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Suspected Ritualist escapes from police custody

Suspected Ritualist escapes from police custody

A suspected ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike, who was paraded on Saturday by the Rivers State Police Command for raping and killing an eight year old girl in Eliozu Axis of Port Harcourt has escaped from Police custody. The father of the victim, Dr Earnest Mezuwuba said that the suspected ritualist who is a 200 Level student of the University of Port ... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian companies raked billions after CBN switched off dollar tap on 41 items

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerian companies raked billions after CBN switched off dollar tap on 41 items

When the Central Bank Nigeria, CBN, blocked official dollar access to importers of 41 low-skilled items, Baton Nigeria, an Ogun state-based company, was preparing to start a factory producing tooth picks – one of the items on CBN’s list. By August 2016 when the company’s production lines had kicked off, the policy had been in place for a year. Now, ... Read More »

FG Spent N1.3trn On Capital Projects In 2016 – Osinbajo

FG Spent N1.3trn On Capital Projects In 2016 – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hinted yesterday that the federal government spent N1.3 trillion on capital projects from the 2016 budget appropriation. Speaking at the2017 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) national conference in Lagos, Osinbajo noted that the figure was the highest sum spent on infrastructure in the history of the country. “The federal government spent about N1.3 trillion on capital projects ... Read More »

Buhari writes National Assembly, resumes duties as President

Buhari writes National Assembly, resumes duties as President

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the lawmakers of his return from a 103-day medical vacation in London and his subsequent resumption of duty, an official has said. The president signed the letter of notice for dispatch to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, hours after his nationwide broadcast to the nation Monday morning. The ... Read More »

President Buhari Addresses The Nation (Full Speech)

President Buhari Addresses The Nation (Full Speech)

After more than three months in London on a medical vacation, President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Saturday and this morning he addressed the nation. In his speech, the President spoke about Nigeria’s unity, agitations, and the war on Boko Haram, among other things. Read his full speech below: My dear citizens, I am very grateful to God ... Read More »

Phones and gadgets are distractions — Enugu girl who made 9As

Phones and gadgets are distractions — Enugu girl who made 9As

former pupil of  Shalom Academy, Nsukka, Enugu State, Chinecherem Cynthia Ali, whose story went viral after she made A grade in all the subjects she took in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, shares her success story. Please introduce yourself. I hail from Umuagama community in Enugu State. I am the third of eight children. I am 18 years ... Read More »

INTERVIEW: How I’m tackling corruption in Nigerian Immigration Service – Comptroller General

INTERVIEW: How I’m tackling corruption in Nigerian Immigration Service – Comptroller General

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, recently fielded questions from PREMIUM TIMES editors. In this first part of the interview, the Immigration boss speaks on a shocker on assuming duties as well as efforts he is making to tackle problems he met in the system, especially that of endemic corruption. The interview was conducted before PREMIUM TIMES reported ... Read More »

CHIBOK HEARTBROKEN PARENT: Our rescued daughter has returned to her Boko Haram husband

CHIBOK HEARTBROKEN PARENT: Our rescued daughter has returned to her Boko Haram husband

When news emerged that some of the Chibok schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, had declined to return home with the batch of 82 freed in May, the world found it difficult to believe. Not even the release of a Boko Haram video showing some hijab-clad, Kalashnikov-wielding girls saying they were happy in their new lives, was enough to ... Read More »

Buhari’s Return is a Sign of the Nation’s Recovery – Osinbajo

Buhari’s Return is a Sign of the Nation’s Recovery – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the recovery and return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria is a symbol of the nation’s recovery. Professor Osinbajo told reporters on Saturday in Abuja shortly after he received the President that he is happy President Buhari came back in good health. He said, “The message to Nigerians is that the recovery and recuperation of the ... Read More »

PHOTO NEWS: President Buhari Welcomed by Vice President Osinbajo

PHOTO NEWS: President Buhari Welcomed by Vice President Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday 19th August, 2017 returned to Nigeria from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom. See photos of his arrival as he was received by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and members of the Federal Executive Council among other dignitaries.     Read More »

BREAKING: President Buhari arrives Nigeria after 103 days in London

BREAKING: President Buhari arrives Nigeria after 103 days in London

President Muhammadu Buhari alighted from Nigeria’s Presidential Jet, Eagle One which touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 4:38 PM on Saturday Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja. The presidential jet departed the United Kingdom at 10:27 AM. On hand to receive the President are the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, members of the Federal Executive Council and the ... Read More »

BREAKING: Finally, Buhari returns to Nigeria today

BREAKING: Finally, Buhari returns to Nigeria today

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country later today August 19, 2017 This was revealed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina “President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017 “He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his ... Read More »

ASUU STRIKE: We won’t go back to class until govt implements past agreements –ASUU President

ASUU STRIKE: We won’t go back to class until govt implements past agreements –ASUU President

As the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities continues, the union has said it will not call it off until its demands to the government are met. ASUU had on Sunday embarked on a nationwide strike, which has reportedly grounded academic activities in about 80 federal and state universities across the country, over the failure ... Read More »

Adeboye Visits Buhari In London

Adeboye Visits Buhari In London

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House in London. Pastor Adeboye joins the long list of dignitaries that have visited the President since he left for London on medical vacation more than 100 days ago. The picture released by the State House shows Pastor Adeboye ... Read More »

Govt officials received N400bn bribes in one year – NBS

Govt officials received N400bn bribes in one year – NBS

A total of N400bn was received in bribes by public officials within a period of one year, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. The NBS stated this in its National Corruption Report, adding that 32.3 per cent of Nigerian adults who had contact with public officials between June 2015 and May 2016 had to pay bribes to the ... Read More »

Customs intercept FUNAAB bus conveying cannabis

Customs intercept FUNAAB bus conveying cannabis

The Ogun State Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service, says it has intercepted a Toyota Coaster bus laden with neatly concealed wraps of Indian hemp, along Imeko Afon area of the Idiroko border. The bus reportedly belongs to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. The Controller of the command, Sani Madugu, disclosed the seizure on Tuesday at the command’s headquarters in ... Read More »

Airman who killed lover to die by hanging

Airman who killed lover to die by hanging

The Nigerian Air Force has sentenced to death by hanging Airman Kalu Bernard, for killing his lover, Solape Oladipupo, aka Shomzy Shomzy, on March 12, 2017. The judgment, which started 9am on Tuesday, dragged till 4pm when it was stood down before the panellists reconvened at 7.30pm. Reading out the 70-page  court findings, which lasted for about two hours, the ... Read More »

Nigeria To Save N300bn Annually From Rice Import

Nigeria To Save N300bn Annually From Rice Import

Nigeria will be saving about N300 billion it spends annually on importation of rice as local production of the commodity has now reached 15 million metric tonnes, the federal ministry of Agriculture disclosed yesterday. The director of Agriculture at the Kano office of the ministry, Muhammad Adamu, who gave the hint, while inaugurating the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) ... Read More »

Pension Fund Hits N6.5trn

Pension Fund Hits N6.5trn

The nation’s pension funds, under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), grew to about N6.5 trillion as at the end of July 2017, even as the number of pension contributors rose significantly to 7. 6 million. As at the end of July 2017, the fund increased to about N6.5 trillion from N6.4 trillion it stood at as at April ending. It ... Read More »

I’m Okay now waiting for doctors directive to return home –Buhari

I’m Okay now waiting for doctors directive to return home –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he believes he is strong enough to return to the country, but his doctors will be the ones to determine when he returns. The President who has been away from the country for more than 90 days said this when members of his media team and his Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, paid ... Read More »

PDP Ready to take over power in 2019 – Jonathan

PDP Ready to take over power in 2019 – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is ready to take over power at the center in 2019, noting that the party cannot be intimidated. Jonathan, who spoke at the non-elective convention of the PDP, said despite its recent momentous crisis, the party remains the largest party in Nigeria. He further dispelled claims that the ... Read More »

PHOTOS NEWS: Buhari’s Media Team Visits Him In London

PHOTOS NEWS: Buhari’s Media Team Visits Him In London

President Buhari’s media team visited him today in London, the Presidency has revealed. In an e-mail to Channels Television, containing images from the visit, those who made the trip were identified as the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed;  Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; and Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; and the Personal Assistant to ... Read More »

Anyaoku, Gambari, Others Insist Nigeria Must Be Restructured

Anyaoku, Gambari, Others Insist Nigeria Must Be Restructured

Restructuring Nigeria is the only viable option for the country to make progress in its developmental quest, according to some elder statesmen and thought leaders who have continued to drum up support for the idea. They expressed the unanimous opinion at the 2nd annual lecture of the Akintola Williams Foundation in Lagos. One of them, the former Secretary General of ... Read More »

INEC releases time-table to recall Dino Melaye

INEC releases time-table to recall Dino Melaye

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday released the time table for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye on Monday. The decision of the electoral umpire is coming amidst efforts by Mr. Melaye’s lawyer to stop the commission from kick starting the process. INEC had last week acknowledged receiving a petition from Mr. Melaye’s constituents ... Read More »

Lekki Gardens MD, Seven Others Arraigned For Manslaughter

Lekki Gardens MD, Seven Others Arraigned For Manslaughter

Five persons and three firms allegedly involved in the March 2016 Lekki building collapse which killed five persons have been arraigned before a Lagos High Court, sitting in the Igbosere area. They were arraigned following Justice Sybil Nwaka’s dismissal of an application challenging the competence of the charges filed against them. The first to fifth defendants are Managing Director of Lekki ... Read More »

Elder Statesman, Maitama Sule dies at 88

Elder Statesman, Maitama Sule dies at 88

Maitama Sule, First Republic minister, former Nigerian ambassador to the United Nations and leader of Northern Elders Forum passes away in a Cairo hospital. Reports say that he died in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt’s capital while receiving treatment for an illness. According to officials of the Kano State Government, the Dan Masanin Kano as his popularly known  died at ... Read More »

Customs begins e-auctioning of vehicles

Customs begins e-auctioning of vehicles

The Nigerian Customs Service on Monday unveiled an electronic auction platform by which cargoes that have been forfeited to the Federal Government could be sold to Nigerians through a transparent bidding process. The unveiling of the e-auction platform was performed at the headquarters of the NCS by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd). Present at the event were ... Read More »

Violence Mars APC primary election, ex-Senator manhandled

Violence Mars APC primary election, ex-Senator manhandled

Violence erupted midway into the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect chairmanship candidates for the July 22 council polls in Lagos State on Saturday, ending the event abruptly. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some aggrieved party supporters engaged one another in a free-for-all midway into the election, smashing ballot boxes over allegations of ... Read More »

WONDER!! Nigerian woman delivers 6 babies in US

WONDER!! Nigerian woman delivers 6 babies in US

A couple who tried nearly two decades to conceive has welcomed a set of sextuplets in Richmond, Virginia. Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo tried for 17 years to have children. In January, they learned they were expecting six. “I was excited,” said dad Adeboye Taiwo. “For the very first time we were expecting.” The babies, three boys and three girls, range ... Read More »

Osinbajo attends G7 summit, meets Trump

Osinbajo attends G7 summit, meets Trump

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo left Nigeria on Saturday for Taormina, Italy to attend the G7 meeting where he met with U.S President Donald Trump. The G7 is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the U.S. He also met other leaders, including the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. The special assistant to the acting president, Mr. Laolu ... Read More »