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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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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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15 soldiers killed, 19 wounded as Boko Haram attacks another Nigerian military base

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in Borno State, security sources said Saturday. The terrorists rode into Magumeri Local Government Area and sacked a brigade there at about 6:00 p.m. on Friday, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. A captain, a lieutenant and…

Yomi Shogunle (Photo Credit: BBC)

Police ‘remove’ public complaints chief amid controversy

The Nigeria Police have sacked the head of its public complaints unit, a senior official told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday. Yomi Shogunle, a controversial officer who at times rattled social media users with his posts, was removed from the Police Complaints Response Unit and posted to Ebonyi State. The assistant commissioner…

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Police confirm four staff abducted in Zamfara school

The police in Zamfara said on Thursday that an all-female secondary school was attacked by armed bandits on Wednesday night. But no students were abducted, the state police commissioner, Celestine Okoye, told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Thursday morning; contrary to a viral rumour on social media. "We have confirmed reports…

Nigeria Police

Police invite activist who accused officers of raping sex workers

The police in Abuja have invited a woman for questioning after she accused officers of raping suspected commercial sex workers with sachet water nylons. Dorothy Njemanze, an Abuja-based women's rights activist, raised the allegation on social media on Tuesday. It came as police and social development authorities intensified their crackdown…

Nigerian Army

Five soldiers killed, dozens missing as Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base

At least five Nigerian soldiers were feared killed and dozens more missing after Boko Haram fighters invaded a Nigerian military base in Borno State. The attack on April 26 occurred at a forward operating base in Mararrabar Kimba, an agrarian community roughly 130 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. The…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show how Lai Mohammed approved N2.5 billion ‘fraudulent payment’

A newly-obtained batch of documents has further exposed how information minister Lai Mohammed was instrumental to the release of N2.5 billion in questionable payments to a private digital broadcast signal provider. The payments in May 2017 to Pinnacle Communications Limited by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) have now been deemed…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Election Tribunal: INEC presiding officers to testify for Atiku, say results transmitted electronically

No fewer than a dozen people who said they were deployed as electoral officers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 presidential election have admitted under oath that they transmitted results electronically. A question about whether or not results were forwarded to a central database of the…