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Third Mainland Bridge to be closed August 23

The Lagos State Government has said the Third Mainland Bridge would be temporarily shut down for four days starting from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26 for "investigative maintenance test" to be carried out. Ade Akinsanya, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, who stated this in a…

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: Jonathan, Atiku, Tinubu, Gambari honour late UN scribe

Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has described former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, as a renowned icon of peace and a great son of Africa. In a tribute to Mr Annan who died Saturday at the age of 80, Mr Jonathan noted that his extensive reforms reinvigorated the UN systems…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari mourns former UN chief, Kofi Annan

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Ghana over the passing of former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in the early hours of Saturday. The Presidency said in a statement that President Buhari, who called President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana from London, said all…

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PREMIUM TIMES appreciates individuals, groups after journalist’s release

PREMIUM TIMES appreciates all persons of conscience and civic groups in and outside Nigeria who, in firm defence of free speech, joined in demanding the immediate release of our reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, from the custody of the Nigeria Police. Mr Ogundipe was arrested on August 14 for his refusal on…

Court

Alleged pipeline vandal vanishes after arraignment

An alleged pipeline vandal Thursday vanished into thin air moments after he was arraigned before a federal judge in Lagos. Kingsley Ibeto was charged with two counts of conspiracy and felony by unlawfully dealing in petroleum products by the Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps and brought before Chuka Obiozor,…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Premium Times replies police on allegations against Samuel Ogundipe

Premium Times has replied the police on false allegations levelled against its detained reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. Mr Ogundipe has been arrested since Tuesday with the police insisting he disclose his source for a story. The police in a statetement by its spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, on Thursday accused Mr Ogundipe of…

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Protest rocks Abuja over police detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Protest rocks Abuja over police detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist

Nigerian activists, civil society leaders and journalists have started a protest at the police headquarters in Abuja, demanding the release of detained PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. The demonstration is led by the #TakebackNigeriaMovement and the #OurMumuDonDo, and is holding in front of the police's Louis Edet House. The leaders…

Former EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu speaking at Premium Times Book launch.

Why almajiri system needs reform – Ribadu

The traditional Qur’anic school system in northern Nigeria needs reforms and integration to allow for those who pass through it to fit into modern society, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has said. Mr Ribadu, who spoke Wednesday at an event to unveil…

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#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Detained Premium Times reporter quizzed again, declines naming source

The detained Premium Times reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, was again quizzed Wednesday morning by the police over the source of a report he wrote leading to his arrest by police operatives on Tuesday. A source at the headquarter of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) where Mr Ogundipe is being detained said…

Idayat Hassan, Director Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

CDD demands immediate release of detained Premium Times journalist

The Centre for Democracy and Development has added its voice to the demand for the release of Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe. Mr Ogundipe was arrested and detained on Tuesday for refusing to disclose his source for a story. Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists and other international and local…

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Driver who fled to Ghana after knocking over LASTMA official arrested

The General Manager of King Solomon Chariots Transportation, Johnson Ogbonnaya, has voluntarily handed over to law enforcement officials a driver of the company, Abuchi Okpara, who absconded to Ghana after allegedly knocking down an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the agency said in a statement Tuesday.…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu. [Photo credit: Sabi-Sabi]

PDP says it uncovers fresh plot to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has uncovered a fresh plot to arrest Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The party also alleged that the budget of the electoral commission, INEC, sent to the National Assembly by the presidency last month, had been sent to the…

Femi Falana (SAN)

Falana asks new SSS chief to release Dasuki, other ‘illegally detained’ persons 

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has written a letter to Matthew Seiyefa, reminding the new acting-director-general of the State Security Service that many Nigerians are still in custody of the secret police without trial and despite court orders for their unconditional release. Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo asked Mr Seiyefa to lead the…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

APC launches blistering attack on Saraki, says he betrayed PDP

The ruling All Progressives Congress has launched a scathing attack on the senate president, Bukola Saraki, accusing him of serial crimes and urging senators to do all they could to sack him. The party has been loud in its call for Mr Saraki's removal since his defection last week to…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Nigerian police announces arrest of American army officer for alleged fraud

The Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS), of the Police Command in Imo says it has arrested a member of the U.S. Army, Garrick Michael, over alleged advance fee fraud. The Commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, disclosed this on Wednesday in Owerri while presenting the suspect to journalists.Other suspects involved…

VIDEO: National Assembly SSS siege was a plan by PDP members – Hon. Agbonayinma

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Labour leader submits form to vie for Kwara governorship

An executive council member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and governorship aspirant in Kwara State, Issa Aremu, has called for what he called “quality control” of the country’s democratic process through the inculcation of ethics of discipline and integrity in politics. He made the observation while submitting his formal…

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2019: Sowore, Durotoye, Moghalu, 12 other presidential aspirants meet, consider united front

About 15 presidential aspirants for the 2019 election say they are considering a united front to challenge the current situation. The aspirants stated this in a communique after their meeting on Tuesday. The signatories include Omoyele Sowore, Fela Durotoye, Tope Fasua, and Kingsley Moghalu. They condemned the current ethnic tension…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

El-Rufai, Belo-Osagie welcome 16 Kashim Ibrahim Fellows

Sixteen youth selected as the first set of Kashim Ibrahim Fellows will commence their year-long fellowship on August 2, 2018. Zainab Mohammed, the Programme Administrator, said that the fellows will be welcomed at an opening ceremony in Kaduna by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the members of the governing board of…

Journalists

Presidency speaks on proposed law that limits press freedom in Nigeria

The presidency has finally spoken on a bill that journalists and media advocates say could gag press freedom if passed into law. The Senate pushed the controversial Nigerian Press Council Amendment Bill through second reading earlier this year, eliciting widespread outrage from media practitioners who immediately identified it as an…

Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor

Why I’m leaving APC — Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Wednesday decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party. Mr Tambuwal, who is nursing a presidential ambition, called on Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in next year's election. He said Mr Buhari had failed the…

Bolaji Abdullahi

APC spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, defects from party

The national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has resigned from his position and has also defected from the party barely 24 hours after denying rumours of him doing so. Mr Abdullahi made this known in a statement he signed on Wednessday. Mr Abdullahi, who was reelected spokesperson…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo undergoing his medicals at the Ophthalmology Unit of the World Class Bayelsa State Diagnostic Centre, Yenagoa. Photo b y Lucky Francis

PHOTO STORY: Obasanjo undergoes medical check up in Bayelsa hospital

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Atiku Abubakar shaking hands with Bukola Saraki {Sahara Reporters]

Atiku speaks on Saraki’s defection

A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has welcomed the decision of Senate President Bukola Saraki to leave the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr Saraki on Tuesday left the APC for the main opposition party, PDP. "I received the news that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has resigned from…

Amnesty International condemns killings in Zamfara

Amnesty International on Tuesday released a statement condemning the increasing spate of killings in parts of Zamfara State and called for drastic actions to curtail the bloodletting. The North-west state has been hit by killings carried out by suspected cattle rustlers in recent months leading the deaths of hundreds and…