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Police in red alert over planned actions by Biafra agitators

Police in red alert over planned actions by Biafra agitators

The Nigeria Police Force has put its men on red alert over the plans by Biafra agitators to shut markets and stage protests in south east Nigeria on 30 May. The date has no significance in the history of Biafra as the war started on 6 July 1967  and ended on 15 January 1970. The masterminds of the civil actions are  the ... Read More »

UK deports 35 Nigerians

UK deports 35 Nigerians

The Government of the United Kingdom on Wednesday deported 35 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 5.50 a.m. The deportees, comprising 30 males and five females, were brought back aboard a chartered Titanic Airways aircraft with registration ... Read More »

Canada Invites Ooni To 150th Independence Anniversary

Canada Invites Ooni To 150th Independence Anniversary

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has been invited as a special guest of the Canadian Government to grace the country’s 150th Independence Anniversary celebrations in July this year. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the special invitation was conveyed to the Ife monarch in his palace on Sunday by a Canadian Member of Parliament (MP), Ramesh Sangha. ... Read More »

South Africa Deports 90 Nigerians

South Africa Deports 90 Nigerians

SOUTH African government yesterday deported 90 Nigerians for allegedly committing immigration-related offences in the country. According to DSP Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command , the deportees ,who were all men, landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 3.30pm on Friday, May 19. He said they were brought back to Nigeria from Johannesburg ... Read More »

UK govt reacts to coup rumours in Nigeria

UK govt reacts to coup rumours in Nigeria

The British government has warned against “non-democratic” change of government in Nigeria, amid speculations about military coup as concerns grow over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health. “The British government believes that democracy is actually critical in Nigeria,” the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said on Wednesday. “There are elections. If you’re not happy with your leaders then you should ... Read More »

Another batch of 258 Nigerian deportees arrive Lagos Airport

Another batch of 258 Nigerian deportees arrive Lagos Airport

It was gory tales yesterday at the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as another batch of 258 Nigerians were yesterday deported from Libya. The deportees who arrived the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 10.00pm aboard an Airbus A333-200 and were received at the Hajj Terminal by the National Emergency Management ... Read More »

Some abducted Chibok girls refused to be ‘freed’ –Negotiator

Some abducted Chibok girls refused to be ‘freed’ –Negotiator

Some of the schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram militants from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014, refused to be part of a group of 82 girls freed at the weekend, one of the negotiators involved in the release said on Monday. After over three years in captivity, 82 of the schoolgirls were released out of the ... Read More »

Nigeria begins recruitment of 500,000 unemployed graduates

Nigeria begins recruitment of 500,000 unemployed graduates

In what is the first roll-out of its N500billion social investment programmes, the Nigerian government is set to begin taking applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named npower.gov.ng. While the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12. Young unemployed Nigerians ... Read More »

FG To Invest Six Trillion Naira Pension Funds – Adeosun

FG To Invest Six Trillion Naira Pension Funds – Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, says the federal government is being cautious as it plans to invest the over six trillion Naira pension funds. The Minister said this when she appeared before the House of Representatives as part of its ongoing sectoral debate on diversification of the Nigerian economy. “A lot has been said about the pension money. We ... Read More »

President Buhari Signs 2016 Budget Into Law

President Buhari Signs 2016 Budget Into Law

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has signed the 2016 budget into law. This assent has now given way for the full implementation of the budget. The ceremony was witnessed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. While the President says that the budget must be able to work ... Read More »

‘How Nigeria can end malaria’

‘How Nigeria can end malaria’

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof, Isaac Adewole, has expressed strong optimism that Nigeria is on path to eradicating the scourge of malaria in the country.The Minister, who spoke at a World Malaria Day programme in Abuja, observed the concerns regarding resistance of the malaria parasites to the recommended anti-malaria medicines as well as of the mosquito vectors to available insecticides ... Read More »

2016 Budget To Go Into Full Operation In Few Days – Osinbajo

2016 Budget To Go Into Full Operation In Few Days – Osinbajo

The Federal Government has re-assured Nigerians that the 2016 budget is expected to go into full operations in the next few days. This assurance was given by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was a guest speaker at the 12th edition of ‘The Platform’, an annual national discourse put together by Covenant Christian Centre, at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. He ... Read More »

No one can stop us from grazing in the south — Fulani herdsmen

No one can stop us from grazing in the south — Fulani herdsmen

Herdsmen from different parts of Nigeria have stated that nobody can stop them from grazing their cattle in any part of the country, especially in the south. They described such restriction as unconstitutional. The nomads, who spoke to Journalist under the auspices of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, dismissed the ultimatums given by different groups for the herdsmen to ... Read More »

First Edition Of FGs’ Town Hall Meetings Holds In Lagos

First Edition Of FGs’ Town Hall Meetings Holds In Lagos

The first in the series of the Federal Government town hall meetings held On Monday in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city. The meeting is expected to hold in six geo-political zones and two other cities, Abuja and Kano. It is an interaction between the government and persons from different sectors of the economy. At the Lagos meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ... Read More »

Fayose writes Chinese leader to stop $2bn loan

Fayose writes Chinese leader to stop $2bn loan

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has written a letter to President Xi Jinping of China, seeking the stoppage of the $2 billion loan sought by the federal government. In the letter dated April 12, Fayose said Nigerians were “totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which is already being serviced with 25 per cent of the government’s annual budget”. He alleged ... Read More »

Nigerian Government Rolls Out 33 Policy Actions To Revamp Economy

Nigerian Government Rolls Out 33 Policy Actions To Revamp Economy

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajor, says the Federal Government has developed a Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2016 budget. Professor Osinbajo said that the plan articulates six thematic strategies that would constitute the short-term priority of the government over the next 12 months. In his speech at the Nation’s Forum On The Economy held on Thursday in Lagos State, ... Read More »

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI EASTER MESSAGE TO THE NATION

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI EASTER MESSAGE TO THE NATION

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured his government will deliver on its promised change. In his Easter Message Saturday, the president thanked Nigerians for being patient with his government in its first 10 turbulent months in office. The president’s full text: EASTER MESSAGE TO THE NATION FROM PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI Fellow Nigerians, I rejoice with you all, especially our Christian brothers ... Read More »

FRSC releases interim report on crash that killed Minister James Ocholi, wife, son

FRSC releases interim report on crash that killed Minister James Ocholi, wife, son

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, on Monday released an interim report on the auto crash that killed the Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi and his wife and son. Mr. Oyeyemi attributed the accident to a busted tyre which resulted in the loss of control and somersaulting of the minister’s official car. ... Read More »

Electricity Tariff Hike: Senate Orders Reversal Of the 40% increase

Electricity Tariff Hike: Senate Orders Reversal Of the 40% increase

The Senate yesterday ordered the reversal of the 40 per cent hike in electricity tariff by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) and Generation Companies (GENCOs), and mandated its committees on Labour, Employment and Productivity and Power to liaise with electricity companies to comply with the directive. A motion against the tariff hike was brought on the floor of the red chamber ... Read More »

DIVERSIFICATION: How Agric Sector Can Bounce Back As Mainstay Of Nigeria’s Economy

DIVERSIFICATION: How Agric Sector Can Bounce Back As Mainstay Of Nigeria’s Economy

Agricultural sector which used to be the stronghold of Nigeria’s economy was abandoned as a result of crude oil discovery. Timothy Opaluwa writes on the feasibility of the sector reclaiming its past glory as the mainstay of the nation’s economy. Since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, agriculture had been the mainstay of the nation’s economy, providing the largest portion of foreign ... Read More »

Army Frees 275 Suspected Terrorists

Army Frees 275 Suspected Terrorists

The Nigerian Army has released 275 persons detained following suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities. Forty-nine out of the detainees are women while 22 are minors. Two Nigeriens and two Cameroonians are also among those released. Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umaru, handed over the detainees not found culpable to the Borno State Governor, ... Read More »

Lassa Fever: Ahmmadiyyah Hospital In Lagos Sealed

Lassa Fever: Ahmmadiyyah Hospital In Lagos Sealed

The Ahmmadiyyah Hospital in the Ojokoro area of Lagos State where the patient diagnosed with the first case of Lassa fever visited before going to LUTH is now under surveillance and sealed off from the public until further notice. According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, 15 in-patients, as well as 25 health workers in the ... Read More »

Egypt policemen shot dead in Giza in IS-claimed attack

Egypt policemen shot dead in Giza in IS-claimed attack

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack. The incident came hours after three foreign tourists were stabbed by suspected IS militants who stormed a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Read More »

Subsidy: ‘Petrol to sell for N85 per litre from Jan 1’

Subsidy: ‘Petrol to sell for N85 per litre from Jan 1’

The Federal government is set to reduce the pump price of petrol to about 85 or 86 naira per litre. Minister of State for Petroleum , Dr Ibe Kachikwu who disclosed this during a tour of the Port Harcourt refinery on Christmas Day expressed hope that the new price regime may come on stream January next year. He said efforts ... Read More »

Army Reviews Death Sentence For 66 Soldiers To Jail Terms

Army Reviews Death Sentence For 66 Soldiers To Jail Terms

The Nigerian Army has commuted judgement in the case of 66 soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad in January and March this year by separate General Court Martials. The soldiers will each now serve 10 years in prison and the sentence is to run concurrently. According to the Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman this decision followed an order ... Read More »

Iranian President protests killing of Shiites in Zaria

Iranian President protests killing of Shiites in Zaria

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has telephoned his Nigerian counterpart to protest the army’s deadly crackdown on pro-Iranian Shiites in the north of the African country, media reported Tuesday. Rouhani called President Muhammadu Buhari to say that “minor disputes must not be allowed to turn into deep differences” among Muslims, the reports said. He also requested information on the fate of ... Read More »

Finance Minister issues tough fiscal guidelines to agencies, defaulters to be sanctioned

Finance Minister issues tough fiscal guidelines to agencies, defaulters to be sanctioned

Nigeria’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, has issued a new set of guidelines to compel federal government offices remit monies they generate, accompanying the stringent rules with the threat of sanctions to defaulters. Henceforth, the minister said, all self-funded federal agencies are to limit their annual expenditures from their internally generated revenues to not more than 75 per cent of their ... Read More »

Payment of N5,000 to unemployed Nigerian youth to start 2016 — Minister

Payment of N5,000 to unemployed Nigerian youth to start 2016 — Minister

The federal government has ​​​assured that it would commence payment of N5,000 promised unemployed Nigerian youth during the electioneering campaign, from 2016 . ​The minister of youth and sports, Solomon Dalong, made the commitment on Wednesday when he paid a condolence visit on the national chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, over the death of the ... Read More »

Boko Haram: Troops Destroy Rocket-making Factory In Borno

Boko Haram: Troops Destroy Rocket-making Factory In Borno

Troops of 7 Division Garrison of the Nigeria Army, Maiduguri, have destroyed a factory where Boko Haram manufactured rockets. In a statement, the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, revealed that the factory at Jamrari was uncovered and destroyed during a special raid carried out at the general area of Delwa. According to him, “This unprecedented development has put paid to ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: At least 105 Nigerian soldiers missing after fierce gun battle with Boko Haram

EXCLUSIVE: At least 105 Nigerian soldiers missing after fierce gun battle with Boko Haram

At least 105 soldiers of the 157 Battalion, including their commanding officer, are feared missing after they came under intense attack from Boko Haram insurgents at Gudunbali, Borno State, on Wednesday, military sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. According to one of our sources, the terrorists also captured a T-72 tank as well as several artillery weapons from the unit. “Gudunbali ... Read More »