Ex-Customs Boss, Dikko, Loses 17 Exotic Vehicles to FG

Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna on Friday gave an interim order, forfeiting the seventeen exotic vehicles found in the warehouse of former Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, to the Federal Government. Continue reading Ex-Customs Boss, Dikko, Loses 17 Exotic Vehicles to FG at PM NEWS Nigeria.

Breaking: Akeredolu sworn in as Ondo Governor

Amidst jubilation, Rotimi Akeredolu was on Friday sworn in as governor of Ondo State. He takes over from the former governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko Continue reading Breaking: Akeredolu sworn in as Ondo Governor at PM NEWS Nigeria.

Failed Marriage: Tonto Dikeh Opens Up, Accuses Hubby of Deceit

Tonto Dikeh has finally opened up on what led to her failed marriage and accused her estranged husband Olakunle Oladunni Churchill of deceit, lies and scam. Continue reading Failed Marriage: Tonto Dikeh Opens Up, Accuses Hubby of Deceit at PM NEWS Nigeria.

Anambra Governorship Poll Holds Nov 18

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 18, 2017 for the conduct of the Anambra governorship election. Continue reading Anambra Governorship Poll Holds Nov 18 at PM NEWS Nigeria.

It is blasphemous to compare criminal Ibori with Jesus-Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana on Thursday said it is blasphemous and disgusting for former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori who is now an ex-convict and a criminal to be compared with Jesus Christ. Some people in Ibori’s hometown when the ex-convict returned home were comparing him with Jesus, saying that he was persecuted…

Pirates strike in Niger Delta, abduct 7 Russians, Ukrainian

Niger Delta militants Pirates have abducted seven Russian sailors and one Ukrainian in the territorial waters of Nigeria, the Russian embassy has said. Russian Embassy in Nigeria reported on Wednesday: “The BBC Caribbean ship came under a piratical attack in the territorial waters of Nigeria.” The Russian embassy said on its Twitter page: “Seven Russian…

Marathon: Lagos diverts traffic, deploys 300 LASTMA

L-R: Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sport, Mr Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye; Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Engr Bade Adebowale at a news conference held in Lagos to announce traffic diversion ahead of the Lagos City Marathon. Ahead of Saturday’s Lagos City Marathon, the Lagos…

Presidency appoints Onnoghen as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria

Justice Walter Onnoghen, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has nominated Walter Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, ushering in the first southern head of the apex court in about 30 years. PREMIUM TIMES reports that the decision was announced in a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s handle shortly…

Breaking: Rivers Police Commissioner is dead

Late Odesanya The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Bolaji Odesanya, is dead. He died in an Indian hospital, it was learnt. PMNews gathered that he was flown to India when his illness became very critical. As at the time of filing this report, Omoni Nnamdi, Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer is yet to…

BREAKING: Buhari writes Senate again to confirm Magu as EFCC Chairman

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to reconsider and confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Senate President Bukola Saraki read Buhari’s letter notifying the lawmakers of the re-nomination on Tuesday, just after the Senate returned from an executive session. PREMIUM TIMES…

Breaking: UK’s Brexit suffers setback as government loses at Supreme Court

Theresa May, British Prime Minister Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled. The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing – although this is expected to happen in time for the government’s 31 March deadline….

Stay away from Libya, FG tells Nigerians

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has warned Nigerian migrants to avoid Libya. Dabiri-Erewa also warned against illegal entry to Libya, noting that such immigrants to the country when caught and convicted were placed…

Fashola raises alarm over fake estate developers

Mr Babatunde Fashola Minister of Power Works and-Housing The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Monday in Abuja raised alarm over the increasing number of unqualified estate developers in the nation’s housing sector. Fashola was speaking at the Second Quarterly Presidential Business Forum in Abuja which serves as a platform to…

Photo News: Bola Tinubu’s plane used to fly Jammeh out of Gambia

Bola Tinubu’s plane National Leader of the All Progressives Congress( APC), Bola Tinubu’s Dassault Falcon-900DX (VP-CBT) was registered in the Cayman Islands with his initials ‘BT’ and was used to fly out former Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh out of Gambia, Saturday night. Bola Tinubu’s plane Former Governor, Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Fuel now cost N155 per litre in Kano State – Survey

Filling station attendant a work Some fuel marketers in Kano State have increased the price of the commodity from N145 per litre to between N153 and N155 per litre. The situation is worse outside the state capital as a litre of the commodity in some local government areas of the state now cost more than…

$11m missing from Gambia’s coffer after Jammeh’s exit

Yahya Jammeh, no longer recognized as president More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. BBC reports that luxury cars and other items…

Picture: Buhari enjoying his vacation in UK

A Senior Special Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmaad has posted a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari watching Channels Television in his suite in the United Kingdom where he went on a 10-day vacation. Ahmad tweeted: ”MBuhari on a phone call with @ProfOsinbajo while watching Sunday Politics on Channels TV this evening” The picture serves…

Adama Barrow returns to The Gambia tomorrow

President Adama Barrow President Adama Barrow has said he would return to The Gambia on Monday. Barrow confirmed this on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, on Sunday. He said: “I will be returning to my homeland, the Republic of The Gambia tomorrow. #Gambia.” Barrow, who took the oath of office in the Gambian Embassy in Senegal…

Prevent Boko Haram from regrouping’, UN tells Task Force

Boko Haram insurgents The UN Security Council has tasked the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to prevent the destructive Boko Haram insurgents, recently dislodged from its safe haven in Sambisa Forest, from regrouping. The Task Force was set up by Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and the Republic of Benin to tackle Boko Haram insurgents. The…

FG releases N375m to feed 700,000 pupils in 5 states

Osinbajo The Federal Government said it had so far released over N375 million toward the implementation of its school feeding programme in five states, this year. Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice-President, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Akande said that the release of…

Governors’ Forum: PDP confident in Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose The Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence in the ability of Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti to lead the PDP Governors’ Forum. Mr Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP National Publicity Secretary serving on the Caretaker Committee said in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja. Adeyeye said…

Trending: Fashola under fire over 3rd Mainland Bridge repair

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN Motorists plying the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos have been attacking the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola over the ongoing repair works on the bridge. Many of them have taken to the social media to vent their anger at Fashola over…

Trump officially becomes 45th US president

Donald Trump has been officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The inauguration took place outside US Capitol in Washington, DC on Friday, ushering in a new political era. “Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come,” Trump said in his inaugural…

At last, Jammeh surrenders, pleads for time to pack

Yahya Jammeh, no longer recognized as president Former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has finally surrendered and asked for a shift in deadline of mid-day to 4pm to vacate office as ECOWAS soldiers close in on him. Jammeh made the request when he met the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania in the capital, Banjul,…

Southern Kaduna: There can be no peace without justice – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana Lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, has declared that there can be no peace without justice in the crisis-torn southern Kaduna in Kaduna State Falana in a statement issued on Friday said peace will continue to elude Kaduna State until those responsible for the killing of 347 Shiites…

IG raises alarm over more policemen committing suicide

Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police The Nigerian Police Force is worried over the rising cases of suicide among its officers across the country. The Assistant Inspector General of Police (IGP) Zone 5, Abubakar, Mohammed, lamented the development in an interactive session with policemen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday. He said recent statistics…

Nigerian Airforce Commodore is head of ECOWAS troops in Gambia

Nigerian Airforce chief Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, briefing journalists on the operation in The Gambia A Nigerian, Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf is the head of the ECOWAS troops in The Gambia. The Nigerian troops arrived Dakar, the capital of Senegal on Thursday in accordance with the mandate of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)….

ECOWAS troops give Jammeh last chance to surrender or…

Former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh Troops from West African states halted an operation in Gambia aimed at installing the country’s new president, Adama Barrow, on Thursday so regional leaders could make one last attempt to convince longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to step aside. Barrow took the oath of office on Thursday at Gambia’s embassy in…

Jammeh flees as West African troops enter Gambia

Senegalese troops move in on the Gambia The whereabouts of former president Yahya Jammeh is unknown as military forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) crossed from Senegal into Gambia. This is coming hours after President Adama Barrow was sworn into office, the African Press Agency reported Thursday. Long convoys of military…

Police raid PREMIUM TIMES office, arrest publisher, Olorunyomi

Dapo Olorunyomi The Nigeria police have raided PREMIUM TIMES head office in Abuja, and arrested the newspaper’s publisher. The publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, was arrested alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu. Plain-clothed officers conducted search at the office shortly after 5p.m. Thursday, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of…

Adama Barrow sworn in as President of The Gambia

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia Adama Barrow has been sworn in as the Gambian president in neighbouring Senegal as incumbent Yahya Jammeh refuses to leave office. The swearing in ceremony took place at the Gambian embasy in Senegal aidst tight security provided by ECOWAS troops. Details later.

Osinbajo takes over as Buhari goes for medical check-up in UK

Osinbajo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will act as President till February 6 when President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to resume work. President Buhari is leaving for the United Kingdom today for a 10-day short vacation during which he is expected to undergo a medical check ups. A statement issued by Femi Adesina Special Adviser to…

TheNEWS/PMNEWS loses former staff

Saka Anifowose A former member of staff of TheNEWS/PMNEWS, Saka Anifowoshe, is dead. He died on Sunday 16 January 2017. A Wake keep will hold at 5 pm next Thursday, 26 January 2017 at Oju Irin, Oguntade Street, Iju Ishaga, Lagos State. Burial will take place at Ijebu Owo, Ondo State on Saturday, 28 January…

Breaking: Buhari embarks on 10 days annual vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari is embarking on a 10-day annual leave. To this end, the president on Thursday transmitted a letter to the Senate intimating it of his decision to embark on leave. The letter was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President Bukola Saraki. Details later

Barrow to be sworn in today in Senegal as Jammeh stays put

The man who won The Gambia’s disputed election says he will be sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal. The message, posted on Adama Barrow’s social media accounts, invited the general public to attend the ceremony. Last-ditch efforts by regional leaders to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed…

Just In: Gambian soldiers withdraw as ECOWAS troops await signal to unseat Jammeh

Yahya-Jammeh Troops from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Togo are at the borders of Senegal, waiting for a green light to intervene and unseat Yahya Jammeh, who according to the constitution is no longer the country’s legitimate ruler. There are reports that Gambian soldiers have withdrawn from strategic areas near the country’s borders with Senegal…

The Gambia: Jammeh refuses to leave after deadline passes

President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia, still clinging on to power after expiration of ECOWAS deadline. Will he be forcefully removed today? A last minute attempt to convince Yahya Jammeh to give up his role as Gambian president before Wednesday’s midnight deadline failed, according to sources in the country’s capital. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz…

Ghana deploys 205 soldiers to The Gambia

Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s presidentt The Ghanaian government has deployed 205 soldiers to The Gambia to implement ECOWAS directive on the swearing of Adama Barrow as president today. ECOWAS leaders had given President Yahya Jammeh until yesterday to quit power and allow for a peaceful transfer of power but Jammeh remained adamant. Senegalese and Nigerian troops…

Thousands flee The Gambia as ECOWAS deadline expires

The fleeing crowd at Banjul Airport, Gambia Gambians and tourists were leaving Gambia in droves as the deadline set by ECOWAS leaders for President Yahya Jammeh to quit power expires. Bus parks were scenes of chaos as people boarded buses, packing suitcases onto trucks and hiring canoes to flee the capital of Banjul, as President…

Breaking: Nigerian troops arrive Senegal to instal Adama Barrow

President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia. Will he be forcefully removed tomorrow? A spokesperson for Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to IBTimes UK that “Senegalese troops are now stationed at the borders”. The spokesman added: “Nigeria will provide support to the Senegalese army. Troops will provide security to the President-Elect for his inauguration tomorrow.”…

Pay judges their salaries, allowances or face action, SERAP tells Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to pay immediately outstanding salaries and allowances of judges and judicial workers across the country. SERAP in the letter appealed to the president “to use your good offices and leadership to urgently instruct all appropriate…

Update: Military misfire kills 52 civilians in Maiduguri

A civilian victim of the air strike being carried away The death toll in the military air misfire on targeted Boko Haram location in Maiduguri has reached 52 civilians. Hospital sources in Maiduguri on Wednesday put the number of civilians killed at 52 during the military air strike. The commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj….

Gambia parliament extends Jammeh’s term by 90 days

President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia The Gambia’s parliament has extended President Yahya Jammeh’s term, which is due to end on Thursday following his defeat in elections, by 90 days. It also approved his decision to declare a 90-day state of emergency in the tiny West African state. Regional leaders have threatened to use military force…

Lagos police boss, Fatai Owoseni removed

CP Fatai Owoseni, removed as Lagos State Police Commissioner The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni has been removed. He has been replaced with the Officer-in-Charge of Inspector-General of Police monitoring unit, Garuba Umar. Investigations revealed t Umar’s posting to Lagos State to succeed Owoseni came four days after his promotion to the rank…

6 ministers resign from Yahya Jammeh’s government

President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia Gambia’s tourism and culture minister on Tuesday said he will step down, in what was a sign of dwindling support for Gambia’s outgoing president Yahya Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his loss in a recent election. Benjamin Roberts is the sixth member in the incumbent president’s cabinet to resign in…

Boko Haram: Fighter jet misfires, shoots civilians in Borno

Boko Haram The Army said a fighter jet had misfired and shot some humanitarian aid workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Medicines Sans Frontiers and some civilians in Kala Balge in Borno during an operation. Maj Gen Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this during a press…

Car dealers groan over new import policy, call for reversal

Imported cars Mixed reactions have trailed the ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders with some of the dealers calling the policy anti people while others said it would boost national economy. Some of the vehicle dealers in Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Kaduna States also said in separate interviews with the News…

Why I bombed UNIMAID mosque – Shekau

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader Leader of terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has taken responsibility for the bomb blasts at the University of Maiduguri early Monday morning. Shekau who spoke in Hausa in an audio message uploaded on YouTube said the institution’s mosque was ‘ungodly’, hence the reason for its attack. He also said…

Ministers, BBOG search for missing Chibok Girls in Sambisa

Ministers of Defence and Information and Culture during the flight over Sambisa forest The Ministers of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali and the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili on Monday participated in a search sorties for missing Chibok girls in Sambisa. Another member of…

Pictures: Ezekwesili, others search for Chibok girls in Sambisa

The #BBOG activists airbone in Sambisa forest. They should tell us what they saw and their impression of the flight The Federal Government team, led by the Ministers of Information and Culture as well as of Defence, Monday led the #BBOG and a select group of journalists to the Nort East to experience first hand…

How senior lawyer bought N8m car for Justice Ademola – Sales Rep

Justice Adeniyi Ademola A witness in the ongoing trial of a Federal High Court judge, Adeniyi Ademola, has explained how a BMW luxury car was purchased for the defendant by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi. The witness, Ifeoma Ofornagolu, the first of 14 witnesses to testify in the matter, said she delivered the…

EFCC wades into missing N500m Chibok safe school funds

EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is looking into the alleged missing N500m Chibok safe school funds commissioned by former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to rebuild the Government Girls School in Chibok. The commission on Monday confirmed that it is looking into the petition requesting it…

Former pro wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies at 73

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, a former professional wrestler who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died. He was 73. A lawyer representing Snuka said family members told him that Snuka died Sunday afternoon at his son-in-law’s home near Pompano Beach, Florida. A Lehigh County…

Kidnappers of students, teachers at Isheri demand N1.2b

Gunmen demandsN1.2b for kidnapped students and teachers The abductors of students and members of staff of the Nigeria Turkish International College (NTIC) have demanded N1.2bn ransom for the victims to be released, it was learnt. Reports say the abductors called a family member of one of the victims on Sunday to make the demand. The…

The Gambia: ECOWAS military chiefs prepare for war

ECOWAS service chiefs at a meeting In preparation for a possible military action in the Gambia, defence chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday met in Abuja. The meeting hosted by Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, took place at the Defence Headquarters. Investigation reveled that the meeting was…

Chibok Schoolgirls: FG rejects BBOG’s conditions for Sambisa tour

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and CulturePhoto: Femi Ipaye/PM News The Federal Government has rejected the conditions given by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group for joining a day search sorties for missing Chibok girls to Sambisa Forest. In a letter addressed to the convener of the group, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, which was made…

Chibok Girls: Ezekwesili lists conditions to follow troops to Sambisa

Oby Ezekwesili, the action woman. Time to match words with action. Will she follow them to Sambisa forest? The Bringbackourgirls advocacy group has replied the Federal government’s letter inviting the group to follow troops to the Sambisa forest for a search of the missing Chibok schoolgirls. In its letter, BBOG said it was willing to…

Chibok Girls: FG invites Ezekwesili for search in Sambisa forest

Oby Ezekwesili, the action woman. Time to match words with action. Will she follow them to Sambisa forest? The Federal Government has invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back (BBOG) to a short trip in a military operational flight into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls. The invitation extended to members…

Kidnappers abduct students, teachers in Isheri school

Gunmen on rampage About five staff and two students of the Tulip International School, located in the Isheri area of Ogun State, have been abducted from their school premises by gunmen. This was confirmed to Channels Television, by the anti-kidnapping squad of the Ogun state police command. The source said that the gunmen invaded the…

Barrow flees Gambia after Jammeh refuses to step down

Barrow and Jammeh The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has left the country after talks failed to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step down. Nigeria’s president flew to Banjul to try to broker a deal but Mr Jammeh would not relinquish power. Mr Barrow is now heading to Mali, where he will meet West African leaders…

Military repels terrorists, kills 10, loses 3

Soldiers The Nigerian Military says it has successfully repelled an attack by the Boko Haram terrorists at Kangarwa in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno. The military said it killed 10 terrorists in the process and lost three soldiers in the battle Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement…

NNPC resumes loading of petroleum products, nationwide

NNPC-logo Mr Ndu Ughamadu,the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says the corporation has resumed loading of petroleum products in all its depots nationwide. Ughamadu made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. He said that the resumption of activities at the depots across the country…

AFCON begins tomorrow, 32 teams battle for trophy, £3.28m

Gabonese Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet with the Nations Cup trophy. The 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will kick off at 16:00 GMT on Saturday when hosts Gabon take on debutants Guinea-Bissau. Sixty years have passed since the first Nations Cup, which took place in Sudan in 1957, consisted of only three…

DSS rescues 4 kidnap victims in Port Harcourt

DSS operatives The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has rescued four oil company kidnap victims from their abductors in Port Harcourt. This is contained in a statement by DSS spokesman, Mr Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on Friday. Opuiyo said the victims were rescued during an operation supported by the military. He said a…

Witness admits constructing houses, mosque, churches for Badeh

Alex Badeh in court on Monday The 13th prosecution witness, Joseph Okpetu, told a Federal High Court on Friday that he renovated houses, built churches and mosque for former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh. Okpetu, in his resumed testimony before Justice Okon Abang, said he constructed Badeh’s Yola mansions worth N150 million between 2008…

Breaking: Lagos court convicts fuel subsidy fraudsters

Walter Wagbatsoma (left) going to court Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi and their company Ontario Oil and Gas were on Friday convicted by a Lagos High Court for subsidy fraud. They were convicted on an eight-count amended charge of fuel subsidy fraud. The defendants were found guilty on each of the eight counts. The third defendant,…

Nigerian soldiers arrest fleeing Boko Haram terrorists with 100 motorcycles

Nigerian soldiers have arrested four fleeing members of the Boko Haram sect with 100 motorcycles. Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman who disclosed this in a statement, said the fleeing terrorists were arrested on Wednesday afternoon at Madaki village in Biu Local Government Area, Borno State by troops of 27 Task Force Brigade stationed in Bara….

Southwest APC leaders meet to strategise

L-R: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Isaac Adewole chatting Leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South West led by the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Thursday for a strategic meeting to reposition the…

Trending: Nigeria mobilises troops to flush out Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh

President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia The Nigerian Army has raised an army battalion that would be deployed in troubled Gambia to forcefully remove President Yahya Jammeh from power if he fails to step down on January 19. The battalion, christened ECOMOG NIBATT 1, was drawn from the Army’s 19th Battalion based in Okitipupa, Ondo State,…

Nigerian Army, Premium Times tango over reports

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai The Nigerian Army and popular online medium, Premium Times, are currently engaged in a war of words over reports published by the latter on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and operations of the army in the Northeast. Both have threatened to drag each…

Expect more blackout as power generation drops

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said that that the nation’s power generation capacity dropped slightly from 3,959 megawatts from Jan. 4, to 3,751.90 megawatts on Jan. 12, due to dearth of gas. The Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website, a sub agency of TCN,…

Police arrest publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore

Sowore The spokesperson for Police in Lagos State, SP Dolapo Badmos, on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. Badmos said the journalist was arrested on Wednesday over an alleged threat to life and blackmail on a London based journalist, one Lekan Fatodu. Sowore (middle) after he was released by…

Breaking: NUPENG calls off warning strike

Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG,has called off its three-day warning strike. NUPENG called off its strike after a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige in Abuja on Wednesday. It was also gathered that the Petroleum and Natural Gas…

963 Boko Haram suspects arrested in 5 days-Army

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian troops parade some arrested Boko Haram militants A total of 963 suspected Boko Haram members have been arrested in the last five days, says the Nigerian Army. The army said the suspects were arrested between 4 and 9 January, 2017. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, who…

Saraki holds secret meeting with Buhari again

Buhari and Saraki President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday met behind closed-door to discuss national issues. Channels television reports that after the meeting, Dr. Saraki told reporters that there was no crisis in the Senate over the removal of Senator Ali Ndume as Leader of the upper chamber. The…

Christian girl elopes with Islamic lover, disowns church

court-of-law A girl, Habiba Ishaku, 18, on Wednesday dissociated herself from a suit instituted on her behalf by a foundation and the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) over her conversion to Islam. The church and the foundation went to court when the girl eloped, embraced Islam and married one Jamilu Lawal in Kankara Local Government…

UN begins investigation into Southern Kaduna killings

Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State Dr Agnes CALLAMARD, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, United Nations, UN, has confirmed that the body is probing recent allegations of killings of over 800 citizens mostly women, children and the elderly in Southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen, and to identify the perpetrators and bring…

Corpses of Lt. Col, 15 soldiers killed by Boko Haram recovered

Nigerian soldiers The Nigerian Army said it had recovered corpses of “one officer and 15 soldiers’’ earlier declared “Missing in Action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno on Oct. 16, 2016. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor, disclosed this at a weekly…

Breaking: Senate calls for suspension of ban on vehicle importation by land

Senate The Senate has called on the Federal Government to suspend action on enforcement of the ban on the importation of vehicles through land borders. This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion by Sen. Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano), which was co-sponsored by four other senators, at plenary on Wednesday. The senate also mandated its Committee…

Photos: Ooni of Ife visits Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); presenting an Eyo plaque to Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II during a courtesy visit by the Ooni of Ife at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II paid a courtesy visit on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of…

BREAKING: Ayine Anthony Mkpe confirmed as Auditor-General

Senate The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Mr. Ayine Anthony Mkpe as the Auditor-General of the Federation. This was even as the Senate confirmed the receipt of petitions against the nominee with some Senators also standing on his way of confirmation. The Senate had at its plenary session on Wednesday, 14th December,…

Breaking: Ahmed Lawan resumes as new Senate Majority Leader

•Sen. Ahmed Lawan Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe North) on Wednesday resumed as the new Senate Majority Leader. The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Tuesday, announced Senator Lawan as Leader of the Senate. Details later.

Malabu Oil Deal: I did not ask anybody to receive bribe on my behalf – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the allegation that he received gratification to approve the controversial Malabu Oil transaction during his tenure. In a statement by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Jonathan said he did not send businessman Abubakar Aliyu or any other person…

Breaking: Senate removes Ali Ndume, announces Ahmed Lawan as Senate Leader

Senator Ali Ndume The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Tuesday, announced Sen. Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe North) as Leader of the Senate. Reading a letter from the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senate Caucus dated Jan. 10, Saraki said based on the letter, Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) was no longer the…

CAN says God used Buhari to punish FRC boss

Mr. Jim Obazee The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has welcomed the removal of Mr. Jim Obazee, Executive Secretary, Financial Reporting Council (FRC) yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari. FRC is the body whose law led to the retirement of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye as General Overseer of Nigerian arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of…

Breaking: Adeboye: Buhari sacks FRN boss, Obazee

Buhari and Obazee President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Executive Secretary of the board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN), Jim Obazee and ordered his replacement immediately. Obazee’s decision to enforce the FRCN regulation on churches led to Pastor Enoch Adeboye appointing a New General Overseer for the Redeemed Christian Church of God,…

The Gambia: President Buhari, other West African leaders in closed door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari and some ECOWAS leaders in Abuja Some West African leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja met behind closed door to discuss the political impasse in The Gambia. The Presidents of Liberia and Senegal, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Macky Sall as well as ex-Ghanaian President John Mahama are attending the meeting….

Multiple explosions hit Maiduguri, 8 killed

Boko Haram members There are reports that eight people were killed and score injured when multiple explosions hit Maiduguri, the Borno state capital Sunday night. The Nigerian Police has confirmed the attacks. According to a source, the first occurred at Muna garage area when a female bomber blew up herself while two other suspected insurgents…

Boko Haram strikes again, kills army captain, 4 soldiers

Boko Haram insurgents Reports reaching PMNEWS revealed that fleeing members of Boko Haram have ambushed some Nigeria soldiers attached to 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army Buni Yadi, killing an army captain and four soldiers. The attack took place in Buni Yadi, Yobe State on Saturday evening. Hospital sources disclosed that the bodies…

Convicted Nigerian drug kingpin re-arrested in India

John Okoro The authorities in India have re-arrested a Nigerian drug convict, John Okoro, who fled from police custody in India last Monday. Okoro, 35, was re-arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police. ANC sources told The Times of India that Okoro was arrested from the Navi Mumbai area, from where he was…

1,000 Days After: Buhari restates determination to rescue Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with some of the rescued Chibok schoolgirls at the Presidential Villa recently As the country, nay, the world, Sunday commemorates the 1,000th day of the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his determination to secure the release of…

Adeboye remains G.O. of Redeemed worldwide-RCCG

Pastor Enoch Adeboye The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, says Pastor Enoch Adeboye remains the General Overseer of the church worldwide and that he has not retired. The church said Pastor Joseph Obayemi is just the Overseer of the church in Nigeria and did not mean that Adeboye has retired as he is still…

No kerosene in all Lagos depots, says NUPENG

File Photo: Lagosians besiege a filling station to buy kerosene which has become very scarce and expensive. Photo: IDOWU OGUNLEYE The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Saturday says there is no single drop of kerosene in the private and NNPC depots in Lagos. Mr Rotimi Benjamin, National Chairman Surface Tank…

Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in as Ghana’s president

Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday as Ghana’s new president at a ceremony applauded for its easy transition of power. In a speech as he took office, the President said “I will not let the good people of Ghana down. “I pledge to do my best to move this country to higher level of…

APC accuses Mimiko of diverting N1.5bn foreign grants

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of planning to divert N1.5 billion in grants from foreign donors to phony contracts. APC, in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Abayomi Adesanya, in Akure on Saturday said the money was the accumulated foreign…