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U.S. Embassy may resume Abuja consular services after Eid-el-Kabir Holidays

The U.S. Embassy has said the suspended consular services in Abuja may resume after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays. The embassy stated this in an updated information on its website accessed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared August 21 and…

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau

Eid-el-Kabir: FG declares Tuesday, Wednesday public holidays

The federal government has declared Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja in a statement issued by Mohammed Umar, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry. While wishing Nigerians a…

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Pakistan Army Chief confirms death penalty of 15 hardcore Terrorists

Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Thursday confirmed the death sentence of another 15 “hardcore terrorists,’’ who were involved in “heinous offenses related to terrorism,’’ the military said. A statement from the army’s media wing the Inter-Services Public Relations said, the convicts were involved in killing of 45…

Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu presenting the certificates. [Photo credit: Official Twitter account of INEC]

INEC presents certificates to new parties (FULL LIST)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented certificates to the 23 new political parties registered ahead of the 2019 general election. The registration of these political parties brought the number of political parties in Nigeria to 91. The commission on its twitter handle @INEC Nigeria revealed the certificates were…

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Nationwide blackout looms as GENCos warn power plants may shut down

Nigerians risk nationwide blackout as electricity generating companies (GENCOs) on Thursday issued notice of an impending shutdown of their power plants. The Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), Joy Ogaji, who issued the notice sent to PREMIUM TIMES, did not say when the shutdown of the power plants…

women in hospital

Culture, religious misconceptions hindering family planning in Nigeria

Efforts to slow down population growth and reduce maternal and child mortality rate in Nigeria through family planning are not yielding the desired result, studies have shown. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh globally. The National Population Commission estimates the country’s population at 198 million.…

Oshodi Lagos Bus Interchange to process one million passengers daily – Official

The Oshodi Bus Interchange in Lagos State will process up to one million passengers daily when completed, an official said. “What we are doing in Oshodi is the first of its kind. “It is taking us a bit of time to put together because of the large size,” the state…

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Nigeria v Spain: Renewal of old acquaintances in quarterfinal clash

It took a 95th own goal for the Falconets of Nigeria to progress past China, finishing second behind Germany in Group D while their quarterfinal opponents, Spain topped Group C. The Nigerians managed only two goals in their three group matches while Spain scored seven and conceded three. The Falconets…

Mahmoud Abubakar Balarabe, SAN

Tears as NBA President, others pay tribute to Raufu Mustapha

The president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmoud, and his daughter, Hauwa Mahmoud, on Wednesday broke down in tears while eulogising the late Abdul Raufu Mustapha. Mr Mustapha, who edited two books published under the flagship of PREMIUM TIMES books, was until his death in 2017, a Professor of…

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How I was secretly arraigned, denied access to lawyer – Detained Premium Times Journalist

Detained PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe, has narrated how he was secretly arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Kubwa on Wednesday afternoon. The police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), on Tuesday arrested and detained Mr Ogundipe, asking him to disclose his source for a story. The deputy commissioner of…

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Average price of petrol, diesel reduce in July – NBS

The average prices paid by Nigerians for petrol and diesel decreased by one per cent and less in July compared to the previous month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. The NBS disclosed this in three reports published on its website on Tuesday and Wednesday. From the report…

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Protest rocks Abuja over police detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Protest rocks Abuja over police detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist

Nigerian activists, civil society leaders and journalists have started a protest at the police headquarters in Abuja, demanding the release of detained PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. The demonstration is led by the #TakebackNigeriaMovement and the #OurMumuDonDo, and is holding in front of the police's Louis Edet House. The leaders…

Boko HAram

How Boko Haram is funded – UN

The predominance of the cash economy is a major factor fuelling the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region, a UN report has revealed. This was contained in the 22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to…

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2019 Elections: Buhari fully committed to use of PVC, Card Reader — Presidency

The presidency has condemned some newspaper reports insinuating that President Muhammadu Buhari had declined assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, because of his objections to the use of card readers in 2019 elections. Garba Shehu, the president's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in…

Journalists

Explainer: Source Confidentiality: Reporter’s Golden Rule

For every journalist, the cardinal rule of success is the ability to protect one's sources despite pressure from the public particularly the state actors who more than often form the object of investigations by the reporter. Every successful journalist knows that what separates him/her and others in the daily rigours…

Yusuf Tank one of the aspirants speaking at the summit.

EPL Summit: Young leaders discuss how to effect generational change in Nigerian leadership

Young leaders with eyes on the 2019 elections on Wednesday held a summit in Abuja on how to achieve a generational shift in the leadership of Nigeria. The Emerging Political Leaders (EPL) Summit was organised under the theme “From Aspiration to Candidacy: Strategies to Winning Elections.” According to the organisers,…

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#FreeSamuelOgundipe: NUJ writes Osinbajo, accuses IGP Idris of hounding journalists

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has written a petition to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The union complained about the detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist Samuel Ogundipe and other journalists by the police under Mr Idris. "I write this petition on behalf of…

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…

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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…

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…