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Senate approves Buhari’s $5.5 billion external borrowing

Senate approves Buhari’s $5.5 billion external borrowing

The Senate on Tuesday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure two external borrowings in the sum of $5.5 billion. The approval followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts at the plenary on Tuesday. PUNCH reports that Buhari, in a letter dated October 4, 2017, had said the external borrowings ... Read More »

BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Ebonyi, Commences South-East Tour

BREAKING: Buhari Arrives Ebonyi, Commences South-East Tour

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abakaliki, Ebonyi State in commencement of his 2-day working visit to the South-East region The President was earlier received at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State. He then proceeded to Abakaliki township stadium in Ebonyi State. President Buhari was received by Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi state governors as well as top security officials. This ... Read More »

Nigerian Army Sergeant Kills Army Captain, Four Others and self In Chibok

Nigerian Army Sergeant Kills Army Captain, Four Others and self In Chibok

Tragedy occurred on Sunday in Chibok, Borno State when a Nigerian Army Staff Sergeant, Silas Ninyo (93NA/36/2608), shot dead Captain T. Mani, who stopped him from beating innocent civilians. The enraged soldier also killed four others before taking his own life. An Army situation report (No.64) exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters revealed that on Sunday afternoon a team of soldiers, led ... Read More »

My supporters want me to contest for presidency again but…– Jonathan

My supporters want me to contest for presidency again but…– Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his supporters have been putting pressure on him to contest the 2019 presidential election. In an interview with Ovation magazine publisher, Dele Momodu, Jonathan said he is moved to tears seeing people shouting “GEJ, we want you back”. Jonathan, who ruled out the possibility of contesting for the presidency again, said reflections on his achievements ... Read More »

Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police Chief Ibrahim Idris has ordered a probe into the  Saturday clash between security detail of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and those of Minister of Transportation Chibuile Amaechi in Port Harcourt. Although nobody died during the clash, many were injured and the rifle of a policeman was snatched at the Trans-Amadi Layout. Both Wike and Amaechi, who are former ... Read More »

Aliko Dangote Pledges $100m To Battle Malnutrition In Nigeria

Aliko Dangote Pledges $100m To Battle Malnutrition In Nigeria

The recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit 2017, held in Milan, Italy convened governments, international agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and businesses to accelerate the global response to malnutrition, an underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths. A major highlight of the Summit was the pledge by the Aliko Dangote Foundation to invest $100 million over five years to tackle ... Read More »

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

At least 26 people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Texas church during Sunday service. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County. The victims’ ages ranged from five to 72. The suspected gunman was later found dead in his vehicle some miles ... Read More »

1,200 foreigners get Greek residency annually by acquiring property

1,200 foreigners get Greek residency annually by acquiring property

Thousands of foreigners who invest in properties in Greece, get residential permits, Globalpropertyguide has found. Chinese, Russians and Turks are among the top three nationalities investing heavily in Greek property market to get residency permits under the ‘Golden Visa Scheme’, launched in Greece in 2014. Greece grants five-year residency permits and (in some cases) citizenship to foreigners who buy property ... Read More »

Presidency releases full list of Buhari’s appointees

Presidency releases full list of Buhari’s appointees

The Presidency has released a full list of all the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since he assumed office on May 29, 2015. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, released the list of 159 appointees on Saturday night, a copy of which his office emailed to PREMIUM TIMES. “Here is an updated table ... Read More »

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

A letter written by former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urging the Senate to give him an opportunity of fair hearing has surfaced. The letter dated June 19, 2015, one week after the inauguration of the present Senate, indicated that the fugitive ex-pension boss returned to the country shortly after President ... Read More »

Senator Dino Melaye pelted with stones in Kogi

Senator Dino Melaye pelted with stones in Kogi

Controversial Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West was saved from being injured by security officials on Saturday during the Kaaba Day celebration when suspected political thugs pelted him with stones and other dangerous objects. The senator was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects at the township stadium, venue of the celebration after announcing a paltry N3m donation. Governor Yahaya ... Read More »

Army Repels Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Army Repels Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Troops of the Nigerian Army have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorist on Goneri community in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria. The insurgents reportedly invaded the community in the late hours of Saturday. However, the spokesman of the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Kayode Ogunsoya, confirmed the attack but did not give any details of the casualty figures. ... Read More »

Anthony Joshua stops Takam in Round 10

Anthony Joshua stops Takam in Round 10

Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles when he stopped bloodied challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff on Saturday. Unbeaten champion Joshua, who has Nigerian parents,  opened up a dreadful cut above 36-year Takam’s right eye in the fourth round and although the durable France-based Cameroonian battled on, the fight was halted after ... Read More »

Anambra IGR skyrockets to N1.5bn monthly

Anambra IGR skyrockets to N1.5bn monthly

Mr Michael Okonkwo, the Managing Director, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, says the monthly internally generated revenue of the state has increased from N500 million to N1.5 billion. Okonkwo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday that the Authority`s revenue profile also increased from N13 million to N20 million monthly. He said that Gov.Willie Obiano`s administration ... Read More »

PDP has hijacked Buhari’s govt, says Hameed Ali

PDP has hijacked Buhari’s govt, says Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.), has said the ruling All Progressives Congress has not fulfilled its promises after two years in government. Ali also said the party is gradually losing its core values, vision and mission, adding that more than fifty percent of the positions in the Buhari government are being held by members ... Read More »

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed escapes death

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed escapes death

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Saturday escaped death after Hotel Naasa-Hablood where he was scheduled to hold a political meeting was attacked by the al-Shabab terrorists group. No fewer than 18 people were killed and more than 30 wounded as the Islamic militants attacked the hotel close to the presidential palace in Mogadishu as two suicide bombers detonated two ... Read More »

Oil price heads to $60 as global market peaks

Oil price heads to $60 as global market peaks

Oil prices rose and Nasdaq Composite had its best day in nearly a year on Saturday , boosted by strong corporate earnings, while the euro posted its worst week of 2017 after the European Central Bank decided to prolong its bond buying to keep interest rates low. Oil prices jumped on support among the world’s top producers for extending a ... Read More »

Nigerian impregnates woman, begs husband with G-Wagon

Nigerian impregnates woman, begs husband with G-Wagon

A Nigerian man identified simply as John has made headlines for buying a Mercedes-Benz G-class for a South African man, whose wife he impregnated. According to a South African news website, Daily Live, John said his girlfriend’s husband immediately forgave him after receiving the gift. “I know what I did is wrong but I feel better he has accepted my ... Read More »

How Nigerian judge created shady company to collect bribe from lawyer – EFCC

How Nigerian judge created shady company to collect bribe from lawyer – EFCC

Lawal Abdullahi, a detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday in Lagos revealed how Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia allegedly perverted the course of justice. Mr. Abdullahi alleged before an Ikeja High Court that Mr. Obla gave the Federal High Court judge N5 million gratification to pervert the course of ... Read More »

I released cars for Aisha Buhari’s security, IG replies Misau

I released cars for Aisha Buhari’s security, IG replies Misau

In reaction to Senator Misau allegations, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said on Thursday that he released two cars for the security of the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, and not for her personal use as alleged by the lawmaker representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau. Idris, who spoke through the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, ... Read More »

Misau appears before Senate c’ttee, says IGP Idris bought 2 SUVs for Buhari’s wife

Misau appears before Senate c’ttee, says IGP Idris bought 2 SUVs for Buhari’s wife

THERE was a new twist to the lingering crisis between the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris, and Senator Isah Hamman Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) as the latter, yesterday, alleged that the Police boss purchased two Prado SUVs for wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, for personal use. Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris and Senator Isah ... Read More »

I did not receive any SUV from the IG — Aisha Buhari

I did not receive any SUV from the IG — Aisha Buhari

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buahri, has reacted to the allegations made by the Senator representing Bauchi Central Sen. Isa Misau, claiming that she received two Sports Utility Vehicles from the Inspector General of Police. Mrs Buhari`s reaction is contained in a statement issued by her Director of Information, Mr Suleiman Haruna, on Thursday in Abuja. The statement ... Read More »

Malabu Scandal: While two ex-Nigerian ministers remain in hiding, UK returns $85 million to Nigeria

Malabu Scandal: While two ex-Nigerian ministers remain in hiding, UK returns $85 million to Nigeria

On the day the anti-graft agency, EFCC, expressed its frustrations in locating two ex-Nigerian ministers on trial for their alleged roles in the Malabu scandal, the federal government announced that UK authorities returned $85 million (about N30 billion) to Nigeria. The money, frozen at the request of Italian authorities, is part of the $1.092 billion paid by oil giants, Shell ... Read More »

Buhari apologises to NASS principal officers over treatment at Aso Villa gate

Buhari apologises to NASS principal officers over treatment at Aso Villa gate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday apologised for the way principal officers of the National Assembly were allegedly treated by security officials at the presidential villa. He gave the apology when he met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in his official residence after the incident. Mr. Saraki, who also spoke ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

The International Police organisation, INTERPOL, has responded to an inquiry filed by PREMIUM TIMES on why Abdulrasheed Maina, a man it declared wanted and placed on its red notice was moving around the world without hindrance. Mr. Maina was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2015. He was subsequently placed on INTERPOL’s wanted list by ... Read More »

VP Osinbajo seeks revival of anti-corruption war

VP Osinbajo seeks revival of anti-corruption war

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday declared that the anti-corruption fight in the country must take a new turn for it to succeed. Osinbajo stated this at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop for justices and judges, organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja. He said ... Read More »

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that Nigeria is still suffering from the consequences of the lack of transparency in the award of OPL 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd in 1998. Osinbajo spoke in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday at a conference on beneficial ownership organised by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). LEADERSHIP recalls that the Malabu oil scam, ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was provided federal security cover, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Investigators have found that for months, Mr. Maina received protection from operatives of the Nigeria Police Force ... Read More »

Kogi: Director’s suicide forces Reps to probe salary non-payment

Kogi: Director’s suicide forces Reps to probe salary non-payment

The death of a director in the Kogi Civil Service, who committed suicide, has drawn the attention of the House of Representatives to the non-utilisation of bailout funds and the non-payment of salaries in Kogi state. The House of Representatives has mandated its Ad Hoc Committee on Bail-out Funds to investigate non-payment of salaries of Kogi workers and report back ... Read More »

FG, ASUU: Another strike looms over Oct 31 agreement

FG, ASUU: Another strike looms over Oct 31 agreement

Another round of strike action is looming in the nation’s Universities as academic staff counts down to the deadline for the implementation of agreements reached with the government which led to the conditional suspension of its indefinite strike action in September. The government had signed an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities as a result of the strike ... Read More »