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Africa: CAF – Onyango, Uganda Cranes Best in Africa in 2016

The Uganda Cranes and goalkeeper Denis Onyango have been voted the best in Africa in 2016. This at the GLO CAF annual football Awards in Abuja, Nigeria. Cranes, best team in Africa, played a friendly in Tunisia on Thursday, and during the awards ceremony, were on a flight on their way to Dubai for their […]

Nigeria: Presidency Explains ‘Accidental’ Gunfire in State House

Photo: Premium Times President Muhammadu Buhari briefing Members of Staff of the Statehouse at the Presidential Villa (file photo). Following an incident involving the accidental gun discharge in the State House on Wednesday, the Presidency wishes to reassure all Nigerians and foreigners of the safety of the seat of power in the country. According to […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram – Nigerian Military Arrests 1,400 Suspects in 8 Days – Official

By Abdulkareem Haruna The commander of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in northeast Nigeria, Leo Irabor, has said that Nigerian troops have in the last eight days arrested 1400 civilians. Mr. Irabor, a Major General, made this known during a weekly briefing on the activities of the Nigerian military in the six states of northeast Nigeria. […]

Naira crashes to N493/$1 at parallel market ▷ NAIJ.COM

The Nigerian Naira on Thursday, January 5, weakened against the American Dollar at the parallel market for the first time in 2017. According to reports, the Naira lost three points to the dollar as it closed at N493 to a dollar, against N490 it traded on Wednesday, January 4. Also, the Pound Sterling and the […]

Forex Rubbishes N304bn Health Budget for 2017

Due to continuous depreciation of Nigeria Naira to other foreign currencies, Stakeholders in the health sector have raised an alarm over inadequate budgetary provision of a total sum of N304bn for the Federal Ministry of Health in the 2017 national budget. The stakeholders under the platform of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health […]

Nigeria: 18 Months On, Saraki Fails Serial Promises to Disclose National Assembly Budget

By Hassan Adebayo After 18 months in the saddle as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki has refused to honour repeated promises to Nigerians to publicly disclose the details of the lawmakers’ budget. Mr. Saraki came to office with the pledge of accountability and transparency in June 2015; but […]

Nigeria: 2 Injured As Operative’s Gun Goes Off At Presidential Villa

A staff of the State House, Mrs. Gladys Okpa, yesterday, escaped death by the whiskers when a security operative’s gun accidentally went off gun at the Presidential Villa. The incident happened on a day the Villa was full with ministers attending the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, for the year. It was […]

Nigeria: Tinubu, Dantata, Cole, Ogah, Others Clinch Nigeria’s 1.3mbd Oil Lifting Deal

By Mike Eboh The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, named Wale Tinubu’s Oando, Toye Cole’s Sahara Energy Resources, Sayyu Dantata’s MRS Oil and 36 other companies as winners of the crude oil term contract, for the purchase and lifting of 1.306 million barrels per day of Nigeria’s crude oil for 2017/2018, effective January 1, […]

Nigeria: Buhari Approves Arms Bearing for Airport Security Personnel

By Levinus Nwabughiogu To scale up security at the nation’s aiports, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved aviation security personnel to carry arms. The development is fashioned after the Transportation Security Administration, TSA of the United States, where K-9 dogs, handcuffs, batons and light weapons are deployed. Meantime, the Federal Government is also not going back […]

Nigeria: Active Telecom Subscribers Rose By 435,343 in Nov – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that active users of telecommunications services in the country increased to 153,949,450 in November 2016. The telecommunications industry regulator gave the figure in its Monthly Subscriber/Operator Data obtained, yesterday, in Lagos. It said the active telecommunications service customers increased by 435,343 in November over their October number of […]

Nigeria: Oni, Fayemi Denies Fayose’s Allegation On Removal Plot

By Charles Kumolu and Rotimi Ojomoyela Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen over alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, using their members of Ekiti extraction to arm-twist the judiciary into removing him from office. Fayose, who claimed to have been privy […]

Nigeria: Information Ministry to Spend N661 Million On Travelling/Refreshment

By Emmanuel Elebeke and Favour Ulebor As Nigerians expect quick recovery of the country from the economic recession, it is also expected that the Federal Government would drive the recovery plan by blocking all leakages in the nation’s budget implementation. But this seems not to be in the plans of the Minister of Information and […]

Nigeria: Abia Govt Suspends Traditional Ruler

By Anayo Okoli Abia State government has suspended a first class traditional ruler in the state, Eze S. I. Onuoha of Ibeku land for allegedly interfering with the activities of the development union of the community. Onuoha, the Ogurube 1V of Ibeku, is the paramount ruler of Ibeku Clan. A suspension letter signed by Commissioner […]

Nigeria: Beauty Pageantry – Is It Still Relevant?

By Josephine Agbonkhese, Chris Onuoha and Anino Aganbi In recent years, the entertainment sub-sector in the country has witnessed the increasing introduction of beauty pageants in various forms and shades. From Miss Nigeria, which started in 1957, to Silverbird Group’s Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, MBGN, others such as Queen Nigeria, Miss Teen Nigeria, Miss […]