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Bishop Onaiyekan seeks amnesty for corrupt officials who return stolen funds

The Catholic Bishop of Abuja Arch Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has urged the Buhari administration to pardon Nigerians involved in money laundering, if they are willing to return all their stolen funds. Mr. Onaiyekan stated this at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Nyanya, Abuja, as part of his…

Appeal Court Ruling: Mama Taraba to proceed to Supreme Court

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba State, Aisha Alhassan, said she will contest the appeal court judgment, which nullified the victory awarded her by the election petition tribunal in the state. The counsel to Mrs. Alhassan, Mahmud Magaji, stated this while briefing journalists after the ruling…

Darius Ishaku, Taraba State Governor

APC’s Mama Taraba loses at Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal In Abuja has cancelled the purported victory handed Aisha Alhassan, by an election tribunal, as the governor of Taraba State. Mrs. Alhassan, the candidate of the All Peoples Congress, was declared winner on November 7. In doing so, the Taraba State Governorship Election Tribunal nullified the…

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Buhari: I’ll dismiss any corrupt minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would dismiss any member of his cabinet involved in corruption. He said the details on his administration’s anti-corruption campaign would become clearer at the end of the first quarter of 2016. The president was speaking Wednesday during his administration's maiden media chat. He said…

$2.1 billion arms scandal: PDP disowns Bafarawa, others

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has disassociated itself from all those indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the alleged diversion and theft of about $2.1 billion arms money. In a communique issued by the party’s body of national vice chairmen on Wednesday, at the end of…

Nigerian police halt officers’ screening over fraud claims

The Nigerian Police has ​suspended the ongoing screening exercise of its officers with higher qualification, following allegations of corruption trailing the exercise. In a statement, the police public relation’s officer, Olabisi Kolawole, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the Inspector general of Police, Solomon Arase, disclosed this Thursday, during a…

Shiite Killings: Nigerian Christian leaders condemn Iranian analyst for “dangerous statement”

The National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, has described as falsehood, the recent allegation of a conspiracy between the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN , the Boko Haram sect and the military in the recent clash between soldiers and Muslim Shiites in Zaria. Scores of Shiites were killed a fortnight ago…

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​Christmas: Buhari urges peace, says no group should be allowed to hold Nigeria hostage

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian to embrace the virtues of peace, justice and equity, during this season of Christmas. The president stated this in his Christmas message, Thursday, saying a greater manifestation of the virtues will bring about a more united, peaceful, as well as a secure and…

Biafra: Judge excuses self from Nnamdi Kanu’s case

A federal High Court judge has excused himself from hearing treason charges brought by the government against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Justice Ahmed Mohammed announced the decision on Wednesday in Abuja after Mr. Kanu objected to the case, saying it was needless, as the…

Biafra: Nigerian govt. accuses Nnamdi Kanu of plotting to seize Igala, Idoma areas; others

The Nigerian government has accused the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, of plotting to create a breakaway Biafra Republic with Nigeria’s present south-south, south-east and north central states, as component units. The government on Friday slammed fresh charges against Mr. Kanu, shortly after a court ordered…

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Biafra: Nigeria slams fresh charges against Nnamdi Kanu

The Nigerian government has slammed fresh criminal charges against the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, after he was released unconditionally by a Federal High Court on December 17. Mr. Kanu's counsel, Vincent Obeta, told PREMIUM TIMES the Federal Government filed the fresh charges on December 18…

Appeal Court unseats Akwa Ibom deputy speaker

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja, Tuesday, nullified the election of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly deputy speaker, Effiong Bassey. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Mr. Bassey of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP winner of Oron/Udung Uko state constituency. But in a unanimous decision, the…

Appeal Court unseats Akwa Ibom deputy speaker

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja, Tuesday, nullified the election of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly deputy speaker, Effiong Bassey. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Mr. Bassey of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP winner of Oron/Udung Uko state constituency. But in a unanimous decision, the…

Nigerian govt rejects ISIS “hoax” about Boko Haram killings

The Federal Government has described as "a hoax" and "imaginary" figures the terrorist group, ISIS, claimed represent the number of people killed, or attacks carried out, by Boko Haram in the last two months. In a statement issued in Abuja, Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said…

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Zaria Massacre: Human rights commission inaugurates 5-man probe panel

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has inaugurated a five-man panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria. The Executive Secretary of the commission, Bem Angwe, who inaugurated the panel in Abuja on Monday,…

Darius Ishaku, Taraba State Governor

Appeal court defers judgement on Taraba governorship election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has deferred judgement on an appeal challenging the decision of the Taraba State Election Petition Tribunal on the April 11 gubernatorial election in the state. On November 7, the tribunal nullified the election of Darius Ishaku as governor of Taraba State on the…

Appeal Court sacks Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel; nullifies entire election

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the Akwa Ibom State governorship election of April 11, removing the declared winner, Udom Emmanuel, from office. Mr. Emmanuel’s election was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Umana Umana. At the election tribunal, Mr. Emmanuel of the Peoples…

BIAFRA: Court orders SSS to immediately release Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the State Security Service to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on bail, unconditionally. Justice Adeniyi Ademola gave the order while ruling on a bail application filed by Mr. Kanu's counsel, Vincent Obeta. Mr. Obeta had…

Federal court grants Nnamdi Kanu unconditional release

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, bail, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. Ruling on his bail application, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, said Mr. Kanu, who is the director of pirate station, Radio Biafra, should be released…

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Biafra: Arrested Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters to be docked Thursday

Thirteen supporters of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) have approached the Abuja Magistrate court demanding their release from Keffi prison. The men, led by a certain Agbo Moses, were arrested on December 2 by a detachment of police officers during a protest at the premises of the Magistrate Court…

Appeal court sacks Nyesom Wike, says Rivers Governor not validly elected

The Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of the Rivers Governorship Election Tribunal. The court said Wednesday that Nyesom Wike, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in this year's election, was not validly elected. The Rivers Tribunal had earlier on October 24 nullified Mr. Wike's election. The…

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Nnamdi Kanu sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria – SSS

A counsel to the State Security Service, SSS, Mosses Idakwo, on Monday told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the director of a pirate radio station, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria. Mr. Idakwo asked the court to disregard a bail application by Mr. Kanu’s counsel,…

Biafra: Court sets date for decision on Nnamdi Kanu’s bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Thursday rule on a bail application for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention since October. Mr. Kanu, the director of the underground Radio Biafra, was arrested by the State Security Service. Calls for…

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Court grants Raymond Dokpesi bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Monday, granted bail to the founder of Daar Communication Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, in a money laundering suit brought against him by the Federal Government. Mr. Dokpesi is facing a six-count charge of alleged money laundering. He was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes…

Court sends Dokpesi back to detention, as EFCC opposes bail

The founder of Daar Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi, has been asked to return to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, pending the ruling on his application for bail on Monday. Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, said the adjournment would help him look critically…