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DPR seals 36 petrol stations in Akwa Ibom

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket Field Office, Akwa Ibom, said on Sunday it sealed 36 petrol stations in the state for various offences last week. The Operations Controller of DPR in the state, Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Eket.…

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Several APC members in Benue decamp to PDP

Some members and supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State. The members who celebrated their defections on Saturday in Otukpa, headquarters of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state, said they were exiting the APC because of the…

Finally, Nigerian govt confirms 110 #DapchiGirls missing

A week after Boko Haram attacked Dapchi community in Yobe State, kidnapping scores of schoolgirls from their school, the Nigerian government has confirmed that 110 girls are missing. The girls, students of Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, were kidnapped when Boko Haram attacked their school on Monday evening.…

#DapchiGirls: Why we are in Yobe – Lai Mohammed

Security officials and other stakeholders are to get an update on the search for the missing girls of the Government Science and Technical Girls College, Dapchi, Yobe, an official has said. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this in a statement signed in Damaturu on Sunday by…

How Nigerian military caused Dapchi attack, kidnap of schoolgirls – Governor

The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has blamed the Nigeria military for the attack on Dapchi town and the abduction of schoolgirls from the community by Boko Haram. Mr. Gaidam said the attack came barely a week after the military withdrew troops from the town. He said if the…

DPR seals three filling stations for alleged fraudulent activities

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Kano/Jigawa operations, has sealed three filling stations in Jigawa for over-pricing, hoarding and outright diversion of the product. The DPR team leader Kano/Jigawa operations, Paul Jehzi, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Kano on Sunday shortly after the clampdown. He said that one of…

University of Ibadan gets new Registrar

The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan has approved the appointment of Olubunmi Faluyi as the new registrar of the institution. The spokesperson of the institution, Olatunji Oladejo, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday afternoon. According to Mr. Oladejo, the new registrar will be the 13th of…

Troops arrest herdsman with bulletproof vest – Official

Troops on patrol have arrested a herdsman with a locally made bulletproof vest and cutlass at Chegba village in Logo Local Government Area of Benue. A statement signed by Aliyu Yusuf on Sunday said the suspect had been handed over to the police. Mr. Yusuf, a colonel, also said that…

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Pregnant woman gives birth shortly after being rescued from suspected kidnappers – FRSC

A Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) team on Sunday morning rescued a pregnant woman from suspected kidnappers in Badagry, Lagos. The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said in a statement on Sunday that the woman gave birth to a baby boy immediately after she was rescued. “At about 7:30…

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CBN will support any state committed to agriculture – Emefiele

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, has tasked state governments in Nigeria to take advantage of opportunities in their respective states to boost the agricultural sector in Nigeria. He gave the charge in Emure-Ile, Ondo State, on Friday shortly before he and the Ondo State…

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It is doubtful Nigeria has exited recession – Atiku

Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday said it was doubtful whether Nigeria has indeed exited recession. Mr. Abubakar made this known in his keynote address while picking the Silverbird’s 2017 man of the year award in Lagos Friday. "Last year," Mr. Abubakar said, "we celebrated the fact that…

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerian health workers are vulnerable during disease outbreaks  – Health Minister

Isaac Folorunso Adewole is a Nigerian professor of gynaecology and obstetrics. Since November 2015, he has been the Minister of Health in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. He is a former vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan and President of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ebuka Onyeji…

Suicide: Man found hanging on a tree

A 40 years old man, Kenneth Ugwuattama, has been found dead hanging on a tree. He is believed to have committed suicide by hanging. His body was discovered hanging on a tree behind his house on Saturday by some family members. The deceased hailed from Iheakpu Obolloafor in Udenu Local…

APC Crisis: Governor denounces senator

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reignited the conflict within the All Progressives Congress (APC) saying he does not recognise Ajayi Boroffice as the senator representing Ondo North senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate. He said he only recognises two senators, Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South) and Tayo Alasoadura…

UN welcomes Ethiopia PM’s resignation

The UN said it welcomed the recent decision of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, to resign, amidst steps toward governance reforms and increased political participation in the country. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the decision would “allow further political reforms to take place in the country aimed at widening democratic…

My Encounter with Morgan Tsvangirai, By Shola Oshunkeye

In journalism, as in real life, the anticipated or the inevitable seldom make big headlines. But the unexpected, like someone once wrote, often does. So it was when I left Lagos on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, on a week tour of the South East, specifically Anambra and Imo States. My…

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria needs ‘democratic revolution’ in 2019 — Ex-CBN Deputy Gov. Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu is a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria overseeing Financial Systems Stability. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu and Nicholas Ibekwe, he spoke about his tenure at the apex bank, the Nigerian political space, and his stand on the Biafran agitation. Excerpts. PREMIUM…

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Why Buhari’s govt has not made progress against corruption — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday said the Nigerian government's war against corruption will not be won by "sentiments" and "media trials". He said attention should rather shift to "the facts." "We must try to identify why, though we have been ostensibly fighting corruption for the past few years,…

Dapchi parents release names of 105 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram(FULL LIST)

Parents of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Dapchi secondary school in Yobe state have released the names of 105 girls missing by Saturday. The parents said they were the only source of credible data, dismissing figures provided by the state government as false. The parents, who have created a…

Dogara promises road linking North East region to Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday said that work will soon commence on a road which will link the North East region to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Mr. Dogara made this public when he visited the the Gangwari Ganye, Alhaji Adamu Sanda, at his…

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EXCLUSIVE: Herdsmen Crisis: Police withdraw special forces from Benue

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has withdrawn the police Special Forces from Benue communities, barely five weeks after he deployed them to keep order and security in the wake of a string of deadly attacks linked to suspected herdsmen. Several security sources in Benue told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday that…

From Ibadan, a note to that Yoruba movie producer

Dear Movie maker, The fact remains indisputable that you are obsessed with our brown rusted roofs in Ibadan. Of course, they appear the ONLY symbolic things with which you re-present our city in your movies always. I have done a sample of a few among your works, all of them…

Nigerian priest who resigned from Catholic Church set to marry

Patrick Edet, the Nigerian priest, who a year ago announced on radio his resignation from the Catholic Church, is set to marry. Mr. Edet has been running his own church, the Grace Family, since he left the Catholic fold in July 2017. He had been a Catholic priest for more…

Akwa Ibom govt refuses to release report on Church collapse that killed 27

The Akwa Ibom State government has made it clear it will not release a white paper on its inquiry on the church collapse that killed 27 people and injured 37 in 2016. The Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, which was under construction, caved in during a ceremony to consecrate the church…

Claims of dispute resolution between Visionscape, PSP operators ‘untrue’ — Group

The Association of Waste Managers in Nigeria has distanced itself from claims of a resolution of the dispute between the Dubai-based firm, Visionscape Group, and private waste operators. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, the association said the claims that Visionscape and the PSP operators have…