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Nigeria: Boko Haram in 2016 – a Highly Adaptable Foe

analysis By Omar S Mahmood A lot has changed in the struggle against Boko Haram since then, including the advent of operations by the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the eviction of militants from most areas of territorial control. This past August, the movement split into two factions. Long-time leader Abubakar Shekau favours a more […]

Nigeria: Arms Importation: Fugitive Nigeria Customs Officials Turn Selves In

Photo: Premium Times pump action rifles, confiscated by customs officials By Cletus Ukpong Three senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service declared wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country have turned themselves in. Two officers, I. Abdulahi, an assistant superintendent of customs, and Odiba Inah, with service number 133386, were declared […]

Nigeria: Feature-in Nigeria, Aid Agencies Seek to Kindle Hope for Life After Boko Haram

By Kieran Guilbert Maiduguri — Almost two years after Boko Haram militants attacked his hometown in northeast Nigeria, killed his neighbours and forced his family to flee to safety, Ibrahim Usman faces a dilemma. Either he, his wife and five children stay in their makeshift shelter in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, and risk […]

Nigeria: Niger Delta Youths Back Kachikwu’s Reforms, Peace Efforts

An assembly of Niger Delta youth leaders on Tuesday applauded the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, for his relentless efforts at restoring peace to the region. The group, Niger Delta Youth Leaders Assembly (NDYLA), also pledged their support for the minister in achieving President Muhammadu Buhari’s new roadmap for the oil […]

Nigeria: N2.1 Billion Dasukigate – Dokpesi’s Corruption Trial Stalled

The ongoing trial of former Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, before the Federal High Court Abuja was stalled on Tuesday due to the absence of prosecution witness. Mr. Dokpesi and his company were docked on charges bordering on receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for […]

Nigeria Withdraws Corruption Charges Against Supreme Court Chief Registrar, 2 Others

The Federal Government on Tuesday withdrew the corruption charges brought against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, and two others. Mr. Saleh was charged alongside Muhammed Sheriff, the Supreme Court’s Director of Finance and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief Accountant of the apex court. Previous attempts to arraign the three defendants in the […]

Nigeria: FIFA Extends Ban On Top Nigerian Officials

World football’s governing body FIFA on Tuesday said it had extended a ban on five officials who have been involved in a leadership battle for control of the game in Nigeria. FIFA said its disciplinary committee had “decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity” on Chris Giwa […]

Nigeria: Power Failure Disrupts Screening of Ambassadors in Senate

By Bode Gbadebo Power failure had momentarily disrupted the ongoing screening of non-career ambassadorial nominees by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. The committee is currently on the seventh nominee – Baba Ahmed Jidda from Borno state – went the light went off at about 12.13pm, a situation which forced the committee to halt proceedings […]

Nigeria: PDP Govts Spent N2.7 Trillion to Put Nigeria in Darkness – Dogara

By Samuel Ogundipe Speaker Yakubu Dogara said on Tuesday that successive administrations from 1999 to 2015 spent nearly N3 trillion on the power sector but recorded little success. Mr. Dogara noted that within the stated period, when the Peoples Democratic Party controlled Nigeria at the centre, it was as if the more money Nigeria spent […]

Nigeria: Mass Arrest – Police to Drag 129 Sex-Workers to Court

By Yusha’u A. Ibrahim Kano — Police authorities in Kano have confirmed the release of 480 out of the 840 suspected miscreants that were arrested in the state over the weekend by a Special Joint Task Force. The Police also said they were working to charge 129 of the arrested sex workers to court. A […]

Nigeria: Works Minister, Fashola, Lists Top Federal Road Projects for 2017

By Hassan Adebayo The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has explained how the federal government has prioritised highway projects across the country in order of economic importance. Mr. Fashola appeared before the Senate on Works on Monday to defend his ministry’s budget. In the 2017 budget proposal, the Ministry has N564.2 billion […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks Military Base, Burns Community in Yobe

By Hamisu Kabir Matazu Damaturu — Suspected Boko Haram sect members have launched attack on a military base and burnt much of Sasawa town located 27 kilometers to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. Details of the attacks were still sketchy by press time due to lack of telecommunications network. Daily Trust gathered that the attack […]

Nigeria: Govt Outlines Economic Recovery Plan, Targets 7 Percent GDP Growth Rate

By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah The federal government has outlined plans to pull the country out of recession and get it on a path of sustainable growth in the shortest possible time. According to the federal government, the medium term plan is expected to drive Nigeria to a minimum GDP growth rate of 7 per cent within […]

Nigeria: Three Days to Go, Presidency May Still Confirm Onnoghen As Chief Justice – Official

By Evelyn Okakwu Three days to a constitutional deadline to confirm Walter Onnoghen as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, the presidency has given the clearest indication yet that it may still confirm the judge. The spokesperson to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, gave this indication on Monday in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES. When […]