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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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Nigerian students body, NANS, gets new president

Ebonyi State University’s Chinonso Obasi on Tuesday emerged the new president of the National Association of Nigerian Students. The results were announced after police quelled violence that broke out at Pantami Stadium, Gombe, venue of the 31st NANS convention, which forced participants to scamper for safety. Taiwo Bamigbade of the…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

PDP apologises for fueling social media attacks, regrets “toxic” comments

Nigeria's main opposition political party, the PDP, on Tuesday said the tone of conversation amongst Nigerians on social media had taken a disturbing dimension. As a result, the party took responsibility for the role it played in fostering the "toxic" atmosphere, and promised to improve on the tone of its…

PDP raises 82-member zoning committee ahead of convention

The Peoples Democratic Party National Caretaker Committee on Tuesday inaugurated a committee consisting of 82 persons, who are to help design the zoning of party positions to different regions of the country. The decision was taken as part of the party's preparation for another national convention slated for August 17…

EXCLUSIVE: Judicial panel indicts Nigerian Army General, others for Zaria massacre of Shiites

The General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division, Adeniyi Oyebade, a major general, authorized last December’s military operation that massacred at least 347 members of the Shi’a Muslim group in Zaria, and should be prosecuted, a judicial commission of inquiry into the killings, has said in its final report.…

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the Budget to the National Assembly

Buhari govt ‘dragging feet’ on Petroleum Industry Bill—Dogara

The House of Representatives is picking up the Petroleum Industry Bill for a speedy consideration, its speaker, Yakubu Dogara, said Monday. Mr. Dogara said the legislature found the initiative necessary after President Buhari's administration repeatedly ignored calls to send an executive version of the bill. The bill has remained stuck…

Buhari under fire over arms panel’s exemption of Dambazau in latest probe report

President Buhari has come under attack over reports suggesting his government may have deliberately doctored the latest report of the presidential arms audit panel. The reports have cast doubt on the integrity of an administration that repeatedly defined honour and transparency in public service as part of its cardinal objectives,…

10 most damning revelations from the latest presidential arms audit report

An investigative panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to audit procurement of arms by and for the Nigerian military between 2007 until he assumed office in 2015 submitted another interim report on Thursday. The Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces completed the first…

FACT-CHECK: Buhari deceives Nigerians, report shows arms panel probed Dambazau’s tenure

President Buhari’s critics on Friday carpeted his government for allegedly lying about the terms of reference of the latest interim reports on the ongoing probe into arms procurement by successive governments since 2007. Mr. Buhari had on August 24, 2015, raised the Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in…

Fresh out of prison, Fani-Kayode talks tough

Fresh out of prisons where he was remanded for two months as he faced corruption trial before a Federal High Court, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, came out swinging Friday night, using his first press statement since his release to lob scathing assaults against Muhammadu Buhari's administration.  Mr.…

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EFCC releases Fani-Kayode from detention

Embattled former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, was on Friday released after more than two months in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his media adviser said. Jude Ndukwe told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Fani-Kayode was released Friday evening, and that he was likely to travel from…

New details raise more questions about Army Chief, Buratai’s foreign assets

New details of foreign assets owned by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, have raised questions about whether their acquisition and disclosure were as transparent as the army had earlier claimed. The details, published Thursday, suggest that disclosures made to the Code of Conduct Bureau about the properties might…

Why U.S. Ambassador Entwistle must appear before House investigative panel – Chairman

Nicholas Ossai, the chairman of House Ethics, Privileges and Foreign Affairs Committee, tasked with investigating a petition by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, said on Thursday that the diplomat should honour the committee's invitation to substantiate his claims. Mr. Ossai said Mr. Entwistle's failure to appear before the…

Hearing on sex scandal involving Nigerian lawmakers stalls as U.S. ambassador fails to attend

A scheduled public hearing into the alleged sexual misconduct of three members of the House of Representatives stalled on Thursday after U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, failed to show up. The House had approved a committee, headed by Nicholas Ossai, to look into the content of a petition drafted…

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Forgery suit: ‘Senators testifying against Saraki, Ekweremadu face suspension’

Some members of the Senate’s self-styled Unity Forum who have expressed intention to testify in court against the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, in the ongoing forgery case, face suspension, PREMIUM TIMES learnt on Wednesday. Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west, suggested the punishment during…

No plot to impeach Buhari – Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi State, on Wednesday morning said reports that he was planning to initiate impeachment proceeding against President Muhammadu Buhari were not true. Mr. Melaye, chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, said the "falsehood" emanated from those who didn't want Nigeria to progress…

U.S. Embassy silent on Ambassador Entwistle’s appearance before House committee

The United States Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday declined to confirm news reports that James Entwistle, the country's ambassador to Nigeria, would appear before a committee set up to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by three federal lawmakers. The House had set up the committee, headed by Nicholas Ossai, after Mr.…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Senate threatens Attorney-General, Malami, over Saraki’s “forgery” case

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday threatened to hold the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in contempt if he fail​s​ to appear before ​its investigative committee. The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters is looking into the alleged f​alsification of Senate standing rules by ​the senate ​president,…

Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the tribunal

Code of Conduct Tribunal adjourns till September

Danladi Umar, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, on Tuesday said the tribunal would no longer resume hearing in all cases before it until September. Mr. Umar said he had decided to postpone all activities until judiciary workers return from their annual vacation. Ibraheem Al-Hassan, the spokesman for…

FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode

Fani-Kayode meets bail conditions, aide says

Embattled former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday said he had fulfilled all statutory requirements for his bail and was awaiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to free him from detention. Mr. Fani-Kayode, who had been in detention since he was first arrested on May 9, 2016, in…

Rep battles INEC for issuing Certificate of Return to opponent despite court order

A member of the House of Representatives, Amadi Dennis, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of wrongly issuing a certificate of return to his opponent, Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi, despite a stay-of-execution order against a recent court judgment sacking him from the House. Mr. Ozomgbachi, a former member of the House,…

Dino Melaye alleges plot to ‘amend’ police forgery report

Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, on Monday said he had uncovered a plot by the Nigerian government to tamper with a police report on forgery charges against the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The federal government accuses Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu of…

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Twitter takes down Niger Delta Avengers’ account

Micro-blogging website, Twitter, on Monday suspended an account belonging to a group of oil pipelines saboteurs, Niger Delta Avengers. The suspension came a day after the group said it successfully launched five attacks on oil installations within two days. Notorious for its indiscriminate destruction of oil and gas installations owned…

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EFCC arraigns Jide Omokore, former NNPC GMD, Yakubu, others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned Jide Omokore, the chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, and Andrew Yakubu, a former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, on money laundering charges. A statement by the EFCC said Mr. Omokore and Mr. Yakubu were charged…

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Stella Oduah responds to allegation she stole N2.5billion using maid’s account

Stella Oduah, a former Minister of Aviation and senator (PDP-Anambra North), on Monday denied reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was on her trail for allegedly stashing nearly N2.5 billion in a bank account she set up using the identity of her domestic aide. Ms. Oduah, who said…

Why we arrested Omisore – EFCC

A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, was arrested for his alleged role in the #Dasukigate, the EFCC has said. The spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Omisore was arrested as part of investigation into a case of…