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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The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has withdrawn the police Special Forces from Benue communities, barely five weeks after he deployed them to keep order and security in the wake of a string of deadly attacks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…

Nigerian troops ‘capture top Boko Haram commander’

Troops in Borno killed five Boko Haram insurgents and captured a top commander of the group in the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad basin, the army said. Onyeama Nwachukwu, a colonel and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, in a statement in Maiduguri,…

Lagos police gives gun owners ultimatum to revalidate licence

The Lagos State Police Command has given till March 29 for individuals with ‘pump action firearm’ and other guns to submit their arms, licenses for verification and re-validation. The order was contained in a statement by the command spokesman, Chike Oti, saying that the exercise became necessary in view of…

How Ireland tackled herdsmen/farmers’ crisis – Ambassador

The Irish ambassador to Nigeria, Sean Hoy, has said Europe used laws limiting open grazing in addressing farmers and migratory herders conflict. The ambassador was speaking at a panel discussion titled "sharing lessons from Northern Ireland peace process" organised by Embassy of Ireland, Abuja and Mambayya House, Bayero University, Kano,…

SATIRE SATURDAY: Why your Lagos Landlord may hate you (1), By Oladeinde Olawoyin

The Lagos landlord is a fascinating character––––loud and brash, rapacious and mean, confident and quite difficult to intimidate. But he has a crazy match in the average Lagos tenant too: aggressive and rude, tricky and insincere, mischievous and quite difficult to believe. Now these are mere generalisations, far away from…

NDDC partners Innoson to train Niger Delta youth

The Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has said the commission would partner with Innoson Kiara Academy in training Niger Delta youth. Mr Ndoma-Egba stated this on Friday when he paid a courtesy call on the chairman of Innoson Group, Innocent Chukwuma, at his Nnewi office. Innoson…

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NSCDC arrests self-confessed Boko Haram suspect in Edo

The Edo Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the arrest of of a 'self-confessed' Boko Haram suspect. According to the Commandant of the NSCDC, Makinde Ayinla, the suspect, who gave his name as Sani, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday. “Our men…

Train crushes man to death in Abuja

A grieving father, Francis Idoko, a staff of the National Universities Commission (NUC) , on Saturday relived his last moments with his son, Paul, who was killed by a train around Arab area in Kubwa, Abuja on Friday morning. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his residence…

FUJI NOTES: Can Saidi Osupa earn a Grammy? By Oladeinde Olawoyin

Quick question: Can Fuji act Saidi Osupa earn a Grammy? Somewhat improbable, many respondents may say. But no matter the responses it draws, the above question remains an intriguing one worthy of introspection especially if we consider the awe in which Nigerians hold everything brewed outside of our shores. For…

Why we ‘abuse’ NYSC uniform — Corps Members

"Why would someone wear a pink shoe and a purple bag to go with green and white? Even if you want to wear something different from the uniform, wear something that matches. Well, they are showing off what they have and what is trending I guess." A corps member, Gloria…

North Korean Olympics delegation includes diplomats specialising in nuclear issues – Reports

The delegation of North Korea to the closing ceremony of Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang includes diplomats who specialise in nuclear issues and relations with the U. S., the local media reported Saturday. Seoul is “paying attention to what message [the North Korean delegation] will convey” on their three-day…

Nigerian govt approves N2.2 billion for Abuja road upgrade

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N2.2 billion for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Bill Clinton Airport Drive in the Federal Capital Territory. The Council also approved N273 million for the procurement of 'field materials' for the FCT Water Board in its quest to provide potable water in…

Reasons data capturing may be necessary for driver’s licence renewal—FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that there is no need for data capturing while applying for renewal of driver’s licence. Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, adding that the agency departed…

Plateau govt creates six new ministries

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has created six additional ministries to the 17 ministries in the state,  bringing the total to 23.  Five of the ministries were carved out from the existing ones. Rufus Bature, Secretary to the Government of Plateau, announced the creation of the new ministries. Mr. Bature said the…

How digital switchover will provide endless opportunities – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Friday said the switchover from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting, would create endless opportunities in the entertainment and economic sectors. Mr. Mohammed made this remark during the official launch of the digital switchover television service in Osogbo, Osun. According to the…

New research shows possibility of human reproductive period extension

Researchers have identified a drug that could extend egg viability in worms, which may extend women’s fertility by three to six years in theory. According to Science Daily, an American science news website, Coleen Murphy, who led the study, specialises in using microscopic worms, Caenorhabditis elegans (C.elegans) to study longevity…

NIMC harmonises 30 million identities of Nigerians – DG

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz, said that NIMC had harmonised close to 30 million identities of Nigerians. He gave the indication while speaking with State House Correspondents after the National Identity harmonisation team presented its strategic roadmap for developing a harmonised national digital identity…

Nigerian military accuses Amnesty International of spreading falsehood

The Nigerian military has accused Amnesty International of a deliberate attempt to weaken its effort towards ensuring peace and security in the country. In a statement on Friday night, the military through its spokesperson, John Agim, a general, accused the global human right organisation of propagating “falsehood” through its 2017/2018…

Top stories from Senate this week

Controversy surrounding the altering of the election sequence topped the agenda at the senate this week. While some of senators who are against the change received knocks, an allegation of financial mismanagement hit the Northern Governors Forum. Below are the top stories from Nigeria senate this week: Tuesday - The…

Former CBN Deputy Governor, Moghalu, launches new book

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, will launch his new book 'Build, Innovate, Grow: A Vision for My Country' on February 26. The book launch, which will be chaired by Emeka Anyaoku, a former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, will take place in Lagos. "It's…

INTERVIEW: Why we agreed to help Nigeria pay $76 million debt to Japan – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Paulin Basinga is the Country Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria, a major international donor supporting development in several sectors in the country. As the head of the operations of the Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Basinga works in close collaboration with government at the federal and state…