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Army destroys 27 houses, kills 2 Boko Haram insurgents in Zaria operation

Two suspected members of the extremist Boko Haram sect and 10 others were killed on Sunday in Zaria, Kaduna State, during an early morning military operation in a suspected hideout, an army statement said. The agency also destroyed about 27 houses after shooting at a suspected mini bomb factory. A statement…

Is Nigeria a toilet of a country? By Femi Fani-Kayode

''Nigeria is just a toilet of a country where evil reigns''- Lord Apsley. Lord Apsley and I were colleagues at Harrow School in England approximately 36 years ago. I have never forgotten his uncharitable remarks about Nigeria, which led to a heated argument between us. At that time I found it ironic, and I still…

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Deportation of Nigerian Pilgrims: The world is teaching us a lesson, Aliyu U. Tilde

Other nations will continue to teach Nigeria basic lessons in civilization and governance so long as its leaders fail to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that rule of law in entrenched in our society. Three things have happened of recent in this regard. After the corrupt Nigerian judicial…

Sultan, Obasanjo pay tribute at Lateef Adegbite’s burial

The late former Secretary-General, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Lateef Adegbite, was on Saturday buried in his compound at Onikolobo area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital. Mr. Adegbite’s burial at 4 p.m. was witnessed by thousands of people, some of who arrived at the deceased residence as early…

Jonathan, Muslim groups, others mourn Adegbite

Tributes have continued to pour on the late Secretary General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Abdul-Lateef Adegbite, who died Friday in Lagos at the age of 79. President Goodluck Jonathan described the late Mr. Adegbite as a bridge-builder who reached across ethnic and religious divides to promote…

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UNIBEN blames flooding on FG, Edo State’s nonchalance

The University of Benin has faulted the claims by the Federal Government that the government had done all it could to prevent and address the flood ravaging some parts of the country, as the University claims that the government could have helped it prevent its present suffering. Some buildings at…

Kaduna Governor says Kaduna is too dirty

Over two years after emerging governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa went round the state capital and concluded that the state capital was too dirty. Mr. Yakowa, who went round Kaduna city on Saturday to assess the conduct of the state’s monthly sanitation exercise, stated that the city has remained dirty…

Impeachment: Taraba Deputy Governor challenges Panel’s competence

The Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Sani Abubakar, on Saturday challenged the competence of the panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against him. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry was set up by the state Acting Chief Judge, Josephine Tuktur, to investigate the allegations by the state House of Assembly, which is seeking…

Nigeria protests denial of consular access to detained female pilgrims by Saudi Arabia

Foreign Affairs Minister, Olugbenga Ashiru, on Friday in New York, protested against the denial of consular access to detained Nigerian female pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Saudi authorities had detained about 1000 female pilgrims from Nigeria since Tuesday on the pretext that they…

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EFCC arrests 24-year-old smuggling N1.1billion cash out of Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it on Thursday arrested a bulk currency smuggler, one Abubakar Tijani Sheriff for attempting to smuggle $7million (about N1.101billion) out of the country. According to a statement by the agency's spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the 24-year-old was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in…

Artistes deny receiving Jonathan’s N32 billion “entertainment” loan

Nigerian artistes have denied benefiting from a N32 billion federal facility approved by President Goodluck Jonathan to boost the entertainment sector, disputing official claim that part of the funds had been disbursed. The Nigerian Export-Import bank, NEXIM, had claimed paying artistes N700 million of the money last week, in reaction…

South African miners defy threat of sack in fresh round of strike

South African miners on an illegal strike against the world's top platinum producer defied management threats of dismissal on Friday, throwing down the gauntlet as another wildcat stoppage hit the country's restive mining sector. Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the top producer of the white metal and a unit of global…

Electoral Reform (2): To be or not to be, By Nasir El-Rufai

Our first installment on electoral reforms ran through the history of elections in Nigeria, the definition of free and fair elections and the inherent flaws in the process. It was in the light of these flaws that the Late President Umaru Yaradua initiated the reform of the electoral system with…

50 unity schools to get e-libraries

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday said that e-libraries will be set up in 50 unity schools across the country as part of a Federal Government initiative. Speaking during a meeting in Abuja with the National President of the Unity Schools Old Students Association, Kabiru Koko, the minister said the…

Saudi Arabia deports 283 Nigerian women pilgrims, more expected

The controversy surrounding Nigerian female pilgrims to Saudi Arabia continued Thursday as  283 female pilgrims from various parts of the country were deported from the Kingdom. The deported are part of the 1000 Nigerian female pilgrims detained by Saudi authorities for allegedly not being accompanied by  male relatives (Muharams) as…

House Committee decries absence of policy on Diaspora

The absence of a policy framework on Diaspora sets Nigeria’s economy backward, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in Abuja on Thursday while  speaking to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Pius Anyim. Ms. Dabiri-Erewa described the situation as an embarrassment on the world stage.…

Eko football festival to win back fans – Lagos association boss

  The Eko Festival, scheduled to hold from September 27 to 30, will host ex-international footballers such as Nwankwo Kanu, Christian Karembu of France, and Bryan Robson of England. Entertainers expected to perform at the festival include Sasha, Naeto C, Whiz Kid and many more. The Chairman of the Lagos…

Lagos Council closes illegal crèche

An illegal crèche, located in Sabo market, Lagos, was shut down on Thursday. The Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Jide Jimoh, ordered the closure of the crèche during an unscheduled visit to the market. He expressed his displeasure at the operation of the crèche in an un-conducive environment…

Lake Nyos: NEMA warns of greater flood tragedy as one million people face death

The floods in several parts of Nigeria, which have caused the death of hundreds of people and displacement of millions of others, will be a small tragedy compared to a disaster that could occur within three years, if no action is taken. The Lake Nyos Dam in Cameroon, which is…

Saudi Pilgrims’ deportation: Plateau official seeks concessions

As more Nigerian women pilgrims are deported from Saudi-Arabia, a pilgrim official has suggested that authorities in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia work out laws to accommodate elderly women who have lost their husbands. “The laws should also work out ways to accommodate rich women who are capable of sponsoring themselves to the…

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NEMA spends N300 million on flood victims in North Central

For the over 200 thousand people displaced by the floods that have ravaged the six states of the North-Central, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has spent a little over than N300 million, the agency said on Thursday. This spent sum, if taken on average, implies that each displaced person has…

Flood: Five dead as Jigawa farmers beg for food

Despite the claim by the Federal Government that it had done its best on the floods ravaging several states in Nigeria, thousands of flood victims in Jigawa State, like their counterparts in other states, https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/101453-benue-flood-camps-run-out-of-food-camp-workers-say.html , are begging for food to save them from starvation. The floods in Jigawa have…

Lagos agency introduces video conferencing for customer relations

The Lagos Signage and Advertisement Agency, LASAA, has said it would introduce Skype video conferencing as part of its customer relations tools. The initiative, which would come into effect October 2, will ensure that response time to enquiries from LASAA stakeholders is quicker and faster, according to the agency. ''We…

Nurse sues SSS over illegal detention, demands N10m compensation

The Chief Nursing Officer at Barau Dikko General Hospital in Kaduna, Sulaiman Ibrahim, has dragged the State Security Service, SSS, to court for forceful arrest and detention at the latter’s office in Kaduna. The motion was moved on September 20 before the Kaduna High Court. The  Nursing Officer ,in the…

Police arrest two pastors for driving stolen vehicles

Two Pastors have being arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for possessing and driving vehicles stolen by armed robbers The Police in Abeokuta arrested Promise Ozavehe of ‘Champions Shorph Ministries’, Igando, Lagos and Muyiwa Olayeni of ‘Cherubim and Sheraphim Church’, Isara, Ogun State. The Commissioner of Police in Ogun,…