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Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: We’ve made recommendations to Buhari on schools, religious houses – PTF

Members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), on Sunday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. At the end of the meeting, the chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, spoke to journalists on their meeting with the president. Mr Mustapha, who is the Secretary…

NNPC Towers

Buhari reconstitutes NNPC board

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This was announced in a statement by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina on Thursday. The reconstitution followed the expiration of the term of the board members appointed in 2016. Members of the new board…

Maikanti Baru

UPDATED – Ex-NNPC GMD Maikanti Baru is dead

Maikanti Baru, the former group managing director of the NNPC, has died. Mr Baru died late Friday night in yet undisclosed location and of undisclosed ailments. He was 60. His death was announced early Saturday morning by the current head of the state-owned energy conglomerate, Mele Kyari. “My brother, my…

The Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Monica Dongban-Mensem. [PHOTO CREDIT: Thisday Live]

Buhari extends appointment of Dongban-Mensem as appeal court acting president

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the appointment of M. B. Dongban-Mensem as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) with effect from June 3 for a further period of three (3) months. This is pursuant to Section 238(4) and (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic, Mr…

Abubakar Malami [Source - The Guardian, Nigeria]

P&ID: Nigeria traces $9.6 billion financial hit back to $390,000 in alleged bribes

A British Virgin Islands-based firm allegedly paid more than US$390,000 in bribes to land a natural gas processing plant construction contract in 2009, Nigeria’s attorney general said in a statement obtained by OCCRP and its Nigerian member center, the Premium Times. In 2012, Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID), an engineering…

Yahaya Bello [PHOTO: Twitter @Yahayabello]

Governor Yahaya Bello: An Emerging Political Phenomenon in Nigeria? By Abdullahi Haruna Haruspice

There are unique people everywhere. They come once in a generation and leave indelible footprints wherever they find themselves. Whenever you observe such a rare breed in your locality, pay more than a passing attention to them. They have an unusual mission to fulfil in life. Everything about such unique…

Dr Isa Ali Pantami

Before you crucify Dr Pantami, by Oluwakemi Ola

For some days now, there have been cocktails of media blitzkrieg on the altercations between the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami The NiDCOM boss, Dabiri-Erewa, is alleging the minister ordered…

Festus Keyamo, Minister of State Labour and Employment [Photo: Pulse.ng]

Federal govt releases details of programme to employ 774,000 Nigerians

The federal government has unveiled the details of its plan to employ at 1,000 persons from each of the 774 local government areas in the country. The initiative will start October 1 and each beneficiary will be paid N20,000 monthly to carry out public works, the minister of state for…

MALABU: Shell-and-Eni

Malabu Scandal: Groups caution Nigerian media on partisan, unprofessional reporting

A coalition of local and international anti-corruption groups has asked the Nigerian media "to protect public interest and the integrity of the judiciary by ensuring professional ethics in the report of the scam associated with OPL 245." OPL 245 is the oil block for which Shell and Eni paid $1.1 billion…

President Muhammadu Buhari and his family celebrating Eid-Al-Fitr.

Photo Story: Buhari celebrates Eid-el-Fitri with family

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday celebrated the eid-el-fitri with his family in Abuja. The celebration of the Islamic festival was low key across Nigeria due to the coronavirus pandemic. Large gatherings have been banned in most parts of the country to check the spread of the virus. See the photos of…

Governor-Ifeanyi-Ugwuanyi-of-Enugu-State

Enugu govt provides details of two new COVID-19 cases

The Enugu State Government has provided more information on the two new COVID-19 cases in the state. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced two new cases for Enugu late on Saturday, bringing the total in the state to 18. The NCDC did not, however,…

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Coronavirus: UK announces three more flights for Britons in Nigeria

The UK government has announced three more charter flights to transport Britons from Nigeria. The British government has already airlifted 1,700 Britons from Nigeria since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an official statement from the British High Commission in Nigeria. Nigeria has also airlifted hundreds of its…

Sellers and buyers at Wuse market

Abuja authorities approve extra day for markets to open

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has released the following statement, approving an extra day for markets to open in the territory. The statement says the FCT minister Muhammad Bello has approved that markets in Abuja open for three days from Monday. Read the statement below: FCT MARKETS NOW TO OPERATE…

Adolphus Karibi-Whyte

Buhari mourns former Supreme Court judge Karibi-Whyte

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the government and people of Rivers State over the passing of the retired Supreme Court judge, Adolphus Godwin Karibi-Whyte. Mr Karibi-Whyte died at the age of 88. He was called to the bar in 1961 and was appointed judge of the federal revenue…

muslims praying used to illustrate the story

Coronavirus: Say your Eid prayers at home, Sultan-led JNI tells Nigerian Muslims

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has advised Nigerian Muslims to say their 'Eid' prayers at home with their families or alone if there is no family member to join them. The Eid-el-Fitri is a prayer said by Muslims to mark the end of the Ramadan fast. It is expected to…

From left: Group Managing Director, Kougar, Rony Melhem, Honorable Minister of State for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, Member FCT Advisory Committee on Covid-19, Mohammed Jammal and Ag Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, FCTA, Dr. Jummai Ahmadu.

COVID-19: IT firm, Kougar Solutions, Donates to FCT Administration

An IT security company, Kougar Solutions and Allied Services Limited has donated a thermal & artificial intelligence system to the Federal Capital Territory Administration to help curb the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in the FCT. Group Managing Director, Mr Rony Melhem who made the presentation to the FCT Minister…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

Curfew: After doctors protest, IGP orders police to exempt essential service providers

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) to exempt essential service providers from the movement restriction order. This was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Wednesday in Abuja. The…

Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram

Two Nigerian soldiers, three Boko Haram fighters killed in an ambush – Official

Two Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by terror group Boko Haram, an official has said. Three Boko Haram fighters were also killed in the ambush, the official said. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, said these in a statement on Wednesday, according to the News Agency of…

Minister of Information and Culture and member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Lai Mohammed.

Federal Executive Council approves N623m for computers, printers for Nigeria Customs

The Federal Executive Council has approved a N623.7 million contract for the procurement of computers and printers for zonal and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed revealed this on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of this week’s virtual…

Oladipupo Diya in the report [Photo: Dailypost]Oladipupo Diya [Photo: Dailypost]

Oladipo Diya’s wife, Folashade, is dead

Folashade Diya, the wife of a retired lieutenant general, Oladipo Diya, is dead. The death was confirmed in a statement by Femi Adesina, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari. "President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with former Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, over the passing of his wife, Chief Deborah…

Governor Nyesom Wike [PHOTO CREDIT: @GovWike]

Rivers govt alleges plan to instigate crisis leading to state of emergency

The Rivers State Government said it has "uncovered plans by some citizens of the State who reside in Abuja to cause a breakdown of law and order in order to declare a State of Emergency." The Rivers government said this in a statement by its information commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim. The…

President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

INTERVIEW: COVID-19: What we discussed with Buhari – SGF Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Sunday, led members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. After the meeting which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr Mustapha, who is the PTF chairman, addressed journalists on…

Nigerian troopsused to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

Bandits Attacks: Presidency announces ‘major proactive’ military operation in Katsina

A day after scores of residents of a Katsina community blocked a highway to protest incessant attacks by armed bandits, the presidency announced the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of the state. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on Media and…

Public health campaign launched to fightback against COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’

A new public health information campaign, launched by hygiene brand Dettol, is assessing and evaluating claims related to COVID-19, correct misinformation, challenge misperceptions and debunk common myths. A new website - www.covid-19facts.com - has been developed as an educational resource in response to the significant global media attention on the…

Chairman of AB Haske Foundation, Mr Chaise Bansi (right) handing over the palliative package to one of the beneficiaries in Mayo-Belwa Local Government.

AB Haske Foundation distributes palliative to 14,000 vulnerable persons in Adamawa

A philanthropic Nongovernmental organisation in Adamawa State, A.B Haske Foundation, has commenced distribution of palliative materials to the needy across the 21 local government areas of the state. The initiative, according to the NGO, is aimed at giving succor to the poor and vulnerable persons in the face of hardship…