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Atiku in America first time in 12 years. [PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook Page of Paul Ibe.]

INTERVIEW: The real reason I’m visiting America — Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, is currently visiting the United States. He arrived Washington DC, the American capital on Thursday. It is his first visit to that country in 12 years. On Thursday night, the former vice president was interviewed by Voice of America's Aliyu…

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What the return of Gbagbo could mean for Ivory Coast’s 2020 election

By Peter Penar, Michigan State University Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo’s acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) opens the way for his return to Côte d’Ivoire once released. His return after seven years in detention at The Hague and eight years after being…

Atiku in America first time in 12 years. [PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook Page of Phrank Shaibu.]

PHOTOS: Atiku in America first time in 12 years

Former Vice President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has arrived Washington DC, the American capital on Thursday. The PDP presidential candidate arrived at 20.20 hours (14.20 hours Washington DC time), a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, said. He left Abuja Thursday…

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ICPC again arraigns ex-Aso Savings Director, Mumaina Aliyu, in fresh case of alleged $360,000 fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has again arraigned a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Plc, Maimuna Aliyu, for allegedly diverting $360,000 belonging to the bank. In a one-count charge before Nnamdi Dimgba, a judge in the Abuja Division of the Federal High…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Buhari, Osinbajo to participate in live TV town hall programme

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, who are also the presidential and vice-presidential Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming presidential elections will, on Wednesday, at 8:00p.m. participate in a live televised two-hour presidential town-hall program. This was highlighted in a press release by…

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Pipeline vandalism up by 42.9% in October — NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday raised alarm over rising incidence of pipeline vandalism across the country. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the NNPC spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, said the corporation’s pipeline network suffered a 42.9 percent increase in the incidents of vandalism as at October last…

Official CV: All You Need To Know About Nigeria’s New Police Chief, Mohammed Adamu

Below is the official curriculum vitae of Nigeria's new Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu. MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR ADAMU mni Nigeria Police Force Headquarters Louis Edet House Shehu Shagari Way Abuja, FCT PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE To elevate the professionalism and capacity of the Nigeria Police Force, and transform it into a…

Acting IGP Mohammed Adamu being decorated by President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari appoints acting Police Inspector-General

President Muhammad Buhari has appointed a new acting police inspector general. He is Mohammed Adamu, a former assistant inspector general of police. Mr Adamu was appointed as the former IG, Ibrahim Idris, retired as he reached age 60. The new IG met with the president earlier Tuesday. A press statement…

Lawyers from the defence and prosecution already present at the tribunal. Members of the defence team include, Kanu Agabi, Adegboga Awomolo, Wale Olanikpekun, CHris Uche among other senior lawyers.

FULL LIST: Wole Olanipekun, Kanu Agabi, 45 other lawyers storm CCT for CJN Onnoghen

At least 47 senior advocates of Nigeria have arrived at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for the opening hearing in the false assets declaration case against Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen. Mr Onnoghen is accused of failing to declare a series of bank accounts linked to him for several years, in…

On this July 3, 2018 photo, Atiku Abubakar reviews some documents on his first day at his campaign headquarters in Abuja. (Credits: Atiku Campaign Organisation)

Atiku reacts to asset declaration charges against CJN Onnoghen

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the allegations of false asset declarations against the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, saying he suspects the Buhari administration is behind it. In a statement to PREMIUM TIMES, the presidential candidate of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party questioned the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Borno elders want anti-aircraft guns for Police; demand Boko Haram de-radicalization suspended

Borno State elders who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday have demanded the suspension of the military's "operation safe corridor", a de-radicalization programme that allows purportedly repentant Boko Haram militants released into civilian population, fearing hardened insurgents have exploited the programme to help escalate attacks. The elders, led by…

How a government shutdown affects the economy

Scott R. Baker, Northwestern University Parts of the federal government have been closed since midnight on Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. It’s also the third since President Donald Trump took office. The immediate and most visible impact of a shutdown is in the government’s day-to-day operations.…

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3 ways to be smart on social media

By A. Trevor Sutton, Concordia Seminary This past year, many people deleted their social media accounts following revelations about privacy violations on social media platforms and other concerns related to hate speech. As people adopt their resolutions for the year, it is likely that many more will reconsider their social media…

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Zamfara suspends two ward heads for ‘romancing’ with bandits

The Zamfara State government has suspended two district heads for reportedly backing the operations of bandits in the state. The state has been ravaged by bloodletting in recent months due to attacks by armed bandits. The district heads suspended are Bello Mai Wurno, of Kaya community and Dangaladima Birnin Magaji,…

LIFESTYLE: Five life lessons from your immune system

By Joanna Groom, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute This article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explore key ideas in science and technology in the broader context of society and humanity. Scientists love analogies. We use them continually to communicate our scientific approaches and…

Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji in her film, ‘Lionheart’. Netflix

What Netflix’s involvement in Nigeria’s massive film industry really means

By Alessandro Jedlowski, Université Libre de Bruxelles Global streaming service Netflix set its eyes a few years ago on Nigeria’s film industry, better known as Nollywood. Distribution of Nigerian movies on Netflix started around 2015. At the time the American giant bought the rights of blockbusters such as Kunle Afolayan’s…

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili in Premium Times office.

Amina Zakari’s appointment shows Buhari plans to ‘steal’ election — Ezekwesili

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili, has asked the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mamoud Yakubu, to reverse the recent deployment of Amina Zakari, one of its commissioners. Mrs Zakari, a niece of President Muhammadu Buhari’s, was on Thursday announced…

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Full list of winners at the 2019 SOUNDCITY MVP awards 

One of the biggest awards in Africa, the Soundcity MVP Awards (3rd Edition), was held Saturday night at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos. The annual event, which rewards hard work in the music industry, was graced by several high ranking artists from across the African continent who have been nominated…

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Ensure release of Leah Sharibu, Christian leaders urge Buhari

Leaders of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria on Friday at the State House, Abuja, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the immediate release of Leah Sharibu, one of the schoolgirls still in the captivity of the Boko Haram. The leader of the delegation, Solomon Adegboyega also told…

Elections: Presidency reacts to Amina Zakari’s INEC appointment

The presidency on Friday defended the appointement of Amina Zakari as head of the collation centre for the general elections by the electoral commission, INEC. PREMIUM TIMES reported the apointment of Mrs Zakari, whose partiality had been questioned by opposition parties in previous elections. The main opposition party, PDP, and…

Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara governor calls for calm over Supreme Court judgment on Offa, Erin-Ile boundary dispute

The Kwara State State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on the people of Erin-Ile and Offa to maintain the peace in the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment on the boundary dispute between the two communities in the southern senatorial district of the state. The Supreme Court on December 14,…

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NLC praises Shagari, says he ‘initiated landmark projects’

The main labour union in Nigeria, NLC, has mourned the death of former President Shehu Shagari. The NLC in a statement by its president, Ayuba Wabba, said "Mr Shagari initiated some of the landmark projects including iron and steel and petrochemicals in his quest to make Nigeria an industrial hub."…

Nigerian Army in Damboa, Borno state (Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters)

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army announces plan to relocate Baga residents

The Nigerian Army on Sunday announced it is planning to relocate residents of Baga in Borno State "to safer locations in view of the ongoing military operations in the area." The army said the plan is in conjunction with the Borno State Government. There has been intense fighting between the…

Ibrahim Babangida, Former Nigerian dictator

INTERVIEW: My life as a widower, and why I want to remarry — Babangida

BY SHOLA OSHUNKEYE, TAIWO FAROTIMI, MIKE OJOOBANIKAN OF THE CREST As long as she was alive, their marriage was like the wedlock of the gods that the late Professor Zulu Sofola mirrored in her epic novel. They were inseparable for the 40 years the marriage lasted. Wherever you saw one,…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

Atiku calls for investigation into allegations President Buhari’s family members co-own Etisalat Nigeria, Keystone Bank

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has demanded a probe into the ownership of Etisalat Nigeria and Keystone Bank. Mr Abubakar, in a statement by a spokesperson, Phrank Shaibu, said the call was necessary "in view of reports that members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s family now own substantial…