queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly for PREMIUM TIMES. She is a 2018 Female Reporters Leadership Programme fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has a degree in French. She can be reached on Twitter @QueenExtha

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President Buhari with Nigerian governors

Buhari’s ‘Northern Nigeria’ discussion with World Bank chief witnessed by three Southern governors – Shettima

The Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, said on Friday that he was at a 2015 meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the World Bank, Jim Kim. According to Mr. Shettima, four other governors including three from Southern Nigeria were also at the meeting. In a statement by his…

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Movie produced to create cancer awareness debuts in Abuja

A movie, Purple Hearts, aimed at portraying the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and management, premiered in Abuja on Friday at the on-going 14th Abuja International Film Festival, AIFF. The director of the film, Andy Amenechi, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN that it was produced to create cancer…

Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan reacts to new corruption claims linked to late mother

Former first lady Patience Jonathan has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to let her late mother, Charity Oba, who has been linked to a property under investigation, rest in peace. She also denied claims by the EFCC that the N 2.1 billion Magel Resort Ltd property was…

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UPDATED: CAN official criticises churches inviting entertainers to boost attendance

An official of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has criticised the attitude of some churches, especially in Abuja, who invite secular celebrities and entertainment personalities to boost attendance at their programmes. The General Secretary of CAN, Musa Asake, condemned the new trend saying it would only distract people from…

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Senate moves to check abuse of codeine cough syrup, other drugs in Northern Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday called for an investigation of growing abuse of codeine cough syrup and other prospective drugs with a view to checking the menace said to be widespread among youth in the northern part of Nigeria.. Adopting a motion sponsored by Bashir Garbai (APC-Borno) and 37 other…

APC, Mark mourn ex-Army chief Victor Malu

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has mourned the death of former Chief of Army Staff, Victor Malu, who died on Monday. The party made this known in a press statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi. President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier confirmed his death in a condolence message…

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Senator asks Buhari to quit as petroleum minister

A Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from the position of a petroleum minister. Mr. Sani urged the president to appoint someone who is accountable to the position. The Senator made the call in a statement on Thursday. He said because of the demands…

Nigerian Senate challenges Boundary Commission to resolve land disputes

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday directed the National Boundary Commission to investigate boundary conflicts around the country and clearly delineate the boundaries to curb widespread disputes. The directive followed a motion on crises arising from non-delimitation of Nigerian internal boundaries. In the motion, Gershom Bassey (PDP-Cross River South) noted that…

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Senate asks for captive dams across Nigeria to check borehole drilling

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday called for construction of captive dams in communities across Nigeria towards putting a check to the drilling of boreholes in the country. This followed a motion sponsored by Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue North East) and Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North), which warned that indiscriminate drilling of…

Patience Jonathan

I’m being probed for supporting my husband – Patience Jonathan

A former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan, has claimed that she is being probed because of the role she played in the build-up to the 2015 elections. Mrs. Jonathan, who is claiming ownership of $15.5 million frozen by a court at the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

TSTV: Tax incentive to creative sector yielding results – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the recent tax incentive granted the creative sector is already yielding the expected results especially in the breaking of the monopoly in the Pay TV business terrain. He said this at the unveiling of a new digital satellite pay…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo mocks Buhari, says president too slow in fulfilling electoral promises

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised the slow pace at which the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari is taking to fulfill its promises to Nigerians. The former president said this in an interview with African Arguments magazine, and stressed that President Buhari had not done enough for Nigerians especially in…

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Senate summons ministers over budget funding

The Nigerian Senate has ordered the Ministers of Finance and the Ministers of Budget and Planning to appear before its Joint Committee of Finance and Appropriation next Tuesday.  The directive followed the resolution on Wednesday by the Senate to summon the two ministers to brief it on the release of fund for the…

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Bill seeking N540 billion annual funding for Nigeria Police passes second Senate reading

A bill seeking the establishment of the Nigeria Police Development Fund, NPDF, after deliberations passed the second reading in the Senate on Wednesday. The bill also proposes N540 billion annually to fund the Nigeria Police Force for enhanced provision of security. The bill which was sponsored by Abu Ibrahim, senator…

Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Saudi Arabia to allow women drive

Saudi King Salman on Tuesday decreed that women be allowed to drive cars, ending the conservative Islamic kingdom's status as the only country where that is forbidden, CNBC reports. The royal decree ordered the formation of a ministerial body to give advice within 30 days and then implement the order…

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Nigerian Senate resumes, calls for action against flooding

The Senate resumed from its two-month annual recess on Tuesday and deliberated on flood disasters in parts of Nigeria. In a motion, Yahaya Abdullahi, APC-Kebbi, noted that overflow of waterways and blockage of drainage systems had led to loss of lives and properties in states including Kebbi, Niger, Kogi, Kwara,…

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Controversy trails Uber drivers’ operations at Abuja airport

The operations of Uber drivers have come under attack at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, following resistance from the resident car hire service providers. Uber drivers have been harassed continuously by the task force of resident car hire services at the NAIA for operating “illegally”. Uber, the U.S.…

Air Peace

Air Peace clinches global recognition

One of Nigeria's prominent operating airlines, Air Peace, has been added as a member International Air Transport Association, IATA. This was revealed in a press statement signed by the airline's communication manager, Chris Iwarah, on Sunday where he said that the airline achieved the feat only in a few months…

Oluremi Tinubu

Tinubu calls for restraint over regional agitations

Oluremi Tinubu, the senator representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District on Friday frowned at the spate of hate speeches and quit notices being bandied around by individuals and groups in the nation and asked for restraint. She said this during the 23rd town hall meeting with her constituents which was…

Army reacts to video depicting harassment of civilians by soldiers

The Nigerian Army has reacted to an online video showing armed military officers humiliating civilians believed to be supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu at a check point in Abia State. In a press release issued on Thursday, signed by the Deputy Director Army Public…

Oby Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili accuses President Buhari of alienating South-east

A former minister of education and leader of the BringBackOurGirls Campaign Group, BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of alienating a section of Nigerians by his actions. In a series of tweets apparently directed at Mr. Buhari, the BBOG leader said all Nigerians must be carried along by…

Charly Boy

Nnamdi Kanu: Charly Boy criticises Nigerian govt.

The Nigerian musician, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has condemned the deployment of soldiers to the hometown of controversial separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Charly Boy, leader of the ‘OurMumuDonDo’ movement said the federal government should be more worried about safeguarding lives and properties than destroying it. He said…

16 Years After, Americans Commemorate 9/11 At White House

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump alongside, the first lady, Melania Trump, presided over his first 9/11 tragedy commemoration in office, which was is usually a yearly sober occasion. The morning's remembrance which was scheduled for about the same time the first plane commandeered by terrorists…

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Microsoft partners Future Project to support Nigerian startups

A non-governmental organisation, the Future Project, in partnership with Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of Accelerate LABS, aimed at bolstering the country’s economic development through enterprise development and technology incubation. This announcement was made during its launch in Lagos which was tagged, 'Activating the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.'…

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Nigerians express diverse views on call for ban of skin ‘bleaching’ creams

Over the years, bleaching creams also known as skin lighteners, whiteners, brighteners or fading creams were used for the purpose of treating skin problems such as freckles, age spots, acne scars or discolouration related to hormones. However, in recent times, many people now use such creams to lighten a naturally…