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OsunDecides: APC, PDP bicker over violent attacks on loyalists

Loyalists of the two major political parties squaring off in Saturday's governorship election in Osun State are accusing each other of resorting to deadly attacks and vandalism. The All Progressives Congress was the first to accuse the Peoples Democratic Party of sponsoring violence against those campaigning for its candidate, Gboyega…

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Nigerian, Italian jailed as Malabu oil fraud claims first convicts

A Nigerian man and his accomplice in Italy were on Thursday sentenced to four years each for their roles in the controversial Malabu oil deal, marking the first victory for Italian prosecutors in the complex corruption case. The deal, struck in 2011 under President Goodluck Jonathan, saw the Nigerian government…

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Two dead, four wounded as another Nigerian soldier commits suicide

Another Nigerian Army soldier has committed suicide in Borno State. Adegor Okpako, a staff sergeant attached to 192 Battalion in Gwoza, killed himself at about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from military sources. Mr Okpako also killed another sergeant colleague who was only identified as Saka. Three soldiers and…

Buhari and Atiku

Police Vs Adeleke: Atiku tackles Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed deep anger over the police summon to the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Osun State, saying the development was worrisome because it had traits of a fascist government. Mr Abubakar said it was unfortunate that Ademola Adeleke was being trailed by the…

Nigeria Air

Nigeria suspends national air carrier project two months after launching

The Nigerian government on Wednesday announced immediate suspension of its widely publicised national carrier, two months after it was unveiled at an international air show. Hadi Sirika, Nigeria's aviation minister, made the announcement shortly after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon. He later posted the announcement on Twitter. "I regret…

Senator Ademola Adeleke,[Photo: Pulse.ng]

Police summon Osun PDP guber candidate Adeleke over certificate forgery

The police have summoned Ademola Adeleke, a Nigerian senator and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the gubernatorial election scheduled for this weekend. The police said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that their investigation revealed that Mr Adeleke, his family and associates connived with some school administrators to allow…

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

Group tackles EFCC, Customs for placing Fayose on watch list

A civic group, Change Nigeria Movement, on Tuesday slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for categorising a sitting Nigerian governor as a flight risk. The group decried the measure as partisan, sloppy and unconstitutional, and demanded its immediate withdrawal. Governor Ayo Fayose has been a target of EFCC…

Fayose

EFCC, Customs place Fayose on watch list

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has written the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to demand an urgent placement of Ekiti State governor on criminal watch list. The anti-graft agency said in the September 12 letter that Ayo Fayose poses a flight risk and may leave the country via land…

Timothy Owoeye, an Osun State lawmaker. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official facebook page of Timothy Owoeye]

Police speak on Osun lawmaker caught bathing in market square

Timothy Owoeye, an Osun State lawmaker seen on a viral video depicting him as bathing in the market square for ritual, was a victim of a ritual syndicate which had operated in the state for a long time, the police have told PREMIUM TIMES. Little was known outside of Osun…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Kemi Adeosun departs Nigeria

Nigeria's former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, has left the country, a day after her resignation, sources close to her told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday. Mrs Adeosun, finance minister since November 2015, stepped down from office on Friday after owning up to parading a forged youth service scheme certificate. President Muhammadu…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari’s govt investigated Kemi Adeosun’s certificate scandal

Folakemi Adeosun, the British-born Nigeria's finance minister, whose counterfeit youth service scheme certificate was the subject of a relentless news coverage for over two months, left her senior cabinet position on Friday. The development — although came largely as a result of the PREMIUM TIMES investigation that exposed her in…

New SSS DG Yusuf Bichi

Yusuf Bichi resumes duties as new SSS chief

Yusuf Bichi has resumed duties at the State Security Service, a day after his appointment was announced amidst nationwide uproar. Peter Ifunanya, a spokesperson for the SSS, said in a Friday night statement that Mr Bichi held talks with senior staff members upon resumption earlier on Friday. His resumption ended…

Newly Acting Director General, State Security Service, (SSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04270/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN Pic 35 Newly Acting Director General, Department of State Services, (DSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04271/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN

Southern, Middle-Belt leaders condemn Buhari’s removal of Matthew Seiyefa as SSS DG

Some elder statesmen from the south and parts of central Nigeria have condemned the removal of Matthew Seiyefa as the Director-General of the State Security Service by President Muhammadu Buhari. The leaders said Mr Buhari's action has further shown that he does not believe in a united Nigeria in which…

The sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura. [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

Police still holding ex-SSS DG Lawal Daura without charges

The police are still holding former Director-General of the State Security Service Lawal Daura without charges 37 days after he was first taken into custody following his dismissal by then-Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Human rights advocates who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on the plight of the former top spy chief…

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara addressing hundreds of constituents in his Abuja home on Tuesday where he accepted their request to recontest his Reps seat. Photo : Speaker's Media Office.

APC speaks on Dogara’s ‘defection’ to PDP

The All Progressives Congress said on Thursday that it was not disturbed by the effective defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the Peoples Democratic Party, saying the top lawmaker has no political value to be considered a loss. "We have read your report online that he has picked up PDP…

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara addressing hundreds of constituents in his Abuja home on Tuesday where he accepted their request to recontest his Reps seat. Photo : Speaker's Media Office.

2019: Speaker Dogara picks PDP nomination form

Speaker Yakubu Dogara has picked the nomination form to return to the House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, multiple sources familiar with the development have told PREMIUM TIMES. The speaker picked the form on Wednesday, a day after dozens of his constituents travelled to Abuja…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Alleged Military Abuses: Presidency replies Amnesty Int’l on judicial panel report

The Nigerian government said on Tuesday that a report submitted by a judicial panel which probed alleged rights abuses by Nigerian armed forces is currently being considered, hours after a rights group complained it was already taken too long to do so. Amnesty International said in a statement Tuesday morning…

Former Governor of Plateau State, Sen. Joshua Dariye, during his arraignment at the FCT High Court Gudu,in Abuja on Tuesday (12/6/18). The Court sentence him to 14 year imprisonment for fraud and misappropriation of funds. 03249/12/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

APC speaks on ‘purchase of nomination form’ by convicted Joshua Dariye

The All Progressives Congress said on Tuesday that it would never allow an ex-convict vie for office on its platform, saying both the Nigerian law and its own constitution prohibit election of persons found guilty of criminal offences. The disclosure effectively sealed the prospects of Joshua Dariye, a Nigerian senator…

Nigerian Army

Amnesty Int’l demands release of report into alleged armed forces abuses

Amnesty International on Monday called on the Nigerian government to immediately publish the report submitted by a presidential panel which investigated alleged human rights violations by the Nigerian armed forces. The seven-member judicial commission was raised in August 2017 by then-Acting President Yemi Osinbajo while President Muhammadu Buhari was on…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

Atiku tackles Buhari, says president slashed Niger Delta oil money badly

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said on Monday that Muhammadu Buhari has for long been against the economic interests of the people in Nigeria's oil-producing states, saying the president once reduced oil revenue shares accrued to the Niger-Delta to practically nothing. Mr Abubakar, who is contesting the 2019 presidential election,…

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Police scrap Special Tactical Squad over raid on Edwin Clark’s home

Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris has scrapped the police Special Tactical Squad (STS), the Force Headquarters announced Friday, as the fallout over the raid on the home of Edwin Clark continues to claim casualties within the police. All personnel hitherto attached to the STS have now been collapsed into the police's investigation…

TY Danjuma

Herdsmen Crisis: T.Y. Danjuma’s invitation by British Parliament postponed

An invitation extended to Theophilus Danjuma by senior members of the United Kingdom Parliament to speak on the ongoing killings in central Nigeria has been postponed, organisers told PREMIUM TIMES Friday. Members of the British House of Lords, which is the upper house of that country's parliament, invited Mr Danjuma,…

Pic.3. sympathizers at the scene of building Collapse at Jabi in Abuja on Saturday (18/8/18). 18/8/2018/Anthony Alabi/NAN

Geological agency speaks on Abuja ‘quake’

Nigerians living around Mpape neighbourhood and other residential areas in Abuja should not be apprehensive about their safety, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency has said. Alex Nwegbu, the director-general of the agency, said at a press briefing Friday afternoon that the tremors that Abuja residents experienced since Wednesday are not significant…

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu

Unwilling to make finances public, Ondo govt challenges FOI law at Supreme Court

The Ondo State Government has challenged the ruling of the Court of Appeal which said earlier this year that the Freedom of Information Act is also applicable to all the 36 states of the federation, bringing the country closer to a permanent decision on a law state governors are fighting…

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Police dismiss officers who raided Edwin Clark’s Abuja home

Three Nigerian police officers have been sacked and another one suspended over the "unauthorised" raid of Edwin Clark's house in Abuja on Tuesday, the Force Headquarters said Thursday. Mr Clark's home in Asokoro neighbourhood was reportedly stormed by officers in the afternoon. The officers reportedly said they were hunting for…