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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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Ohimai Amaize, a former AIT presenter who fled Nigeria last year. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Ohimai Amaize]

U.S. grants asylum to Nigerian journalist Ohimai Amaize

Ohimai Amaize, a former AIT presenter who fled Nigeria last year, has been granted asylum in the United States, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The journalist confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES in an e-mail Sunday. “I have just received notice of my asylum approval,” he said. Mr Amaize, 35, departed…

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Bandits attack Nigerian Army officer

A Nigerian Army officer was hospitalised after coming under attack from a group of bandits last week, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from military sources. The attack on RU Mairiga occurred while he was travelling along Kaduna-Zaria Highway at about 11:00 p.m. on January 14, sources said. The bandits' bullets hit him…

Kaduna State map used to illustrate the story.

30 killed, 100 kidnapped as gunmen attack Emir of Potiskum

At least 30 people were killed while 100 were feared kidnapped after gunmen opened fire on commuters along Kaduna-Zaria Highway on Tuesday, according to security report and police statement. The Emir of Potiskum Umar Bubaram was amongst those who sustained severe injuries and still receiving treatment at the hospital as…

Nigerien President President Mahamadou Issoufou

Nigerien president sacks army chief, others after terrorist attack on military base

Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou fired the country's top security chiefs on Monday, in a move that sent a strong message to citizens about his handling of recent security crisis in the country. Mr Mahamodou ordered immediate replacement of the chief of army staff, Ahmed Mohamed, days after terrorists killed 89…

Nigeria Senate plenary

Nigerian senators express anger over N2 million Christmas allowance

What could you do with a Christmas bonus of N2 million? The response is faster if you are a Nigerian senator: not much. In fact, some senators have described the amount — which is only a fraction of a regular stream of benefits accrued to them — as "a mere…

Debris of a plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines, that crashed after taking off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport, is seen on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8, 2020.

Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian plane that killed 176 people

Iran has admitted it fired a missile that brought down a passenger plane shortly after it took off from its main airport on Wednesday morning, effectively backtracking on fervent denials. "A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US…

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

Police arrest Lagosian trading two pistols but ignore Amosun who smuggled 1,000 AK-47s

For six months and counting, the police and other security agencies across Nigeria have refused to go after Ibikunle Amosun for smuggling deadly and strictly controlled weapons. But, when a Lagos man was accused of trading in small arms, all state resources were deployed to bring him to book. On…

Iran shot down Ukrainian plane, killing 176 — Canadian PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally accused Iran of shooting down the plane that crashed shortly after take off in Tehran Wednesday. Mr Trudeau said fresh evidence suggested that a surface-to-air missile deployed by Iranian military brought down the flight early Wednesday morning. "Evidence indicates that the plane was…

President Donald Trump

U.S. willing to work with changed Iran – Trump

President Donald Trump struck a reconciliatory tone Wednesday afternoon, urging Iran to embrace peace amidst raging fallout over the killing of its general last week. Mr Trump said Iran should stop being a rogue state and focus instead on common developmental goals with other countries across the world. "The destruction…

Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria [Iraqi News]

Why U.S. suffered no casualty from Iran missile attack – Trump

President Donald Trump has credited precautionary measures put in place by American soldiers for the lack of casualties from an Iranian missile attack. Iran launched about a dozen missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American soldiers were staying. The rockets launched between late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning…

Scene of the Ukrainian plane crash (Photo Credit: CGTNOfficial on Twitter)

Ukrainian president speaks after country’s airliner crashed in Iran

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged all citizens to remain calm as officials race to produce a list of those aboard the crashed airline in Iran. Ukraine International Airlines' flight 752 crashed shortly after take off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran, on Wednesday morning, Tehran, killing all 176 passengers…

A picture of army officers visiting the wounded at the hospital in the aftermath of the January 2 attack.

Two killed, many wounded as Nigerian soldier goes on stabbing spree

A Nigerian army officer on an official break for medical treatment has carried out a stabbing rampage that left at least two people killed and several others injured. Olodi Blessed, a private from the 401 Engineer Construction Regiment in Osun State, killed a neighbour and a fellow soldier when he…

The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja [Photo Credit :www.npf.gov.ng]

Nigeria police issue nationwide security alert over killing of Iranian general

The police in Nigeria have placed the country on a nationwide red alert amidst claims that some elements within the country may be plotting to instigate crisis as part of the fallout of the killing of an Iranian military chief. Police inspector-general, Muhammad Adamu, reportedly placed all police formations across…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Boko Haram: Chadian troops pull out of Nigeria

Chadian troops deployed in Nigeria have been withdrawn by their country, reports said on Saturday. About 1,200 troops from the neighbouring Chad were deployed to give combat support to Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in 2019. The deployment was part of a regional agreement by countries around the Lake Chad…

Atiku Abubakar

Let’s focus on rebuilding PDP ahead of 2023 — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party to concentrate on strengthening the main opposition platform before the 2023 election cycle. "Our preoccupation at this point in the @OfficialPDPNig should not focus on elections, but on rebuilding and strengthening our party for the challenges ahead…

Gbemisola Saraki. [Photo credit: Facebook page of Gbemisola Saraki]

Gbemi Saraki condemns Gov. Abdulrazaq for demolishing father’s property

Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State for Transportation, has attacked Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for ordering the demolition of her family home in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. "I condemn in totality the actions taken on Thursday 2nd January 2020 by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, especially unleashing terror and mayhem on innocent…

TEHRAN, IRAN - (ARCHIVE): A file photo dated September 18, 2016 shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani during Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with Revolutionary Guards, in Tehran, Iran. The U.S. confirmed Thursday that it carried out a strike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The strike near Baghdad International Airport killed Soleimani, one of the most powerful commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), local media reported. (Photo by Pool / Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Killing of Iran military commander illegal — Russia

Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday condemned the United States for killing a top Iranian military officer in an airstrike. Qassem Soleimani, head of elite Quds Force under the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in an airstrike near Baghdad airport on Thursday evening. President Donald Trump confirmed ordering…

U.S President Donald Trump ordered military action against Iran

Iranian general killed to stop war — Trump

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States' killing of Iranian military general was carried out to prevent an all-out war. At a brief appearance before the media in Florida, Mr Trump accused Qassem Soleimani of plotting “sinister attacks” against U.S. citizens and interests in the Middle-East, which…

Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force unit. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Times]

China, Russia urge restraints as killing of Iranian general divides U.S. Congress

Both China and Russia on Friday urged all sides to cease further escalation after an Iranian military general was killed by the United States. Qassem Soleimani, a major-general and head of dreaded Quds Force under Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 2.…

TEHRAN, IRAN - (ARCHIVE): A file photo dated September 18, 2016 shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani during Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with Revolutionary Guards, in Tehran, Iran. The U.S. confirmed Thursday that it carried out a strike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The strike near Baghdad International Airport killed Soleimani, one of the most powerful commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), local media reported. (Photo by Pool / Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

U.S. airstrike kills top Iranian general, Iran vows revenge

The United States has conducted a military operation that killed an Iranian military chief and a leader of an armed Iraqi group. The Pentagon, U.S. military headquarters, confirmed in a statement that Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed…

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Pope Francis apologises for slapping hand of woman who dragged him

Pope Francis on Wednesday apologised for the manner he reacted when a woman grabbed his hand to greet him at an event on New Year's Eve. The video of the pontiff slapping the woman's hand in order to free his own hand from the clutches of the admirer drew widespread…

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Nigerians welcome Year 2020 with wild cheer, expectations

Millions of Nigerians welcomed the New Year 2020 Wednesday morning by taking part in boisterous gatherings across the country. In many parts of the country, citizens attended crossover service at their places of worship. Heavy fireworks rang through neighbourhoods while those who could afford it uncorked exotic drinks and other…

Pangolin [PHOTO: National Geographic]

Vietnam seizes large haul of pangolin scales, ivory from Nigeria

Vietnamese authorities confiscated two tons of pangolin scales and ivory from elephant tusks last week, local media reported. Reports said the items were shipped from Nigeria and concealed in wooden boxes. The seizures marked the latest in the growing illicit global trade of lucrative pangolin, elephants and other endangered animals.…

Governor AGovernor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello. [Photo credit: Daily Post]bubakar Sani Bello. [Photo credit: Daily Post]

Critic of Niger governor sent to prison for ‘intentional insult’

A politician in Niger State has been charged and remanded in prison for purportedly directing 'intentional insult' at another resident of the state. Court filings seen by PREMIUM TIMES said Abubakar Katcha was arraigned on December 24 in Minna, the state capital. His associates said he was remanded in the…

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

UPDATED: SSS releases Dasuki after four years

The State Security Service has released Sambo Dasuki. His lawyer, Raji Ahmed, told PREMIUM TIMES the former national security adviser was freed on Tuesday night. Mr Dasuki’s freedom comes hours after the SSS released Omoyele Sowore, an activist who was arrested in August for organising a nationwide protest for good…