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Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu State

Enugu Governor Lays Foundation Stone of Entrepreneurial University

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Saturday, performed the foundation laying ceremony of Samuel Maduka University, Agu-Ekwegbe in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the State. The university is founded by Samuel Onyishi, the proprietor of Peace Mass Transit company. Describing the event as a milestone achievement, Mr Ugwuanyi congratulated…

Nigerian Air Force Helicopter.

Nigeria acquires helicopter gunships to fight Boko Haram, bandits, others – Official

President Muhammadu Buhari held a crucial security meeting with his military chiefs and other heads of security agencies on Friday. At the end of the meeting, an attendee told journalists that they "critically looked at everything " and "are satisfied with the progress" being made to tackle the security challenges.…

Akinwunmi Ambode, former Lagos governor [Photo: BBC]

820 buses: Court fixes date for ruling on Ambode’s suit against Lagos lawmakers

An Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court has fixed February 27 for ruling on a suit filed by former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, to challenge the constitutionality of the probe of his administration by the House of Assembly over procurement of 820 buses for public transportation. Yetunde Adesanya,…

Femi Falana

Malami wrong, Amotekun not illegal – Falana

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has opposed the stance of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, that a security outfit set up by South-west states was illegal. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Nigerian government, through the AGF, declared the regional security outfit, Amotekun, formed by states…

Minister of Communication, Dr Isa Pantami

Federal Government frowns at increase in telecom fibre charges by states

The federal government has expressed dismay over increment in charges for laying of telecommunication fibres, known as Right of Way (RoW) by some states of the federation. According to a report by THISDAY newspaper, Lagos, Kano, Anambra, Ondo, Cross River, Kogi, Osun, Kaduna, Enugu, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Imo, Kebbi and Gombe,…

What Osinbajo told Ganduje, Kano residents – Presidency

The presidency has released the statement below about Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's official trip to Kano State on Tuesday. PREMIUM TIMES reported the visit during which Mr Osinbajo commissioned road and health projects. Read the full statement by Mr Osinbajo's spokesperson, Laolu Akande, below. The Federal Government will continue to…

Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Ex-Governor Ahmed: I sold Kwara govt properties legally

Former Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has refuted claims that his administration sold 110 government properties to friends and cronies. In a statement issued by his media aide, Muyideen Akorede, he responded to a claim made by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak that he sold 110 government properties to associates. Mr…

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Australia Awards Africa announces opening of opportunities

The Australia Awards Africa has announced the opening of opportunities to Africans who are aged 25 to 55 years to access postgraduate education and professional development training from some of the Australian universities, a statement discloses. The programme is one of the platforms through which the Australian Government extends its…

Femi Adesina [Photo Credit: Culture Custodian]

Femi Adesina attacks Thisday editor over anti-Buhari article

A presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has released the statement below attacking an editor of Thisday newspaper over an article critical of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Adesina said he was responding to the article by editor Shaka Momodu titled 'The General is Divider-in-Chief. Read Mr Adesina's full statement below. Shaka Momodu:…

Mahmud and Aminatu Ribadu [Photo: @snribadu ]

Osinbajo, Atiku, Tinubu, Dangote, governors present as Ribadu’s sons wed

Founding chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, on Saturday married off his two sons at a well-attended ceremony in Abuja. Mr Ribadu, who has ventured into politics since leaving office, served as director in the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign council for the 2019 election. Vice President Yemi…

Nigerian Air Force Helicopter.

Many killed as armed bandits ambush Nigerian Air Force troops

An official was killed on Thursday when armed men ambushed troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) an official has said. Many other air force troops were also injured in the ambush which was successfully repelled, NAF spokesperson Ibikunle Daramola said. Many of the attackers were also reportedly killed. Mr…

Polaris Bank

Polaris Bank bags CBN award as best in consumer protection

Polaris Bank has emerged the Best Deposit Money Bank (DMB) in Consumer protection in Nigeria’s banking industry as an attestation of the institution’s show of strong leadership in prompt resolution of transaction issues. The award was presented to the Bank at the Jos Bankers Forum— an Annual Dinner and Award…

APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu with President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad on Twitter)

Tinubu meets Buhari, speaks on 2023, zoning, other matters

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has refused to be drawn into the controversy on zoning the presidency in 2023, saying it is too early for such. Mr Tinubu said while briefing journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.…

Nigerian Navy warship

EXCLUSIVE: Sea pirates kill four Nigerian Navy personnel, abduct three foreigners

Four Naval ratings, who were part of a six-man Naval rescue squad, were killed in a gun duel between them and suspected sea pirates, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The firefight occurred at about 11 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, a top Naval source said. The source asked not to be…

Femi Falana

Malami embarrassing Buhari’s govt with baseless comments on Sowore, Dasuki

The repeated statements of the attorney-general of the federation on the eventual release of two men as ordered by the courts have "embarrassed the Executive and exposed the Judiciary to ridicule," senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has said. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Malami repeatedly said activist Omoyele Sowore and ex-national…

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Queen honours Nigerian engineer

The year 2019 closed on a celebratory note for British-Nigerian, Yewande Mayomi-Akinola, as she was recognised with an Order of the British Empire award by The Queen in the United Kingdom. The image of Nigeria continues to be burnished with an appreciating number of her citizens who have attained excellent…

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO

Reviewing NCC’s Regulatory Feats in 2019

While there may be lull in other sectors of the economy, the telecoms sector has remained consistent, recording greater feats courtesy of regulatory excellence of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) under the leadership of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta. For the Commission, 2019 has been particularly eventful. The Nigerian Communications Commission…

President Muhammadu Buhari

2020: My plans for Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on New Year Day wrote a letter to Nigerians highlighting the key tasks his government would undertake in 2020 and the new decade. The president touched on infrastructure, electricity, security, elections and other areas of national interest. He vowed that he would not seek reelection in 2023.…

Muktar Shehu, sacked Zamfara Governor-Elect

Family of Zamfara ex-finance commissioner demands apology from successor

The family of immediate fast Zamfara state commissioner of finance, Muktar Ehehu Idris has demanded for apology from the incumbent finance commissioner over alleged false allegation. At a press conference in Gusau last week, Rabiu Garba, the finance commissioner alleged that among ghost workers uncovered was a certain Nusaiba Shehu…

Military armoured tank catches fire, explodes in Damaturu

A military armoured tank Monday caught fire and exploded in Damaturu, Yobe State, in an incident army sources attributed to "weapon malfunction." Residents said the resulting several explosions threw the entire town into confusion with people scampering for safety. A military source, however, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the explosions…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan confirms attack on his Otuoke home, commends soldiers

Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has confirmed that the recent attack that led to the death of a soldier occurred in his house. Mr Jonathan's spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, had said the attack was carried out on a security post about 100 metres away from Mr Jonathan's house. In a statement…

Soldier killed as gunmen attack Jonathan’s community

An attack has been reported near the Otuoke home of a former president, Goodluck Jonathan. Mr Jonathan's spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, said the attack occurred at a security post "near the Otuoke residence of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Bayelsa State." Mr Eze said one soldier was killed during…

Buhari and Fayemi

Fayemi meets with Buhari, speaks on Kano emirates controversy, Edo APC crisis, others

The chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja. Mr Fayemi spoke to journalists after the meeting. Although he did not disclose what he discussed with the president, Mr Fayemi answered questions on his role in resolving the…

NCC

Buhari makes key appointments into NCC, NITDA, NIPOST, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed persons into top positions in parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The appointments were contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by Femi Adesina, Mr Buhari's spokesperson. Some of the agencies for which new board chairpersons were named include NITDA and…

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Eight ECOWAS members to cut links with France’s CFA franc; adopt “ECO”

Eight member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday announced their decision to cut their colonial links with France's CFA franc and resolved to adopt ECO as their common currency. The countries are Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo…