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How increased energy demand can grow Africa’s economy – Report

The IEA report advises African governments to shift to more renewable energy sources.

Finance minister, Zainab Ahmed. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Trust]

Why Finance Bill 2019 is crucial to Nigeria’s economic growth – Finance Minister

The bill, which President Muhammadu Buhari presented to the National Assembly on October 14, has already passed the second reading at the Senate.

Abubakar Idris also known as Dadiyata, a social media personality known for his strong criticism of Governor Umar Ganduje. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Dadiyata]

Top Ganduje critic Dadiyata clocks 100 days in captivity

Abubakar Idris was abducted from home on August 2. More than 100 days later, his family fears chances his release are waning.

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How I was attacked by SSS officers — Activist

The frontline activist says her phone was also smashed when she participated at today’s demonstration to demand Yele Sowore’s release.

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Senate seeks FG ban on textile importation

A senator says the industry had witnessed a massive decline in the last two decades with many textile companies such as Kaduna Textile, Kano Textile and Aba Textile among others closing shops and throwing their workers into the job market.

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Court disqualifies APC deputy governorship candidate in Bayelsa

Lawyers disagree on the implication of the judgement on Saturday’s Bayelsa election.

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Activist alleges SSS offered bribe to stop Sowore protests

Nigerian activists besieged the SSS headquarters to demand the release of Mr Sowore from illegal detention on Tuesday.

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Pneumonia Day: Why Nigerian govt should pay more attention to child-killer disease

Nigeria has the highest number of pneumonia deaths globally, as 162,000 Nigerian children under the age of five died from it in 2018.

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Only seven out of 37 Nigerian states fully implement contributory pension — PENCOM

Most states default either with regular and up-to-date remittance of pension contributions, the establishment of a pension bureau or enactment of pension law.

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

National Assembly to pass 2020 budget on November 28 – Lawan

Lawan said the Senate committees have concluded their work on the budget defence with Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

A switchboard of prepaid meters in an official building in Abuja.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerians suffer from poor electricity regulation

While the electricity regulator, NERC, says it is doing its best, consumers lament how its ineffectiveness is affecting them.

Tuberculosis treatment. (Photo: Jelle Krings/MSF)

Cost of treatment drug for Tuberculosis slashed 70%

The cost of the drug, rifapentine, will be cut from U.S. $45 to $15 dollars for a recommended three-month course of treatment in 100 nations.

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Rat holds up flight in India for 12 hours

Rats on planes are reported occasionally and are thought to enter the aircraft most frequently through catering deliveries.

former Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Sunday Ehindero. [Photo credit:

N16.4M Fraud: Court clears ex-IGP Ehindero

The ICPC accused Mr Ehindero is diverting N557 million donated by the Bayelsa Government to the Nigerian Police Force to purchase of arms and ammunition.

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Nigerian Senate reintroduces ‘hate speech’ bill

An earlier version of the bill prescribed the death penalty for any person found guilty of “hate speech” that results in the death of another person.

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6.5m Nigerian women now use modern contraceptives — Report

The report estimates that as a result of the increased use in the country, over 2.3 million unintended pregnancies have been prevented.

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Nigeria’s new anti-rape law still can’t help victims much

The number of reported rape cases is rising in Nigeria, but only a few victims are getting justice because of the restrictions and burden the law imposes on them.

Suleiman Abdulazees

Nigerians living with disabilities narrate how discrimination ended dreams (2)

Despite a new law signed in January to prohibit discrimination, affected Nigerians say they are still sidelined.

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Counsel accuses EFCC of withholding evidence in alleged N170 million contract fraud

The counsel to the petitioner wrote to the EFCC to raise concerns.

Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Inside Oyo)

Oyo Governorship: Appeal Court rules in favour of APC but leaves Makinde in office

The court said the judgement of the tribunal was ‘perverse’ and therefore set it aside.

Omoyele Sowore in court [Photo: Sunnewonline]

SSS plotting to file fresh charges against Sowore — Falana

The secret police has refused to comply with a federal judge order to release the Sahara Reporters’ publisher.

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NYSC Director-General speaks on skirt for trouser controversy

“For the avoidance of doubt, the scheme has maintained one dress code since May 22, 1973 when it was established.”

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Two weeks later, kidnapped Appeal Court judge remains in captivity

The judge, Chioma Nwosu of the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal, was abducted on October 29.

Captain Junaid Abdullahi, Executive Secretary of Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA)

Nigerian agency seeks partnership with PREMIUM TIMES to strengthen its operations

A PREMIUM TIMES editor describes the meeting ”as a leadership virtue whereby government agencies and media come together to help the country”.

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Nigerian govt grants NCC more time to resolve illegal data deduction

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) had asked for an extension of the five days ultimatum issued it to resolve issues of illegal data deduction.