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Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2018: NAHCON airlifts 35,000 Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has airlifted 34,978 pilgrims in 90 flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise. This was revealed Wednesday by the commission’s Command Control Unit. The unit records and disseminates each airlift from various international Airports in Nigeria. The airlift…

Jones Abiri (Photo Credit: The Cable)

After two years, detained Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri freed

Jones Abiri, the Nigerian journalist detained for over two years has been released. The journalist was released on Wednesday evening after he met his bail conditions, his lawyer told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Abiri was detained by the State Security Service for two years without trial over allegations he was linked to armed militancy in…

Atletico Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup

Atletico beat Real Madrid to win third UEFA Super Cup

Atletico Madrid have emerged as the winners of the 2018 UEFA Super Cup after they beat their fierce city rivals, Real Madrid, 4-2, in a thrilling encounter on Wednesday night at the A Le Coq Arena in Estonia. The UEFA Super Cup pitches the winners of the Champions League against…

From left: National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, during the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential in Villa in Abuja on Wednesday ( 15/8/18). 04386/15/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

FEC approves additional N5.4bn for Enugu/Onitsha road

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday approved the augmentation of the contractual cost of Enugu to Onitsha road by N5.4 billion. The latest approval raises the total cost of the project to N15.7 billion from N10.3 billion. The Minister of Information and…

I may run for president – Al-Mustapha, ex-Abacha CSO

Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, says he will join the presidential race if prevailed upon by Nigerians to do so. Mr Al-Mustapha, a retired major, gave the indication Wednesday in Kaduna in an interview shortly after a meeting with United Christian…

Tukur Buratai

Buratai, 49 senior officers take test in Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai and 49 senior officers on Wednesday at the Army Headquarters, Abuja took a language proficiency test in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages. The army spokesperson, Texas Chukwu, a brigadier general, said the test was part of the army’s effort to ensure that all…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

Lagos light rail project dragging too long — PDP

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried what it called the “frequent delays” in the delivery of the state light rail project. The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taofik Gani, expressed the concern in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday. The PDP…

Gaddafi

Libyan court sentences 45 to death for killing protesters in 2011

A Libyan court has sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad for killing protesters during the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, according to the ministry of justice. They were convicted of opening fire on anti-Gaddafi protesters in the capital Tripoli, in August 2011. Another 54 were sentenced to five…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Three months after, police fail to act on officers caught extorting motorists

The Nigeria Police are yet to take definite action three months after PREMIUM TIMES reported how two of their officers were caught on camera extorting motorists along Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road in Ogun State. The two officers, whose badge identified them as Oyewole Afolabi and Eniola Olaiya, were caught by PREMIUM…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari. [Photo credit: Nigeria Today]

2019: I may contest against Buhari – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is ‘actively considering’ running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections. In an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Mr Saraki said he is still making consultations on the ambition. “I am consulting and actively considering it,” Mr Saraki said “I believe I can make…

PIC.19. INEC PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO FIVE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES IN ABUJA

Why we want N189.2 billion for 2019 election — INEC

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has given reasons to justify the increase in the 2019 election budget. He said this on Wednesday during the budget presentation of the 2019 general election at a meeting the Senate Committee on INEC in Abuja. He listed increase…

R-L: Chairman of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Enugu State chapter, Engr. Ifeanyi Ofili; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Enugu State, Engr. Greg Nnaji; NSE's Vice Chairman, Engr. Festus Ozoemene; Chairman of Performance Investigation Failure Analysis Committee (PIFAC) of the association, Engr. Dr. Victor Chiwuzie (middle), others, during the assessment tour of the ongoing erosion control work at the Milliken Hill road in Enugu, yesterday.

Enugu commences repair of potholes on urban roads

The Enugu State Government has announced its plan to commence the immediate and comprehensive repairs of emerging potholes on urban carriageways in Enugu and Nsukka, including the intercity roads “to ensure adequate maintenance and sustainability of our roads for safe passage at all times”. A statement by the Commissioner for…

Traders reconstructing their temporary shops at Jos Main Market

Petty traders defy death trap, return to building after fire incident

Petty traders who sell various wares under the cracked decking of a section of Jos Terminus Market have returned to the burnt building following the recent fire incident that engulfed the remaining section of the market last month. PREMIUM TIMES recently reported that fire had engulfed the remaining section of…

Victor Moses

Victor Moses announces retirement from international football

Chelsea winger, Victor Moses, has announced his retirement from international football. Moses who switched allegiance to play for Nigeria after initially featuring for the English Youth teams, said on Thursday that he would like to focus on his club career now and his young family. In a statement on his…

Election, voters

Ondo electoral commission fixes date for LG poll

The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission has fixed December 1 for the local government election in the state. The chairman of the commission, Yomi Dinakin, made this known in Akure on Wednesday while addressing a stakeholders meeting. Mr Dinakin said the proposed election was in line with Section 30 of…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Amnesty International, MRA, SPN, others demands release of Premium Times reporter

International rights group, Amnesty International, has demanded the immediate release of PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe, who was detained by police on Tuesday. Mr Ogundipe was arrested and held by the police anti-robbery squad for refusing to disclose the source of a story published on PREMIUM TIMES. The story contained a report…

Troops at a scene of an explosion in Afghanistan used to illustrate the story

25 killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital Kabul

Officials said a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in front of an educational center in a mainly Shi’ite area in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came after several weeks…

Man arrested for stealing neighbour’s car

A landlord, Taoreed Adegbite who resides in Oko-Odo in Somoye Rounder axis of Abeokuta has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly leading a gang of six armed robbers to rob his co-landlord, Wale Okeyingbo. The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi while parading the…

WAEC examination

NABTEB begins registration for 2018/2019 exams

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board has started registration for its November/December 2018 certificate examinations. NABTEB conducts examinations for the award of certificates in crafts and technical education in Nigeria. Registrar of the board, Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, announced the registration formalities in a statement on Wednesday. Mrs Isiugo-Abanihe said the…

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Osun Defender]

Eid-el-Kabir: Osun to provide free train ride for indigenes in Lagos

The Osun government says it will provide free train ride for its indigenes from Lagos to Osogbo during the Eid-el-Kabir festival. Ismaila Jaiyeoba-Alagbada, the Commissioner for Industries, Commerce and Cooperatives, made this known in a statement in Osogbo on Wednesday. According to him, the train first trip is expected to…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki appoints liaison officer

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appointed 59-year old Earl Osaro Onaiwu his liaison officer on state matters. The appointment was announced in a statement by Mr Saraki's media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Tuesday. The short statement described Mr Onaiwu as an experienced politician. "Onaiwu, an experienced politician and public administrator…

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar [Photo Credit: Online Nigeria]

Jigawa to recruit 1,736 teachers

The chairman of State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) in Jigawa, Salisu Zakar, said on Wednesday that the state government would employ 1,736 teachers, to address the shortage of teachers in its primary and junior secondary schools in the state. Zakar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse that…

SARS

Man seeks justice over son’s death aftermath SARS brutality

The father of 25-year-old man, Hassan Abdullahi, has called on the Nigerian police to obey a court order to pay him N10 million compensation over the death of his son following alleged brutality by the operatives of the Special Ant-Robbery Squad (SARS). Alfa Abdullahi told BBC Hausa morning programme on…

Emperor Akihito (Photo Credit: Hello Magazine)

Japan emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ over WW2

Emperor Akihito, in his last appearance as reigning monarch at an annual ceremony marking Japan’s World War II surrender, expressed “deep remorse” on Wednesday over the conflict. Early in the day, Akihito sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead but did not visit out of…

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni

Uganda president ‘not hurt’ in convoy attacked

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Wednesday said he was not hurt in a Monday attack on his convoy in the northwestern Ugandan district of Arua. Museveni in a statement said opposition supporters threw stones at one of his cars, where he put some luggage, breaking the rear glass window.…