Four Dead, Eight Wounded As Two Terrorists Attack Maiduguri

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At least four people died and eight others were injured when two terrorists attacked Maiduguri on Wednesday. The attack occurred near Muna Garage in the Borno State capital when a bomber detonated an improvised explosive device attached to his body, killing himself and two nearby civilians. At least eight others were wounded by the blast. … Continue reading Four Dead, Eight Wounded As Two Terrorists Attack Maiduguri

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Aso Villa And The audacity Of Rats By Reuben Abati

“What’s that sound I am hearing?” “What sound?” “I thought I heard something like miaow, miaow…” “Oh my cats…oh yes…” “Are you now breeding cats?” “Not really. But I have just joined a group of concerned Nigerians who are planning to go to the Presidential Villa in Abuja to help sort out this issue of … Continue reading Aso Villa And The audacity Of Rats By Reuben Abati

BREAKING: Gunmen kidnap ex-minister in Nasarawa

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The police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Hussaini Akwanga. Akwanga served during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo but was removed on Dec. 4, 2003, following an alleged $214 million national identity card scam. The spokesman for the Nasarawa State Police Command, DSP. … Continue reading BREAKING: Gunmen kidnap ex-minister in Nasarawa

BREAKING: Sultan declares Sept. 1, as Sallah day

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The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sept. 1, 2017 as Eid-el-Kabir  day. This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council. The statement, made available to the News Agency of … Continue reading BREAKING: Sultan declares Sept. 1, as Sallah day

Elumelu: Our military facilities comparable to what I see in Europe

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Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, says the Nigerian military facilities are comparable to the ones he sees in Europe. Elumelu said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after speaking at the guest lecture series of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna state. Elumelu, who delivered a paper titled ‘Leadership: Private … Continue reading Elumelu: Our military facilities comparable to what I see in Europe

BBC Launches Pidgin Service

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As President Muhammadu Buhari’s aircraft taxied along the runway of the Abuja International Airport on Saturday, a presenter at one of Nigeria’s popular Pidgin radio stations announced to his listeners: “The president don show.” This Pidgin expression translates to “The president is back,” an explanation that Nigeria’s president has returned after a 103-day medical vacation … Continue reading BBC Launches Pidgin Service

FULL TEXTS OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’S SPEECH

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Just in case you missed President Muhammadu Buhari's address to the nation 7am today,Here is the full script. “My dear citizens, I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters. In the course of my stay in … Continue reading FULL TEXTS OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’S SPEECH

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Breaking: PRESIDENT BUHARI RETURNS TODAY

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London. The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then. President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by … Continue reading Breaking: PRESIDENT BUHARI RETURNS TODAY

National Broadcasting Commission Moves To Censor Phone-In Programs

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it would fine broadcast stations a sum of N500,000 for any perceived hate speech expressed by callers during phone-in programs. The new rule, which will take effect on October 1, 2017, was communicated to media houses on August 10 during a meeting held at the commission’s zonal … Continue reading National Broadcasting Commission Moves To Censor Phone-In Programs

Army: Why we invaded UN building in Maiduguri

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The Nigerian army has explained why some soldiers invaded a UN humanitarian camp in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Friday. According to an advisory to UN staff in the state, soldiers besieged the UN property at 2am to carry out a cordon and search operation. The UN said the soldiers forced their way into the … Continue reading Army: Why we invaded UN building in Maiduguri

INTERVIEW: Why I am defending notorious kidnapper Evans in court – Lawyer

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Ever since he filed a fundamental rights enforcement action for the release of self-confessed billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudi Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), Olukoya Ogungbeje had been a subject of intense criticism from the public and even his colleagues. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the lawyer explains the rationale behind his action, the police’s attitude … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Why I am defending notorious kidnapper Evans in court – Lawyer

“Insane World. ‘The Neymar World’ By OLAKUNLE ALLISON

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They say Neymar, the Brazilian footballer, will now earn €515,000 pounds every 7 days and suddenly I am sad! I am not happy. It's a sad day for humanity. . Note that I didn't say that I'm sad for Neymar, but rather for humanity. And every reasonable member of the human race should be too. The … Continue reading “Insane World. ‘The Neymar World’ By OLAKUNLE ALLISON

In God’s Name By Azu Ishiekwene

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A book with the title of this article published 33 years ago by British investigative journalist, David Yallop, made the Catholic Church very, very uncomfortable. Yallop said in the book that Pope John Paul I, who lasted only 33 days as pope, did not die a natural death. He said the Pope, who was not … Continue reading In God’s Name By Azu Ishiekwene

What Diezani’s Loot Can Fund In Nigeria

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The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) on Thursday in Abuja, said the stolen funds traced to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could fund infrastructure development in the country. Specifically, the group said in a statement by its Chairman, Austin Braimoh, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, that government could build six world-class airports in each geo-political zone … Continue reading What Diezani’s Loot Can Fund In Nigeria

Diezani Alison-Madueke: What An Appetite by TONY ORILADE/AISHAH GAMBARI

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From time immemorial, precious metals - gold, silver and sparkling stones such as diamonds have delighted women.  Relationships have been built and destroyed, wars fought for and reconciliations cemented with gold and precious stones.  Not too far back in history, Liberia was the theatre of war over Blood Diamonds. Unlike Liberia however, the Nigerian nation is not … Continue reading Diezani Alison-Madueke: What An Appetite by TONY ORILADE/AISHAH GAMBARI

Kenyan Opposition Candidate Rejects Election Results

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Kenya is on the edge as the opposition leader in Tuesday's presidential election, Raila Odinga of the opposition National Super Alliance has rejected the election results. He alleged in a speech that conspirators denied Kenyans their mandate by manipulating the outcome of the elections. He said that hackers gained access to National Super alliance (NASA) system and … Continue reading Kenyan Opposition Candidate Rejects Election Results

Lupita Nyongo’s Father Wins As Governor of Kisumu, Kenyatta Extends Lead

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Lupita Nyong'o father, Prof. Anyanga Nyongo has won the governorship election for Kisumu County in Kenya. He defeated his rivals, Jackton Ramguma and Christine Otieno to win. At 83% of the polling stations reporting he got 252, 490 which is 63% while Jackton Ramguma got 141, 320 which represents 36% and Christine Otieno got 1919 representing … Continue reading Lupita Nyongo’s Father Wins As Governor of Kisumu, Kenyatta Extends Lead

Abuja-Kaduna rail line now generate N1m daily- Amaechi

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The Abuja to Kaduna rail line now generates one million Naira daily, Minister of Transportation Mr Rotimi Amaechi disclosed. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Benin, Amaechi said that the feat was achieved as a result of the increase in passengers' patronage. He attributed the passengers' surge to … Continue reading Abuja-Kaduna rail line now generate N1m daily- Amaechi

Another Northern Messenger From Hell By Peter Claver Oparah

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Just out of the blue, we hear an anonymous female singer has released an audio recording calling for the killing of Igbo, who were described in unprintable words in the evil audio music. The song was allegedly recorded in the Hausa language and is said to be circulated in several parts of the North. It is … Continue reading Another Northern Messenger From Hell By Peter Claver Oparah

Ever Noticed The Small Loop At The Back Of Your Shirt? It’s Not For What You Think It Is

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At the back of some men’s shirts, where the pleat meets the yoke, there happens to be a small loop. Ever noticed? Ever wondered what it’s there for? No? Well do notice it now. It’s there for a reason. IN THE PAST, PEOPLE DIDN’T HAVE WARDROBE WITH RODS AND HANGERS, ALL CLOTHES WERE STORED ON … Continue reading Ever Noticed The Small Loop At The Back Of Your Shirt? It’s Not For What You Think It Is

What happens to your body when you stop smoking?

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Most of the people these days are smokers . Even tho some of the want to quit they say that this is very hard for them. Nicotine in the cigarettes is making us addictive to them and turn smoking into a habit. 1. Let the Healing Begin! After 20 minutes from your last cigarette, your … Continue reading What happens to your body when you stop smoking?

Ignore Demands For Buhari’s Resignation, Presidency Appeals To Nigerians

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No Nigerian has a right to demand President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation, the presidency said in Abuja today in a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu. He was responding to what he said were media enquiries about Monday’s demonstration by some citizens calling on Mr. Buhari, if he is too sick to govern after 90 days away, to voluntarily resign his office. “The demonstration is in the … Continue reading Ignore Demands For Buhari’s Resignation, Presidency Appeals To Nigerians

Aisha Buhari Returns To London

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Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, left Nigeria on Sunday to visit her ailing husband, The Nation reports. The president has been in London since May 7 to receive medical treatment. Mrs. Buhari had just returned from the United Kingdom last week, assuring Nigerians that her husband was in good health and would return … Continue reading Aisha Buhari Returns To London

Concerned Nigerians Commence Sit-Out In Abuja Asking President Buhari To Resume or Resign

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A coalition of Civil Society and pro democracy group under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians have staged a peaceful protest march in Abuja asking ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to resume or resign his office after he has spent 92 days in London for medical treatment without a definite date for return to work. The … Continue reading Concerned Nigerians Commence Sit-Out In Abuja Asking President Buhari To Resume or Resign

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JUST IN: Gunmen storm Nigerian church, kill eight, injure others

Gunmen on Sunday stormed the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state, east of Nigeria. A witness told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the gunmen went into the church during the 5:45 a.m. mass and identified a particular man and shot him. He said that they … Continue reading JUST IN: Gunmen storm Nigerian church, kill eight, injure others

Sowore Is Light, Saraki Is Darkness By Abdulrazaq Hamzat

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Truly, money can buy them position and influence, but it can never buy them integrity. If integrity is a commodity being sold in the market, they may be able to afford it, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Integrity cannot be bought. Apart from on the media, I have never seen nor met with … Continue reading Sowore Is Light, Saraki Is Darkness By Abdulrazaq Hamzat

History to be re-introduced into schools’ curriculum

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The National Council on Education says it has approved the re-introduction of history into the curriculum for primary and secondary schools in the country. Josiah Ajiboye, registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the decision was reached at the council’s recent meeting in Kano state. He said the … Continue reading History to be re-introduced into schools’ curriculum

Sowore: Saraki fraudulently procured the order which blocked Sahara Reporters’ accounts

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Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara reporters, has accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of “fraudulently procuring” the court order which blocked the accounts of his organisation. On July 25, Adeyinka Oyinloye, justice of the Kwara state high court, ordered the freezing of two accounts – UBA and GTB – linked to Sowore. Saraki had filed charges of … Continue reading Sowore: Saraki fraudulently procured the order which blocked Sahara Reporters’ accounts

Nigerian ‘Leaders’ – A Gruesome Failure In Leadership By Ij Onuigbo

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The menace of your leadership has degenerated to one of you, Linus Okorie, submitting a bill (Economic Amnesty Bill) to absolve any politician who steals Nigeria money from prosecution if he or she invests the money in Nigeria.  If you don’t know what that means, let me spell it out – you want a free … Continue reading Nigerian ‘Leaders’ – A Gruesome Failure In Leadership By Ij Onuigbo

Group Asks Saraki To Refund All Monies He Collected As Pension

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A socio-political group, Kwara Mass Movement (KMM), has called on the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to return all monies he had collected as pension from the state government. National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Salmon Jawondo, made the call in Ilorin on Thursday while briefing the media on “the state of the … Continue reading Group Asks Saraki To Refund All Monies He Collected As Pension

U.S. Approves Sale Of 12 A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft To Nigeria Despite Concerns

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The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria, despite concerns from the previous administration over the Nigerian government’s bombing of civilians. The department notified the US Congress, which has 30 days to approve the deal, of the $593 million foreign military sale on 2 August. The package … Continue reading U.S. Approves Sale Of 12 A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft To Nigeria Despite Concerns

NAFDAC seals shops in Maiduguri over alleged unwholesome products

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The National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday said it had sealed three shops in Borno over alleged circulation of unwholesome products. Malam Nasiru Mato, the agency’s Zonal Director, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Mato alleged that the shop owners were selling contaminated cosmetics contrary … Continue reading NAFDAC seals shops in Maiduguri over alleged unwholesome products

Boko Haram: Service Chiefs relocate to Maiduguri

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Some service chiefs have arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in line with the directive of the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, was the first to arrive in Maiduguri among the service chiefs early on Tuesda Recall that Acting President Osinbajo, last week, directed military … Continue reading Boko Haram: Service Chiefs relocate to Maiduguri

Bin Laden’s son, Hamza to take-over Al-Qaeda

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Hamza Bin Laden, the son of late Osama Bin Laden, is expected to take-over Al-Qaeda, a terrorist organisation. Described as the “Crown Prince of Terror” Hamza is the only son of Bin Laden’s “favourite” wife. Hamza Laden was also regarded as the “poster boy” of al-Qaeda’s re-emergence on the terrorism front. He was introduced as … Continue reading Bin Laden’s son, Hamza to take-over Al-Qaeda

So Touching: Crippled Man Working on His Rice Farm

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The brief story of a physically-challenged man in the northern part of the country is currently being circulated to discourage people from street begging. The young man identified as Gaddafi is currently into rice farming in Zamfara State despite having no legs after losing them to poliomyelitis at a very tender age. "This photo of … Continue reading So Touching: Crippled Man Working on His Rice Farm

SHOCKING: Head of IT at Kenya’s electoral commission murdered days to general elections

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The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system has been murdered, just days before the country goes for a general election on August 8. Chris Msando, the electoral commission’s IT manager, had been reported missing on Friday, according to a report by the BBC. “There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said the chairperson … Continue reading SHOCKING: Head of IT at Kenya’s electoral commission murdered days to general elections

Trump Removes Scaramucci As Communications Director 10 Days After Appointing Him

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U.S. President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director just ten days after hiring him, the New York Times reports. Three sources close the decision revealed this to the New York Times on Monday. According to the report, the president’s new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, advised Mr. Trump … Continue reading Trump Removes Scaramucci As Communications Director 10 Days After Appointing Him

Nigerian Army Admits That They Never Rescued Oil Explorers From UNIMAID And NNPC

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The Nigerian Army has admitted that it never rescued members of the oil exploration team and staff of the University of Maiduguri, who were abducted by Boko Haram in Yesu district, Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State on Thursday. The admission was made in a statement issued by Brigadier-General SK Usman, Director, Army Public Relations. … Continue reading Nigerian Army Admits That They Never Rescued Oil Explorers From UNIMAID And NNPC

Newly Promoted Army Officer, Nine Others Killed By Boko Haram

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M. Medawa, a Nigerian Army Lieutenant who would have become Captain on Thursday, has been killed in Sambisa forest in the “clearance” operation declared days ago by the Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai. General Buratai gave his men 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive, a task that has not been accomplished in about seven years. The late Lt. Medawa, who was due to be decorated as Captain on Thursday, … Continue reading Newly Promoted Army Officer, Nine Others Killed By Boko Haram

#NotTooYoungToRun Bill: Youth Organizations Lockdown National Assembly

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A coalition of youth organizations, defying an early morning downpour, today staged a peaceful protest in Abuja over the removal of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill from the report of the Constitution Review Committee of the National Assembly. The bill seeks to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to reduce the age qualification for the office of the President … Continue reading #NotTooYoungToRun Bill: Youth Organizations Lockdown National Assembly

The Restructuring Bogey And Its Latter Day Disciples By Peter Claver Oparah

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I read a recent report in a national daily, of ‘Southern and Middle Belt leaders’ meeting in Abuja to insist on the demand for restructuring. Out of curiosity, I decided to check these ‘leaders’ who made this demand and lo and behold, the only names I saw were the same PDP leaders that were very … Continue reading The Restructuring Bogey And Its Latter Day Disciples By Peter Claver Oparah

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A nation of churches, mosques, and petrol stations

There are two trends in need of serious attention in Nigeria today. One is the rapid growth of churches and mosques, the former predominantly in the South and the latter in the North. The other trend is the mushrooming of petrol stations across the country. The two trends highlight two of the nation’s problems, namely, … Continue reading A nation of churches, mosques, and petrol stations

Ailing President Buhari speaks on recovery, planned return to presidential duties

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President Muhammadu Buhari has written to thank the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, for the nationwide prayers held last week by Guineans for his recovery and good health. In a letter dated July 24, 2017, President Buhari, who had earlier made a phone call to Conde, who is the current Chairman of  the Assemblies of … Continue reading Ailing President Buhari speaks on recovery, planned return to presidential duties

Not Too Young To Run By Charly Boy

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It is highly encouraging to learn that the #NotTooYoungToRun (NTYTR) movement will embark on a National Day of Action on Tuesday,  July 25, 2017, at 8 am at the Unity Fountain, Abuja to mobilize support for the passage of the proposed amendment on age requirement for running for elective office. It's no longer news that the Senate … Continue reading Not Too Young To Run By Charly Boy

Governor Fayose’s Hypocrisy On Education By Tola Adebayo

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At the graduation ceremony of one of his children at a private university, Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State last week, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose attacked Nigerian leaders for educating their children abroad and taking their family members abroad for medical treatment. The attack has coincided with the celebration of the graduation of a … Continue reading Governor Fayose’s Hypocrisy On Education By Tola Adebayo

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We’re Drinking Our Oil And Eating Our Children’s Future By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

In 2007, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was desperate to solve a conundrum that was nearly as old as Nigeria’s independence. It was an especially recalcitrant problem. Ibrahim Babangida, former Military President, also attempted to solve it in the late 80s but he failed. Upon return to democracy, Olusegun Obasanjo, then President, gave it … Continue reading We’re Drinking Our Oil And Eating Our Children’s Future By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army promotes 468 officers — FULL LIST

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The Nigerian Army has promoted 468 lieutenants to captain, PREMIUM TIMES can report. An Army circular exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, elevated the officers on July 19 following earlier approval by the Nigerian Army Council. The promotions will take effect from June 2016 for some officers and … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army promotes 468 officers — FULL LIST

EXCLUSIVE: In major reshuffle, Nigerian Army redeploys 52 generals, 597 other officers (FULL LIST)

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The Nigerian Army redeployed, cancelled or amended postings of seven major generals, 45 brigadier generals and 597 other officers last week, in one of its most far-reaching shake-up exercise in recent years, PREMIUM TIMES can report. No reasons were readily cited for the new postings and cancellations and amendments of previous postings, but military sources … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: In major reshuffle, Nigerian Army redeploys 52 generals, 597 other officers (FULL LIST)

President Buhari,not on revenge mission, says Adesina

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Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has described President Muhammadu Buhari as “a reformed democrat, a pious man’’ who will never move against those calling him all sorts of names in the past two years. Adesina, in a special feature titled; “President Muhammadu Buhari and the descendants of Shimei’’, released in Abuja on Saturday, described such people … Continue reading President Buhari,not on revenge mission, says Adesina