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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…

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Group proffers solutions to farmers/herders clashes

A mediation and peace-building organisation, Farmers and Herders Initiative for Peace and Development, has proffered solutions to ending the conflict between farmers and herdsmen especially in North-central and North-western Nigeria. The conflict in states like Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Kaduna states has variously claimed lives and property on both…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: The News (Nigeria)]

Buhari warns his appointees, party officials against extortion, influence peddling

The presidency has issued a stern warning to political appointees, government officials and party men against influence peddling for corrupt pecuniary gains and other forms of extortion. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES said complaints of…

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ASUU Strike: NANS issues two weeks ultimatum

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a two weeks ultimatum to the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lecturers' strike or be ready for confrontation. This was contained in a statement signed by the association's president, Danielson Akpan, on Sunday. The…

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim

2019: AD presidential candidate steps down for Gbenga Hashim

The presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 2019 general election, Eniola Ojajuni, has stepped down for the presidential candidate of the People's Trust (PT) Gbenga Hashim. This was contained in a statement signed and issued to journalists in Abuja by Hassan Ibrahim, Chief Press Secretary to…

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu

INTERVIEW: How I will defeat Buhari — Moghalu

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, visited PREMIUM TIMES head office in Abuja on Tuesday. Mr Moghalu, a former Central Bank deputy governor, explained his programmes and plans for the nation if elected president in 2019. He spoke to Editor-in-Chief Musikilu Mojeed, Assistant Managing Editor Ini…

Troubled Nigerian league must start January 13 – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it has advised the League Management Company (LMC) to ensure the commencement of 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season not later than January 13. The league has been suspended since before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Ademola Olajire, NFF’s…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Again, Presidency replies Amnesty International over report on killings

The Presidency has accused Amnesty International of drawing "wrong conclusions" in its latest report highlighting the failure of the Nigerian government to check rampant killings in the last three years. The Nigerian Army had earlier dismissed the report, demanding the withdrawal of the group from the country, while the Presidency…

Nigerian Army on patrol in Borno, Boko Haram

Nigerian Army accuses UNICEF of impropriety, announces ‘suspension’ of its activities in North-east

The Nigerian army has announced that it is suspending the activities of UNICEF in the North-eastern Nigeria. The army made the announcement in a statement circulated by PRNigeria, a news agency with close ties to security agencies. The army's statement was signed by Onyema Nwachukwu, a colonel and deputy director…

Former US President, Barrack Obama, and Ex Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Jonathan mischaracterised Obama in new book – U.S. govt

The public affairs officer at the United States Consulate in Lagos, Russell Brooks, has described as a mischaracterisation, former president Goodluck Jonathan's account in his new book of the role the U.S. government played, ahead of the 2015 general elections. Mr Brooks spoke during a live chat on Facebook in…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), addressing journalists shortly after a meeting with Heads of Security Agencies and Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) at the LASTMA Yard, Oshodi, on Sunday, December 9, 2018. With him (L-R): General Manager, LASTMA, Mr. Wale Musa; CEO of LASTMA, Mr. Chris Olakpe; Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Chairman, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp (LNSC), Mr. Israel Ajao.

18 LASTMA officers killed, 24 hospitalised in one year – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has frowned at what he described as incessant attacks on officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority by traffic offenders. Mr Ambode, who spoke with journalists after a meeting with the LASTMA leadership and heads of other security agencies in Lagos Sunday, said…

Ibrahim Babangida, Former Nigerian dictator

INTERVIEW: Babangida speaks on June 12, Abiola, Abacha, Kazeem Afegbua, others

BY SHOLA OSHUNKEYE, TAIWO FAROTIMI AND MIKE OJOOBANIKANAlthough he had been involved in political and military activities that have had far-reaching effects on Nigeria’s political development, it was not until that black Friday of February 13, 1976, that General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida fully unravelled and hit the nation’s consciousness. Colonel…

L-R: Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), Mr Yury Fedoyov, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad al Thani, Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and EFCC Chairman of EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, after Ribadu was conferred with lifetime/outstanding anticorruption award by the Rule of Law and Anticorruption Centre (ROLACC), in Malaysia, on Friday.

Ribadu, seven other ‘Global Anti-Corruption Heroes’ celebrated

The pioneer chairman of Nigeria's anti-graft agency, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, is among eight individuals and organisations recognised globally for their role in curtailing corruption at an event held Friday in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The honorees, from Asia, America, Africa, Oceania and Europe, were recognised at the Third annual Sheikh Tamim Bin…

JTF in the Niger Delta

Nigerian security free seven kidnapped oil workers, destroy 436 illegal refineries – Official

The Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) code-named “Operation Delta Safe” said on Thursday that it freed seven kidnapped oil workers of a multi-national firm. The agency also said it destroyed no fewer than 436 illegal refineries in the Niger-Delta region. John Agim, acting director, Defence Information, disclosed this while briefing journalists…

NIPOST Lekki Post Office [Photo: The Guardian NG]

Controversy deepens over disbursement of ‘N20 trillion’ stamp duty revenue

Details of the revenues from stamp duties estimated at N20 trillion still remain opaque as the federal agencies involved in the collection have refused to provide information, despite the  Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by The ICIR. The FOI requests were sent on July 31 on behalf of LeaksNG to the…

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM

We won’t rest until remaining Chibok girls are released — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his government will not rest until the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in April 2014 are safely released. Mr Buhari renewed his commitment Monday in Katowice, Poland, at a bilateral meeting with Swiss President, Alain Berset, on the margins of the…

Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah

Enelamah calls for collaboration of States, LGAs on ease of doing business

The minister of industry, trade and investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, has said the current administration believes a conducive business environment is crucial to achieving the government's diversification agenda. He pointed out, on Friday, that even though significant milestones have already been recorded, the greatest effect is only be possible with the…

Frederick Fasehun

Buhari, Tinubu mourn OPC founder, Fasehun

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the Yoruba nation over the passing of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Frederick Fasehun. The president, in a condolence message by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, also condoled with the family of the…

A journalist with PREMIUM TIMES newspaper, Oladeinde Olawoyin. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official facebook page of Oladeinde Olawoyin]

PREMIUM TIMES journalist, others named global ‘Goalkeepers’

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Oladeinde Olawoyin, has been selected by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of Africa’s young leaders and media influencers championing the global goals. Mr Olawoyin, along with about a dozen young leaders, journalists and media influencers selected across Africa, will be inducted into the…

Olisa Agbakoba [Photo Credit: ThisDay Newspapers]

Sign Electoral Act amendment bill, Agbakoba writes Buhari

A human rights lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill passed about three months ago by the National Assembly. In a letter on Wednesday, Mr Agbakoba said signing the bill into law would enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties…