Independent National Electoral Commission Director Faces Prosecution

Wilson Uwujaren, Abuja: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has concluded arrangements to prosecute a Deputy Director of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Akwa Ibom State, and former Electoral Officer in Rivers State, Gogo Anderson Waribo for his alleged collection of N16million from the infamous N23billion Diezani Allison Madueke’s 2015 general election…

FIFA Hands Amos Adamu Another Ban From Football Activities

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban the former football official Amos Adamu for two years from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. The investigation into Mr Adamu was conducted by Dr Cornel Borbély, chairman of the investigatory chamber…

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…

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: 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…

29-point guideline on Nigeria Delta operations released

National Council on Hydrocarbons The National Council on Hydrocarbons on Tuesday released guidelines on how to review, strengthen and initiate robust policies for the oil and gas sector. The guidelines, contained in a communique released by the Ministry of a Petroleum Resources, highlighted 29 needs to aid the development of the sector and the Niger…

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…

Students cry out over high price of garri

Garri Some students in Ilorin have decried the sudden increase in price of garri, commonly referred to as “students’ food’’. Some of the students expressed their concerns in separate interviews on Saturday in Ilorin. The students said it had become almost impossible to have a day’s meal with the increase in the staple food. A…

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)….

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…

No increase in petrol price, NNPC warns against panic buying

NNPC-logo The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday admonished Nigerians not to engage ‎in panic buying of petrol as there was no plan to increase its price. ‎ In a statement released in Abuja by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the Corporation further assured motorists that there was…

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.”…

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….

Negotiations to free Chibok girls ongoing, says Lai Mohammed

Kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday reassured that the negotiations for the release of other Chibok girls in captivity were on-going. The minister disclosed this at the Air Force Base in Yola in a briefing to conclude a day and night rounds of search sortie of the…

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…

Osibanjo begins tour of Niger Delta Monday

Vice President, Prof. Osibanjo Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to begin tour of communities in the Niger Delta on Monday in a bid to solve the lingering crisis in the oil-rich region. The move is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to resolve the crisis in the area through engagement with the locals….

Adebanwi’s an African gem, role model-Buhari

Dr Wale Adebanwi President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian author and scholar, Wale Adebanwi, on his appointment as Rhodes Professor in Race Relations at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, describing him as an African gem and role model who has brought honour and respect to the continent. Buhari, in…

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…

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…

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…

The Gambia: Nigeria on standby to evacuate citizens

Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is on standby to evacuate its citizens in The Gambia if the need arises. Tension is building up in The Gambia following the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to…

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…

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…

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…

Buhari to attend inauguration of Ghana’s President-Elect, Akufo-Addo

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday for Accra, Ghana, to attend the inauguration of Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo. This information is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Friday in Abuja. Adesina said the Nigerian leader would join other…

Court orders forfeiture of $153,310,000 belonging to Alison-Maduekwe

Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Petroleum Minister A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos Southwest Nigeria on Friday ordered temporary forfeiture of the sum of $153,310,000, which a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, allegedly stole from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and stashed in three banks in Nigeria, to government. Out of the…

Rivers rerun: Police sack 6 aides attached to Wike

The dismissed police officers The Nigerian police have sacked six police officers attached to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for exhibiting gross misconduct in the last rerun election in Rivers. At a press conference in Abuja on Friday, Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah said after thorough investigation, the police officers attached to Wike…

Another Chibok schoolgirl found with baby

The found Chibok girl and her baby Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman says another Chibok schoolgirl has been found, one of the 219 stolen by Boko Haram insurgents on 14 April 2014. She was identified as Rakiya Abubakar. She has a six month old baby. She is the 23rd to be recovered so far,…

Price of cooking gas hits N4, 500 in Lagos

There is wide spread condemnation of the recent increase in price of cooking gas in Lagos. The price of cooking gas has risen by about 30 per cent in Lagos and other parts of the country. A 12.5kg cylinder, which previously sold for N3,500, now goes for N4,500 in most parts of the metropolis. Some…

5 suspected cultists shot dead in Rivers

Suspected cultists arrested Troops of 6 Division, Nigerian Army on Wednesday shot dead five suspected cultists during gun battle in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers. General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, who confirmed the killings, said the battle was part of “Operation Cleanup” of cultists and militants terrorising…

Trending: Obasanjo blasts Awujale: You are a liar, a rumour monger

Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, describing the monarch as a serial liar and a manipulative rumour monger. In the letter dated December 30, 2016 but obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Mr. Obasanjo described the claims made about…

N2.5b Fraud: Buhari sacks Babachir Lawal as chairman of presidential boards committee

Babachir David Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has removed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal as chairman of the presidential committee on the reconstitution of federal government boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions. According to a report on Daily Trust, Vice President…

2017 budget: Early passage will end of economic recession

The National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chikwas Okorie, says early passage of the 2017 budget of N7.2 trillion by the national assembly will end the economic recession in Nigeria. Okorie made the assertion when he visited, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB),…

Hurray! FG begins payment of N5,000 monthly stipends to poor Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari As part of its determined efforts to touch the lives of Nigerians positively the Buhari administration has started the payment of N5, 000 monthly stipends to the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment Programmes, SIP. Under the CCT, one million…

Minimum Wage: Nigerian workers in disarray

Ayuba Wabba, NLC factional president With the formation of a new labour union in Abuja, many labour leaders are of the opinion that the Nigerian workers have lost the battle in their agitation for a new minimum wage to cushion the effects of recession on them. Top labour leaders argued on Monday that the formation…

FG condemns killing of another Nigerian in S/Africa

Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the latest extra judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa as “worrying and condemnable”. Dabiri-Erewa in a statement in Abuja on Monday said the latest gruesome killing of Tochukwu Nnadi by Police in South Africa, was…

Gunmen abduct Kogi traditional ruler, demand N20m ransom

Gunmen on rampage Some unknown gunmen have abducted a traditional ruler in Kogi, a family source said in Lokoja on Sunday. The monarch, whose name was given as Alhaji Isah Achuja, the Ohi of Ajaokuta, was returning from Lokoja, the state capital, on Saturday when his vehicle was intercepted on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road at gunpoint…

New Year Message: Buhari calls for vigilance against Boko Haram remnants

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to be on the alert and watch out for strange figures settling in their communities this new year. In his new year message to the nation, the president urged Nigerians to report to the nearest security agencies strange figures found in their communities as the…

Buhari moves to implement ECOWAS resolution against Jammeh

President Muhammadu Buhari In the discharge of his mandate as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediator for The Gambia, President Muhammadu Buhari has activated the process for the execution of his task. A statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) on Saturday revealed that one…

Shekau video mere terrorists propaganda – Army

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader The Nigerian Army has described the video purportedly released by the Boko Haram showing its leader as “mere terrorists propaganda.” A statement by Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman in Abuja on Thursday said the attention of the Nigerian Army had been drawn to the video clip released by the group from an…

Boko Haram not defeated, Shekau speaks out from hiding

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the murderous sect, Boko Haram, on Thursday released a new video to dispute claims that the jihadist group had been routed from its Sambisa Forest stronghold. Shekau revealed that the video was filmed on Christmas day. Shekau who spoke in both Hausa and Arabic said:…

Men more superior than women-Sultan of Sokoto

Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar Nigeria’s most senior Muslim cleric has rejected a new gender equality bill, which proposes that women and men inherit an equal share. The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar, said Muslims would not accept the violation of Islamic law guaranteeing men a greater share. Nigeria’s main Christian body has…

FG to announce appointments into boards, agencies early 2017

Garba Shehu, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari The Presidency says the appointments into the Federal Government’s boards, parastatal and agencies will be “fully back on track” at the beginning of 2017. A Presidential Media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in an interactive session with State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday. The…

Revealed: Billionaire sponsoring 24 Chibok schoolgirls in American University

Robert Smith An African American billionaire, Robert Smith is sponsoring the education of 24 Chibok schoolgirls in American University, Yola in Adamawa State. The identity of the good Samaritan was revealed today by Malam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on the media to President Muhammadu Buhari at an interaction with media men in Abuja. The…

Army turns captured Sambisa forest into training ground

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai The Sambisa forest, beginning from 2017 will serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has announced in Damasak. Buratai was in Damasak to celebrate the Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road leading to…

Buhari’s Christmas message to Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari Dear Compatriots, I heartily rejoice with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on this year’s celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, I believe that it is very appropriate for us to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in the teachings and…

Hurray! Nigerian Army finally crushes Boko Haram, Sambisa forest falls

Nigerian soldiers President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Abuja commended the troops of the Nigerian Army for crushing Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa forest. In a goodwill message to troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole on the successful capture of the Boko Haram enclave in Sambisa forest, Buhari expressed delight, saying…

Ekweremadu wants FG to decentralise policing

Senator Ike Ekweremadu The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has called for decentralized policing to get the country out of its numerous security and economic challenges. He also stressed the need for respect for the rule of law and to ensure inclusive governance. Ekweremadu made a call at the South East Economic…

Obasanjo blasts Igbo: You are suffering from spirit of individualism

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged people of the South East zone to shy away from the spirit of individualism and unite to achieve the political aspirations that had eluded them for the development of the region. Speaking on Thursday at the South East Security and Economic Summit in Enugu, Obasanjo, said…

Breaking: Expose corruption and get rich, says FG

Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance The Federal Government has approved payment of not more than five per cent of the recovered loot to any successful whistle blower, who provides relevant information leading to the recovered funds. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made this known when briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of…

2017 budget: N7.30trn proposal achievable with public works

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting budget to National Assembly A don, Prof. Sarah Anyanwu, says the Federal Government’s N7.30 trillion budget proposal for 2017 is achievable with a lot of public works and investment in the infrastructure to boost the economy. Anyanwu, the Head of Economics Department, University of Abuja, told the News Agency of Nigeria…

Falana begs Buhari to pardon soldiers jailed for mutiny

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian soldiers accused of mutiny during a court martial session Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana SAN, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to pardon 70 convicted Nigerian soldiers jailed for mutiny. The soldiers who were earlier sentenced to death by court martials in 2014 had their sentence commuted to…

FIFA bans Adamu from football for 2 years again

Amos Adamu Nigerian administrator Amos Adamu is facing another ban from all football-related activities by FIFA. The investigatory chamber at the world governing body’s Ethics Committee has been looking into alleged breaches of its code of ethics since March 2015. That probe has now recommended a two-year ban and a fine for Adamu, a former…

MMM boss pens letter to journalists

MMM Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM) founder Sergey Mavrodi whose business venture has freezed all accounts and withdrawals for one month in Nigeria and has forced most Nigerians who are involved in the system to wonder if they will ever get their money back has written an open letter to the press. Read below: Dear journalists,…

Buhari goes tough, orders probe of corrupt aides

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to commence investigation of all government officials allegedly accused of wrong-doing. Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in his facebook page on Sunday. He said that the…

18 farmers hacked to death in Taraba

Jolly Nyame, former Taraba State governor At least 18 farmers are believed to have been hacked to death by unknown assailants at Dan-anacha in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba in the early hours of Sunday. The killings are one of the series of bloody attacks in the state as most of the farmers were…

MMM founder Sergey Mavrodi writes Nigerian bloggers, journalists

Sergey Mavrodi, MMM Founder In a recent development, the founder of Mavrodi Mundial Movement (MMM), Sergey Mavrodi, has written an open letter to Nigerian journalists, “analysts” and all kinds of “experts” who according to him are guilty of causing unnecessary panic and tension amongst MMM participants in the country. Mavrodi who expressed his disappointed about…

NUPENG presents New Year gift to Nigerians, begins 3-day warning strike Jan. 9

Tokunbo Korodo, South-West Chairman of NUPENG The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)said members would begin a three-day nationwide warning strike by Jan. 9 2017, against the anti-labour practice of International Oil Companies (IOCs). The South-West chairman of the union, Alhaji Tokunbo, revealed in Lagos that the warning strike was inevitable because…

Magu: SERAP drags Senate to UN

EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations for refusing to confirm Mr Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over false security report. SERAP wrote to Mr Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders…

Re-run Election: Police to investigate Gov. Wike over alleged audio comments

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has set up a panel to investigate and analyse an alleged audio comments by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on the legislative re-run elections in Rivers. Sahara Reporters, an online medium recently released an audio report purportedly to be the voice of…

Senate’ll probe disbursement of N213B power intervention fund-Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate would look into the disbursement of N213 billion power sector intervention fund by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Saraki said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, on Saturday in Abuja. Saraki, according to the statement,…

NJC recommends dismissal of 2 corrrupt judges

Justice Walter Onnoghen, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the dismissal of Justice Ugbo Ononogbo of the Abia State High Court of Justice. This is contained in a statement signed by Acting Director of Information of the council, Mr Soji Oye, and made available to newsmen on Friday…

Buhari hails Amina Mohammed’s appointment as UN Deputy Sec-Gen

Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the appointment of the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, as the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, describing it as a welcome development. In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari expressed happiness that…

Updated: Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed is UN Deputy Secretary-General

Amina Mohammed, Minister of EnvironmentPhoto: Femi Ipaye/PM News New UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday announced Nigeria’s Environment minister, Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary-General. Guterres made the announcement through the spokesman of the Secretary-General, Mr Stephane Dujarric. Guterres also announced the duo of Ms. Maria Viotti of Brazil and Ms. Kyung-wha Kang of the…

Photos: Buhari commissions ships at Naval Dockyard

L-R: President Muhammadu Buhari, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Realtions, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo and Commanding Officer, 435 Base Srvice Group, NAF Ikeja, Air Commodore Paul Masiyer during the President’s Arrival at the Presidential Wing of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport,…

WAEC to conduct examination for private candidates twice yearly

Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, WAEC Registrar The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will soon begin the conduct of its examination for private candidates twice in a year with effect from 2017. The council Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, made this known on the sidelines of the council’s “Registrar’s Staff Appraisal Committee’’ meeting on Wednesday in…

Buhari presents N7.30trn budget for 2017

Presenting Muhammadu Buhari presenting budget to the National Assembly President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja presented a budget of N7.30 trillion for 2017 before a joint session of the National Assembly. Buhari, who arrived at the assembly Chambers at 1.55p.m., apologized for shifting the time for the presentation of the appropriation bill from 10…

Buhari set to present 2017 budget to National Assembly

Presenting Muhammadu Buhari presenting budget to the National Assembly President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to present the 2017 budget estimates to a joint session of National Assembly today Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Reports say the Presentation of the 2017 Appropriation bill by the President has been moved to afternoon time. Earlier in a letter sent…

Update: Buhari, other African leaders arrive Gambia

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President Bai Koroma in Gambia President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday arrived in Banjul, Gambia, to meet with President Yahya Jammeh, who lost the presidential election penultimate week. The information is in a statement in Abuja by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to…

Panic as MMM Ponzi scheme crashes, accounts frozen

Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM) Popular money-doubling scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM), has placed one month ban on all withdrawals starting from Dec. 13. A letter displayed on the page of participants of the scheme cited “heavy workload on system” as reason for the ban. This means that members of the ponzi scheme who are due…

Prisons service promotes 10,979 officers, men

Controller of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) has approved the promotion of 10,979 officers and men of the Nigerian Prisons Service. Out of the total, 4,075 officers and men were promoted on Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS) 08 to 15, the agency said in a statement on…

Collapsed church building: Death toll rises to 29

collapsed Reigners church building, Uyo The number of people who died in Saturday’s collapsed Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, has risen to 29. The state Police Commissioner, CP Murtala Mani, confirmed this on Monday in Uyo. 27 died as at Sunday, while 37 persons, who suffered from various degrees of…

President Buhari’s 2016 Eid-El-Maulud message to the nation

President Buhari Dear Compatriots, Again the calendar of life has brought us into another period of celebration, and deep reflection. Celebration, because we are marking the birth of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), and deep reflection, because it is another opportunity of pausing, taking a deep breath and reflecting on the current realities before…

Breaking: 50 killed as church collapses in Akwa Ibom

A church building has collapsed in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, with many feared dead. The Reigners Bible Church, located along Village Road, was filled to capacity because its pastor was being consecrated as a Bishop, when the tragedy occurred, witnesses said. “Pastor Akan Week was being consecrated today so the programme was holding inside the…

Update: Madagali bomb blasts: 56 killed, 177 injured — LG boss

Scene of a blast Mr. Yusuf Muhammed, Chairman, Madagali Local Government, Adamawa, said 56 persons died and 177 injured in the twin blasts that that hit Madagali Market on Friday in Adamawa. Muhammed, who confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview, said 57 of the injured were critical…

Boko Haram: U.S. lawmakers okay 5-year strategy to assist Nigeria

Boko Haram members The United States House of Representatives has passed a legislation directing the country’s Secretaries of State and Defence to jointly develop a five-year strategy to assist Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram. The measure is also aimed at providing assistance to members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and international…

NEMA confirms twin bomb blasts at Madagali market

NEMA Mr Sa’ad Bello, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Coordinator in charge of Adamawa and Taraba, has confirmed twin bomb blasts in Madagali Market in Adamawa. Bello, however, said the number of casualty was yet to be ascertained. Also confirming the incident, the Chairman of Madagali Local Government, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, said the incident…

Breaking: Scores feared dead as twin blasts hit Adamawa

File Photo: Explosion at a motor park Twin explosions have hit Madagali in Adamawa State, with scores feared dead, witnesses said Friday. The attack occurred at a busy market early Friday. Details of casualties are still expected. Madagali lies some 276km from the Adamawa State capital, Yola. The town, which is close to neighbouring Borno…

53 persons burnt to ashes in multiple accidents – FRSC

Accident scene The Edo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has confirmed that 53 people died in the multiple accidents that occurred in the evening of Thursday at Abudu bridge, along Benin/Agbor Road, in Orhiomwon Local Government Area of Edo State. Spokesman of the ‎State Sector Command, George Otoaviokhai, who gave…

Court rescues alleged corrupt judge, SAN on bail conditions

Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia Justice Hakeem Oshodi of a Lagos High Court Ikeja on Thursday varied a bail condition granted Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, who are facing corruption charges. The duo were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Nov. 21, on 30 counts. They both pleaded…

Unpaid Allowances: We didn’t know Falcons would win – FG

Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports The Federal Government on Thursday gave a new insight into its inability to pay the allowances of the Super Falcons, saying that it did not know that they would win the 2016 African Women Nation’s Cup Trophy. Sports Minister Solomon Dalung told State House correspondents that had the…

Revealed! Looters cause recession by keeping money at home – Banker

Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor A banker, Mr Sesi Adebiyi, on Thursday said Nigeria’s economic condition was a consequence of the activities of keeping money meant to be in circulation at home by the looter. Adebiyi, who is also the General Secretary, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Oyo State Branch, disclosed this in an…

Breaking: Senate fails to screen Magu for EFCC chairmanship

EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu The Nigerian Senate on Thursday failed to screen the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, Punch reports. The Presidency had six months ago forwarded a letter to the National Assembly nominating Magu as the substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency. The deputy Senate President, Ike…

NYSC should not be scrapped – Crawford VC

National Youth Service Corp members Prof. Olurotimi Ajayi, the Vice-Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, on Wednesday said that the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme should not be scrapped. Ajayi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the NYSC scheme was a national heritage and a symbol of Nigeria’s unity. He…

BREAKING: Court dismisses Buhari’s suit against AIT

President Muhammadu Buhari Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday struck out a defamation suit filed last year by President Muhammadu Buhari against DAAR Communications, owner of the African Independent Television, Punch reports. Details soon…

Customs intercepts container of Jollof Rice, Yam Porridge, Egusi from India

Jollof rice The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a 20ft container of “READY TO EAT FOODS’’ like Egusi Soup, Jollof Rice, Ogbono, Yam Porridge imported from India. The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Lagos by the…

FG bans importation of vehicles through land borders from 2017

Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali The Federal Government has banned the importation of vehicles into the country through land borders. In a statement on Monday in Abuja, Mr Wale Adeniyi, the Nigeria Customs Service Public Relations Officer, stated that “the prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles”. Adeniyi also said the ban was sequel…

Jimmy Carter got me my Green Card, I never applied for it-Soyinka

Prof. Wole Soyinka Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Monday disclosed that he never applied for an American Green Card and that it was former United States President, Jimmy Carter who got it for him. Soyinka, at a press conference at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria also took a swipe at Nigerians who criticised…

Dangote’s liaison with kidnappers murdered, body dumped in gutter

Istifanus Bello Gurama, a senior strategist with Dangote Industries Limited, who was reportedly kidnapped three weeks ago, has been murdered. Reliable sources say Gurama’s body was found in the gutter, adding that one of the kidnappers must have alerted a member of the public to where the body was. Gurama was believed to have been…

Breaking: Soyinka to hold private funeral on Trump’s inauguration day

Prof Wole Soyinka[/captionRevered playwright and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says he will hold a private funeral on January 20 when United States President-elect, Donald Trump, is inaugurated as President. Soyinka, who spoke in Lagos on Monday, explained that the funeral is not to mourn with the citizens of the US over their choice of…