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In Nigeria, lady justice wears no blindfold, By Osmund Agbo

Lady Justice with her trademark blindfold is a personification of the moral force in judicial systems all over the world. Her blindfold represents the idea of impartiality in the nature of law and justice, be it for the rich or poor, man or woman, elder or child… Unfortunately, our nation continues to maintain an unsafe…
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Nestlé to invest N535bn in regenerative agriculture

Hours after the United Nations Food Summit was held in New York, Nestle, a Switzerland owned food and beverage company, announced its intention to invest N535 billion in regenerative agriculture food systems. Nestle currently operates a large investment in 22 countries including Nigeria with its country headquarters located in Ilupeju, Lagos State, and its factories…
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FIBA AfroBasket: Nigeria’s D’Tigress secure ticket to Women’s Basketball World Cup

Nigeria’s senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, are through to the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia. They did this courtesy of their 73-63 victory over Senegal on Friday night at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports in Yaounde, which qualified them for the final of the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket Women’s tournament. In the…
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Ekiti confirms five cholera cases, warns residents against epidemic

The Ekiti State Government on Friday announced it had discovered five suspected cases of cholera in Moba Local Government Area of the state. The discovery has heightened fears that the state may be set for an epidemic. At least 27 states and the FCT have been ravaged by cholera outbreak this year, leading to hundreds…
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ANALYSIS: PDP Chairmanship: Can Secondus retain seat despite opposition from old friends?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will elect new leaders at its national convention fixed for October 30 and 31 in Abuja. Unless Uche Secondus stages a miraculous comeback there, the event will end his tumultuous reign as the national chairman of the party. The convention will also indicate where the party will look in picking…
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Naira hits all-time low at official market

Naira weakened significantly against the U.S. dollar at the official market Friday, reaching its lowest rate in that market, even as foreign exchange supply rose marginally. Data from the FMDQ securities exchange window where forex is officially traded, showed that naira closed at N414.90 per $1, the lowest it has ever traded at the so-called…
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Man ties debtor to stake over N4.6million debt

The police in Lagos have rescued a debtor, Reuben Alozie, who was tied to a stake by his creditor, over an unpaid debt of N4.6 million at Ebute-Metta area of Lagos. Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police spokesperson, said the rescue was made possible following a report by the victim’s wife. According to the police, the creditor…
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UNGA: Amidst mounting loan requests, Buhari seeks debt cancellation for Nigeria, others

Despite criticism back in Nigeria over his numerous loan requests in the past few years, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday appealed to ”rich nations” and international financial institutions for outright debt cancellation for countries ”facing the most severe challenges in the wake of the COVID-19”. He particularly urged G20 countries to extend their debt suspension…
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FG vows to expel SS1, SS2 students who sit WASSCE, NECO, NABTEB

The Federal Government has threatened to expel students in senior secondary school classes one and two, who apply for and sit the external West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the National Examination Council (NECO), and National Business and Technical Examinations (NBTE). This decision is contained in a recent circular issued by the Federal Ministry…
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Buhari restates Nigeria’s call for UN Security Council reforms

President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed Nigeria’s position on the urgent reforms of the UN Security Council, saying the 15 years intergovernmental negotiations on the issue ‘‘have taken too long.’’ Mr Buhari made the demand in his address at the UN General Assembly on Friday, in New York. “No reform of the UN system is more…
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Reps deny frosty relationship with Senate over bills’ concurrence

The House of Representatives has denied having frosty relationship with the Senate over delay in concurrence on bills passed by either of the two chambers. Spokesperson for the House, Benjamin Kalu, stated this on Friday when he briefed journalists on the activities of the 9th assembly. “There is no friction between us; we should stop…
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Police receive autopsy report of student tortured to death by officers

The police in Akwa Ibom State have received the autopsy report on the University of Uyo student, Kubiat Akpan, who was tortured to death in August by some police officers in the state. The autopsy, conducted by a pathologist from the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, confirmed that the student was tortured to death…
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Glencore, BP litigations show oil bribery played part in Nigeria’s 2015, 2019 elections – Report

The last two general elections in Nigeria received support from oil traders, including Glencore and BP, who paid middlemen to help get contract awards from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), according to current litigations in London as well as New York, Bloomberg reported Friday. Jonathan Zarembok, dismissed last year by BP for confessing the…
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Nigerian stock market sees biggest trade volume in months on record demand for First Bank shares

The Nigerian bourse touched its peak volume level in months on Friday, with strength coming from tremendous trade activities in the shares of First Bank Holdings, which also reported its biggest daily volume since the inception of the year, accounting for 76 per cent of the total number of shares traded. Trade has been significantly…
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FOR THE RECORD: Buhari’s speech at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 76TH SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK, USA FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2021 Protocols: Mr. President, Let me, on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, congratulate you on your well-deserved election as…
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Why gridlock on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway has persisted – Agency

The Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun has blamed impatience on the part of motorists for the traffic gridlock on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and environs on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that motorists and commuters plying the Sango-Ota/Lagos-Abeokuta highways experienced challenges getting to their destinations due to the ongoing construction…
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PDP, APC disagree over call for Emefiele’s resignation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate resignation and prosecution of the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for allegedly ”condoning the looting of the nation’s wealth”. In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, the opposition party said it was calling for Mr Emefiele’s resignation on the strength of a recent statement allegedly made by…
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Coach Danjuma confident as race to Costa Rica 2021 begins in Douala

Coach Christopher Danjuma has expressed confidence in his Nigeria U-20 girls as the race for berths at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 begins in Douala on Saturday, with a first-round, first leg encounter against the U20 girls of the Central African Republic. A contingent including 23 players of the Falconets flew…
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#EndSARS: Panel awards over ₦19 million to police brutality victims

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for SARS-related abuses and other matters has awarded the sum of N19.2 million in compensation to victims of police brutality. The recipients include Akinmade Akinrolabu (N1.5 million), Sanusi Oluwakemi (N750,000), Patrick Michael (N3 million), Ayomide Oyewunmi (N1 million), Adeshina Adeosun (N10 million), and Oluwatosin Odebode (N3…
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Court orders remand of policeman over teenager’s death

A magistrate court in Yaba, Lagos has given a 30-day remand order for Samuel Philips, the dismissed police sergeant who reportedly shot Monsurat Ojuade, a teenager, at the Surulere area of Lagos. The magistrate, Adeola Adedayo, gave the remand order on Friday following the application for remand by the police counsel when the defendant was…
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Ebonyi gives landlords ultimatum to renovate their buildings

Ebonyi State Government has ordered owners of dilapidated buildings situated on major roads in Abakaliki, the state capital, to renovate them before November 30. The Commissioner, Ministry of Capital City Development, Peter Nwebonyi, gave the directive at a meeting with the Ebonyi State Landlord Association on Friday in Abakaliki. Mr Nwebonyi said the government’s directive…
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Drama, disputes, hope and hopelessness in a fractured world, By Owei Lakemfa

Humanity represented by the 193-member states of the United Nations (UN) are gathered to discuss the challenges of the world and possibly provide solution. But it has so far been characterised by all sorts of drama, disputes, double speak and hope, quickly overtaken by hopelessness.  The meeting, running from September 21-27, 2021, has been overshadowed…
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Hoodlums kill police officer in Lagos

A senior police officer, Kazeem Abonde, was on Thursday lynched by hoodlums at Ajao Estate area of Lagos State. Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police spokesperson, confirmed this in a statement on Friday. Mr Ajisebutu said the incident happened during a raid of identified flashpoints in the area and enforcement of the ban on use of motorcycles…
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A message to the Talibans, ByMurtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful All Praise is due to Allah, We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our own evils and our own bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Allah is…
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JUST IN: NYSC admits pamphlets contain advice on ransom payment, begins probe

In what appears to be a bold volte-face, the authorities at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have admitted that copies of its pamphlets containing security tips for staff and corps members contain the “embarrassing” clause that advises corps members to prepare for ransom payment if abducted. The organisation, however, noted that it realised that…
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Police dismiss trigger-happy cop for allegedly killing teenager

The Nigerian Police Force say they have dismissed a police sergeant, Samuel Philips, for allegedly shooting a teenager in Lagos. Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police spokesperson, said the dismissed officer will also be charged to court. In a statement by Mr Ajisebutu on Friday, the dismissed sergeant went through a police orderly room trial following the…
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Obadiah Mailafia: Passage of a deeply thoughtful man, By Jibrin Ibrahim

I lost a good fried, Dr. Obadiah (Obed) Mailafia on Sunday at the young age of 64 years, apparently, from the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, another casualty in the long list of distinguished Nigerians lost to this dreaded disease. As I always say to all my friends and relations, take your vaccination, follow the prescribed protocol…
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Nigerian soldier filmed assaulting female corps member

A video clip of a female Nigerian soldier assaulting a female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State, Nigeria’s South-south, has caused outrage among Nigerians. The corps member, Ifeyinwa Ezeiruaku, is seen in the 32-seconds clip, kneeling down, while the soldier, identified as Chika Anele, a lieutenant, kept scooping what…
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ANALYSIS: Can coups be removed from Guinea’s political culture?

On September 5, Guineans woke up to the news of a military coup against the president, Alpha Condé. What started as rumours were confirmed when footage of Mr Condé in the hands of military officers circulated on social media. The disgraced president and now captive was driven around the streets of Conakry to the crowd’s…
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Tackling issues of capacity and enhancing the relevance of scholarship, By Zubaida Baba Ibrahim

Professor Suleiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary of TETFund While TETFund has been playing an inspiring role in promoting the production of knowledge in Nigeria, it needs to deepen this role by helping to bridge the gap between the town and the gown in the creation of more usable scholarships that solves social problems directly. And…
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2023: We sold our ‘change’ agenda to Nigerians out of ignorance – APC Chieftain

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Farouk Aliyu, has admitted to the party’s ignorance of the country’s situation before selling its “Change!” mantra to Nigerians ahead of the 2015 General Elections. With President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate and its assurance of better security and socio-economic development to citizens in record time,…
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Kaduna govt. not demolishing NUJ secretariat – Official

The Kaduna State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has denied a media report that the state government planned to demolish the union’s secretariat in the state. The chairperson of the NUJ in the state, Adamu Yusuf, in a statement on Thursday, said the government is not demolishing the secretariat as was reported,…
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COVID-19: Nigeria confirms two deaths, 433 cases Thursday, fourth wave ‘imminent’

Nigeria on Thursday recorded two additional fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic with 433 fresh cases reported across 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This was contained in an update shared on the Facebook page of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) late Thursday night. The data indicates that Nigeria’s total infection from…
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Reps pass bill to convert Auchi Polytechnic to university

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to convert Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, to a degree-awarding university. The House Committee of the Whole on Thursday considered the conference committee report on the bill and passed it. The bill seeks to establish the Federal University of Technology Auchi. If the Senate concurs with the bill…
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PDP zoning committee meeting ends without decision on new formula

The meeting of the Zoning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ended in Enugu without resolution on a new zoning arrangement for the party. It has therefore scheduled another meeting for next week. The 44-member committee headed by the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, met in the state on Wednesday and Thursday to…
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SPECIAL REPORT: 300 petitioners stranded as lack of funding cripples Abuja #EndSARS panel (1)

Any time Chinenye Igwetu talks about the murder case, the images of her slain sister’s last moments flood her mind. These bring fresh pains, and tears drop down her cheeks. A trigger-happy police officer had shot Chinenye’s 23-year-old younger sister, Linda Igwetu, on July 4, 2018, around Ceddi Plaza, in the central area of Abuja.…
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Police arrest former Ogun lawmaker, two others over alleged cultism

The police in Ogun State have arrested a former member of the House of Assembly, Joseph Adegbesan, and two others over allegations of cultism, breach of public peace, threat to life and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms. The lawmaker was arrested and whisked away to Lagos, alongside two others known as Muibi Olufodun and one…
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Naira loses at official market

Naira fell against the U.S. dollar at the official market on Thursday, after it clinched a meagre gain in the last two trading sessions of the segment. According to data posted on the FMDQ securities exchange where forex is officially traded, naira closed at N413.68 per $1. Thursday’s performance implies a N0.50 or 0.12 per…
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Osimhen scores third Serie A goal in three days, five in seven days

Victor Osimhen scored twice on Thursday as Napoli scored four goals for the second consecutive match in Serie A to reclaim leadership of Italy’s top tier. The 22-year-old Nigerian opened his Serie A goals account on Monday when Napoli smashed Udinese 4-0 and the Azzurri repeated the feat, away to Sampdoria on Thursday to continue…
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Schooling in Nigeria a scam?, By Olabisi  Deji-Folutile

School na scam!  I hear this phrase a lot of times these days, especially from Nigerian youths. Ask them what they mean, they will tell you that the whole hype about education being the foundation for a productive and profitable future is all lies – that  all the talks about schooling being the gate pass…
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Police arrest suspected kidnappers of Baptist school students – Official

The Nigerian Police Force said its men have arrested three out of the 25 suspected members of a gang that kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, Kujama in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Police spokesman, Frank Mba, made this known in a statement obtained by PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Mba said…
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Police arrest women allegedly selling fuel to bandits in Katsina

The police in Katsina State on Thursday arrested three women for allegedly selling fuel to bandits in a forest in the state. The police spokesperson in Katsina, Gambo Isah, at a press conference in Kaduna, paraded the suspects, Dija Umar, 50; Ummah Bello, 45; and Nusaiba Muhammad, 16, all of Malali Quarters, in Katsina Local…
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Nigerian stocks scrape little gain after three days in the doldrums

Nigerian stocks Thursday closed on an upbeat note for the first time in four day as the force of investors’ interest in shares helped lift the benchmark index by 0.06 per cent even though trade remained conducted in an atmosphere of relative inactivity as it had been since the pandemic struck. The progress was enough…
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PDP inaugurates 15 national convention subcommittees, expects 6,000 delegates

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Committee on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated 15 sub-committees for its National Convention Scheduled for 30 and 31 October. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sub-committees as read by Governor Diri Duoye of Bayelsa State include the National Convention Organising Committee, chaired by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri…
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EFCC secures 978 convictions in 2021 – Bawa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has secured 978 convictions so far in 2021. EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, quoted the anti-graft agency’s chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, as saying this during a courtesy visit to the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Salisu Garba, at Jabi, Abuja, Thursday. “At the last count, we…
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Where to wait for Buhari’s successor, By Azu Ishiekwene

What interests me as a non-party member is not who becomes the next chairman of any of the main political parties or how their flag bearers will emerge. There’s nothing I can do about that. My concern is the poor record of the ruling party in the last six years in almost every area where…
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Court to deliver judgment in deposed Emir Sanusi’s suit November 30

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, fixed November 30 for judgment in a suit filed by deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, against the Kano State government and others. The judge, Anwuli Chikere, fixed the date after counsel for the parties in the matter adopted their written addresses with some oral arguments. The News…
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Ogun judiciary workers suspend strike

Judicial workers under the auspices of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Ogun State Chapter have suspended their over one-month-old industrial action. The group embarked on the strike over the alleged reduction of their basic salaries. Emerging from a meeting of the union with government officials in Abeokuta on Wednesday, Tajudeen Edun, the state…
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Of bye-elections and the Isoko South Constituency 1 buy-election, By Ogaga Ifowodo

A bye-election it was, but a massive BUY-election it became. As is its wont, the party which wears as a badge of honour its unbroken governance without transformational progress for over two decades had campaigned very little but planned well its greatest electoral heist to date. Knowing it couldn’t win on the credibility and popularity…
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ECOWAS Court to deliver judgment on suit filed by Adamawa communities over herdsmen attacks

The ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja has fixed Friday for judgment on a suit bordering on alleged Fulani herdsmen attacks on seven Adamawa State communities in 2017, a statement from the court’s information unit stated Thursday. Members of the communities who filed the suit told the court they suffered herdsmen attack which was followed…
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Reps to probe alleged classified information leakages

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate leakage of classified government documents to the public. At Thursday’s plenary session, the House mandated the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the matter. The committee is to report back in two weeks for further legislative action. The resolution was a sequel to a motion…
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Customs hand over N200m illicit drugs to NAFDAC

The Kano/Jigawa Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Thursday handed 185 cartons of unregistered and expired drugs worth N200 million to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The command’s Controller, Suleiman Umar, handed over the drugs to Kano State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Shaba Muhammad. He said that the drugs…
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Africa needs ‘seven-fold rise’ in COVID-19 vaccine shipments — WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO), says COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa must rise by seven times from about 20 million per month to 150 million each month on average. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO, Regional Director for Africa, said this during a virtual news conference on Thursday. According to him, the rise is necessary if the continent…
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Reps ask Nigerian govt. to intervene in cases of citizens illegally detained in foreign prisons

The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to use diplomatic channels to secure the release of Nigerians detained illegally abroad. The call followed a motion moved by Dennis Idahosa (APC, Edo), during Thursday’s plenary session. Mr Idahosa, in his motion, cited a 2019 survey report by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEPAD),…
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Niger lawmakers order IBB Varsity to cut tuition fees

The Niger State House of Assembly has directed the management of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL) to review downward the recently increased students tuition fees. The Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Bawa, gave the directive during an interface with the management and Students Union Government (SUG) of the university in Minna on Thursday. The…
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Benue Assembly passes judiciary funds management bill

The Benue State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the state Judiciary Funds Management Law, 2021. This followed the adoption of the report of the House Committee on Judiciary, Ethics and Privileges during plenary in Makurdi. Presenting the report, the Committee Chairman, Baba Odeh, said the bill would ensure accountability, transparency, effective and efficient utilisation…
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APC appeal committee yet to receive petitions in Lagos

The All Progressives Congress Local Government Congress Appeal Committee for Lagos State, says it has not received petitions from aggrieved groups, despite parallel congresses that trailed the 4 September local government congress in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Lagos4Lagos Movement, a group within the Lagos Chapter of APC, held…
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FIBA AfroBasket: D’Tigress make it three consecutive semi-finals with victory over Cote d’Ivoire

Nigeria’s D’Tigress beat Cote d’Ivoire 72-56 Thursday afternoon at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports Arena in Yaounde to make it into the semi-final for the third consecutive time and four from the last five in FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournaments since 2011. D’Tigress established the foundation for their win with a 24-8 blowout of their opponents…
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Ex-police officers complain of ‘poor retirement benefits’

Some senior police retirees based in Edo State have decried what they referred to as “poor retirement benefits” after their service years. The retirees, who were at the police headquarters in Benin, requested the police authorities in Nigeria to remove them from the current police contributory pension scheme. A retired superintendent of police, Anthony Nnachor,…
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Osinbajo to inaugurate projects in Akwa Ibom

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to inaugurate some projects in Akwa Ibom State as part of activities commemorating the 34th anniversary of the state. Among the projects scheduled for inauguration is a 21-storey building named Dakkada Towers. The Commissioner for Information in the state, Ini Ememobong, disclosed this on Wednesday to reporters in Uyo. “On…
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Ex-NIMASA DG urges Wike to reactivate flood control plan in Rivers

The former director-general, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dakuku Peterside, has urged Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to urgently reactivate “the drainage master plan” in the state, to check flooding. He said the masterplan was put in place by Rotimi Amaechi’s administration. Mr Peterside made the call in a statement on Wednesday, in…
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Expo 2020 Dubai: Arena for countries to showcase creativity, innovations, progress

As one of the biggest global events to take place, Expo 2020 Dubai is an arena for world countries to showcase their creativity, innovations, and progress across industries. The mega event will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, inviting visitors from around the world to join the making of a new world,…
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Buhari meets Dutch queen, speaks on agric reform

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday held a bilateral meeting at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly holding in New York, USA, with Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta, Queen of The Netherlands, during which he said Nigeria was well aware of her limitations, and thus prioritized the provision of infrastructure. “Without infrastructure, development would be limited,…
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OctaFX presents its Show Your Mastery giveaway

Hundreds of prizes are up for grabs –– from brand new laptops to data vouchers. This September, OctaFX has launched the latest phase of its ambitious advertising campaign in Nigeria. Start trading now and enter a generous giveaway. Don’t miss a chance of winning! Few months ago, OctaFX ran its #DuallifewithOctaFX challenge. The task was…
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Why we rescheduled our state congresses – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rescheduled its state congresses for 16 October, the party announced on Wednesday. The congresses were initially slated for 2 October. The ruling party conducted its ward and local government area congresses nationwide in July and early September respectively. In a short statement earlier released by the APC Interim National…
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FG has identified, ‘blocked terrorism financiers’ in Nigeria – Malami

The Federal Government has suceeded in blocking terrorism financing in Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said. Mr Malami told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the federal government had also succeeded in identifying and detaining “high profile individuals” responsible for funding…
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FG has identified, ‘blocked terrorism financiers’ in Nigeria – Malami

The Federal Government has suceeded in blocking terrorism financing in Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said. Mr Malami told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the federal government had also succeeded in identifying and detaining “high profile individuals” responsible for funding…
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FG may file fresh charges against Sunday Igboho – Malami

The Federal Government may file a fresh action against Yoruba secessionist agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (also know as Sunday Igboho), following the judgment of Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion in damages in his favour. The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…
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Women in Agriculture: How farming helped me beat unemployment after NYSC

Patience Dang is a smallholder farmer and a university graduate living in Jos. She cultivates maize and Irish potatoes. Like some farmers, she started farming due to the steep rate of unemployment in Nigeria. However, things changed favourably for her when she came in contact with an organisation that supported her farming activities. In this…
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Collection of VAT by FIRS remains – FG

The Federal Government says the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) will continue to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) following the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the matter. The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York while speaking on the…
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Witness testifies Taylor ordered murder of RUF leader Bockarie

A witness testifying before a Finnish Court in the ongoing war crimes trial of Gibril Massaquoi has told judges that the former Sierra Leonean rebel leader Sam Bockarie was shot, stabbed and beaten to death by Benjamin Yeaten, then-Liberian President Charles Taylor’s Director of Special Security Service (SSS) on Taylor’s orders. The incident occurred in…
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COVID-19: Nigeria records two deaths, 377 new cases Wednesday

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said two persons died of complications from the coronavirus infection in the country on Wednesday. The centre, in an update on its Facebook page late Wednesday night, added that 377 new cases were also reported across 15 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. The…
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Lagos to divert traffic at Yaba for railway construction

The Lagos State Government has announced diversion of traffic from Yaba for the first phase of the construction of the Red line railway project. The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, said in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos that the diversion would last for three months from midnight of Friday, October 1, 2021 to January…
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Reps fume as airline leaves them stranded in Kano Airport

Some members House of Representatives, on Wednesday got the treatment ordinary Nigerians face with delayed and cancelled flights at some of the major airports in Nigeria. The spokesperson of the House, Ben Kalu (APC, Abia), Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos), Henry Achibong (PDP, Akwa-Ibom) and others were left stranded at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano…
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AfroBasket Women 2021: D’Tigress battle Cote d’Ivoire for semi-final ticket

Having successfully cruised past tough East African customers in former African champions Angola and Mozambique in the preliminaries in Group C 85-65 and 67-50 respectively, double African champions, D’Tigress will have the Lady Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire to contend with on their journey to a third straight AfroBasket women’s title at the quarterfinal’s stage on…
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Carabao Cup Roundup: Iheanacho opens goals account

The third round matches in the Carabao Cup were completed on Wednesday with two Nigerian using their match to open their goals account for the season for Leicester City. The Foxes have been on a bad run, especially in the Premier League but on Wednesday, the Foxes needed two late goals from loanee, Ademola Lookman…
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FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria’s Falconets set to face Central African Republic

The Nigeria U-20 team, Falconets will this weekend in Douala, Cameroon begin their quest for qualification for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals billed for Costa Rica. The Falconets will square up to their counterparts from the Central African Republic in Douala, Cameroon. Africa’s football governing body, CAF, did not approve any stadium…
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Inside the world of Igbo Muslims in Nigeria’s South-east region

Isa Okonkwo recalls the revolt he faced from his family members when he decided to build a mosque in his predominantly Christian Apu-Ugo community in Enugu State. “The trauma is better imagined than experienced,” he told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Okonkwo is the director of administration, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), the apex Islamic…
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Reps investigate exclusion of Rivers from World Bank loan for projects

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for investigation of an alleged exclusion of Rivers State from projects to be financed by a fresh World Bank loan. Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had alleged in the House that the federal government, as widely reported by some newspapers, is the only state that would not benefit from the…
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Kidnappers demand N30million ransom for pregnant woman, two others in Ogun

Suspected kidnappers, who abducted three persons, including a pregnant woman, in Ogun State have demanded a ₦30 million ransom. The kidnappers abducted their victims along the Igbo-Ora-Sokoto road on Sunday. A source close to two of the three families of the victims, who preferred not to be named for security reasons, said the kidnappers reached…
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Challenging COVID-19 protocols air travellers must know about, By Hakeem Jamiu

The first sign of trouble was that my email to Dante lab was not replied and the contact number on their web address was switched off! There was no office address for the laboratory. An alarm bell rang in my head and I told my host I should have a plan B, so as not to…
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Nigerian govt says it could borrow more through Eurobonds, gives conditions

Nigerian could look the way of Eurobonds to tap new debt the government needs to bridge a gap in its spending plan for 2021. Offers for a similar issuance on Tuesday were way higher than what was put out, demand dwarfing the debt size four times over, an outcome the debt office designated “one of…
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Nigerian stocks deepen loss amid investors’ reluctance to hold bank shares

Nigerian stocks encountered more strain on Wednesday as the benchmark index slowed 0.05 per cent to its lowest point in more than six weeks and trading activity remained subdued, stoking fears that the turning point needed for the market to reverse its negative year-to-date yield is not yet in the horizon. Equity investors have been…
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Ex-NNPC boss denies money recovered from his residence was received from Bola Shagaya, Omokore, Aluko

Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has denied that part of the recovered money in his Kaduna residence was given to him by a businesswoman, Bola Shagaya. Mr Yakubu also refuted the allegations that some of the money was given to him by Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore,…
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Ex-NNPC boss denies money recovered from residence received from Shagaya, Omokore, Aluko

Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has denied that part of the recovered money in his Kaduna residence was given to him by a businesswoman, Bola Shagaya. Mr Yakubu also refuted the allegations that some of the money was given to him by Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore,…
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Reps task CBN, NCC on refund of money to victims of ATM, web fraud

The House of Representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure all monies lost as a result of Card/ ATM and web-based fraud are refunded to the affected victims. The resolution followed the adoption of the report of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Sim/Swap…
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Navy hands over 25 suspected oil thieves, vessels to EFCC

The Nigerian Navy has handed over 25 suspected oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the anti-graft agency said in a statement on Wednesday. EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said in the late evening statement that the suspects handed to the commission along with two vessels “are being…
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We’ll support whoever you pick as successor even if he’s cripple, senator tells governor

A Nigerian senator has vowed to support whoever his state governor ‘brings up’ as his successor, even if the person is impaired. “Even if you bring a cripple, we will support you to have a good governor for Akwa Ibom State come 2023,” the senator, Chris Ekpenyong, said to the Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel,…
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New Electoral Act ready for presidential assent in two weeks – Senate spokesperson

Spokesperson of the Nigerian Senate, Ajibola Basiru, has said the National Assembly will make available the new Electoral Bill for President Muhammadu Buhari for assent in two weeks time. Mr Basiru stated this on Wednesday when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV programme,” Politics Today.” He said the Senate had already set up…
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One year after, group to discuss success, failure of #EndSARS protest

A year after Nigerian youths stormed the streets to protest against police brutality, among other challenges facing the country, a non-governmental organisation, SING Nigeria, is set to hold a webinar to discuss the aftermath of the popular action. The group in a statement by its director of programme, Arome Agenyi, said October 2020 witnessed one…
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VIDEO: We have identified financiers of terrorism in Nigeria – Malami

Mr Malami said he would not release the names of those indicted for sponsoring terrorism. He said naming them would be “preemptive” in ongoing investigations. He highlighted some of the steps the government had taken to block the funding of terrorism activities since investigations on the matter started earlier in the year. He said, “As…
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AMCON’s takeover of my house unnecessary — Former Kwara Gov Ahmed

The immediate past governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Wednesday said that the takeover of his Ilorin property by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) was unnecessary and overzealous. Mr Ahmed explained that the action was needless because there are “ongoing talks to resolve previous transactions with two defunct banks.” PREMIUM TIMES earlier…
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Despite controversies, FG targets N2.2trn from VAT in 2022

The federal government is looking to get about N2.26 trillion from the Value Added Tax federation account in 2022. It is also expecting another N10.5 trillion from the main federation account. These are contained in the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). This is despite the clamour by some state…
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Osun sensitises herders on anti-open grazing law

The Osun State government on Wednesday in Osogbo began the sensitisation of herders on the recently-passed anti-open grazing law. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sensitisation, which had heads of herders groups in the state in attendance, was organised by the State’s Civic Centre. The House of Assembly passed the Bill entitled:…
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Nigerian govt. approves N836m ‘augmentation’ for 38 COVID-19 oxygen plants

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N836 million as augmentation for the establishment of oxygen production plants for COVID-19 pandemic intervention across the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the council had in June approved N5.6 billion to four major contractors for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of the 38…
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Ogun govt, Okada riders set for showdown over registration fees

Commercial motorcyclists in Ogun state have rejected the government directive to register at one of the state’s designated registration points across the state within ten days or risk arrest. The motorcyclists said the N5,000 registration fee imposed by the government is “outrageous.” “This is an insensitive move by the government,” said Raji Adekanbi, a commercial…
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The new VAT combat as protest, By Eric Teniola

The actions of Chief Nyesom Wike (57), governor of Rivers State and Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (56), governor of Lagos, have made us to take another look at the issue of taxation in Nigeria. Specifically, the actions of these governors and their Houses of Assembly, and the Southern governors that met recently, have reawakened our thoughts…
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FIBA Women’s AfroBasket: D’Tigress’ captain named among top-five performers

The captain of Nigeria’s senior women national basketball team, D’Tigress, Adaora Elonu, has been named among the top five best performers in the group phase of the ongoing FIBA AfroBasket Women’s Championship in Cameroon. FIBA in its citation described the Nigeria captain, Elonu as a leader, motivator, and on-court coach of the D’Tigress. “Though she…
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Watch Nigerian Goal Scorers: Osimhen, Dessers open season’s account

Osimhen scores league opener after excellent brace against Leicester Victor Osimhen is racking up the goals for Napoli after a slow start to the season. After pulling his team back from a two-goal deficit away to Leicester City in the Europa League, the 22-year-old opened his Serie A goal with a poacher’s finish against Udinese…
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Despite N9bn renovation allocation, National Assembly’s roof leaks after downpour

The National Assembly Complex on Wednesday experienced another embarrassing leakage due to rainfall despite the N9 billion allocated in 2020 supplementary budget for the revovation of the complex. Buckets were put under the dome of the White House, to prevent water from flowing in the lobby. The roof of the dome which traverses the Senate…
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