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We got $40,000 not $60,000 to arrange CNN interview for Jonathan — American lobbying firm

A U.S. communication firm has admitted setting up at least one interview for President Goodluck Jonathan for a fee, but denied it received up to $60,000(N9.5 million) as initially agreed. Fleishman-Hillard Inc. said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES that parts of planned “communication services”, including media interviews for the president in 2010, were later […]

Six secondary school students receive NAFDAC awards in Oyo

Six secondary school students in Oyo State have received the 2012 National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control, NAFDAC, awards. The winners are Otuyalo Damilola and Akanbi Oluwatomisin from the Vale College, Ibadan; Bagudu Lucky and Omar Abdulrahman of Air Force Comprehensive School, Ibadan; and Selemon Deborah and Akinola Aderinsola, from All Souls’ High School, Ibadan. […]

Al-Mizan journalist re-arrested in Kaduna

Reports from Kaduna State indicate that one of the two Kaduna-based reporters arrested last December by the State Security Services, SSS, Awwal Musa, has been re- arrested. Mr. Musa was one of the two journalists working for Al-Mizan newspapers who were arrested and released without charge after about a week in detention. A source said […]

Bayelsa approves death penalty for kidnappers as Gov. Dickson signs bill into law

Death penalty now awaits kidnappers in Bayelsa as Gov. Seriake Dickson signed the state’s Kidnapping and Allied Offences Bill 2013 into law in Yenagoa on Wednesday. Mr. Dickson warned that he would not hesitate to sign the death warrant of any person or group of persons who violates the law. He said, “If you are involved in […]

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INEC promises freest poll in 2015

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is determined to  conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2015 and beyond, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Enugu State, Lawrence Azubuike, has said. Mr. Azubuike gave the assurance in Enugu on Wednesday at a capacity building workshop which the commission organised for the commission’s staff  in Enugu […]

45,000 Nigerian ghost workers earn N100bn – Minister

The Minister of State for Finance stated this in Abuja.

Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji’s aide’s trial stalled

The accused is being arraigned for allegedly stealing N32.5 million.

Mark vows Senate “bite” if Jonathan fails to sack Maina

Senate president said battle line drawn

Abuja residents won’t have pipe-borne water this weekend- official

There will be no water in Nigeria’s capital city from the February 15 – February 17.

Nigeria’s Police IG appoints new commissioners

33 officers were either newly promoted to the post of Commissioner of Police or redeployed from their original posting.

What will be Pope Benedict’s title after resignation?

The Pope is fitted with a pacemaker, the Vatican has said.

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI stepped down yesterday

I resigned “for the good of the Church”, Pope Benedict says

Pope Benedict critically considered his actions.

Trial of Ahmadu Ali’s son continues over N4bn subsidy fraud

The trial of Mamman Ali, son of former Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, continued Wednesday with the cross examination of the prosecution’s witness. The exercise, however, ended before it began. Mr. Ali, Christian Taylor, Seun Ogunbambo, and Nasaman Oil Services are facing a 13-count charge of fuel subsidy fraud amounting to N4.46 billion. Victor […]

Update: Sack Maina now, Nigerian Senate tells Jonathan

The Senate on Wednesday adopted a motion demanding the immediate sack of the Chairman of the Pension Reforms Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, for gross misconduct. After more than one hour deliberation on a motion sponsored by its majority leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senate also asked the Federal Government not to accord Mr. Maina any right and privileges public […]

General Electric to start construction of manufacturing plant in Calabar

General Electric (GE) is set to commence work on the construction of its multi-billion naira engineering manufacturing plant at the Calabar Free Trade Zone, Sadiq Kasim, General Manager of the Zone, said. Mr. Kasim made this known to the National Good Governance Tour team in Calabar on Tuesday. He said that the management of the zone […]

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Nigerian Senators go tough on Jonathan

Senators on Wednesday went hard on President Goodluck Jonathan condemning him for not implementing Senate resolutions. “We have no reason to be here. If we will pass resolutions and the executive will not implement them, then what are we doing here,” Smart Adeyemi, the Senator representing Kogi Central said on the floor of the Senate. […]

If Jonathan signs Nigeria’s 2013 budget now, it’ll be illegal- Falana

Should President Goodluck Jonathan sign the 2013 Appropriation Bill now, as submitted to him by the National Assembly, he would be violating the constitution and committing illegality. This was disclosed by radical lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, who quoted the Nigerian constitution to back his claims. According to Mr. Falana, the impasse that […]

ABU sacks Registrar

The authorities of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, have relieved the Registrar of the Institution, Isah Mohammed-Abbas, of his appointment. This is contained in a letter signed and addressed to Mr. Mohammed-Abbas in Zaria on Tuesday by the Vice-Chancellor, Abdullahi Mustapha. The registrar was accused of not handing over his duties when he travelled for […]

How Pope broke resignation news to conclave of cardinals — Cardinal Arinze

Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, who is among the top contenders for the next Pope, said the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI came as a surprise to members of the church’s body of cardinals. Arinze, who was speaking to the Catholic News Service, said except for the most senior Cardinal, Cardinal Dean Angelo Sodano, no other […]

Jonathan doles out cash, land, national honours to Super Eagles

The Federal Government on Tuesday night opened the cash tap and doled out money in torrents to the victorious Super Eagles team to the just concluded African Cup of Nations championship in South Africa. A largely underrated Super Eagles had on Sunday night defeated Burkina Faso by a lone goal to become the African Champions for the third time. […]

APC promises free education, social democracy as it rolls out strategy committees

The newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it will provide free education if elected at the federal level. The party stated this on Tuesday at the end of the meeting of its 10 governors in Abuja. The 10 governors, drawn from members of the four parties that merged to form the APC, are […]

VIDEO: Cardinal Arinze Speaks on Pope Benedict’s resignation

Cardinal Francis Arinze speaks on how Pope Benedict broke the news of his resignation and how the cardinals reacted. In the video released by the Catholic News Service, Cardinal Arinze says the pope’s resignation will not trigger any crisis in the Catholic Church.

Wazobia FM journalists charged over polio vaccinators’ death in Kano

A Kano Magistrate court has remanded in police custody two radio journalists and a cleric in connection with the killings of nine female healthcare workers shot to death in the restive northern metropolis last week. The women were killed when gunmen in taxis opened fire on them as they prepared to give oral drop vaccines […]

Senate Committee begins probe into 19 corpses found in Anambra river

19 bodies were found in a River in Anambra State, South East Nigeria.

Okonjo- Iweala says Finance Ministry not in-charge of SURE -P funds

The Nigerian Finance Minister said the finances of SURE-P were not handled by her office.