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Woman arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into prison

A woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into prison. The details of the arrest were provided by the prison authorities in a statement. Read the full statement below: The Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) attached to Kano Central Prison has intercepted a female…

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Book on Premium Times publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, for launch on Monday

A book of essays in honour of frontline journalist, Dapo Olorunyomi, will be unveiled on May 27, at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. Mr Olorunyomi, who was among the team that founded the hard-hitting TheNews/Tempo magazines in the 1990s, is the publisher of foremost online newspaper PREMIUM TIMES. The book,…

L-R- Former Nigeria President, and IITA Goodwill Ambassador, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga; and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the commissioning of projects in IITA today (Saturday)

IITA inaugurates projects to accelerate agricultural research in Africa

Nigeria’s former President and IITA Goodwill Ambassador, Olusegun Obasanjo and Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Saturday commissioned two key projects at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan— an Agricultural Transformation Building dedicated to research and delivery of innovations to farmers across Nigeria in particular and Africa in…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Nigeria’s diversity, source of strength- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria’s diversity would remain a source of strength for the development of the country. President Buhari spoke on Thursday in Abuja while receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Shimon Ben-Shosan. The President said Nigeria and Israel have enjoyed cordial bilateral…

Gov Seriake Dickson

Dickson emerges chairman of PDP Governors Forum

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has emerged the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Governors Forum. A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, stated that the former Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, announced Mr Dickson’s emergence…

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Delta govt commences concession of Asaba airport

Bids for the concession of the Asaba International Airport were opened Thursday with two consortia, FIDMA/MA and AIMS, becoming the favourite bidders. At the opening of the bids by the transaction adviser on the concessioning of the airport, HALCROW Infrastructure Nigeria Limited, in a brief but interesting ceremony which saw…

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NSE clarifies concerns on MTN Nigeria’s Premium Board listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange has issued the statement below in response to some concerns raised by Nigerians over the listing of the shares of MTN Nigeria. The statement reads in full The attention of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE or The Exchange) has been drawn to a few critical issues…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari hosts Zamfara leaders to Iftar in Saudi Arabia

President Muhammadu Buhari has again decried the loss of lives and property to banditry in Zamfara State. Mr Buhari spoke on Sunday in Makkah when he had Iftar dinner (a fast-breaking meal) with Zamfara State leaders, including Governor Abdulaziz Yari and the Emir of Maradun, Garba Tambari. The Itfar is…

Insecurity: ‘I need more time to disclose spending on security votes,’ Al-Makura tells SERAP

The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, has responded to a Freedom of Information request by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and asked “for more time within which to compile and provide details on the spending by the State on security votes, as this will require more than…

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (Photo Credit: Logistics News, MOOV)

Airport Safety: Enugu govt closes Orie Emene Market

Following safety concerns raised by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on potential air hazards in and around the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the Enugu State Executive Council has ordered the immediate closure of Orie Emene Market near the airport. Briefing journalists after the council’s meeting on Friday, the…

FILE: Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu addressing the press

Herbalist impersonates Buhari’s aide, NNPC spokesperson to dupe South Korean

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office, has arrested a 31-year-old Islamic scholar/herbalist, Jamiu Isiaka, for impersonating the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, among other prominent citizens.…

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President Buhari committed to welfare of workers — SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has assured Nigerian workers of President Buhari’s commitment to improve their welfare. Speaking on Tuesday while inaugurating a committee that will negotiate adjustment in salaries for federal workers, the SGF said the commitment was due to President Buhari’s recognition…

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Insecurity: Group backs Pastor Adeboye’s call for support to Service Chiefs

The Concerned Professionals’ Congress (CPC) has endorsed a call by the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye, that replacing the Service Chiefs hastily may create fresh problems capable of compounding the security challenges currently facing nation. The highly-respected cleric who spoke to journalists at…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari mourns late Nigerian filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah

The presidency has released the statement below mourning the passing of a veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah. Mr Ugbomah died at the age of 78. Read the full statement below. President Muhammadu Buhari joins the entertainment industry, particularly movie makers, in mourning the passing to glory of veteran filmmaker, Eddie Ugbomah,…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

SERAP tells Ganduje to reject fat pensions, luxury cars for Kano lawmakers

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, urging him to use his good offices and position to: “publicly reject life pensions and brand-new vehicles for lawmakers bill passed by the Kano State House of Assembly, and to prevail…

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

Abacha Loot: Judge adjourns Cable’s suit against AGF Malami

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, FCT, on Thursday abruptly adjourned proceedings in the case between Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, over his failure to respond to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request on the engagement of lawyers for…

A voting station is pictured, 06 May 2019, in Alexandra Johannesburg.Over 700,000 special voters are expected to cast their vote on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the main Election Day. Picture: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times Picture: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times (Photo Source: TimesLIVE)

Election observers confident in South African elections — Jonathan

The head of the election observer mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), former President Goodluck Jonathan, says the observer mission has confidence in the South African elections, based on what they have observed so far. Speaking to the SABC News at the Independent Electoral Commission’s…

President of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Maria Garces and Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari

Boko Haram: Nigeria needs help to rehabilitate IDPs, rebuild infrastructure – Buhari

The assistance of the United Nations and the international community will be invaluable in reversing the devastation visited on Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgency, President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday told the visiting President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Maria Garces. "The condition of internally…

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Branch Disburses Over 1 Million Loans Two Years Since App Launch

Nigerians deserve access to high quality financial services. But in reality, only too many people are excluded. For its second anniversary, Branch International reflects on its journey to provide financial services to millions of Nigerians. Financial inclusion is one of the biggest and most important topics in the Nigerian financial…

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. [Photo credit: Thisday Live]

Okowa focuses attention on water, sanitation in Delta

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, declared a “State of Emergency” in the water and sanitation sector. The governor, who observed that a lot is required for the nation to provide public water and sanitation facilities for her growing population, stated that in Delta State, the water and…

Judge rejects plea bargain, sends internet fraudster to jail

Apparently disgusted by the negative effect the activities of internet fraudsters impose on Nigeria’s image, Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division, on Monday, May 6, 2019, rejected the terms of plea bargain presented on behalf of Oladimeji Abiola, an internet fraudster. Instead of the six…

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Zenith Bank reaffirms zero account opening balance for current, savings accounts

Zenith Bank, the largest bank in Nigeria by tier-1 capital and a foremost provider of financial services to multinationals, corporates and SMES in the country, has affirmed its commitment to accord its growing retail business the same attention and focus that has enabled it become the leading corporate bank player…

Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

Fashola names alleged corrupt contractors

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has forwarded to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) documents from some of the ministry’s agencies providing some details regarding the names of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects, and inviting SERAP…

Ramadan 2019: NSCIA releases 30 contact details for moon-sighting notice – FULL DETAILS

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the statement below, detailing modalities for the sighting of the new moon to signal the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast. The statement also detailed the contact telephone and email addresses of 30 personalities across the country that should be contacted…

Jonathan leads observer mission to South African elections

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has announced the arrival in South Africa of its election observation mission (EOM) led by former President Goodluck Jonathan to observe the country’s national and provincial elections. A statement issued by the South African-based EISA ahead of the May 8 elections…