escape’, pending trial in Kogi

The police have provided details of how Dino Melaye escaped from their custody earlier today and insisted that the senator would be taken to Lokoja to stand trial in a murder case. The senator was taken to a hospital in Abuja this afternoon after breaking his leg during his attempted…

Senator Dino Melaye arrived at Zankli Hospital Abuja in a stretcher

Dino Melaye jumps out of moving police vehicle, lands in hospital

Dino Melaye has landed in hospital after reportedly jumping out of a moving police vehicle in Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, submitted himself to the police earlier today. But he was being taken to Lokoja, the capital of his home state, where he…

Finally, Dino Melaye in police custody

The police have finally taken Dino Melaye into custody, his aides said. The serving senator from Kogi State submitted himself to the police outside his Maitama, Abuja, home Tuesday morning, ending a day-long siege. Mr Melaye initially declined to surrender to a team of mobile and regular police officers who…

Benue on map

Gunmen storm Benue church, kill 15 worshippers

Suspected herdsmen have killed 15 people in an early morning attack on a Catholic Church in Benue State, officials told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday. The attack occurred in Ayar-Mbalom, a community in Gwer East Local Government Area. Terver Akase, a spokesperson to Governor Samuel Ortom, told PREMIUM TIMES the attackers…

Nigerian Mobile Police Officers

UPDATED: Police lay siege to Dino Melaye’s residence

A combined team of mobile and regular police officers are laying a siege to the Abuja home of Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi State, his aides have told PREMIUM TIMES. Two aides of the senator who did not want to be named because they have no formal approval to…

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West. [Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers]

Dino Melaye released

Dino Melaye, the Kogi senator who was arrested in Abuja early Monday, has been released after a stand-off that lasted about two and a half hours, his spokesperson has told PREMIUM TIMES "Yes, he had been released almost an hour ago," Gideon Ayodele told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone shortly after…

Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye arrested

Nigerian Senator Dino Melaye has been arrested. The politician confirmed the arrest on Monday. He said on Monday that he was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. It was not immediately clear which agency carried out the arrest, but Mr Melaye was declared wanted for his…

Bamikole Omishore, Special Assistant on International Relations to the President of the Senate Dr Bukola

Saraki’s aide, Bamikole Omishore, speaks on corruption allegations

Bamikole Omishore, a media aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki, has declined to confirm or deny reports that he fleeced the public treasury using his wife as a ghost worker. The Punch newspaper reported earlier on Sunday that Mr Omishore, 35, enrolled his wife as a staff of the National…

nigerian soldier

Another Nigerian soldier killed in Benue ambush

A Nigerian soldier has been killed following an ambush by gunmen in Benue State, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The soldier was riding on a motorcycle with another colleague when he was ambushed and killed around 2.00 p.m. in Gbeji, Logo Local Government Area, witnesses said. The soldier's identify is not…

Ten killed as gunmen sack Benue communities overnight

Resident and officials in Benue have confirmed the killing of 10 people following attacks by gunmen. The assailants attacked villages in Guma Local Government Area,between Friday night and Saturday morning, maiming and killing residents while also setting houses on fire. Terver Akase, a spokesperson for Governor Samuel Ortorm, said in…

Cattle

Police confirm 15 killed in Zamfara attack

Kenneth Ebrimson, the police commissioner in Zamfara State, has confirmed the death of 15 villagers in the attack on Zamfara communities on Thursday and Friday Mr Ebrimson told PREMIUM TIMES the attack occurred in a community near the border with Kebbi and blamed armed bandits who have been on renewed…

Ibrahim Magu

Police promote EFCC Chairman Magu, 17 others

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Friday announced the promotion of 18 senior officers. Amongst them was Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He was promoted to the rank of a full commissioner from deputy commissioner. Mr Magu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in…

One of the buildings set ablaze by soldiers in Benue community

Why Benue community was set on fire — Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has explained what led to the burning down of a Benue community by its troops on Wednesday, saying the attack followed the killing of one soldier by some residents. The soldier was allegedly buried in a shallow grave a day before, but the apparent reprisal by the…

Evans kidnap kingpin

45 police officers who arrested ‘billionaire kidnapper’ Evans get special promotion

The Police Service Commission (PSC) said on Thursday that 45 officers who participated in the successful arrest of notorious kidnap kingpin, Evans, have been granted special promotion. A statement by Ikechukwu Ani, a spokesperson for the PSC, said the promotions were ratified today at a plenary presided over by Mike…

Rampaging soldiers set Benue community on fire

Rampaging soldiers set Benue community on fire

Some persons suspected to be Nigerian soldiers stormed a community in Benue State and set houses ablaze, an official has told PREMIUM TIMES. They stormed Naka, the seat of Gwer West Local Government Area, at about 11:00 a.m. and began burning houses to the apprehension of residents, Francis Ayagah, chairman…

Buhari

Buhari criticises Nigerian youth as lazy, uneducated

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were only hustling to get on the gravy train. "More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an…

Recapture of Mubi Town

Killings: Nigerian military admits pulling troops from Benue, Taraba; gives reasons

The Defence Headquarters said on Wednesday that troops deployed in Benue, Taraba and other troubled states across central Nigeria have been withdrawn due to an acute shortage of financial and logistical resources. President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to embark on 'Exercise Ayem Akpatuma' in February, following a string of…

Festus Keyamo

2019: Buhari names Festus Keyamo campaign spokesperson

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a senior Nigerian lawyer as the head of communications and strategy for his 2019 re-election bid. The appointment of Festus Keyamo was conveyed via an April 16 letter signed by Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transport and director-general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation. Mr Buhari…

Shiites protesters being arrested by the Nigeria Police (Photo Credit: @uche_ezeonye on Twitter)

Why we arrested 115 Shiite protesters in Abuja — Police

The FCT Police Command said 115 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were taken into custody following Monday's protests in Abuja. The Shiites took to the streets in Abuja on Monday morning to demand release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, whom the Nigerian government has kept in custody for…

Nigerian police force

Benue Ambush: Police death toll rises

At least ten police officers are feared killed and several others missing following a Sunday night ambush on a police team in Benue State, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt from locals and officials who have been providing updates. The attack began around 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening when gunmen opened fire on…