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Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka speaks on June 12 as Democracy Day

Sowore: Soyinka condemns attack on protesters, says Buhari govt insecure, paranoid

The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called on civil society organisations to strategize and coordinate their responses to attacks on human rights by state agents under President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Soyinka, in his statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, reacted to the attack on protesters on Tuesday in Abuja for demanding…

Premium Times sues Dana Air

PREMIUM TIMES to sue Dana Air, Blueprint and Daily Nigerian newspapers

PREMIUM TIMES hereby announces its plan to sue Nigerian Dana Air Limited and some Nigerian publications over an alleged "fake news" targeted at the airline. Some newspapers, especially Blueprint and Daily Nigerian, had reported on November 4 or thereabouts  that Dana Airline Limited was banned by the Nigerian Civil Aviation…

Omoyele Sowore in court [Photo: Sunnewonline]

Academics, lawyers, journalists demand Sowore’s release

A group of Nigerian academics, lawyers and journalists have signed a joint statement calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, and Olawale Bakare. Mr Sowore has been detained since his arrest in August for calling for a revolution against bad governance. The government accuses him…

Buhari celebrates ‘influential’ nephew Mamman Daura at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated his influential nephew, Mamman Daura, as he clocked 80 on Saturday. Mr Daura, the son of the president's late sister, is known to be one of the closest individuals to Mr Buhari, having a relationship dating to their childhood days, according to both families. He…

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Appeal Court upholds Sanwo-Olu’s election as Lagos governor

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Saturday dismissed an appeal filed by Labour Party challenging the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor of Lagos State. The Appellate Court, in a unanimous decision, held that the appeal…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, presenting the Y2020 Budget Estimate to the Lagos House of Assembly at the Hallowed Chamber of the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Sanwo-Olu presents Lagos’ N1.168 trillion 2020 budget

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, presented the Year 2020 Budget proposal to the House of Assembly, unveiling his administration’s plan to accelerate the growth of the state’s economy by proposing investments in critical areas of priorities - physical infrastructure, environment, human capital and security. Mr Sanwo-Olu said the state would…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Presidency confirms sack of some Osinbajo’s aides, says it’s general overhaul

The presidency has released the statement below confirming that some aides of the vice president have been relieved of their position. President Muhammadu Buahri's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in the statement that some "political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term." "The exercise, which has…

Jide Sanwo-Olu

Sanwo-Olu drops ‘Your Excellency’ title

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he no longer wants to be addressed as ‘Your Excellency’ in his engagements with citizens and other official duties. Mr Sanwo-Olu, in a statement Wednesday, said the decision came following a review of certain features of citizen-government relations which impede the genuine…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Buhari appoints Sarah Alade special adviser

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Sarah Alade as Special Adviser to the President on Finance and the Economy. The office is domiciled in the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said on Tuesday. Mrs Alade, who holds BSc (Economics) and PhD in…

Orhena Bartholomew

Man jailed for refusing to return N99,000 transferred in error

The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, secured the conviction of a man, Orhena Bartholomew for refusing to return N99,000 transferred to him in error. Mr Bartholomew was sentenced by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Makurdi, Benue State. The EFCC…

This undated photo provided by Carleton University shows Pius Adesanmi. Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada, was one of the victims who died Sunday, March 10, 2019, when an Ehtiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia. (Josh Hotz/Courtesy of Carleton University via AP)

Pius Adesanmi’s family kicks over burial in Canada, other matters

The family of late academic, Pius Adesanmi, have criticised his burial in the Canada, saying it goes against his wishes. Mr Adesanmi, a popular professor and public commentator, was one of the over 100 passengers who died in an Ethiopian airline crash on March 10. He was buried last week…

A Refuse dump used to illustrate the story at Kadiri Bus Stop off Bale Road, Orile Iganmu in Lagos on Monday (18/6/18).

20 months after Ambode closed Olusosun dumpsite, Lagos govt. plans another closure

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Saturday said plans had been concluded to decommission its Olusosun and Solous landfill sites. The Managing Director of LAWMA, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said in a statement that the decommissioning was due to urban encroachment and increased human activities around the areas. Mr Gbadegesin said…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

Court orders arrest of Edo lawmaker-elect loyal to Oshiomhole

A high court in Benin, the Edo State capital, has ordered the arrest of a lawmaker-elect, Dumez Ugiagbe. Mr Ugiagbe is accused of submitting a falsified WAEC certificate. He is one of the dozen lawmakers loyal to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, in his…

Henri Van Eeghen - CEO Synergos

I feel deep connection with Nigeria and shared vision of change – Synergos CEO

With roots both in Tanzania and the Netherlands, Henri Van Eeghen has worked in the private sector running the oldest family business in the Netherlands and in many other positions across the world, and also in international development organisations, before his present role as CEO of Synergos – the global…

Akinwunmi Ambode, former Lagos governor [Photo: BBC]

Alleged 820 Bus Fraud: Lagos Assembly suspends Ambode probe indefinitely

The ad-hoc committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate all transactions in respect of the 820 buses procured by the immediate past administration of Akinwunmi Ambode has suspended its sitting indefinitely. The lawmakers' decision came following Wednesday's ruling by an Ikeja Division of the Lagos…

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari

It’s time to move on, Buhari says after victory at Supreme Court

The presidency has released the statement below as President Muhammadu Buhari's reaction to Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling on the latest presidential election. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The appellants challenged the victory of…

Nigeria Police officers are working with the military to counter insurgency.

Kidnapped Nigerian Catholic priest freed

The Catholic priest who was kidnapped on Monday has been freed. PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap of Arinze, a reverend father. This newspaper learnt that Mr Madu, a Vice-Rector at the Queen of Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was kidnapped at the…

António Guterres

Another Nigerian given top UN appointment

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has appointed another Nigerian to a top position in the UN body. Mr Guterres on Tuesday announced the appointment of Damilola Ogunbiyi as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of United Nations-Energy. Another Nigerian, Amina Mohammed, currently serves as the…

Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

Alleged 820 Bus Fraud: Judge orders Lagos Assembly speaker, lawmakers to appear in court

An Ikeja Division of the Lagos State High Court on Tuesday ordered the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, to appear before it in connection with the ongoing probe of procurement of 820 buses by the administration of former governor of the State, Akinwunmi Ambode. Mr Ambode…

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Senegal enters the Liquefied natural gas race with significant offshore discoveries

At present when it comes to emerging Liquefied Natural Gas, the eyes of the world are on Africa’s eastern coast and the activities around Mozambique, but that could be about to change. While not currently amongst the continent’s top oil and gas producers, Senegal plans to alter that in the…

PRESIDENT BUHARI DEPARTS SOCHI FOR ABUJA 3B. President Muhammadu Buhari departs Sochi after a successful Russia-Africa Economic Summit with other World Leaders held in Sochi Russia. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 25 2019

Buhari set for UK vacation after Saudi trip

The president's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the trip will be a "private" one, implying Mr Buhari will likely be on vacation for two weeks. He is expected to return to Nigeria on November 17, Mr Adesina said. Mr Buhari will be travelling to the UK from Saudi Arabia where he…

L-R: Comrade Abiodun Bakare of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Achike Chude of Joint Action Front (JAF), Philip Jakpor of Environmental Rights Action and Comrade Taiwo Opaleye, Branch chairman, AUPCTRE Lagos Council.

Group urges Sanwo-Olu to stop planned PPP of Lagos water sector

The Our Water Our Right Coalition has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to discontinue the planned Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the Lagos State water sector. At a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, the group reiterated its position that a PPP or outright privatisation of the water sector in the state…

A flooded street at Bale at Ajegunle lkorodu, Lagos state [picture used to illustrate the story

Flooding: Isheri North residents send distress call to Sanwo-Olu

The residents of Isheri North Residential Scheme have sent a distress call to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the persistent flooding in their estate. In a letter to the governor dated October 24, the residents said they have been ''deeply devastated, distressed and virtually comatose from the latest bashing we are…

PIX 5202 L-R: Vice President of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Mr. Wu Di; Deputy General Manager, China Development Bank, Mr. Zhang Aijun; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Lekki Port Board of Directors, Mr. Biodun Dabiri and CEO of Lekki Port, LFTZ Enterprise, Mr. Navin Nahata during the signing of Agreement for the funding of Lekki Deep Seaport project between the Chinese Development Bank and Lekki Free Trade Zone Company Limited, at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Lekki seaport to be completed in 30 months –Lagos govt

The Lekki deep seaport in Lagos will be completed in 30 months following the injection of a fresh $269 million by a Chinese investor, the Lagos State government said Wednesday. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who witnessed the signing of four agreements with China Development Bank (CDB), including $629 million financing facility,…

Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

HIV/AIDS: PEPFAR to partner Nigerian governors for free testing, treatment

Three outfits seeking to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, including USAID, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Nigeria and Department of Defense have sought the buy-in of the 36 Nigerian state governors for the abolition of user fees by all HIV positive persons in the country. The proposal…