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Biodun Fatoyinbo [Photo: Instagram]

Coza Rape Scandal: Nigerians react to Pastor Fatoyinbo’s pulpit return

One month after Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder and senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) stepped down after being accused of rape, he returned to the pulpit on Sunday. Mr Fatoyinbo stepped down in July after hundreds of protesters stormed the church's headquarters in Abuja and its branch in…

Lagos state on map

Lagos suspends advertising firm for displaying ‘semi-nude women’

The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has announced the suspension of an advert firm, Provision Media System Limited, pending final investigation over the alleged display of semi-nude women. On Saturday, the internet was a beehive of comments as a video of some women dancing on a pole in…

Some of the protesters

After protest, Lagos electricity firm approves special billing for community

After a three-month power outage, residents of Orile-Iganmu, a Lagos community, and the Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDP) have reached an agreement over billing method to be used by electricity consumers. A copy of the memorandum of understanding seen by PREMIUM TIMES dated July 31, 2019, said both parties had…

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia’s music fest

U.S. rap artist, Nicki Minaj, who was billed to perform at the Saudi Arabia Jedda season music festival scheduled for July 18 has cancelled her performance, CNN is reporting. The award-winning rapper revealed this in a statement published by CNN on Wednesday. It read, "After careful reflection I have decided…

LASPOTECH entrance

Striking Lagos Polytechnic workers reject assembly’s recommendations

The striking workers of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, have rejected the recommendations of the state’s House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary towards resolving the crisis rocking the institution. The union said until its demand for the probe of allegations of high-handedness, maladministration and financial recklessness against the Samuel…

Female porter in Tomato Field, Mile 12, Lagos

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the lives of struggling ‘alabaru’ at Lagos markets

On a rainy Friday morning in Mile 12 market, Lagos, a middle-aged woman sat on a large plastic bowl placed on a wooden board and gazed at the faces of passers-by, expectantly. A porter, Iya Ibeji, as she wants to be identified, says what started as a temporary job to…

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia’s cultural festival

U.S. rapper, Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj, is set to perform at the Saudi Arabia Jedda season cultural festival scheduled for July 18. She will perform alongside a British musician, Liam Payne and American DJ, Steve Aoki. Announcing the performing artistes, the twitter handle of the organiser…

Naira Marley

Dancer, Kaffy, berates Naira Marley’s masturbation dance style, Soapy

Popular Nigerian dancer, Kafayat Shafau, better known as Kaffy, has condemned the dance step, Soapy, popularised by Azeez Fashola, a.k.a Naira Marley, who is alleged to have been involved in internet fraud and money laundering by the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Guinness world record holder…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Nigerians call for arrest of senator caught on video assaulting a woman

Nigerians expressed their anger on Twitter on Tuesday after a video showing a Nigerian senator assaulting a woman emerged online. The lawmaker, representing the Adamawa north senatorial district, Elisha Abbo, was shown in the CCTV footage, published by PREMIUM TIMES slapping a nursing mother who was trying to appease him.…

Angry protesters storm COZA Lagos church

Dozens of protesters on Sunday stormed the Maryland, Lagos, building of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly church (COZA). The protesters who were clad in white t-shirts convened at the popular Opic Plaza, carrying placards with various inscriptions. They all called for the arrest and prosecution of the embattled leader of…

Three tips to spot fake human hair online

Many of us get carried away by the the photoshop of some fake human hair disguised as 100 per cent original human hair. Early this June, a video went viral of a hair vendor who allegedly “brutalised” a customer who complained about not getting what she ordered for. The customer…

Chika Ike

Nigerian actress, Chika Ike, to launch cosmetics line

Film producer and actress, Chika Ike, is set to launch her cosmetics line, Chika Cosmetics in August 2019. She made this announcement on her Instagram handle on Monday. “I am super excited to announce that Chika Cosmetics will launch August. It's been over two years of planning, visiting factories and…

LASU-Entrance

LASU records ‘unprecedented 57 first class graduands’

The Lagos State University (LASU) announced, during its 23rd convocation ceremony Wednesday, that 57 graduands bagged first class degrees, the highest ever in the institution's 36 years of existence. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the vice-chancellor, said diplomas, first degrees, postgraduate diplomas, and other higher degrees across faculties and disciplines would be awarded…

Underage kids washing cars at Mile 10, Ojo, LAgos.

Inside the lives of teenagers running mobile car wash business in Lagos traffic

Ezekiel Oluranti’s head was buried in his laps when he heard a whisper. “Let’s go and wash the cars.” It was the voice of his friend, informing him a dirty vehicle has been sighted in the nearby gridlock. Ezekiel, 15, lifted his head, quickly grabbed his work tools – a…

Pic. 54. All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader Bola Tinubu voting at Ikeja Local Government Alausa/Oregun/Olusosun Ward 03 Unit 047 during the Governorship and Houses of Assembly Elections in

Tinubu speaks on ‘O to ge’ Lagos

A former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has said there is no basis for the "O to ge" movement which translates loosely as "Enough is Enough' 'O to ge', a catchphrase birthed in Kwara State, was used as a tool to demand the defeat of Bukola Saraki in Kwara…

Faleke declared winner of Ikeja federal constituency

James Faleke, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, has been declared the winner of the Ikeja Federal constituency tussle. Mr Faleke won with 25,195 votes while his major opponent, Mutiu Olakule Okunola from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 21, 373. The PDP candidate, who had earlier tried to disrupt…

Yinka Ayefele

Oyo govt completes reconstruction of Ayefele’s Fresh FM

Four months after the demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Fresh FM Music House, the Oyo State government has completed the reconstruction. Mr Ayefele disclosed this on Instagram on Wednesday when he appreciated Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo State, for rebuilding his radio station. "Thank you gov. ajimobi,” the popular musician wrote.…

Traffic: No let-up for Lagosians as Christmas approaches

For the umpteenth time one Monday afternoon in Lagos, the commercial bus Kafilat Onitiju boarded from Okokomaiko to Mile 2 came to a halt. The excruciating heat in the crowded vehicle, the stench of dried sweat from passengers, and the dust raised by commercial motorcyclists as they meander their way…

Ready Set Work

5,000 graduate from Ambode’s youth employability training

No fewer than 5000 participants have graduated from third edition of the Lagos State employability and entrepreneurship programme tagged Ready Set Work 3.0. Speaking to participants, volunteers and partners of the programme on Tuesday, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who is not eligible to compete for a second term in…

Drivers stopping other vehicles

Lagos commercial bus drivers protest alleged police extortion

Dozens of commercial bus drivers on Wednesday blocked the LASU-Iyana Ipaja road to protest alleged harassment and extortion by police officers and officials of the Lagos State Task Force. The protest which started at College Bus Stop was later moved to Igando market as all commercial buses were forced to…

Davidson Akhimien

INTERVIEW: How we’ll solve Nigeria’s problems – GDPN presidential aspirant

Davidson Akhimien, the national president of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria, is the presidential aspirant of the Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, one of the parties newly registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu and Oluwakemi Adelagun, Mr. Akhimien,…

Mavin Records artiste, Johnny Drille.

Why Nigerian musicians fall out with their record labels – Johnny Drille

Mavin Records artiste, Johnny Drille, has said the reason why some Nigerian artistes fall out with their record labels is because they don't understand the terms of contract. The singer said this during an interview on Smooth FM’s, Lagos Talks, monitored by PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday. He said, “The numerous…

Group petitions Human Rights Commission over alleged soldiers’ brutality

The Network of Police Reform in Nigeria has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over the alleged infliction of physical injuries and extortion of five civilians by some soldiers in Aba, Abia State. In a petition addressed to the commission's executive secretary, the group demanded an investigation into the incident…

Ambode

Ambode gives N5 million to LASU’s best graduating studentAmbode gives N5 million to LASU’s best graduating student

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, gave N5 million to Fuhad Ogunsanya, the 2018 best graduating student at the Lagos State University, Ojo. Mr Ambode also announced a scholarship for Mr Ogunsanya to go for masters’ study outside the country, adding that he would personally finance the student's…

Five ways to spend Valentine’s Day

The fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year does not mean that you can’t still make the most of the day. If you have a 9-5 schedule, the weekend will be a more appropriate time to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner. Irrespective of how you decide…