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Boris Johnson [Photo Credit: BBC]

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson opens country’s new Embassy in Abuja

The United Kingdom on Thursday opened its new Embassy in Abuja, which it said would further strengthen its relationship with Nigeria. Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary who unveiled the new diplomatic complex at 8:13 a.m., said it signified the growing relationship between the Commonwealth pair. "It gives me great…

Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17).
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Peace Corps ignores police, other security agencies; continues operations

Despite its ongoing problems with the police and other security agencies, the Nigerian Peace Corps on Wednesday deployed its personnel to mosques and Muslim praying grounds and flash points in Nasarawa State ahead of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported. The police and other security agencies…

Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar

Nigerian govt’s move to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu ‘dangerous, politically unwise’ — Abubakar Umar

A former governor of Kaduna State, Abubakar Umar, has warned the Nigerian government over its latest move to re-arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, for flouting his bail conditions. Mr. Kanu is presently on bail after being charged with treasonable offences. He has dismissed…

President Buhari

Media rights activists ask Buhari to stop military spying on Nigerians online

Media rights defenders on Wednesday cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against repressive actions that could have grave implications for Nigeria's democracy. In a statement to PREMIUM TIMES, Lanre Arogundade, Edetaen Ojo and Akin Akingbulu, all veteran journalists, said Mr. Buhari should order the military to scrap its spying operation against Nigerians on social…

Hurricane Harvey makes second landfall [Photo: USA Today]

Hurricane Harvey makes second landfall

Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday made a second landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border, lashing the axis with rainfalls. The National Hurricane Centre in the United States said the landfall had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but still warned that it could wrought "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding." Houston and other cities…

Joel Osteen [Photo: Salon.com]

U.S. Pastor Joel Osteen opens church to Harvey flood victims after online criticism

American televangelist, Joel Osteen, on Monday opened his church auditorium in Houston, Texas, to flood victims, a day after he was criticised for being reluctant at helping those displaced by the tropical storm, Harvey. No fewer than 14 people have been reported dead and scores missing in the Hurricane, which…

President Trump [Photo: The Boston Globe]

Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Texas, says premature to congratulate local officials

President Donald Trump has arrived Corpus Christi, Texas, one of the cities pummelled by Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. Mr. Trump arrived at the South Texas city with his wife, Melanie, at midday local time. He immediately left with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who had been coordinating activities on ground…

President Mohammadu Buhari [Photo credit: Sahara Reporters]

South African Minister mocks Buhari, other African leaders for ‘health tourism’

South Africa's Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, on Monday scolded African leaders who seek medical care away from the continent, saying the culture has become a major drain on their countries health expenditures. The minister said it was shameful that African leaders frequently seek medical care abroad while most of…

magu and malami

Anti-corruption activists warn against ‘shadow boxing’ between Magu, AGF Malami

Some anti-corruption campaigners on Sunday warned against a feud between the acting chairman of the anti-graft EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The two senior law enforcement officials have not openly castigated each other, but anti-graft activists say they are alarmed by recent “shadow boxing” that could…

Internet users ['Photo: Hope for Nigeria]

Stop military from tracking Nigerians on social media, groups tell Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to prevail on the military to halt its ongoing monitoring of Nigerians on the Internet. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, was joined by another civic group, Concerned Nigerians, in a recent demand for the president to respect the freedom of Nigerians on…

Sabastine and Helen Wakdok

Nigerian couple who won Chevening Scholarships steals show at parting reception

Last night was indeed a charming one for a couple who won the highly competitive Chevening Scholarships to study in the United Kingdom. Sabastine and Helen Wakdok, both qualified physicians in Abuja, were the focus of attention at a ceremony that was held in honour of this year's recipients of…

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Police tackle Nigerian senator who raised allegations of pay-for-promotion

The police on Thursday verbally attacked a senator who raised allegations of pay-for-promotion in the force but allegedly failed to substantiate them. Isah Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, had accused police chiefs and officials of Police Service Commission of turning special promotion of police officers into a quid-pro-quo racket.…

Buruji Kashamu

Kashamu kicks as Makarfi inaugurates caretaker executive for Ogun PDP

A senator, Buruji Kashamu, has vowed to contest the inauguration of a caretaker committee for Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The caretaker executive was installed in Abuja on Wednesday by the PDP caretaker chairman, Ahmed Makarfi. Tunde Odanye, a politician from Osun State, was named as…

President Buhari

Nigerians express outrage over presidential claims of invasion of Aso Villa by rodents

A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, stirred a fierce debate on Tuesday after disclosing that rodents had invaded President Muhammadu Buhari's office, forcing him to work from home after returning from a 103-day medical leave in London. Mr. Buhari returned to the country on Saturday, stepping on the country's soil for the first…

Buhari presides over Security Council meeting with military chiefs, Police IG others

Agitations: Buhari orders security chiefs to deal with secessionist threats

At a national security meeting with service chiefs and other heads of security agencies Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari emphasised the need to keep Nigeria one. The emphasis was a follow up to the president's address to the nation Monday morning, which he used to rally the citizens behind a united Nigeria and dismiss…

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Edo Assembly Speaker impeached

The speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, has been impeached. It is not immediately clear what led to the development, but senior state government officials confirmed it to PREMIUM TIMES at noon Monday. Over the past two months, speculation had flared that Mr. Okonoboh, who assumed…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Why EFCC is now reluctant to respond to tips from whistleblowers — Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has decried most of the tip-offs being passed to anti-graft detectives as leading to nowhere. He said such outcomes often put the EFCC in an awkward situation, and officials have become reluctant to responding to leads from the…

Bukola Saraki [Photo: Nigerian Pilot]

Malala commends Saraki, Senate for key amendment to UBEC Act

Senate President Bukola Saraki and his colleagues on Friday earned commendation from Pakistani child education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, for a recent amendment to the Universal Basic Education Act 2004. The amendment seeks to guarante free basic primary and secondary education to every child in the country. It also hiked budgetary…

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Cybersecurity campaigners to crowdfund legal fees for British ‘WannaCry’ hero detained in U.S.

Cybersecurity campaigners have proposed a crowdfunding measure to help settle legal fees of a British hacker who was nabbed by the FBI on allegations of creating and distributing a malware that steals bank account details. Marcus Hutchins, 23, of Devon, England, was arrested by the FBI after attending the Def…

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Anambra: Gov. Obiano’s re-election bid under threat as factional crisis tears APGA apart

A lingering leadership friction in the All Progressives Grand Alliance could derail the re-election bid of Governor Willie Obiano in Anambra State, latest checks by PREMIUM TIMES have shown. The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed November 18 for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state. But several months of…

Acting SGF, Habibat Lawal [Photo: Vanguard]

Confusion as SGF withholds confirmation for Buhari’s nominee despite Senate confirmation

A female academic who was confirmed Resident Electoral Commissioner-designate by the Nigerian Senate has been plunged into a state of apprehension after the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation withheld her appointment letter without explanation. Asmau Maikudi, Katsina State nominee, was amongst eight candidates confirmed by…

Nigerian Senate

N30 trillion revenue probe: After closed-door meeting, Senate says some firms admit wrongdoing

The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport probing alleged sharp practices by Nigerian companies in the maritime sector said on Wednesday that some firms caught in the scandal had admitted wrongdoing. However, Hope Uzodinma, chairman of the committee who made the disclosure to reporters, withheld…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Senator condemns police attack on journalist

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on Tuesday condemned a police assault on a journalist working with one of his media outlets. Uyi Amadin, a reporter with Silverbird Television, was brutalised by officers who cracked down on a group of anti-Buhari protesters on Tuesday afternoon PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the attack on Mr.…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Why we attacked anti-Buhari protesters – Police

The police on Tuesday gave reasons why officers attacked participants at a rally protesting President Muhammadu Buhari's indefinite medical vacation in London. An entertainer and rights activist, Charlie Boy, and Uyi Amadin, a security correspondent with Silverbird Television, as well as his cameraman, sustained injuries during the clampdown, PREMIUM TIMES…

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

President Zuma survives as ‘vote of no confidence’ fails

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday survived another no-confidence vote. A total of 384 parliamentarians voted; with less than half, 177, supporting the vote of no confidence. More than half of the voters, 198, opposed the motion while nine lawmakers abstained. The voting shows that the anti-Zuma coalition got…