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Nasarawa State

Nasarawa killings has nothing to do with Ombatse cult — Attorney General

Armed men who ambushed and killed more than 63 security personnel in a remote village in Nasarawa state in May 2013, sparking national outrage, did so without mystical powers as widely claimed, the state attorney general has told a government panel investigating the deaths. Widespread speculation of extra-natural powers in the killings thrived after the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Amaechi invites Jang faction to Governors’ Forum meeting

The Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Chibuike Amaechi, has scheduled a meeting of the forum for next Tuesday to discuss crucial matters affecting it and the country. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that invitation to the meeting has also been extended to Jonah Jang and the 16 governors of his faction. […]

Thieves worse than Ibori walking free in Nigeria- Nuhu Ribadu

Former Delta state governor, and convicted money launderer, James Ibori, was never Nigeria’s worst plunderer of state wealth. He may only have been less smart. Far worse official thieves are walking free today, and are celebrated as heroes, former head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has said. “There are worse people […]

TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT UNIT, FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE, KEFFI, NASARAWA STATE

Nasarawa confirms outbreak of cholera

The Nasarawa government says it is scrambling to contain the spread of the disease.

PDP Crisis: Rivers police bar Amaechi from Government House

The police mounted a roadblock at a Government House entrance, forcing Governor Amaechi to take a longer route. In a move that added a new dimension to the political crisis in Rivers state and the Peoples Democratic Party, the police on Thursday night denied Governor Rotimi Amaechi entrance to the Government House through an alternate […]

Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, EFCC

Farida Waziri a serial liar- Nuhu Ribadu

Mr. Ribadu says it was saddening that after all the damage she inflicted on the operations and credibility of the EFCC, Mrs Waziri, could turn round to deride the commission.

APC woos Amaechi, Lamido, Wamakko, others

Opposition party expresses worry over PDP’s inability deliver democracy dividends to Nigerian.

Jonathan condemns kidnap of Anglican Bishop, pledges to ensure release

The Nigerian president addressed Anglican clerics in Bayelsa.

Kaduna state assembly

Kaduna Assembly bars govt. from funding ex-governors’ foreign medical trips

Lawmakers say government will only pay for medical treatment in government-owned hospitals.

Freed Ozekhome seeks pardon for his “well-read graduate” kidnappers

Mr. Ozekhome said his abductors were graduates who took to crime due to unemployment.

Smuggling and the Tobacco Industry: Learnings from Canada, By Kola Boluwaji

The debate on the desirability of stricter tobacco control laws is on, as the Tobacco Control Bill (TCB) reaches the public hearing stage at the House of Representatives. Both the pros and the antis have been advancing their arguments based on the facts available to each group and most times, these arguments are prejudiced. There […]

Cigarette smoking

The Other Side of Anti-Tobacco Campaign: A Good Distraction From Terrible Realities

When people suddenly emerge apostles of anti-this and anti-that, we often assume they must be altruistic in intention. We do take it for granted that they must mean well simply because they appear to be speaking well. However, in most cases such people are not being driven by any altruistic motive. At a closer look, […]

Taraba crisis: Youth, students lambast Danjuma, Nyame, others

Coalition says the elders are shying away from the responsibility of ensuring peace in the state.

1,000 Nigerians die in road accidents in 7 months-FRSC boss

The figures are believed to be higher with many incidents unreported.

Mike Ozekhome freed, Oba of Benin in-law kidnapped

A traditional ruler abducted in Ovia South-West LGA.

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian soldiers beat up Brigade Commander over anti-Boko Haram deployment

Soldiers attached to the 333 Artillery Regiment in Maiduguri, and serving under the newly established 37 Brigade, have beaten up their Acting Brigade Commander, Colonel O.U. Obono for allegedly slapping one of them, reliable defence sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. Sources, who witnessed the incident but asked not to be named for their own safety, […]

Wike gets off to new role with tough charge to education agency

The minister of state directed officials of the agency not to seek to keep their jobs by favouring the minister.

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Gunmen sack police station, kill 2 policemen in Adamawa

The attack was the first since the declaration of emergency in Adamawa state.

BREAKING: Kidnappers free Mike Ozekhome

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on August 24, has been released by his abductors. A family friend to the Ozekhomes and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode told PREMIUM TIMES he had a telephone conversation with the lawyer this morning. “I just spoke to him and he […]

Atiku to Obasanjo: You lied

Former vice president says Obasanjo’s claim that he cannot travel to the US is untrue. A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted angrily to a statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he (Obasanjo) alleged that Atiku risked jail if he travelled to the United States. Atiku served as deputy to Mr […]

Nigeria to create automobile training centres

The Nigeria automobile centres will be sited in Lagos, Kano and Anambra states

Outrage over Jonathan’s decision to keep Alison-Madueke, Adoke, others

Politicians and activists say the President Jonathan should have fired “deadwoods”, controversial and lazy ministers.

Jonathan axes ministers linked to PDP “dissidents”

President Jonathan descends on perceived political enemies ahead of 2105 presidential poll.

PDP crisis: Tukur, Oyinlola trade insults

The exchange came as the party struggles to resolve its crisis. The war of words between officials of the “old” and “new” Peoples Democratic Party continued on Wednesday with the chairman of the former, Bamanga Tukur, exchanging verbal assaults with the secretary of the new faction, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. First to fire the salvo was Mr. […]

FILE: Children running errands during school hours in Northern Nigeria

Nigeria adopts draft national policy on child labour

The policy provides the needed coordinated and comprehensive framework for multi-sectoral action against the worst forms of child labour in Nigeria. The Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) on Wednesday adopted a draft policy on Child Labour to address the challenges faced by over 6 million Nigerian children involved in child labour. This was disclosed […]