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Femi Gbajabiamila

Reps to investigate $1.05bn “illegal withdrawals” from NLNG account

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate “illegal withdrawals” from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This decision followed a motion moved by the House's minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, on Tuesday, in which he accused the NNPC of illegally withdrawing…

Festus Kenyamo

774,000 Jobs: Keyamo writes NASS, to appear before committee Tuesday

The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has written a joint committee of the National Assembly in anticipation of his appearance before the committee to defend the 774,000-job recruitment exercise billed for October. At his first coming a week ago, the minister sparred with the lawmakers when…

Controversial Nigerian singer, Naira Marley. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram page of Naira Marley]

Three weeks after, Nigerian authorities yet to arrest Naira Marley for breaching COVID-19 rules

Three weeks after he breached the interstate travel ban to perform at an Abuja concert, controversial Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, is yet to be arrested or prosecuted. None of the organisers of the concert has also been arrested or prosecuted. The concert was put together…

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu [PHOTO CREDIT: rotimiaketi]

COVID-19: Days before testing positive, Akeredolu seen in public sneezing without mask

About two weeks before Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu tested positive for COVID-19, he attended a political event without wearing a mask or observing social distancing, and sneezed at least once, a video has shown. The footage, first published by Sahara Reporters, showed Mr Akeredolu surrounded by a crowd of…

Rotimi Akeredolu tests positive for COVID-19

Governor Akeredolu tests positive for COVID-19

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 disease, PREMIUM TIMES can report. "I tested positive for #COVID19," Mr Akeredolu posted on his Twitter handle, @RotimiAkeredolu on Tuesday afternoon. "All is well. I'm asymptomatic and have been self-isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my…

Candidates writing JAMB examination

JAMB: UNILORIN, ABU, UNILAG are Nigeria’s most preferred universities

For the fourth year running, University of Ilorin this year emerged the most preferred university of first choice by admission seekers in Nigeria. Data from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) shows that the school, which prides itself as "the university of first choice," had 103,582 students (5.31 per…

Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman. [Silverbird TV]

Sacking of Oshiomhole-led NWC, Ajimobi’s death, other top political reports last week

The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new turn last week when the party's National Executive Committee meeting convened by President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the Adams Oshiomhole-led leadership. The meeting installed Mala Buni, Yobe State governor and a former national secretary of the APC, as the…

FSARS used to illustrate the story

Despite violations, Nigeria failed to prosecute any SARS officer in three years — Amnesty

The Nigerian authorities have failed to prosecute a single officer from the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in three years despite cases of rights violations reportedly perpetrated by the police unit, Amnesty International said in a report. In 2017, the country outlawed, with stiff penalties, the use of torture and…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee, Governor of Yobe State, Mala Buni, today at the State House, Abuja. [PHOTO CREDIT: @BashirAhmaad]

Buhari meets new APC acting chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met a delegation led by the newly appointed caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mala Buni. Mr Buni, also Yobe State governor and a former national secretary of the APC, was on Thursday appointed the acting chairman of the ruling APC after the dissolution…

Former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

TIMELINE: Obaseki vs Oshiomhole: From political sweethearts to implacable foes

During their political honeymoon, Adams Oshiomhole called Godwin Obaseki the "brain and creativity" behind his administration in Edo State and anointed him as his successor. Mr Obaseki became governor in 2016, while Oshiomhole became the national chairman of their party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Shortly after Mr Obaseki…

University of Maiduguri

Despite Boko Haram, UNIMAID admitted more students than other universities in 2019

The University of Maiduguri ranked top of Nigerian universities with the highest admission figure for 2019, data from the JAMB shows. The school admitted 12,523 students for the year, an increase from the 11,665 students it matriculated the previous academic year. The university is located on the outskirts of Maiduguri…

Internally Displaced Persons

Reps fault refugee commission over inconsistencies in N25 billion spending

The House of Representatives’ public accounts committee has expressed displeasure over the inability of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to provide relevant documents to back up the spending of N25 billion appropriated for it between 2015 and 2019. The committee on Monday, according to Punch,…

Pilgrims at the Hajj in Saudi Arabia Photo: AlJazeera

UPDATED: Coronavirus: Saudi cancels international Hajj

This year's hajj will be restricted to residents in Saudi Arabia, the government of the country said in a statement Monday. The decision was made to ensure the safety of pilgrims due to the coronavirus pandemic, Riyadh's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter. #Statement issued by the Ministry of…

Students in a university campus used to illustrate the story

2019 UTME: Two in three students who applied for admission into Nigerian institutions not admitted

Across all the educational institutions in Nigeria, two-thirds of about two million Nigerian candidates who applied for tertiary education in 2019 were not admitted, according to the JAMB. Data from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board shows that this is not because they did not pass, but because there is…

Buhari has defended freedom of speech more than other administrations — Presidency

No government has done more to foster democracy and freedom of speech in Nigeria than the Buhari's administration, the president's office said in a statement Tuesday. The president, through his aide, Garba Shehu, said this in response to a June 12 statement by the Coalition of Northern Groups where the…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Tinubu mourn Osinowo

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Sikiru Osinowo, the Lagos east senator who died Monday at 64. Mr Osinowo, on Monday, died from 'complications' that arose from undisclosed ailments. The first-term senator popularly known as 'Pepper' was described by the president as one who pushed "to advance…

Offline training in session at SkillNG, but COVID-19 has taught them to adopt 100% virtual learning as opposed to their previous blended learning approach.

Coronavirus: 87 % of Nigerian businesses say pandemic “impacted them negatively” — Report

A whopping 97 per cent of Nigerian businesses recorded losses during the lockdown over Covid-19 while 87 per cent said they have been negatively affected overall by by the pandemic, a nationwide survey has shown. Titled the "National survey report on the impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian private sector," the…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

Edo 2020: Oyegun slams APC over Obaseki’s disqualification

The disqualification of the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, is "a clear indication that internal democracy has been murdered in APC," a former chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said in a statement. A panel of the ruling-APC on Friday disqualified the incumbent Mr Obaseki who is seeking reelection, accusing…

The Nigerian Senate Plenary [PHOTO CREDIT: @NGRSenate]

Senate threatens to order arrest of Lai Mohammed, Timpre Sylva, others over audit reports

Henceforth, heads of MDAs who fail to honour the invitation of the Senate public accounts committee will be compelled to do so "through issuance of warrants of arrest against them," the committee chairman has said. Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo) gave this warning on Thursday after the absence of all six…

Minister Festus Keyamo accuses lawmakers of trying to hijack job slots (Picture: National Assembly {NASS}

National Assembly embarks on two-week recess

The National Assembly on Thursday commenced a two-week recess. The Senate is to resume plenary June 23, while the House of Representatives resumes on June 30. Before adjourning, the Senate also confirmed 42 ambassadors-designate. The confirmation of the nominees was sequel to the consideration of the reports by the Senate…

President Muhammadu Buhari

June 12: Buhari to address Nigerians Friday – Official

President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians, on Friday, to mark the June 12 Democracy Day celebration. "To commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 7 a.m. "Television and radio stations as well as other electronic media outlets are enjoined…

House of representatives during plenary. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of House of Reps.]

Insecurity: Reps meet service chiefs, heads of security agencies

The House of Representatives is meeting with heads of security agencies in the country over the spate of insecurity in the country. The series of attacks in the country also informed the decision of the Senate on Thursday to schedule a meeting between the leadership of both chambers, the service…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate passes revised 2020 budget

The Senate passed the revised 2020 budget on Thursday, having increased it to N10.8 trillion from the N10.5 trillion initially presented by the president. This was the same amount approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Of the sum, N422 billion was earmarked for statutory transfers, while N4.9 trillion…

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

Senate confirms Dongban-Mensem as appeal court president

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the president of Court of Appeal, a position she had served in acting capacity since 2019. Her months as interim head was criticized by some Nigerians, who accused President Muhammadu Buhari of delaying her confirmation for ethnoreligious reasons, despite the recommendation…

Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate

Gubio Attack: Any non-performing service chief should be sacked — Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday said any of the service chiefs who is found to have performed less than expectations, despite adequate provisions, should be sacked. Mr Lawan's comment was made after the red chamber resolved to schedule a meeting between the leadership of both chambers of the National…