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Saraki’s lawyers withdraw from corruption trial, vacate tribunal

The legal team of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday withdrew their representation in the corruption trial of Mr. Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The lawyers left the tribunal on Thursday after the special court refused to suspend the trial to allow the Supreme Court rule on…

Alleged Corruption: Saraki’s trial resumes at Code of Conduct Tribunal

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has returned to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he is facing a 13-count charge bordering on alleged corruption and false declaration of assets. Mr. Saraki was arraigned September 18, but pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail. On Wednesday, Mr. Saraki…

Saraki asks Supreme Court to halt corruption trial

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has appealed to the Supreme Court to halt his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The Court of Appeal in Abuja, last week, dismissed Mr. Saraki’s objection to the trial, affirming the powers of the tribunal to hear a 13-count charge of alleged false…

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​​Fraudsters using my name to defraud Nigerians on Facebook — ​ Head of Service

The acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has alerted Nigerians of a Facebook account, opened in her name, and allegedly used to defraud Nigerians seeking employment. In a statement, the deputy director media relations, Mohammed Manga, said the account neither belongs to the service nor its…

Court orders release of ex-NSA Dasuki’s passport

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of the international passport belonging to former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Mr. Dasuki is standing trial for alleged possession of firearms and money laundering. He denies the charges. His passport was taken away as part of his bail…

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New Head of Service pledges more staff training

The acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has said her administration would provide adequate training and retraining of staff to restore efficiency in the service. A statement by deputy director of media relations in the office of the head of service, Mohammed Manga, said…

US condemns Boko Haram’s use of girls as suicide bombers

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has condemned the use of girls by Boko Haram terrorist group in Maiduguri and other parts of north east Nigeria. In a statement by John Kirby, US Department of State’s spokesperson, it described the act as heinous. “The apparent use of children, particularly young…

Nigeria to discourage importation of low quality goods

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed government’s readiness to improve Nigeria's industrial sector by strengthening local investment and discouraging importation of foreign goods. The president stated this in Abuja at the commissioning ceremony of the new ultra-modern steel pipe manufacturing mill and inaugural rolling out ceremony of completed gas pipelines of…

Saraki’s corruption trial resumes at Code of Conduct Tribunal — LIVE UPDATES

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will Wednesday return to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he is facing a 13-count charge bordering on corruption and false declaration of assets. He was arraigned September 18, but he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail. In the charges, Mr.…

Stop marrying teenage girls, BBOG spokesperson tells Nigerian leaders

Nigerian leaders have been tasked to stop marrying teenage girls, far younger than themselves if the nation must actualize its dream of protecting the girl child. Aisha Yesufu, a representative of the Bring Back Our Girls group, made the charge at a two-day national conference on the social protection of…

Controversy as appeal court fails to deliver judgment on Saraki’s Code of Conduct trial

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, on Monday reserved judgment on the appeal filed by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try him over false declaration of assets. The court had fixed today (Monday, October 19) for judgment.…

INTERVIEW: Kogi is terribly sick, Kogites believe I’m the father that can cure it – Abubakar Audu

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES Festus Owete and Evelyn Okakwu, two-time governor of Kogi State and candidate of the APC in the November 21 election, Abubakar Audu, says he was rigged out in the previous election and vows to defeat the incumbent governor. PT: This is the third time…

​Nigeria’s electoral body, INEC, structurally flawed — EU

The European Union’s Election observation team in Nigeria has said that there are still systemic flaws that could impede the functions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The EU’s chief observer, Santiago Fisas, noted this as part of the team’s final report on the March and April 2015 general…

Don’t abandon Jonathan’s policies, former Minister tells Buhari

A former finance minister, Shamsudeen Usman, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to carry on with projects initiated by the immediate past administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Speaking at the 56th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society on Monday, Mr. Usman said continuing with previous projects will ensure growth…

PREMIUM TIMES journalist, three other Nigerians win CNN African Journalist awards

An editor from Nigeria’s leading investigative paper, PREMIUM TIMES, was on Saturday honoured at this year’s CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards in Kenya. ‎Ibanga Isine, regional editor, south, was named winner of the News Impact category of the awards on a night that saw three other Nigerians clinching…

​Don’t use EFCC, others for selfish gains, Catholic Bishop tells Buhari

A Catholic Bishop and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, used his Independence anniversary message last week to slam Nigerian political and religious leaders, warning them of actions that could spell doom for the country. Speaking in Abuja, the Arch Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, said the…

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U.S. condemns Abuja bomb blasts

The United States Government has condemned Friday’s bomb blasts in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. A statement by the spokesman of the American Embassy in Abuja, Sean McIntosh, said the U.S. government strongly condemned the multiple explosions in the Nyanya and Kuje areas of Abuja on October 2, as well as…

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah

Nigerian govt can’t employ more than 5% of citizens – Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, says it is impossible for the Federal Government to employ more than five per cent of the country’s population. The clergyman, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the Third National Mission Congress of Nigeria, in Abuja, said no government in the…

Gays, lesbians need salvation not punishment – Catholic bishops

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has asked the Nigerian media and other individuals to stop misinterpreting its stance regarding same sex marriage in the country. The bishops maintained their earlier position that gays and lesbians do not deserve severe punishment or jail term. In an article titled, “Still…

Religion, ethnicity major problems in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that one major problem Nigeria faces is ethnic and religious divisions among the people. Mr. Osinbajo was speaking at Nigeria's 55th anniversary interdenominational church service, held at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abuja. He said leaders in various facets of the country play politics with…

​Nigeria, Iran pressure Saudi Arabia to take responsibility for Hajj deaths

Pressure has mounted on Saudi authorities to take responsibility for Thursday’s death of over 700 pilgrims in the country in a disaster many believe could have been avoided. At least 717 people died during a stampede as nearly 3 million Muslims from around the world rounded off this year’s hajj…

Those angry I am Senate President behind my trial – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who pleaded not guilty to a 13-count charge of corruption and false declaration of asset at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja on Tuesday, has said that he is being tried for alleged corruption because he is the senate president. Mr. Saraki, who was…

Saraki pleads ‘not guilty’ to corruption charges, granted bail

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, pleaded “not guilty” on Tuesday to multiple charges of fraud brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. He was thereafter granted bail on self recognition. He faces a 13-count charge bordering on corruption and alleged false declaration of assets. Mr. Saraki arrived the…

Saraki appears before Code of Conduct Tribunal — LIVE UPDATES

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has finally appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal where he is being charged for alleged false declaration of assets. Mr. Saraki failed to appear before the tribunal on Friday, and again on Monday, despite an arrest warrant issued against him. He faces a 13-count…

Code of Conduct Bureau Court

’50 senators’ accompany Saraki to tribunal for corruption trial

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has arrived the courtroom of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja to face trial over a 13-count charge of corruption levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. Mr. Saraki arrived the tribunal premises at 9:32 a.m., accompanied by "about 50…