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Court dismisses charges against Tompolo, others

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court Wednesday dismissed all the 40 counts bordering on alleged N34 billion fraud filed by the Federal Government against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a company linked to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo. Mr Ekpemupolo was…

Former executive director at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ezekiel Agaba [PHOTO CREDIT: NIMASA on facebook]

How court jailed ex-NIMASA Executive Director for fraud

A former executive director at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ezekiel Agaba, was guilty of laundering N1.5 billion belonging to the agency, a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court ruled on Wednesday. Ibrahim Buba, the judge, sentenced the official to seven years in prison on each…

Former executive director at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ezekiel Agaba [PHOTO CREDIT: NIMASA on facebook]

Court Jails Ex-NIMASA Executive Director Seven Years

A federal court in Lagos has sentenced a former executive director at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ezekiel Agaba, to seven years in prison for laundering N1.5 billion. Mr Agaba was in charge of Maritime, Safety and Shipping at the agency. He is also facing another trial…

Buhari presides over Federal Executive Council meeting

FEC honours late works minister John Obada

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday honoured a former works minister, John Obada. The virtual FEC meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari observed a minute silence for Mr Obada, a retired major-general who died on June 13 after a brief illness at the age of 81. Mr Obada acted…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

Mixed messages from some world leaders undermining COVID-19 response – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Monday, criticised the attitude of some world leaders to the fight against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mr Ghebreyesus, during a virtual briefing in Geneva, said "mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredient of any response: trust". He…

in curbing the spread of COVID19. [PHOTO CREDIT: @Fmohnigeria]

COVID-19: Dettol, Jik maker donates N65m worth of hygiene products to Nigerian govt

As the fight to curb the spread of the Coronavirus rages on, RB Nigeria, through its brands, Dettol and Jik, has donated hygiene products to the Federal Ministry of Health. This move is part of its global project “Fight for Access Fund”, which aims to improve access to health, hygiene…

COVID-19: Coronavirus [Photo: Mayo Clinic]

Nigeria records 664 new cases of COVID-19

Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 31, 987 as 664 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Saturday evening. The death toll from the virus has hit 724, as 15 new deaths were reported. The fatality rate from the virus in Nigeria is…

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi

Fayemi launches health insurance for Ekiti residents

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Friday inaugurated the state’s health insurance scheme aimed at ensuring that all residents of the state have access to quality and affordable health care services. Speaking at the official launch of the scheme in Ado-Ekiti, Mr Fayemi said his administration would continue to ensure…

Infograph showing Confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria as at 10th July, 2020

Coronavirus: Nigeria records 575 new cases, fatality exceeds 700

Nigeria recorded 575 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 31,323. The death toll from the virus has hit 709, as 20 new deaths were reported on Friday. The fatality rate…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Police withdraw Magu’s security as family raises alarm over safety

Security officials around the embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, have been withdrawn. PREMIUM TIMES authoritatively learnt that Mr Magu's police security in his official and personal houses in Abuja were asked to leave the house Friday evening. All vehicles in the official…

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah [PHOTO CREDIT: catholicdiocese-sokoto.org]

Catholic cleric Hassan Kukah loses mum

Janeth Kukah, the mother of the Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah, is dead. Her death was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari who extended his condolences to the cleric. "President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, on the passing…

The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Barr Babatunde Adekunle Irukera

Why pay-as-you-go is not applicable to Pay TV — Irukera

The Chief Executive of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Babatunde Irukera, has stated that the pay-as-you-go billing model in telecommunications is not necessarily applicable to pay television. Mr Irukera said this on Friday while appearing on Sunrise Daily, Channels Television’s flagship public affairs programme. Responding to a…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Why we revised 2020 budget – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said the federal government revised the 2020 Appropriation Act to reallocate resources for effective implementation of required health and emergency measures, as well as to mitigate the negative socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Buhari disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he signed the revised…

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

Buhari directs release of 50% of amended capital budgets to MDAs (FULL SPEECH)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed the revised 2020 budget into law. Mr Buhari said the government had made some progress in the implementation of the Appropriation Act 2020. "As at 31st May 2020, the sum of N253.33 billion have been released for the implementation of capital projects," he said.…

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO CREDIT: Bashir Ahmad]

Buhari signs revised 2020 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the revised 2020 budget into law. The signing on Friday of the N10.8 trillion budget took place at the State House's council chambers. The amended budget was approved by the National Assembly in June. At the signing ceremony, Mr Buhari said the budget had to…

Big Brother Naija

BBNaija: How MultiChoice Enriches the Lives of Creative Entrepreneurs, By Pamela Osagie

The highly anticipated season five of Big Brother Naija premieres on Sunday, 19 July 2020. Television audiences across the continent can barely hold in their excitement as they await the drama, intrigue and exhilaration that the show is renowned for bringing, season after season. The Big Brother reality TV show…

Infograph showing Confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria as at 9th July, 2020

Nigeria records 499 new coronavirus cases

Nigeria recorded 499 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 30,748. Over one third of those infected (12,546) have recovered and have been discharged while 689 people have died from the…

Immigration officers [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Desert Herald and its obtuse reporting on Nigeria Immigration Service, By Mohammed Hassan

Anyone will be forgiven if he or she wonders whether the management and reporters of Desert Herald are trained practitioners. Their self-righteous brand of journalism has been one of taking every important news from obtuse angles. Whenever they have no idea about what the trending news is, they tend to…

Former Nigerian Senator, Shehu Sani. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Shehu Sani]

Alleged Fraud: EFCC fails to produce evidence against senator in court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has failed to produce evidence against a Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, in an alleged $25,000 bribery case. At the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, the prosecutor, Abba Mohammed, told the court the 'material evidence' they relied on to prosecute their case…

Infograph showing Confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria as at 8th July, 2020

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 30,000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249. Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday. There was a drop in the…

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Fashola]

Nigerian govt approves N108 billion for road projects

The Federal Executive Council has approved N108 billion for the completion of various road projects across the country. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, revealed this to State House correspondents while briefing them on decisions reached at the weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said…

Former Nigerian Senator, Shehu Sani. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Shehu Sani]

Alleged $25,000 Bribe: I collected money from Shehu Sani for my father – EFCC witness

A witness in the trial of former Kaduna State senator, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday said he had no idea what the money the lawmaker allegedly returned to his father through him was meant for. Mr Sani was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly collecting $25,000…

NNPC Towers

Explosion at NNPC facility causes seven deaths

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a fatal explosion at one of its facilities. In a Wednesday statement, the NNPC said seven people died in the Tuesday explosion at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), in Delta State. "The bodies of casualties have…

IFE the gay Movie

We will track down producers of lesbian movie – Nigeria’s censors board

The National Film and Video Censors Board says "it knows what to do" if the producers of a soon-to-be-released LGBTQ movie, 'Ife,' do not present it for censorship. Adedayo Thomas, the executive director of the agency, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday that any film to be shown in Nigeria must be…

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazilian president tests positive for COVID-19

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Mr Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the pandemic threat, by calling the virus "little flu," made the announcement on Brazilian television on Tuesday. He is now one of the world leaders, senior government officials and politicians…