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Nigeria lists conditions to reopen borders with neighbours

The Nigerian government on Monday gave a list of conditions that must be met for it to reopen its borders. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, alongside members of the Inter-ministerial committee on the temporary partial closure of land borders, held a press briefing in Abuja to discuss the…

Finance minister, Zainab Ahmed. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Trust]

Why Nigeria’s borders remain shut – Finance Minister

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has explained why Nigeria’s land borders remain shut to the country’s West African neighbours. “It is important that the borders were closed at this time because of Nigeria’s commitment to AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area),” Mrs Ahmed said. The official said the failure…

NNPC Headquarters, Abuja

Refineries: NNPC signs agreement with Russian oil firm

Nigeria and Russia on Thursday in Sochi, Russia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will enable both countries’ oil giants, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Russia’s Lukeoil to elevate commercial relationship to a government-to-government backed partnership. With signing of the MoU, NNPC and Lukeoil will work together in upstream operations…

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Buhari congratulates Canadian Prime Minister on election victory

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on the victory of his party in the country's general elections. This was disclosed in a press release on Wednesday. Mr Buhari also celebrated with the Liberal Party of Canada and Canadians in general on their victory and the…

‎Guinean President, Alpha Condé

Five reported dead in protests against Guinea President Conde’s third term bid

Guinea’s proposed constitution change to allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third term has led to the death of four protesters and a police officer. Africa News reported that the Guinean President “called on the public to prepare for a referendum and elections”, which implied that he was…

National Assembly Complex

Saraki-led NASS passed record number of bills ‘but few had quality’ — Jega Report

A new report has passed a scathing verdict on the performance of the 8th National Assembly, saying majority of the bills it passed lacked quality. The report said this was due to a lack of “legislative proficiency” and “pre-legislative scrutiny”. This assessment, titled “Scorecard of the 8th Assembly”, was launched…

Nigerian Customs Officials

Why we raided top Abuja hotel – Customs

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has explained why its operatives raided Fraser Suites located in Abuja. This was announced via a press release signed by Joseph Attah, the Customs public relations officer. Mr Attah said that they had received information from a reliable source that owners of some “exotic cars…

Buhari arrives South Africa. [PHOTO CREDIT: Presidency Twitter Handle]

Buhari arrives South Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday arrived in Pretoria, South Africa, for a state visit and 9th meeting of the Bi-National Commission. The president's plane arrived in the South African Air force Base, Waterkloof, at 9.10 p.m., and he was received by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, and Minister…

Air Peace Aircraft

Air Peace gets approval to operate daily flights to South Africa

The South African government has granted Air Peace the permit to commence commercial flights to Johannesburg, the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. A spokesperson for the ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye, said the proprietor of the airline, Allen Onyema, confirmed that the airline would commence operation as soon as possible…

U.S. President , Donald Trump greets President Buhari

Trump writes Buhari, congratulates Nigeria on 59th independence anniversary

President Donald Trump of the U.S. has congratulated Nigeria on her 59th Independence Anniversary. Mr Trump extended his congratulations in a message to President Muhammadu Buhari. The content of the U.S. president's message was published by the U.S. embassy in Nigeria. In the message, the American leader spoke about areas…

Mo Ibrahim. [PHOTO CREDIT: Mo Ibrahim Foundation Instagram Page]

Mo Ibrahim Foundation announces launch of ‘governance report’

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced the launch of the first comprehensive Africa Governance Report. The report will be published online on October 15 on mo.ibrahim.foundation. Data from “the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, IIAG, will be used in the report to further governance analysis in Africa," a statement by…

Boris Johnson [Photo Credit: BBC]

Boris Johnson ‘strongly disagrees’ with UK Supreme Court ruling

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said on Tuesday that he "strongly disagrees" with the Supreme Court which ruled that his suspension of parliament was illegal. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the UK Supreme Court ruled earlier on Tuesday that Mr Johnson's suspension of parliament was illegal. The 11 justices of…

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Supreme Court rules against Boris Johnson, says suspending parliament illegal

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the suspension of parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson is 'void and of no effect.' The 11 justices of the Supreme Court gave the unanimous ruling on Tuesday morning. Mr Johnson suspended the parliament for five weeks with opponents saying it was to…

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Nigeria describes UN report on violence, insecurity as ‘disappointing’

The Federal Government of Nigeria is disappointed with the United Nation (UN) Special Rapporteur's report of "violence in Nigeria", a statement from the presidency said. According to the statement that was issued by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the preliminary report on violence in Nigeria as released by UN Rapporteur,…

Nigerians returning from South Africa

Xenophobia: Lagos govt gives returnees N20,000 each

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday gave N20,000 to each member of the second batch of 319 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa. The fresh batch of returnees arrived a week after another 178 Nigerians fleeing xenophobia came back from South Africa. The returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the…

Nigerians returning from South Africa

Another 319 Nigerians return from South Africa

A second batch of 319 Nigerians returned from South Africa on Wednesday evening. The returnees arrived on an Air Peace flight at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos, at about 7:21 p.m. Details of the flight were contained in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The latest returnees…

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Saudi Arabia shows evidence attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran”

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday displayed drone and missile debris, which it said show oil attacks “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” The Saudi government presented the evidence on Wednesday, the BBC reports. Iran’s foreign ministry had earlier denied any involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, in an official letter to…

Three things I’ll focus on as UNGA President – Muhammad-Bande

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, has revealed that poverty eradication, quality education, and inclusion are his main priorities. He said this in an interview with UN News. He stressed that education "equalises everything and everyone." He also related the connections between education and employment, equality…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

UNGA won’t discuss xenophobic attacks — Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister

Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the xenophobic attacks which affected Nigerians in South Africa will not be discussed at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Mr Onyeama said the UNGA is not a forum to take issue of the crises that just happened in South Africa,…

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Xenophobia: South Africa dispatches envoy to Nigeria

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has dispatched a peace envoy to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks in his country against foreigners, especially Nigerians. The envoy will stress his president's commitment to "Pan African unity and solidarity" and highlight measures the country is taking to restore peace between both countries.…

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Xenophobic Attacks: 178 Nigerians arrive from South Africa

About 178 Nigerians arrived the Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos by 9.23 p.m. in the first wave of evacuations in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, offered to evacuate Nigerians after several Nigerian businesses and nationals were attacked in…

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Amnesty Intl advises Nigerian govt on UN report

Amnesty International Nigeria has responded to a preliminary report issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES reported the preliminary findings on September 3. Ms Callamard's findings reflected the need for "more to be done to end extra-judicial executions,…

R-L Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa

Xenophobia: What Buhari’s Special Envoy told our President – South African Govt

President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Envoy to South Africa expressed "concern at recent events in South Africa" during a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the latter's spokesperson has said. Khusela Diko, the spokesperson to the South African President, also said in a statement sent to the News Agency of Nigeria, that…

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WEF ends in South Africa amidst Nigeria boycott

The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa has ended in Cape Town, South Africa, producing notable outcomes. Nigeria boycotted the WEF to protest xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was scheduled to represent Nigeria at the event. The boycott is one of…

Air Peace Aircraft

Xenophobia: Nigeria encourages citizens in South Africa to return on free travel

The Nigerian government has advised its citizens to "inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage" of a free return trip to Nigeria. This is because Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, volunteered to send an aircraft to South Africa to bring back Nigerians willing to return. This was announced…