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Nigerian senators reject bill seeking to phase out petrol cars in 2035

Nigerian senators on Wednesday rejected a bill aiming to phase out petrol vehicles and introduce electric cars in the country in 2035. The bill, first read on April 10, was not considered for a second reading by the lawmakers. In his lead debate, sponsor of the bill, Ben Murray-Bruce, said…

‘Addictive’ use of smartphones, Internet worries Nigerian health officials

Experts have raised alarm over the adverse health impacts of the growing addictive use of smartphones and the internet among Nigerian youth. They linked what they called obsessive use of the technology to depression disorders and several other mental health issues. The experts, who spoke at the maiden edition of…

L-R: David, Godswill and Obinna during their arrest in Lagos. (Photo: Mojeed Alabi)

Malpractices: Thousands of 2019 UTME candidates won’t get their results – JAMB Registrar

Thousands of candidates who sat for this year's Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would have their results withheld for engaging in examination malpractices. The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, a professor, stated this in Lagos on Tuesday during the arrest of two children of…

Federal Inland Revenue Service.

EXCLUSIVE: Top FIRS officials granted bail as investigations into alleged fraud continue

At least nine senior officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been granted bail, PREMIUM TIMES understands. The top officials, detained by the anti-graft agency over allegations of fraud, were granted bail Tuesday. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the officials…

Igbo community leader shot dead

The President General of Nimo Town Development Union (NTDU) in Njioka Local Government Area of Anambra State, Anthony Igboka, has been assassinated. He was killed on Tuesday night. Mr Igboka was reportedly shot dead inside his private car by the gunmen who fled the scene after the incident. The deceased…

Femi Gbajabiamila

APC adopts Gbajabiamlia for Speaker, zones deputy to North-central

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly. Mr Gbajabiamlia, who made his intention known some weeks ago, is currently the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. "This position…

Messi

UCL: Messi progresses with Barcelona, Ronaldo crashes out with Juventus

The predicted face-off between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of this year's UEFA Champions League will not happen. While Messi with two goals on Tuesday night helped Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0, the solitary goal scored by Ronaldo was inadequate as Ajax stunned Juventus 3-1 in Turin.…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole talks tough, says PDP lawmakers won’t chair committees in next House of Reps

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said that lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives will not be appointed as chairmen of committees in the next parliament. Speaking at a dinner hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari for elected…

Police arrest 151 suspected cultists in Anambra

The Police in Anambra State say they have arrested 151 suspected criminals and cultists following raids on criminal hideouts in the state. SP Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police and the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Anambra State Command, made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Awka,…

Gov. Abdulazizi-Yari

Insecurity: Zamfara spends N35bn on logistics, assistance to victims

The Zamfara State Government on Tuesday said it spent N35 billion to provide logistics, allowances for security agencies, and assist attack victims in the state. Secretary to the Zamfara Government (SSG), Abdullahi Shinkafi, said this in Gusau, the state capital while distributing relief materials to the victims of the attacks.…

Sudan on map

Sudan protest enters 11th day as AU gives army ultimatum

Sudanese protesters demanding that the military hand over power held a sit-in at army headquarters in Khartoum for an 11th day on Tuesday. The AU also warned that Sudan had 15 days to install a civilian government or risk expulsion from the bloc. Sudan’s longtime President Omar al-Bashir was deposed…

Men of the fire service putting out the fire

Interior minister decorates new fire service CG

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau on Tuesday decorated, Liman Ibrahim, newly appointed Controller-General (CG), Federal Fire Service (FFS). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appointment of Mr Ibrahim took effect from March 26, after the retirement of Joseph Anebi, former FFS CG. During the decoration at…

The Lagos State University (LASU)

Despite contrary evidence, LASU denies diverting staff pension fund

The management of Lagos State University (LASU) has denied it diverted N198 million from the pension fund of its staff to purchase luxury vehicles, despite multiple official memos issued by the university’s Governing Council, its highest decision-making body, clearly showing it did. The university management was reacting to a PREMIUM…

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FG to finalise BoA recapitalisation in 90 days

The federal government says it will finalise the recapitalisation of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) in 90 days, in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this at the kick-off meeting for the recapitalisation of the bank on Tuesday…

Raymond Dokpesi

FCDA demolishes AIT’s ‘building’ in Abuja

The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Abuja, on Tuesday demolished structure belonging to Daar Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM. The structure, located at Kpaduma Hill, Asokoro District of Abuja was brought down by bulldozers early Tuesday. DAAR Communications, a private broadcasting organisation in Nigeria, was…

The Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Kayode Fayemi.]

Ekiti gets new Head of Service

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday approved the appointment of Ayodeji Ajayi as the new Head of Service. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olayinka Oyebode, in Ado-Ekiti, said the appointment followed the recommendation of the Civil Service Transformation Strategy Committee after a selection process.…

Algeria protests [Photo: Euronews]

Head of Algeria’s Constitutional Council resigns amid mass protests

The chairman of Algeria’s Constitutional Council, Tayeb Belaiz, resigned on Tuesday, as thousands of people took to the streets demanding the departure of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s allies. Mr Belaiz presented his resignation to interim president Abdelkader Bensalah, the state-run news agency APS reported. Demonstrations have continued since Mr Bouteflika’s…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

Nigeria’s Appeal Court affirms conviction of Congolese for money laundering

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has affirmed the conviction of a Congolese, Kutumisana Blaise, and the forfeiture of $551,225 to the federal government. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) had arraigned the convict on April 21, 2015 before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos. The…

Femi Kuti

Extra-judicial Killings: Nigeria police need urgent reforms – Femi Kuti

Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti, has called for the reform of the Nigeria Police as a possible solution to the incessant killing of innocent persons nationwide by police officers. He said the mindset of the police must be completely erased and changed. ''The police must work for the people. You can’t…

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a dismissed judge of the Federal High Court, seen making a phone call at an Ikeja High Court before being apprehended by the EFCC on Tuesday.

Why we re-arrested ex-judge Ofili-Ajumogobia in court premises – EFCC

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has said that it acted legally by rearresting a former judge who was discharged by the court on Tuesday. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia was re-arrested at the premises of an Ikeja High Court after she was discharged of corruption charges by Justice Hakeem Oshodi.…

Voters voting at the Nomadic Primary School, Polling Unit , Esu Palace Polling both Bwari Area Council, during the FCT Area Council at Bwari Area Council in Abuja on Saturday (9/03/19). 02037/9/3/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

2019: Female political aspirants share election experiences

Some young female candidates who contested in the just concluded 2019 general elections have narrated their experiences while contesting for the different political offices. The candidates said the lack of funds, poor party structure, and 'stereotyping' were among some of the challenges they faced. They urged the incoming 9th National…

Gov Wike

Wike praises INEC officials, dedicates victory to people slain during Rivers elections

In what appears to be a sharp departure from the past, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has heaped praises on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state for “standing firm to do the right thing” during the just concluded governorship and House of Assembly election in…

Nnimmo Bassey

Why Nigeria Should Develop own Indigenous Plant Variety Protection Laws – Experts

The Nigerian government has been urged to develop its own indigenous plant variety protection laws that are suitable for the country’s environment. This demand was made as part of a resolution after a conference on Seeds, Food and Biosafety organized by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) on Thursday in…

Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) protesting at the Plateau State House of Assembly

Groups urge Plateau lawmakers to reject water privatisation

Trade unions and civil society groups on Tuesday mounted pressure on members of the Plateau State House of Assembly to expunge privatisation clauses from a bill on the water sector. The groups had earlier staged a protest outside the premises of the assembly complex before entering the building where they…

Sex workers used to illustrate the story. {PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Seven things you did not know about Truvada

Truvada is a pill used for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a practice of using antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported that many Nigerians do not know about the drugs and its importance. PBS NEWS HOUR, an American news site, has highlighted some important things to know about…