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

LIVE UPDATES: South Africa’s Zuma faces no-confidence vote in parliament

President Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote by secret ballot in South African Parliament on Tuesday, as opponents express confidence that lawmakers in his African National Congress, ANC, could vote to oust him from office. Mr. Zuma, who assumed office in 2009, has faced heavy backlash for alleged corruption and economic mismanagement. He'd defeated…

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While Nigerians groan under recession, lawmakers buy N6.1 billion cars

The House of Representatives said about N6.1 billion had been earmarked for new Peugeot 508 cars that will be distributed to all the 360 members. The House spokesperson, Abdulrazak Namdas, told reporters that 200 lawmakers have taken deliveries of their cars within the last few months, at the cost of…

President Muhammadu Buhari during the  Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

Buhari supporters launch campaign for ailing president’s 2019 re-election bid

Some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated what they described as the South-West office of Buhari Campaign Organisation in Ibadan. The supporters also named new coordinators for the organisation in the region, some of whom vowed to campaign for the president even if he remains unfit to hit…

Nnamdi Kanu speaking in Abakaliki

Quit notice: Hausa, Igbo leaders’ peace talks postponed

A peace committee of Hausa and Igbo leaders on Monday suspended sitting for another 10 days to allow for more consultations. The bi-partisan committee was set up on August 4 to proffer solution to growing tribal tentions sparked by a quit notice to Igbo people in the North has postponed.…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Presidency asks Nigerians to ignore those protesting Buhari’s absence

The presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore calls for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari to return to work or resign his position. Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, said activists who took to the street to protest Mr. Buhari's prolonged absence have a right to do so, but that they "overstepped their…

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

#ResumeOrResign: Group begins sit-out in Abuja, London over Buhari’s absence

A coalition of civil society groups on Monday commenced demonstrations in Abuja and London to demand an end to President Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence from office. In Abuja, protesters, which include entertainer Charley Boy, vowed to camp at Unity Fountain; while those protesting in London stayed briefly outside the Abuja House. Those…

Omoyele Sowore

How Saraki fraudulently obtained court order freezing Sahara Reporters account – Sowore

The publisher of the online medium, Sahara Reporters, has vowed to challenge an order of a Kwara State High Court which blocked bank accounts linked to him last month. Omoyele Sowore said the July 25 garnishee order in Ilorin, the state capital, was "fraudulently procured" by the Senate President, Bukola…

Sultan (L) and Onaiyekan (R)

How to end poverty, illiteracy, other crisis in Northern Nigeria — Sultan, Onaiyekan, Jega, others

High profile persons from Northern Nigeria have expressed worry about how the dismal state of the region has weighed heavily on the overall tribulation of Nigeria as a nation. Eleven leaders associated with the Senior Working Group signed a statement, titled: ‘For the Wellbeing of Nigerians,’ which highlighted immediate crises…

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 speaks: We only ‘lobbied senators’, we didn’t bribe them

The promoters of Nigerian Peace Corps have said they carried out 'intense lobbying' of lawmakers before they rammed through a bill that seeks to upgrade their non-governmental organisation into a federal law enforcement agency. PREMIUM TIMES reported Saturday that members of the Peace Corps, led by its national commandant, Dickson Akoh, bribed lawmakers…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian law contributes to abject poverty in Niger Delta communities despite decades of oil wealth

Shortly before sunset on a Saturday earlier this year, relatives of Golubini Okoromadu gathered outside her house in Oporoza village, in the Gbaramatu Kingdom to share out her properties. She had passed on five days before on January 9 as a septuagenarian. And tradition in the Ijaw-dominated town dictated that a deceased’s possessions must…

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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EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian senators took bribes to pass Peace Corps Bill

To pass the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, senators received kickbacks in form of job slots and cash reward from the promoters of the proposed paramilitary organisation, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Scores of senators received at least seven employment slots each to back the bill, which was passed to, amongst other…

Nigerian Senate

ANALYSIS: Constitutional Amendment: Nine key areas Senate, House of Reps disagree

Members of the House of Representatives disagreed with their Senate counterparts on nine issues when they picked up key elements of the constitution for amendments Thursday. The Senate held a similar exercise on Wednesday when about 97 senators took decisions to amend up to 33 laws in the Constitution. Those amendments were picked up…

Nigerian Senate

ANALYSIS: The 33 major amendments the Senate considered for Nigerian Constitution

The Nigerian Senate voted to amend some key elements of the country's Constitution Wednesday, amidst growing complaints by some citizens that the document has become increasingly unworkable. The chamber voted on financial autonomy to local government areas, independent candidacy, restriction of executive offices to one term, affirmative action for women, amongst…

Joachim Iroko [Photo Credit: olofofogist.com]

Jubilation as court frees man who named dog Buhari

A Chief Magistrate's Court in Sango-Otta on Tuesday dismissed charges filed against a resident of the Ogun State community for naming his dog 'Buhari.' The magistrate, O.O. Adebo, said the prosecution failed to substantiate its case against Joachim Iroko, consequently striking out all charges preferred against him. Mr. Iroko's lawyer…

Nigerian Army

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army promotes 468 officers — FULL LIST

The Nigerian Army has promoted 468 lieutenants to captain, PREMIUM TIMES can report. An Army circular exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, elevated the officers on July 19 following earlier approval by the Nigerian Army Council. The promotions will take effect from June…

Nigerian Soldiers
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EXCLUSIVE: In major reshuffle, Nigerian Army redeploys 52 generals, 597 other officers (FULL LIST)

The Nigerian Army redeployed, cancelled or amended postings of seven major generals, 45 brigadier generals and 597 other officers last week, in one of its most far-reaching shake-up exercise in recent years, PREMIUM TIMES can report. No reasons were readily cited for the new postings and cancellations and amendments of…

Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]

Nigeria ‘in time of peril’ over Buhari, others, International crisis group warns

A new International Crisis Group, ICG report has urged the European Union, EU to step in and help address Nigeria's challenges, which include President Muhammadu Buhari's protracted illness, lingering agitation for Biafra and Boko Haram insurgency. The report, which ICG published, July 20, as an additional update to its 2017…

President Muhammadu Buhari and King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Group opposes Morocco’s bid to join Ecowas

A group has listed eight reasons why Nigeria should prevent Morocco from joining the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Nigerian Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara, said the 15-nation West African bloc has little in common with the North African kingdom, especially as it maintains a…

Wole Soyinka
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Nigeria’s unity is negotiable – Soyinka

The unity of Nigeria as a nation is an issue that must be debated in order to address lingering echoes of marginalisation, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka said on Friday. "The claim that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable is a false statement," Mr. Soyinka said. "The right of the people…

Kemi Adeosun, Minister for Finance [Photo credit: The BusinessPost]

Nigeria can no longer afford to borrow to fund its budget – Adeosun

Nigeria can no longer afford to continue borrowing to fund its budget and must seek alternative fundraising mechanisms, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Tuesday. Speaking at the quarterly presidential business forum in Abuja, Mrs. Adeosun said Nigeria should continue to diversify its economy to enable it generate more revenue…

Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims' location

Nigeria Police speak on ‘disappearance’ of kidnap kingpin, Evans

The police on Saturday denied reports that suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, had disappeared from police custody, weeks after his arrest dominated the headlines. Hours after The Sun Newspapers emblazoned 'Evans Vanishes' on the front page of its Saturday edition, police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told PREMIUM TIMES the story was…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s NHIS suspended

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, has been suspended, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, approved the suspension on Thursday with immediate effect, multiple sources familiar with the development informed PREMIUM TIMES Thursday night. Mr. Yusuf, 54, took over the state-run…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
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Nigerian govt sets conditions for publishing names of looters

The Buhari administration on Wednesday identified some issues that must be clarified before details of suspected looters of the country's treasury could be disclosed. Asked about the administration's commitment to publishing names of those from whom various amounts were recovered since the administration came onboard two years ago, Attorney-General Abubakar…

Buhari taking oath before judge [Photo: News Time]

Six ministers to attend ‘Buharimeter’ town hall meeting

Six ministers are scheduled to attend this year's edition of 'Buharimeter' town hall meeting to update Nigerians on the achievements of the Buhari administration two years on, organisers said Tuesday. In a distributed programme, the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, said the ministers will inform Nigerians how the government…

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Malabu Scandal: House committee gives reasons why it must summon Goodluck Jonathan

A committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday said a letter of invitation will be dispatched to former President Goodluck Jonathan, summoning him to appear before it to explain his role in the controversial award of OPL 245 oil block licence. Razak Atunwa, Chairman of the House Committee on…