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6,000 innocent children held in Nigerian prisons, report says

Nigeria’s notorious jails and detention centres hold an estimated 6,000 children and minors, many of whom were born there and now serve terms with their parents despite a government’s order to effect their release, the United States country human rights report on Nigeria says. Although Nigerian law forbids the imprisonment of children, by the end […]

We are all guilty of corruption, PDP tells ACN

The ruling party says if anything, the leading opposition party is as guilty of the same crime. The Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed a statement from the Action Congress of Nigeria celebrating the categorization of Nigeria as corrupt by the United States as “misplaced.” The ruling party says if anything, the leading opposition party is […]

Boston bombing suspect hospitalized, unable to speak

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings remained in serious condition in the hospital on Sunday, unable to speak due to injuries to his neck and tongue sustained while on the run from police, officials said. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation still was unable to interview Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, Boston Police Commissioner Ed […]

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FCT minister, Akinjide, kicks-off Jonathan re-election campaign

Ms. Akinjide said the president is the most women-friendly in Nigeria’s history. In an apparent campaign effort, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, at the weekend, described President Goodluck Jonathan as the most woman-friendly leader in Nigeria’s history, urging Nigerian women to work to secure a second term for […]

Nigeria loses N480bn to malaria annually, says expert

Malaria take a toll on the country’s economy, Mr. Eyo of the National Malaria Control Department said. Nigeria loses an estimated N480 billion to absenteeism from work, schools, farms and markets, occasioned by malaria afflicting many of its citizens, an expert, Ene Eyo, has said. Mr. Eyo, who works at the National Malaria Control Department, […]

ACN flays PDP “corruption”, says merger plan boosted

ACN described the PDP administration as a cesspool of corruption. The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has said that with the success of its national convention in Lagos last Thursday, the party has crossed a key line in its quest to merge with other leading opposition parties in the country. In a statement issued in […]

Pastor Oby Ezekwesili seeks economic empowerment for women

The former minister made the call in her church message Sunday. Nigeria’s former minister, and a former World Bank Vice President for African Region, Oby Ezekwesili, has called for economic empowerment of women in Nigeria for national development. Mrs. Ezekwesili,  wife of Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili,  pastor in charge of The Everlasting Arms Parish zone of […]

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JTF arrests 21 in multiple oil theft crackdown

Several arrests and seizures were made in the past weeks. The military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, operating in the Niger Delta, said it has impounded a vessel allegedly laden with some 2,500 tonnes of stolen crude at Okuboto creek in Bayelsa. Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwackukwu, the spokesman for team, said Sunday the arrest was […]

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Benue library has purchased no new book in 22 years

The library has since survived on donated materials. The Benue state library in Makurdi made its last book purchase 22 years ago during the library’s inauguration, the deputy director for the state library board, Shima Kosu, has said in a shocking revelation of the obsolete state of the facility. Mr. Kosu made the disclosure an […]

Seven perish in auto crash on Lokoja-Abuja road

The accident occurred at a dangerous bend. Seven persons, including two children, died on Saturday in a deadly car crash on Lokoja-Abuja road on Saturday, the Federal Road Safety Commission said. An eyewitness said the accident occurred at about 12 noon at Gaba village along the busy highway, killing the seven persons and injuring three […]

Why Christopher Kolade may resign from Sure-P

“The question is not whether I should resign or not but when,” Mr. Kolade told associates. On Tuesday, April 9, rumours of the resignation of eminent diplomat, Christopher Kolade, as the Chairman of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, was widespread. The programme, set up by the federal government to manage funds saved from […]

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Protests in Rivers Over Alleged Jonathan’s War On Governor Amaechi

Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, on Saturday, called on Nigerians to guard the integrity of the judiciary jealously and not allow it to soil with “mud.” Mr. Amaechi made the remark in Port Harcourt while addressing  a rally against the Federal High Court judgement which removed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state chairman, Chief Godspower Ake […]

Despite Government Ban, Fuelling Poverty Wins Best Documentary At AMAA 2013

Organizers of the African Movie Academy Awards demonstrated courage and independence Saturday night when they declared banned film, Fuelling Poverty, winner of the Best Documentary Category of the 2013 edition of the awards held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The hall erupted in thunderous cheers after the documentary, which was banned two weeks ago […]

Governor Okorocha flown abroad after sustaining ‘minor injuries’ in auto crash

The Governor’s vehicle was involved in an accident on Friday. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has been flown abroad for further medical treatment after sustaining ‘minor injuries on his forehead’ in a car accident on Friday. Mr. Okorocha was on his way to inspect projects in the state when a Mercedes Saloon car ran […]

Why OPC Is Demanding Its Share Of Pipeline Security Contract from Jonathan — Gani Adams

Sari Dokubo, Tompolo, other militants also got contacts to secure pipelines – OPC. Advertisement

APC copied our manifesto- PDP

PDP spokesperson calls the APC manifesto “a very poor imitation, a bland parody”. Advertisement

Lagos flooding caused as a result of changes in climate

Flood victims accuse Lagos Government of falsehood, abandonment

The victims said they were given N25, 000 each and asked to leave the relief camp. Advertisement

Cardinal Okogie cautions Jonathan on amnesty for Boko Haram

The cardinal advised the Nigerian president to toe the line of justice. Advertisement

Fertiliser debt stalls salaries of Kaduna council workers – Chairman

The costs of the fertilisers are deducted directly from council allocations. Advertisement

Breaking: Kidnapped Lagos council chairman, Bamigbetan, released

The council spokesman confirmed the release. Kehinde Bamigbetan, the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Authority, who was kidnapped on Monday night, has been released. The Head of Information Unit of the council, Rabiu Hassan, confirmed the release to PREMIUM TIMES. It is not clear if any ransom was paid for Mr. Bamigbetan’s release as […]

Banned by Nigerian Government, fuelling poverty competes for best documentary at 2013 AMAA

The film was banned by the Nigerian government on April 8. The documentary Fuelling Poverty, described as a national threat by the Nigerian government, has received industry acclaim following its nomination for the 2013 African Movie Academy Award, AMAA, in Malawi. On March 15, barely 25 days to the ban announced by the Nigeria Film […]

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Abia University, ABSU, to honour Governor Akpabio

The university will honour the controversial politician. Less than a week after he was chosen as the Governor of the Year by Leadership Newspapers, controversial Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, is set to be honoured by an Ivory Tower. The Abia State University, ABSU, announced on Friday that it would honour Mr. Akpabio […]

Rivers lawmakers, PDP elders urge Amaechi to accept new political realities

Elders ask governor to accept the new development in the state chapter of PDP. Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly, have debunked claims that the state legislature is plotting to impeach the governor, Chibuike Amaechi. An Abuja High Court had, on Tuesday, sacked the State Executive Committee led by […]

France investigates Sarkozy campaign funds on alleged Libya link

Sarkozy has also been accused of taking advantage of the mental frailty of the 90-year-old heiress of the L’Oreal cosmetics empire. France has opened a judicial investigation into allegations that its former President, Nicolas Sarkozy‘s 2007 election bid won illicit funds from late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. The country’s public prosecutor’s office made this known […]

Obtaining tinted windows permit is free, Nigeria Police IG says

The police chief said vehicles with tinted windows were being used for crime. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has said that obtaining police permit for the use of vehicles with tinted windows “is free of charge and does not attract any charge”. Mr. Abubakar made the clarification on Friday while speaking at a […]