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Osinbajo to deliver lecture at Harvard

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the invitation of Harvard University, Boston, United States, would be delivering the inaugural, keynote lecture at the university’s “Africa Rising” course at Harvard Business School on January 16. In extending its invitation to the vice president, the university noted that it deeply admired the immense…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

First batch of new Kaduna teachers ready February, El-Rufai says

All teachers being recruited in Kaduna State will get permanent and pensionable appointments, the state governor has said. Governor Nasir El-Rufai said this on Monday during a meeting with the chairmen of the 23 local government councils and their Education Secretaries. The meeting received reports from all the 23 councils…

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Benue Killings: Buhari urges restraint

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja called on the government and people of Benue State to exercise restraint following the recent attacks on some communities, assuring that all the perpetrators of violence in the state will be made to face the wrath of the law. Receiving a delegation of political…

Group petitions EFCC, seeks investigation of JAMB’s finances from 1999

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA Resource Centre, a non-governmental and non-partisan human rights and development organisation, has urged the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to immediately commence a probe into the finances of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, from 1999 till date. In a petition…

‎Nigeria’s Finance Minister Adeosun gets UN appointment

The United Nations has appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, into the Investments Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The Under-Secretary-General of United Nations, Jan Beagle, who confirmed Mrs. Adeosun’s appointment, disclosed that the minister would serve a one-year term of office effective from January…

Oil, gas agency plans to fund recurrent expenditure from IGR

The Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, OGFZA, says it has developed a financial framework that would enable it fund recurrent expenditure from its internally generated revenue, IGR, beginning from 2018. The managing director of OGFZA, Okon Umana, said the agency had on December 6, 2017 written to the Federal…

Buhari thanks Nigerians after son’s ‘recovery’

President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife, Aisha, and their family have thanked “all men and women of goodwill”, for their prayers and best wishes for the president's son, Yusuf, to recover after a motor bike accident. The president said on Friday that Yusuf had recovered and was ready to be discharged…

South-east Governors meet in Enugu on Ekwueme’s burial

The Governors of the South-east geopolitical zone met on Friday at the Government House, Enugu, to deliberate on the preparations for the burial of the late elder statesman and former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, scheduled to hold on February 2, 2018. Briefing journalists after the meeting, the Chairman of the…

Amnesty International warns against extradition of Cameroon separatist leaders arrested in Nigeria

Ten leaders of the independence movement in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon could be at risk of torture and an unfair trial if extradited from Nigeria, where they have been arrested and detained in secret for one week, Amnesty International said today. On January 5, armed men in plain clothes…

Supreme Court orders re-trial of ex-Lagos Speaker for alleged corruption

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court has ordered the re-trial of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was charged with an alleged N338 million fraud. The court gave the ruling on Friday. It was to rule on whether Mr. Ikuforiji should be…

Trial of suspected ritual killer commences in Rivers

The trial of suspected ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike, commenced on Friday at the Rivers State High Court Number 9, where he was arraigned before judge, Adolphus Enebeli. Ifeanyi Dike allegedly murdered late eight-year old girl, Chikamso Favour, in August 2017, after raping her and harvesting her genitals. Also arraigned before Mr.…

Yusuf Buhari recovers after bike accident, ready for discharge — Presidency

The health of Yusuf, son of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was admitted into Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, on December 26, 2017, following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, has improved remarkably and he is ready to be discharged. This news was contained in a statement Friday by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina.…

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Buhari to Gani Adams: Use Aare Ona Kakanfo title for Nigeria’s unity

President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates Gani Adams, Leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, on his investiture as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, January 13, 2018. President Buhari charges Mr. Adams to use the new position to pursue worthy goals of security, peace and national unity. The president commends the…

Ambode

Lagos generates N504 billion in 2017

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday commended residents of the state for supporting his administration to deliver on key projects in various sectors and sections. He said the state generated a total of N503.7 billion revenue in 2017 despite the harsh economic climate in the country. Governor Ambode,…

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Gov. Ugwuanyi receives Enugu returnees from Libya

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Wednesday received ten out of the eleven indigenes of the state who were among the 490 Nigerians recently repatriated from Libya. Addressing the returnees at the Government House, Enugu, Mr. Ugwuanyi thanked God for their safe return and also expressed gratitude to President…

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Buhari appoints substantive NIA DG

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. The new Director General is Ahmed Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, who till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations. Mr. Abubakar…

Edo, Chinsese firm seal 5,500bpd modular refinery deal

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday in China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese consortium for a 5,500 barrel per day modular refinery in Edo State. The event is coming hours after a similar MoU was signed with China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. in…

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Don Waney: Wike proposes death sentence for cultism, kidnapping

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Government will amend the State Anti-kidnapping Law to prescribe death sentence for criminals involved in cultism, robbery and kidnapping. In a state broadcast on Monday on the killing of Johnson Igwedibia alias Don Wanny, Governor Wike stated that…

Legacy Pension Managers re-organises Board: Appoints Ladi Balogun Chairman; James Ilori Non-Executive Director

Legacy Pension Managers has appointed Ladi Balogun as its Chairman, Board of Directors and James Ilori as a Non-Executive Director. The appointments of Messrs. Balogun and Ilori to the Board of Legacy Pension Managers (“Legacy Pensions”) come in the wake of the acquisition by FCMB Group of 60 per cent…

Mobil

HEDA demands details of three oil blocks from Mobil

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, has requested for clarification on the renewal of some oil mining leases in possession of Mobil Producing Nigeria. In a Freedom of Information (FOI) request issued to the Managing Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, dated January 2, 2018 and signed by HEDA's chairman,…

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Buhari unable to take charge of national security — Gov. Dickson

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the federal government to stop politicising national security. The governor said the inability of President Muhamnadu Buhari to personally take charge of the nation's security and engage "stakeholders" on national security has made some APC leaders to politicise security. The governor…

CBN Anchor Borrowers Program: 225,000 Farmers To Benefit From NIRSAL’s New Field Structure

As part of its focus on taking business-driven agriculture to the grassroots, the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture, NIRSA, is deploying an innovative nation-wide field structure to support 225,000 farmers under the CBN Anchor Borrowers Scheme. The structure, known as the Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Office, PMRO,…

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Stop Bloodletting By Fulani Herdsmen, ADP Urges Buhari

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently rise up and tackle the activities of some Fulani militias engaged in the reckless murder of Nigerians in states like Ondo, Benue, Southern Kaduna and others. This was contained in a statement issued by the party's spokesman for…

Mine ownership tussle: Two suspected BUA employees arrested

The Edo State Government and security agencies comprising officers of the Nigerian Army, the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, State Security Services, SSS, in the state on Wednesday stormed the disputed Obu mine site and arrested two employees of BUA International Limited over violation of a Stop…

MURIC tackles Nigerian govt for declaring Jan 1 holiday while ignoring 1st Muharram

Rights group, Muslim Rights Concern, has urged the Nigerian government to declare the first day of the Islamic calendar, 1st Muharram, public holiday just as the first day Gregorian calendar, January 1, has been earmarked. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, MURIC's Executive Director, Ishaq Akintola, said the measure…