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Former INEC Chairman, Maurice Iwu

Alleged Fraud: Ex-INEC boss, Maurice Iwu, seeks transfer of case due to ‘old age’

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Maurice Iwu, has urged a federal court in Lagos to transfer his N1.2 billion alleged fraud case to Abuja due to 'old age'. Ahmed Raji, counsel to Mr Iwu, on Thursday told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Lagos Division of the…

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APC chieftain demands N4 billion from online publisher over alleged defamation

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasiru Danu, has written to the publisher of an online medium, Point Blank News, Jackson Ude, demanding for N4 billion over alleged defamation and publication of fake information which he said target to tarnish his image. In a letter of demand by…

Caroline Anipah, Programme Officer of DUBAWA

DUBAWA, transnational fact-checking organisation, launches in Ghana

Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Nkrumah, will Tuesday, February 25, at the Accra Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel give the keynote address at the country launch of Dubawa, the transnational fact-checking organisation, according to a statement by Caroline Anipah, country editor and programme lead for the Premium Times Centre Investigative Journalism…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari pledges aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will soon commence an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram. Mr Buhari said this while condemning a recent Boko Haram attack in Adamawa State. The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has caused over 30,000 deaths since 2009 and displaced millions of…

Shiites Protesters

Kaduna govt vows to appeal judgement that freed 92 Shiites

The Kaduna State Government has vowed to appeal the court ruling that freed 91 Shiites who had been detained for over four years. PREMIUM TIMES reported how a Kaduna State High Court on Friday discharged the Shiites whom the Kaduna government accused of "Criminal Conspiracy, Culpable Homicide, Unlawful Assembly, Disturbance…

IMN protesters

Kaduna court frees 91 Shiites detained for over four years

A Kaduna State High Court has discharged and acquitted 91 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). The presiding judge, Hajaratu Gwada, acquitted the defendants of the charges filed against them by the state government in her judgement delivered on Friday, Channels TV reported. The freed members of the…

Hope Uzodinma in, Emeka Ihedioha out in Imo

What I discussed with Buhari about Imo – Hope Uzodinma

The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, on Thursday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mr Uzodinma was sworn in as governor last month after a ruling by the Supreme Court which sacked the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha. Mr Ihedioha, a member of the opposition Peoples…

NDDC

Buhari names new head for troubled NDDC

President Muhammadu Buhari has named a new acting managing director for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The president named Kemebradikumo Pondei, a professor of medicine, as the new acting managing director. Mr Pondei replaces Joy Nunieh who was also acting in that capacity. According to a statement by his…

EFCC Officials

Alleged N20bn Pension Fraud: EFCC amends charges against defendants

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday re-arraigned six persons accused of N20 billion fraud in the Police Pension Scheme. In a statement signed by the EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, on Tuesday, he said the accused were arraigned before Justice Hussein Yusuf of the Federal High Court, sitting…

Aso Rock Villa

Aso Rock official murdered

A senior official working in the State House, Abuja, has been murdered. Laetitia Dagan, an Assistant Director of Administration in the State House, was murdered in her house on Monday night, an official said. Attah Esa, the Deputy Director Information in the State House, said 47-year Ms Dagan, from Plateau…

Leah Sharibu

Again, Buhari restates commitment to free Leah Sharibu, other Boko Haram captives

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to double efforts to free Leah Sharibu, a schoolgirl who was kidnapped two years ago. Miss Sharibu and 109 other schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram from the secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018. A total of 107 girls survived…

Court

Fake CBN governor bags three years imprisonment for fraud

A High Court in Uyo, on Friday, sentenced Nwalozie Julius to three years imprisonment for impersonating the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. Justice Agatha Okeke said Mr Nwalozie's sentence is without an option of fine, according to a statement by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, on…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Buhari speaks on killing of 30 people by bandits in Katsina

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. At least 30 people were killed in the attacks on the two communities, the police said on Saturday. The president was quoted in…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

Seven killed, five injured as gunmen in military uniform attack Kaduna community – Police

The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed that seven persons were killed and five others injured in Maro village, a border community between Kajuru and Kachia Local Government Area of the state. The Kaduna police spokesperson, Mohammed Jalige, gave the confirmation in a statement issued on Thursday in Kaduna. Mr…

PTCIJ

Premium Times Centre For Investigative Journalism appoints director

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has announced a change in its leadership as Oluwatosin Alagbe assumes the role of programme director, following the departure of Joshua Olufemi, the former programme director of the organisation. Ms Alagbe, formerly the deputy programmes director, has assumed substantive leadership of the…

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello

TSA: Kogi to probe suspended VC, rector, others

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has directed the immediate probe of suspended officials who were accused of contravening government’s directive on Treasury Single Account. The officials are the Vice Chancellor of the Kogi State University, Mohammed Abdulkadir; Rector of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Mohammed Atureta; Chief Medical Director Of Kogi…

South-east governors endorse NPF community policing model

PHOTO STORY: South-east governors endorse NPF community policing model

Governors of the South-east geo-political zone, on Wednesday, endorsed the new community policing model of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), for effective security in the zone. Rising from the South East Geo-political Security Summit, initiated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, the governors in a communiqué read…

Couple holding hands (dating) Kaspersky

How hackers targeted dating apps in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya – Kaspersky

Nigeria was one of the three major African countries targeted by hackers on dating apps in 2019, Kaspersky said in a report released on Wednesday. ...analysis has shown that within 2019 the region saw a circulation of 1,486 threats under the guise of over 20 popular dating applications in Africa,…

Leadership Culture

The Leadership Culture: A critical high-growth determinant for organizations who want to succeed in 2020

You may like Google. You may love Facebook. You may desire to build a company of phenomenal growth trajectories as GTB, Zenith or OPay but while you dream those lofty dreams you need to first acknowledge that high growth organizations are never products of accident. So how exactly is “High…

President Muhammadu Buhari signing

Robust Nigeria-Ethiopia Cooperation Will Provide Strong Pillar For African Integration – Buhari

A robust cooperation between Nigeria and Ethiopia will provide a strong pillar for African integration, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Mr Buhari noted that this would give concrete effect to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on media…

Alfred Olufemi and Gidado Yishau, NewsDigest's editor after the court session of Monday

Absence of witnesses stalls trial of two Nigerian journalists

A magistrate in Ilorin, A.S Muhammed, has adjourned the case of defamation against two journalists, Gidado Yushau and Alfred Olufemi. Last year, the duo were arraigned by the police for criminal conspiracy and defamation over an instigative report against Hill Crest Agro-Allied, a company owned by Sarah Alade, an Economic…

Mohammed Adoke

Malabu Scandal: Ex-AGF Adoke released on bail

A former attorney-general, Bello Adoke, has been freed from custody after he was granted bail by another federal judge in Abuja on Monday. The former AGF met with his lawyers at Mike Ozekhome Chambers in Abuja on Monday evening before heading home to his family, PREMIUM TIMES gathered. Aliyu Abubakar,…

Shell reports falling profit amid oil price slump

Human Rights Abuses: 2020 could be Shell’s year of reckoning – Amnesty International

In 2020 Shell will face unprecedented legal scrutiny over decades of human rights abuses in Nigeria, Amnesty International said on Monday, as the oil giant braces itself for conclusions in a string of European court battles. Allegations range from complicity in unlawful executions to systemic pollution and environmental damage in…

Aerial View of Kuchingoro Camp

VIDEO: Inside Abuja’s ‘unauthorised’ IDP camps

At least 34 unauthorised IDP camps exist within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), an overflow of the insurgency-propelled migration from battered communities in the North-east. This humanitarian crisis is on a scale that is insufficiently captured by the agencies charged with the responsibility of such capture. The Internally Displaced Persons…

Gate of Nigeria's border with NIGER Republic, Illela, Sokoto State.

Burkina Faso President heads ECOWAS committee to investigate Nigeria’s border closure

The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has constituted a committee, headed by President Roch Kabore of Burkina Faso, to study and make a full report on Nigeria’s land border closure with her neighbours. The decision to set up the committee was agreed Sunday night in Addis Ababa,…