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Garba Buluma, an official of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)

National Health Dialogue: NPHCDA official seeks autonomy for healthcare facilities

The Director, Department of Planning Research and Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Garba Bulama, has urged the federal government to allow health facilities hire and fire ad-hoc staff. Mr Bulama said this on Wednesday at the annual National Health Dialogue going on in Abuja. The two-day event…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Presidential Election Petition: Supreme Court accuses opposition group of spreading “malicious rumour” against it

The Supreme Court on Monday accused an opposition group of waging a campaign of calumny against it to influence its decision on the presidential election petition before it. The court in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Festus Akande, accused the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) of spreading falsehood…

Agba Jalingo [Photo: TVC]

19 journalists attacked in Nigeria within nine months – Amnesty International

The Amnesty International has launched a report chronicling attacks on the press in Nigeria since 2015. The report, launched in Abuja on Monday, said at least 19 journalists and media practitioners have been attacked in Nigeria between January and September 2019, the highest since 2015. Six journalists, including bloggers, were…

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS Chairman

Court postpones judgement on suit seeking sack of FIRS chairman, Fowler

A Federal High Court in Kano has postponed its judgement earlier slated for Friday in an application seeking the sack of the Federal Inland Revenue Service chairman, Tunde Fowler. A lawyer representing the applicant in the matter, Johnmary Jideobi, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that the judgement could not be…

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Ochanya: Benue government re-arraigns lecturer accused of raping late minor

The Benue State government on Thursday re-arraigned the suspended lecturer of the state polytechnic, Andrew Ogbuja, accused of raping the late 13-year-old Ochanya Ogbanje at the state's high court. Mr Ogbuja was arraigned on four counts for alleged sexual abuses of the late Miss Ochanya during a period of over…

Governor Nasir El-Rufai

Again, court adjourns hearing of journalist ‘threatened’ by El-Rufai

Hearing of the case involving journalist, Stephen Kefason, who was allegedly threatened by Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai, was on Wednesday adjourned again at the instance of the court. Mr Kefason,who was arrested in late May, has been detained since over allegations of criminal defamation, injurious falsehood, and disturbance of peace…

Jones Abiri

Again, court to hear Jones Abiri’s bail application

A Federal High Court in Abuja has slated Monday for hearing of Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri's application for the variation of his bail terms. The lawyer representing Mr Abiri, Emanuel Ogala, told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday that his application for the variation of Mr Abiri's bail was slated for hearing…

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Sowore]

It’s not illegal to call for Revolution, even Buhari did so, Sowore’s lawyer tells court

The counsel to the Publisher of Sahara Reporters has defended his client's choice of the word "revolution" in the August 5 protest that held across the country. Mr Sowore's lawyer, Femi Falana, said even the Supreme Court does not regard a revolution as a lawful offence. Mr Falana cited previous authorities by…

The Publisher of popular news website, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

UPDATED: Court grants Sowore N100 million bail

The Federal High Court on Friday adjourned the trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, to November 6 to 8, after granting bail to the defendant and his co-accused. The court said it allowed Mr Sowore’s application because the offense against him and the second defendant, Olawale Bakare, was…

Omoyele Sowore

Security agents threaten journalists over Sowore photos

Security agents on Friday stopped journalists from taking the photographs of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, as he returned to the court for his trial. Mr Sowore who was clad in a light peach shirt and an ash coloured trouser arrived the court through the rear entrance and…

Omoyele Sowore in court [Photo: Sunnewonline]

Nigeria is a lawless country — Sowore

The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, on Monday described Nigeria as a lawless country and urged its citizens to fight for "a country of our own." Mr Sowore has been detained for nearly 60 days by the State Security Service (SSS) for planning the #RevolutionNow protest which held in…

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore arraigned; takes plea

The detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, treasonable felony and cyberstalking brought against him by the Nigerian government. Mr Sowore was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, nearly two months after he was arrested. He was charged…

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Sowore]

SSS brings Sowore to court for arraignment

The detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has arrived the federal high court, venue of his ongoing trial for treasonable felony and money laundering. Mr Sowore was brought to the court at 9:15 a.m. on Monday just before the judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, entered the court room. He was arrested…

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore: SSS refuses to receive documents on bail compliance

The State Security Service (SSS) has refused to collect documents showing Omoyele Sowore has met his bail conditions, his lawyers have said. The Sahara Reporters publisher was granted bail on Tuesday, but has remained in custody at least two days after his lawyers fulfilled conditions given by the Federal High…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

Sowore’s lawyers blocked from entering SSS office

The State Security Service (SSS) on Friday denied lawyers of the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, access to its office in Abuja. The lawyers, who are representing the activist in his trial at the Federal High Court on charges related to treason and money laundering, were at the…

Police rescue over 300 children, others from ‘torture house’ in Kaduna

Police in Kaduna have rescued over 300 people from a house where they had been chained and maltreated for at least three months. Police said the house, disguised an Islamic school and a rehabilitation camp, was operated by seven men, led by a 39-year-old identified as Ismaila Abubakar. The Kaduna…

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Sowore]

Sowore: SSS lied about not receiving court order -Falana

The lawyer representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has reacted to a claim by the State Security Service (SSS) that it was not served with copies of the order directing the release of the publisher. In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Thursday evening, Mr Sowore’s lead…

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

UPDATED: P&ID Contract Scandal: Nigeria secures ‘stay of execution’ on $9bn judgment

The UK Commercial Court has granted the Nigerian government’s application for a ‘stay of execution’ of a $9 billion judgment debt in favour of the Irish firm, P&ID. The judge however ordered Nigeria to deposit $200 million in the court’s account within 60 days pending its appeal, and Nigeria must…

Omoyele Sowore

Sowore: Court threatens imprisonment of SSS Director-General

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division, has issued a warning that it would order the imprisonment of the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Yusuf Bichi The court gave the warning on Thursday in response to the failure of the SSS to release the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters,…

The Publisher of popular news website, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

Sowore spends night in jail despite fulfiling bail conditions

The Nigerian government is yet to release the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, despite receiving an affidavit of compliance to the court order directing his release on Wednesday morning. Marshal Abubakar, a lawyer with the Chambers of Mr Sowore’s lead counsel, Femi Falana told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday…

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Another Nigerian journalist remanded in prison for alleged terrorism, treason

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has remanded the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo, in prison after he was arraigned on Wednesday. Mr Jalingo is facing a four-count charge bordering on alleged terrorism and treasonable felony. He was accused of, among other allegations, staging a protest with the hashtag…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

Sowore meets bail conditions

The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has fulfilled the bail conditions given by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday for his release. In a document seen by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Sowore’s lawyers led by senior counsel Femi Falana deposed to an affidavit confirming compliance with the order,…

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P&ID Scandal: Court grants bail to former petroleum ministry director

The Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted bail to a former director of legal affairs at Nigeria's petroleum ministry, Grace Taiga, who was arraigned for alleged involvement in the controversial Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) contract with Nigeria. The court in a ruling on Wednesday said the prosecution failed…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

Why Sowore has not been freed despite court order – Lawyer

A lawyer representing the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has given a reason why Mr Sowore is yet to be free, despite being granted bail by a court on Tuesday. Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Samuel Ogala, explained during a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday morning that Mr Sowore…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

UPDATED: APC files counter appeal against Atiku at Supreme Court

The All Progressives Congress has filed motions challenging sections of the September 11 presidential election tribunal judgement, and seeking the nullification of evidence proffered by the PDP and accepted by the tribunal. In a cross appeal filed in an apparent reaction to the PDP's earlier application before the Supreme Court…