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Uche Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

Uche Secondus emerges PDP National Chairman

Former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has been elected as the National Chairman of the party. Secondus scored 2,000 votes out of 2,396 votes cast at the party’s national convention, which ended in the early hours of Sunday at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Chairman of the Electoral Sub-Committee of the convention and former ... Read More »

Atiku holds meetings with PDP leaders, governors

Atiku holds meetings with PDP leaders, governors

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is presently holding consultations with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State and the entire Northeast. Atiku resigned from the APC on Friday following what he called Unconstitutionality actions of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The Adamawa chapter of the APC yesterday confirmed the receipt of Atiku’s resignation letter. State Secretary ... Read More »

Presidential ticket: Atiku won’t disregard Jonathan’s advice on Obasanjo – aide

Presidential ticket: Atiku won’t disregard Jonathan’s advice on Obasanjo – aide

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says he has not ruled out the possibility of holding talks with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, in pursuit of his political ambition.  Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, stated this on behalf of his principal during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday. Ibe explained that Atiku, a master ... Read More »

President Buhari to attend EU-AU summit in Abidjan

President Buhari to attend EU-AU summit in Abidjan

President Muhammadu Buhari is to attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit holding in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said in a statement on Monday that summit which would hold from November 28 -29 has as its theme, “Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”. The President will participate ... Read More »

Atiku’s exit: Panic in APC as mass defection looms

Atiku’s exit: Panic in APC as mass defection looms

There were fears among the All Progressives Congress chieftains on Friday, following the defection of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party. Saturday PUNCH gathered that although the APC was expecting  Atiku’s exit, it dawned on it on Friday that the former vice-president’s action could lead to mass defection from the ruling party. It was learnt that the fears ... Read More »

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

The controversy over the recall of former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, into service rumbled on on Thursday. At a hearing by the adhoc committee set up by the House of Representatives to probe the matter, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Maina: Senate calls for the immediate sack of Malami, Danbazau, Abba Kyari

Maina: Senate calls for the immediate sack of Malami, Danbazau, Abba Kyari

SENATORS resolved yesterday to probe the controversial return of Abdulrasheed Maina to the civil service. The Public Service, Anti-Corruption, Interior and Judiciary  committee is to investigate the recall  of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, who is on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2 billion pension fraud, among others. ... Read More »

Maina probe widens as EFCC seals more houses

Maina probe widens as EFCC seals more houses

How did wanted civil servant Abdulrasheed Maina sneak into Nigeria? Who gave him the police and other security personnel he had? These are some of the questions in government and security circles, following the scandal sparked by Maina’s reinstatement and promotion. The dismissed chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team has been in the country in ... Read More »

Exposed! How AGF ordered reinstatement of Maina

Exposed! How AGF ordered reinstatement of Maina

Dirty details of how the wanted former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, was reinstated in the civil service and made a director despite being on the run for alleged N2b scam have been revealed. The reinstatement of Maina was facilitated by no other than the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of ... Read More »

Over 200 Ex-biafran Policemen Receive Retirement Benefits

Over 200 Ex-biafran Policemen Receive Retirement Benefits

Reprieve yesterday came the way of retired war-affected ex- biafran Police officers as the federal government through the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) paid them their pension benefits in Enugu yesterday. Speaking during the occasion, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed that in this particular batch of payment, 57 next of kins who have not been paid ... Read More »

Fraud: Kebbi Accountant-General sentenced to 70 years imprisonment

Fraud: Kebbi Accountant-General sentenced to 70 years imprisonment

Kebbi State Accountant-General Mohammed Dakingari has been sentenced to 70 years imprisonment for fraud. The Court of Appeal sitting in Kebbi found him guilty of N1.6 billion fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stated that the Kebbi State High Court had earlier discharged and acquitted Dakingari, but the Court of Appeal today overruled it and upheld the EFCC ... Read More »

FG Arraigns Senator Misau For Falsehood and Forgery

FG Arraigns Senator Misau For Falsehood and Forgery

The embattled Senator Isah Misau, has been finally arraigned before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja. The Senator was charged for injurious falsehood against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro and the Nigerian Police. Misau was arraigned ... Read More »

Lagos To Establish Commercial Courthouse

Lagos To Establish Commercial Courthouse

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said the State Government is set to establish a commercial courthouse. The courthouse according to the governor will the set up with the objective of ensuring speedy resolution of disputes as well as drive commerce and enhance the ease of doing business in Lagos. Speaking at the State Executive Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, while ... Read More »

I Will Defeat President Buhari In Free And Fair Election – Fayose

I Will Defeat President Buhari In Free And Fair Election – Fayose

It is still a full year and five months to the 2019 elections, but some politicians eyeing the highest office in the land are already positioning themselves to run. One of such is the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose who has not hidden his desire to contest the presidency, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Today in Abuja ... Read More »

Adeosun confirms N350bn release for capital projects

Adeosun confirms N350bn release for capital projects

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Monday 4, September 2017 confirmed the release of the sum of N350bn to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government for the implementation of capital projects contained in the 2017 budget. She confirmed the development exclusively to our correspondent during a telephone interview. The 2017 budget, christened: ‘Budget of Recovery and ... Read More »

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