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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…

Saraki must appear Tuesday, Tribunal rules

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, must appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal Tuesday, 10am, to face a 13-count charge of alleged corruption, the tribunal ruled Monday. Mr. Saraki failed to appear before the tribunal during the sitting, despite an arrest warrant issued against him by the tribunal last Friday.…

Low Oil Prices: SURE-P excluded from 2015 budget

The Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, received no budgetary provision for 2015, amid concerns whether President Muhammadu Buhari would retain the programme. SURE-P was established by former President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the 2012 fuel price increase and nationwide strike, to reinvest savings from the reduction of…

​Catholic Bishops denounce high earnings by Nigerian govt. officials

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria has described as unjustifiable the high cost of governance in the country, resulting from exorbitant allowances for public office holders. In a statement signed by its president and secretary, Most Revs. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama and William Avenya, respectively, the body said such earnings constituted…

UNILAG

Nigerian feminists raise alarm on increasing rape cases on campuses, suggest solutions

A group, the Nigerian Feminist Forum [NFF], has cried out over the increasing cases of rape in tertiary institutions across the country. "The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) is dismayed and alarmed by what appears to be an overwhelming rise in reported cases of sexual assault and rape of female university…

Education facility

30 states fail to claim N80.9bn UBEC funds, yet some owe teachers

While they complain of funds for educational projects in their respective domains, 29 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory have failed to make use of N80.9 billion available to them as Universal Basic Education grant. The money, from N177.6 billion total grants available to all 36 states…

Odinkalu, bomb victims demand release of govt. support funds

Bomb blast victims in the country have stated their resolve to seek the release of support funds donated for their welfare. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the Bomb Blast Victims Association of Nigeria, in Abuja Tuesday, the chairman of the association, Olatunji Kayode, said previous attempts to access the…

Aliko Dangote

Dangote to build new cement plant in Zimbabwe

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has indicated plans to build a cement factory in Zimbabwe. He also plans to invest in coal mining and power generation in the South African region. Mr. Dangote disclosed this on Monday after a closed-door meeting with Zimbabwe’s vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He said the…

“Hangry”, 22 other new words added to Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford University Press has released 23 new words in its quarterly update of list of words in Oxford advanced learners dictionary. The words, released Thursday to the web version of the dictionary, include hangry, bants, manspreading and more. Awesomesauce: This is an adjective, used also informally in the US to…

NASS members walked out on us when confronted over their jumbo pay — ex-RMAFC boss, Tukur

Hamman Tukur, an engineer and former Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, speaks about his tenure, the huge allowances taken by members of the National Assembly, his constant brushes with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the administration of FAAC and other sundry…

Oscar Pistorius

South Africa blocks Pistorius’ early release

South Africa's Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, has stopped Oscar Pistorius’ intended release on parole 10 months after the former Paralympian was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Mr. Pistorius was billed to be released Friday after serving just a sixth of his term. South…

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.... Photo Credit..Courtsey @KwamiAdadevoh via Twitter

Adadevoh, Gani were humanitarians Nigerians should not forget — Odinkalu

As the world marks the 2015 international humanitarian day, the chairman of the National Human rights commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has urged Nigerians to remember the sacrifices of some of the nation’s finest humanitarians. The human rights chief said the efforts made by Nigerians like Ameyo Adadevoh, Gani Fawehinmi, Bamidele Aturu,…

President Muhammadu Buhari talking

World Youth Day: Buhari commends Nigerian youth over polls, begs for patience

President Mohamadu Buhari on Wednesday commended youth in the country for their role in the success of the 2015 general elections. As part of his speech at an event to commemorate the 2015 International Youth Day, the President said the ruling All Progressives Congress would fulfill all its campaign promises…

​​Kogi moves to access backlog of UBEC funds

The Kogi state government says it has concluded plans to release N2.1 billion counterpart funds to enable it access its three-year backlog of Universal Basic Education funds. This was contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, in Lokoja by the state's Commissioner for Information, Zainab…

Activists seek more action to help widows in Nigeria

Saddled with a pregnancy due in three days, Carol Ugu watched as her husband struggled with a deadly brain tumour for months. When her child finally came, it was a stillbirth. Then, shortly after, her husband  died. A mother of four, Mrs. Ugu said the severity of her husband’s ordeal…

Buhari has no reason to fail – Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, has said that the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari has no excuse to fail. Bishop Onaiyekan spoke Monday evening after a thanksgiving mass organised in honour of his 46th priestly anniversary, at the Catholic Pro Cathedral, Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Abuja. He…

Court postpones Al Jazeera journalists hearing

An Egyptian court has postponed the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy, and Peter Greste earlier scheduled for Thursday. The hearing was scheduled in February, for July 30, for want of evidence leading to the conviction of the three journalists of conspiracy with the Muslim Brotherhood,…