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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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Budget Impasse: Multiple protests rock National Assembly

At least two different groups of protesters stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday to demand an end to the ongoing budget impasse. The protesters saìd the standoff between federal lawmakers and the executive was putting the country's economic progress on hold. The protesters, who arrived at different times, at the…

Senator David Mark

#PanamaPapers: Documents counter David Mark’s denial of secret assets in tax havens

A former President of the Nigerian Senate, David Mark, was not telling the truth when he denied knowledge of eight offshore companies linked to him as part of the ongoing #PanamaPapers revelations, a series of leaked documents has shown. PREMIUM TIMES had on April 5 exposed Mr. Mark as operating…

Doyin Okupe, former media aid to Goodluck Jonathan

PDP National Convention: South-West chieftains threaten mass defection

Leading lights of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria's South-west geopolitical zone are threatening to dump the party en masse should the zone be blocked from producing the next national chairman of the party. A former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday night that party leaders in…

Electing Sheriff National Chairman will be disastrous, Okupe tells PDP

An aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has called on leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to elect Ali Modu Sheriff the party's chairman. Mr. Okupe said electing the controversial Borno politician would mean repeating the mistake the party made in adopting Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential…

How we will use USOSA to champion quality education for all Nigerians — Chidi Odinkalu

A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, on Saturday, emerged winner of this year's Unity Schools Old Students Association, USOSA, president-general election, with a promise to champion renewed focus on qualitative education for all. In the election, which held inside the main auditorium of the National…

Chidi Odinkalu emerges USOSA president-general

Chidi Odinkalu, foremost human rights activist and former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, has been elected the new president-general of the Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA). At an election held in Abuja Saturday, Mr. Odinkalu won 269 votes, triumphing over his only challenger, Mr. Lawrence Wilbert, who…

The USOSA Election: Chidi Odinkalu Vs Lawrence Wilbert — LIVE UPDATES

Good morning from the main auditorium of the National University Commission headquarters in Abuja, venue of this year's Unity Schools Old Students Association 30th plenary session. It's from here that PREMIUM TIMES will be bringing you live updates of the exercise which is expected to last for the better part…

​Nigerian Army says 35 insurgents killed, 198 civilians rescued by troops

The Nigerian Army says its troops attached to Operation Lafiya Dole under the Army’s 7th Division have recorded s huge success against members of the Boko Haram sect with the killing of suspected terrorists and rescue of trapped civilians in several operations across Borno State, leaving several villages liberated. The…

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Satellite images expose how Nigerian Army attempted to cover up Shi’ites massacre — Amnesty International

Officials of the Nigerian Army made concerted efforts to cover up the mass slaughter of over 350 Nigerian citizens, including women and children, between December 12-14, 2015, in Zaria, Amnesty International has said. In a newly-released report about the killing, which involved members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN,…

Nigerian government denies reports of petroleum minister, Kachikwu’s sack

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has described as "completely false" a widely circulated report that its Group Managing Director, Ibe Kachikwu, has been relieved of his job by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the Minister of State for Petroleum is still carrying out his duties as assigned to him by…

Metuh says he won’t seek any position at PDP convention

Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, has said he will not be contesting for any position in the party's upcoming national convention. Mr. Metuh, who is currently standing trial for alleged participation in the arms purchase scam during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan,…

INTERVIEW: Why I want to lead Unity Schools Old Students Association – Odinkalu

Chidi Odinkalu, the former chairman of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, discusses his ambition to lead the Unity Schools Old Students Association, USOSA, with PREMIUM TIMES' Samuel Ogundipe. Excerpts: PT: Why do you think you are the appropriate person for the position you're vying for in USOSA? Odinkalu: Leadership is…

Bayelsa APC ward chairmen accuse Sylva of influencing appointments, demand reversal

Ward chairmen from the Bayelsa State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday besieged the national headquarters of their party in Abuja to demand a reversal of all political appointments allegedly influenced by a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva. The chairmen demanded that Mr. Sylva should…

Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the tribunal

Again, EFCC clears CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, of corruption allegations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday affirmed its position that there was no strong evidence of corruption that could provide basis for the prosecution of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar. The anti-graft body said the allegations against Mr. Umar were "suspicious" and…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Senate’s purchase of exotic cars “criminal” – TMG

The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, a coalition of over 400 grassroots organisations, has described as "ungodly" and "criminal", the latest acquisition of new Toyota Land Cruiser automobiles by members of the Nigerian Senate, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all his powers to stop the "hedonistic acquisition in these…

NLC PRESIDENT, COMRADE AYUBA WABBA, GIVING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Return exotic cars or face the wrath of Nigerians, NLC tells senators

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on senators who benefited from a recent purchase of 108 brand new Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles by the Senate to immediately return same or face the wrath of the Nigerian people. The union described the purchase, coming at a time the country is enduring…

FRSC officials on duty used to illustrate the story.

Our power to impose fines, impound vehicles remains intact — FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has denied recent reports that a federal high court voided its power to impose fines, issue tickets and impound vehicles in the country. The road safety agency said 'mischief makers' only circulated an old judgement that has long been vacated by an appellate court.…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki’s trial: Nigeria Labour Congress, civic groups advise Senate not to amend anti-corruption law

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has c alled on the Nigerian Senate to jettison its ongoing effort to change the country's anti-corruption laws. A civil society group, Transition Monitoring Group, also pushed a similar position. In separate statements released on Sunday, the groups said even though the National Assembly has…

Falana to Speaker Dograra: Don’t support Senate’s ploy to amend anti-corruption law

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, not to support the move to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal Act, saying passing such a legislation will be illegal and unconstitutional. In a letter dated April…

Nigeria loses $14 billion annually to herdsmen-farmers clashes — Report

The ongoing conflict between farmers and herdsmen across the North-Central is costing Nigeria at least $14 billion in potential revenues annually, a new report by a global humanitarian organisation, Mercy Corps, has found. Mercy Corps, funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID) issued the report after a research…

Fayose writes Chinese Government to stop Nigeria’s loan request

The rift between the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government took another dimension as the governor wrote a scathing letter to Chinese authorities urging them to halt a $2 billion trade loan to Nigeria. In the letter dated April 12, a copy of which was…

Nigeria distances self from “gay partner” allegation against Swiss ambassador

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has distanced itself from a report suggesting authorities of the West African country are investigating the Swiss Ambassdor to Nigeria for allegedly sneaking his gay partner into the country.  Eric Mayooraz, the Swiss envoy, was alleged to have brought his same-sex spouse from Switzerland,…

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

Senators fear Gender Equality Bill will turn women to prostitutes, lesbians –Senator Abaribe

The senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has said the Senate rejected the Gender Equal Opportunities Bill because some lawmakers feared the legislation could give women unfettered freedom to engage in immoral activities. Mr. Abaribe said many senators expressed deep concerns over the blanket freedom the bill would…

Waziri Adio

NEITI Executive Secretary, Waziri Adio, makes personal assets public

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Waziri Adio, has made public details of his personal assets and that of his wife. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday, Mr. Adio said he was publicising the assets in line with the dictates of the…

PDP is ‘embarrassing, unexciting’, but I will not join APC – Nwodo

A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo, has said he would not defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, even as he described his party as "embarrassing and unexciting." Mr. Nwodo was reacting to a widely publicised rumour of his defection to the APC over…