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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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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…

Metropolitan-Police

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…

Lantern Light used to illustrate the story

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…

Soldiers at checkpoint

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…

Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

How I was born, raised in Nigeria — Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has informed the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal that he was born in Nigeria and, was eligible to stand for elections. Mr Abubakar responded to claims by President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that he had…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

UPDATED: One killed, many injured as police officers open fire at Ogun bus-stop

A breakdown of order has been reported after police officers opened fire at a bus-stop in Ogun State, killing at least a young man and causing injuries to an unknown number of others. The shooting occurred at Iyana Coker area of Ifo, a market community on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. It…

Lai Mohammed is unable to provide any document on a coup plot

EXCLUSIVE: Lai Mohammed approved N2.5 billion ‘fraudulent’ payment, but claims ignorance

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's information minister, has admitted he did not do due diligence before signing off on a controversial N2.5 billion payment to a private digital broadcast signal distributor. Mr Mohammed told the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) that he only approved the payment based on…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (Photo Credit: DailyPost)

EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General Malami moves to ‘frustrate’ NBC DG’s N2.5 billion corruption trial

Attorney-General Abubakar Malami has demanded the corruption case file of the director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), PREMIUM TIMES can report. Moddibo Kawu was charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly misappropriating N2.5 billion, a scandal that could slow down the nationwide…

Ammunition recovered from Boko Haram. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of the Nigerian Military]

Nigerian, Cameroonian troops kill 27 Boko Haram suspects in gun battle

The Nigerian Army on Monday announced the imposition of a "permanent discomforting sleep" on 27 Boko Haram suspects in a joint raid with Cameroonian forces. The raid on April 13 also led to the recovery of heavy arms, ammunition and combat machinery, a military spokesperson said in a statement early…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

INEC ‘satisfied’ by Buhari’s academic qualification

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it was satisfied by the academic documents submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari while running for office. Mr Buhari's early school certificate was one of the major grounds of a petition filed against his victory by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

2019 Election: Atiku’s server ‘results’ fake — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused PDP's presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, of manufacturing results of the last presidential election to prove his case at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. The electoral umpire filed its response on Thursday at the tribunal in Abuja. It distanced…

Sudan on map

Sudan’s interim leader, rejected by protesters, resigns

Awad Ibn Auf, the head of Sudan's supreme military council, on Friday stepped down from office. Mr Ibn Auf resigned in a nationwide broadcast late Friday after protesters rejected him as the head of a transitional government following the ouster of Omar Al-Bashir. Mr Al-Bashir, who had led Sudan since…

Nigeria Police officers are working with the military to counter insurgency.

‘Operation Puff Adder’: Police arrest 46 suspects, recover weapons

The Nigerian police on Thursday announced some positive outcomes in a new anti-crime exercise that was launched on April 5. Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu said while giving updates about 'Operation Puff Adder' on Thursday afternoon that officers have made dozens of arrests and recovered illegal weapons from criminal suspects. Mr Adama…

Sudan on map

Military announces two-year rule in Sudan, imposes state of emergency

The military in Sudan has formally announced the removal of Omar Al-Bashir from office. The Sudanese defence minister, Awad Ibn Auf, who led the apparent coup on Thursday morning, said the constitution has been suspended and the military will now be in charge of the country for another two years.…

Julian Assange

Julian Assange arrested in London, faces extradition to U.S.

The police in London have arrested Julian Assange following his removal from the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuge on asylum grounds since 2012. The WikiLeaks' founder was wheeled out of the embassy by the police and taken into custody in Central London on Thursday morning. He could…

Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan. [PHOTO CREDIT: Al Jazeera]

Profile: Omar Al-Bashir, wanted for war crimes, falls in Sudan

Protesters in Sudan on Thursday celebrated a hard-won victory over Omar Al-Bashir as news of the controversial leader's resignation spread across the country. The military was forced to intervene and remove Mr Al-Bashir following five days of uninterrupted uprising that held the country to a standstill. It was not immediately…

Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan President

DEVELOPING STORY: Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir resigns amidst protests

Omar Al-Bashir, a political hardliner and controversial leader of Sudan, has stepped down after 30 years in power, reports said Thursday. United Arab Emirates-based Al-Arabiya network reported that Mr Al-Bashir resigned his position with immediate effect. Reuters also cited government sources as saying Mr Al-Bashir has stepped down and a…