Sani

Posts by Sani:

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2018: NAHCON airlifts 35,000 Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has airlifted 34,978 pilgrims in 90 flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise. This was revealed Wednesday by the commission’s Command Control Unit. The unit records and disseminates each airlift from various international Airports in Nigeria. The airlift…

From left: National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, during the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential in Villa in Abuja on Wednesday ( 15/8/18). 04386/15/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

FEC approves additional N5.4bn for Enugu/Onitsha road

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday approved the augmentation of the contractual cost of Enugu to Onitsha road by N5.4 billion. The latest approval raises the total cost of the project to N15.7 billion from N10.3 billion. The Minister of Information and…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari speaking

2019: Buhari not under pressure to drop re-election bid – Presidency

The Nigerian presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not under pressure to drop his re-election bid ahead the 2019 election. The presidency was reacting to a story published Tuesday by Daily Independent Newspaper. The spokesperson to Mr Buhari, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the story with…

INTERVIEW: ‘Why Atiku seems best candidate to beat Buhari in 2019’

Boladale Adekoya is a PDP-leaning public affairs analyst whose contributions have been featured on local and international platforms. He speaks with PREMIUM TIMES' Head of Northern Operations, Sani Tukur, on the 2019 election and the potentials of the opposition. Given the level of alignments going on in Nigerian politics, do…

Newly Acting Director General, State Security Service, (SSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04270/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN Pic 35 Newly Acting Director General, Department of State Services, (DSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04271/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN

New SSS chief pledges to review unlawful detentions, rights abuses

The acting Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Matthew Seiyefa, says the service is reviewing all cases of alleged unlawful detentions and human rights abuses by the service. The acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, appointed Mr Seiyefa after sacking the former Director-General, Lawal Daura, for unauthorised deployment of operatives of…

The sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura. [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: Former Daura’s ally says disgraced SSS boss took bribes, betrayed Buhari

A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, has accused his former principal of extensive corruption, and has portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money. The assistant, Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, a retired senior SSS official, said he…

Babatunde Raji Fashola

FEC approves N348.6 billion for major inter-state road

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), has approved the reconstruction of Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe road at the cost of N348.6 billion. The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the total length of the road is 420.6 kilometers. Mr Fashola, who stated this Wednesday while briefing journalists at the end of…

President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Buhari, Osinbajo agree on sack of Lawal Daura – Presidency

The Presidency on Wednesday dismissed reports that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo’s decision to sack the Director General, State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Daura, had anything to do with power struggle between him and President Muhammadu Buhari. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, refuted…

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

EXCLUSIVE: How ex-SSS DG Lawal Daura was arrested

The plot was like that of a movie, leaving trained security and intelligence officials confused. At the end of it, Lawal Daura, then head of one of Nigeria's foremost security agencies was whisked away while his well trained security aides waited for him. Multiple sources at the Nigerian Presidency have…

NASS Siege: Osinbajo meets ‘most senior SSS official’, Magu

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has met separately with the most senior official at the State Security Service (SSS), Mathew Seiyefa, as well as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. The meetings are coming on the heels of a siege on the National Assembly…

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

Osinbajo sacks Lawal Daura as SSS DG

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director General, State Security Service, Lawal Daura, with immediate effect, the presidency has said. “Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice,” Laolu…

Rivers Rep, Boma Goodhead, dares DSS

NASS Siege: Osinbajo summons SSS DG Daura, IGP Idris

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director-General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the two security chiefs, who arrived Aso Rock at…

Ahmad Lawan

Why Senate must reconvene — Ahmed Lawan

The majority leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, says it has become necessary for the lawmakers to reconvene and pass a virement request from President Muhammadu Buhari to forestall a government shutdown. Mr Lawan stated this Monday while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with acting President Yemi Osinbajo…

Saraki being welcomed by fellow party members in Abuja Thursday [photo: pulse.ng]

Kwara, Sokoto defections, reactions dominate politics last week

The defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki as well as that of Governors of Kwara and Sokoto states from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), dominated political discourse last week. Also in the news was the reaction of President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu. [Photo credit: Sabi-Sabi]

PDP, Presidency attack each other on alleged plot to illegally remove Saraki, Ekweremadu

The Nigerian presidency has said that claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that President Muhammadu Buhari had taken a 10-day leave in order to leave the stage for illegal and unconstitutional actions by the administration are both ridiculous and a hollow narrative to garner cheap sympathy. Mr Buhari…

President Muhammadu Buhari speaking

Defections: ‘God will continue to fish out bad eggs among us’ – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday likened defectors from his party, APC, to 'bad eggs' saying "God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us." Mr Buhari, speaking in Bauchi, also told supporters not to be perturbed by the recent defections in the party. Over two scores of federal…

Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha speaking with reporters after a meeting of APC governors with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House Presidential Villa

Defections: What APC governors discussed with Buhari – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Wednesday night said President Muhammadu Buhari is not disturbed about the gale of defections currently ongoing in the ruling party, APC. Mr Okorocha stated this Wednesday night while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting of APC governors with the president. The…

From left: President Muhammdu Buhari; Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo; Gov Abdullaziz Yari of Zamfara State; Gov Kashhim Shettima of Borno; Gov Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa during a meeting of the President with APC Governors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (3/4/18)

Buhari in crucial meeting with APC governors

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with governors of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). The meeting, which began at about few minutes to 10 p.m. is holding inside the conference room of the office of the wife of the president at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. Although, no agenda…

President Buhari and Adams Oshiomole.

Senate President: APC demands Saraki’s resignation as party meets Buhari

The All Progressives Congress has urged the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to quit the office after he defected to the opposition. Mr Saraki joined his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday, complaining about maltreatment in the APC. Scores of his supporters, including Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, have…

Lai Mohammed

Nigerian govt speaks on Saraki’s defection from APC

The Nigeria government on Wednesday said the defection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was a great relief to the party. The government said Mr Saraki was always an opposition in the ruling party, who used his position as Senate President to frustrate…

Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor

Tambuwal dumps APC, says Nigerians must vote out ‘ineffective’ Buhari

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party. Mr Tambuwal, who is believed to be nursing a presidential ambition, called on Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in next year's election. He said Mr Buhari has…

Aminu Tambuwal

Sokoto Gov. Tambuwal ‘set to defect to PDP’

Barring a last minute change of decision, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state is set to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Tambuwal left the PDP to join the APC in 2014 as part of the “new PDP” bloc. His defection…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

ANALYSIS: What next for APC, Buhari administration after Saraki’s exit

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday announced that he is leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing forces within the party of causing his exit. Mr Saraki is the third in hierarchy in Nigeria’s current governance structure coming after President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. His…

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

INEC registers over 10 million new voters – Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says over ten million names have been added to Nigeria’s voters register in the course of the continuous voter registration exercise being undertaken by the commission. The exercise is scheduled to end next month. This was revealed Saturday by the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at a…

Abubakar Hashidu

Former Gombe governor, Hashidu, is dead

A former governor of Gombe state, Abubakar Hashidu, is dead. A family source said Mr Hashidu died Friday morning at his home in Gombe after battling Alzheimers disease for some years. He was 74 years old. Mr Hashidu was governor of Gombe state from May 1999 to May 2003. He…