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16
Aug2017

Like Obasanjo, I consulted Adeboye before becoming VP — Osinbajo

Like Obasanjo, I consulted Adeboye before becoming VP — Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo , yesterday, disclosed the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christians Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his wife, Dolapo, were the two persons he consulted before accepting to serve as the country’s Vice President in 2015. The consultation, he disclosed tallied with that of the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who also said that the highly revered man of God was among the three...

16
Aug2017

'Bishop’, suspected target of Anambra church attack, visits injured victims

'Bishop’, suspected target of Anambra church attack, visits injured victims

Anambra "businessman” Aloysius Ikegwuonu, said to have been the target of the recent attack on St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Anambra State, has visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, to sympathise with victims of the attack. Ikegwuonu, aka Bishop, accompanied by a few of his friends, went round wards of the hospital greeting the victims and asking questions on how the incident that led to the deaths of...

14
Aug2017

Wrest power from old politicians, Obasanjo tells youths

Wrest power from old politicians, Obasanjo tells youths

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the youth to democratically wrest leadership from the old guards since they are unwilling to quit the stage. To Obasanjo, leadership positions are never given on a platter of gold. He urged the youth to work for them. The ex – President, who spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at the Youth Governance Dialogue organised to mark this year’s International Youth...

13
Aug2017

The Ozubulu massacre -Obi Nwakanma

The Ozubulu massacre -Obi Nwakanma

There have been many contradictory accounts, including one by an eye-witness who claimed that the attackers were masked men in military fatigues, wearing masks, and speaking in a “foreign tongue.” The problem with that newspaper report was that it could not back, or verify, or ascertain that claim, or establish what kind of “strange tongue” the shooters spoke. Was it Hausa? Was it Fulfulde? Was it Yoruba, or Ishan, or...

13
Aug2017

Police arrest kidnappers wealthier than Evans

Police arrest kidnappers wealthier than Evans

Ongoing police investigation of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has revealed that he was also involved in crimes in South Africa, it was gathered yesterday. That is besides his alleged illegal procurement of a Ghanaian passport that bears his passport photograph but a Ghanaian name. Police spokesman, Mr. Moshood Jimoh, said that investigation has also led to the arrest of more associates of Evans who were found to...

13
Aug2017

I want to go to heaven to join heavenly hosts to sing - Obasanjo

I want to go to heaven to join heavenly hosts to sing - Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obansanjo on Saturday at Apostolic Faith Church said that Christians should be prepared for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the end of the world is near. Obasanjo made this remark during 2017 Camp Meeting Concert by Apostolic Faith Church Choir and Orchestral at the Camp Ground Igbesa in Ogun State. He said that as a person, he would like to make to heaven so as...

13
Aug2017

Africa's 'medical tourist' presidents: Why do Buhari, Dos Santos and Mugabe go to hospital abroad

Africa's 'medical tourist' presidents: Why do Buhari, Dos Santos and Mugabe go to hospital abroad

The presidents of Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe, Benin and Algeria all have something in common - an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home. In terms of time spent abroad getting medical help, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is the first among equals, but in the past year all these heads of state have travelled overseas for health reasons. In many cases they are leaving behind poorly funded...

12
Aug2017

Kanu's just a kid, not an Igbo leader - Joe Igbokwe

Kanu's just a kid, not an Igbo leader - Joe Igbokwe

Joe Igbokwe, a politician and an Igbo, tells BAYO AKINLOYE about his relationship with the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and why he is not in support of any movement for an independent state of Biafra Do you believe that Igbo are being marginalised? Yes, Igbo have been marginalised in Nigeria since the end of the Civil War in 1970. It is a deliberate, systemic, and strategic marginalisation. We...

12
Aug2017

I’m ready to take a bullet for Nigeria –Charly Boy

I’m ready to take a bullet for Nigeria –Charly Boy

Self-acclaimed ‘Area Fada,’ entertainer and social crusader, Charles Oputa fondly referred to as Charly Boy, 66, shares some of his life experiences with Ademola Olonilua We learnt that during the recent protest you spearheaded whereby you demanded that President Buhari should resume office or resign, you were sprayed with tear gas by the police. How true is the report? You know you cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg....

11
Aug2017

Google cancels diversity debate Town Hall

Google cancels diversity debate Town Hall

Google Thursday cancelled a Town Hall intended to air viewpoints on diversity, sexism and free speech, citing worker safety concerns. “We’ll find a better way to help our employees connect and discuss these important issues further,” a Google spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry. The employee gathering was scheduled to air viewpoints swirling in after the dismissal of a Google engineer over a memo defending the Silicon Valley...

10
Aug2017

Tribal Threats Not Healthy for Nigeria, Says Rawlings

Tribal Threats Not Healthy for Nigeria, Says Rawlings

Former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings, has advised Nigerians to stop threatening one another on tribal and ethnic grounds, saying such amounts to the invitation of warfare which is not only unhealthy for the country but a disincentive for national political development. Rawlings said given Nigeria’s multi ethnic and tribal configuration, tribal or ethnic threats were a recipe for social disharmony. Expressing his disdain for the build up of such...

10
Aug2017

2019: We won’t allow old politicians to dominate governance – youths vow

2019: We won’t allow old politicians to dominate governance – youths vow

Say some leaders have usurped their grand children opportunities -Johnbosco Agbakwuru Ahead of 2019 general elections in the country, a new youth group Thursday in Abuja lamented that politicians who participated in the first and second republic have continued to dominate the political landscape of the country and vowed not to allow it in subsequent elections. The youth group said that some of the leaders have usurped the opportunities that...

10
Aug2017

Remembering partition: 70 years since India-Pakistan divide

Remembering partition: 70 years since India-Pakistan divide

AP - It's been 70 years since India and Pakistan were carved from the former British Empire as independent nations, a process that triggered one of the largest human migrations in history. Overnight, Hindu and Muslim neighbors became fearful of one another. Mob violence broke out, leaving hundreds of thousands dead. Some 12 million people fled their homes - including Hindus afraid they would not be welcome in the newly...

09
Aug2017

[A Short Story]: Biafra - Nissi Utoh

[A Short Story]: Biafra - Nissi Utoh

The sky is blue, serene. Children stand outside, playing, and their shouts pierce the early afternoon air, evaporating into the sky and lightening the tense mood of the community. Three women stand, talking to each other, keeping a close eye on the children because here, everyone's child is your child. The sky suddenly darkens and a shadow is cast on the ground. The sound of the drone sends everyone into...

09
Aug2017

AP Explains: Why Kenyans are nervous about election results

AP Explains: Why Kenyans are nervous about election results

Kenyans are nervously watching results from the election between President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is ahead in the vote count as he seeks a second term, and Raila Odinga, who alleges that the electoral commission's database was hacked. The East African high-tech and commercial hub of 44 million people is often described as one of the continent's most politically stable countries, but the recent torture and killing of the official in...

09
Aug2017

Ajimobi, Fayose, Abati task media on objectivity and professionalism -Funmi Olaitan

Ajimobi, Fayose, Abati task media on objectivity and professionalism -Funmi Olaitan

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and former Special Adviser on Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Tuesday, harped on the importance of objectivity and professionalism of media practitioners as a way of achieving good governance and sustainable development in the country. While the governors stressed the need for objective reportage that will not bring the people and government...

08
Aug2017

Hackers Demand Millions in Bitcoin for Stolen HBO Files

Hackers Demand Millions in Bitcoin for Stolen HBO Files

Hackers using the name “Mr. Smith” posted a fresh cache on Monday of stolen HBO files online, and demanded that the network pay a ransom of several million dollars to prevent further such releases. The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five “Game of Thrones” episodes, including one coming episode, and a month’s worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO’s vice president for film...

08
Aug2017

I’m being persecuted for exposing fraud - Another dropped ICPC nominee

I’m being persecuted for exposing fraud - Another dropped ICPC nominee

Another dropped nominee to the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Mrs Maimuna Aliyu, has denied allegations levelled against her. Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, had on Sunday dropped Aliyu and another nominee, Mr. Sa’ad Alanamu, on the grounds that they were being investigated by ICPC. But Aliyu, in a statement in Abuja attributed her predicament to a petition she wrote to anti-graft agencies, where...

08
Aug2017

Nominee dropped by presidency from ICPC Board after corruption allegations speaks

Nominee dropped by presidency from ICPC Board after corruption allegations speaks

One of the two nominees dropped for appointment into the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC, Sa’adu Alanamu, has denied ever being indicted for corrupt practice in Kwara State. Mr Alanamu was dropped alongside Maimuna Aliyu following revelation by International Center for Investigating Reporting, ICIR, that they were being investigated over multi-million naira corruption. However, in a press statement on Monday, Mr. Alanamu rebutted media reports...

08
Aug2017

Anambra church shooting: Tears, sorrow as survivors narrate ordeal

Anambra church shooting: Tears, sorrow as survivors narrate ordeal

A lone gunman entered Saint Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra State, emptied his cartridge, reloaded it and continued shooting before driving away in a waiting car, a witness has described. Charles Justice, who brought his wounded friends to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, said the incident happened after the homily at 6 a.m. Mass. “Those who died are mostly children and the elderly, I know about three children...

07
Aug2017

APC dead, not yet buried under Oyegun, says Frank

APC dead, not yet buried under Oyegun, says Frank

Suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, said in Abuja, on Sunday, that he had been vindicated by the recent comments credited to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over the happenings in the party. Frank, in a statement, commended the two men for summoning the courage to speak out against what he described as “undemocratic tendencies of the...

06
Aug2017

Adeboye Assures of God’s Touch at RCCG 2017 Convention

Adeboye Assures of God’s Touch at RCCG 2017 Convention

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has assured the public of physical and spiritual healing at the 65th Annual Convention of the church, which begins on Monday August 7, and runs till Sunday August 13. The Convention, with the theme “Halleluyah,” holds at the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and is expected to be attended by delegates from about 195 countries where...

05
Aug2017

Women candidates face curses and worse in Kenyan elections

Women candidates face curses and worse in Kenyan elections

Since entering politics, Kenyan lawmaker Sarah Korere has been insulted, shot at, slapped by a colleague and cursed by tribal elders - but she's still trying to take a man's parliamentary seat in one of Kenya's most violent regions. Korere's experiences are symptomatic of a wider hate campaign against female candidates in Kenyan politics, women representatives say, which helps give the east African nation the lowest representation of women in...

05
Aug2017

I know Kenya's next president- Juju man

I know Kenya's next president- Juju man

Ndumba Wa Ndumba has seen politicians fall over themselves to tap into power The witchdoctor claims that none of his customers has ever lost Who between MCAs, Governors, Women Reps, MPs and Senators seek your services more? For the last few months we have got more than 10 governors and more than 16 senators. MCAs are so many. I can say they are more than 40. Can witchcraft change the...

04
Aug2017

Fake doctor infects 6-yr-old boy with HIV

Fake doctor infects 6-yr-old boy with HIV

Nasarawa State Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has said that a fake medical doctor arrested for allegedly infecting a six-year-old boy with HIV through unscreened blood transfusion has tested positive to the virus. NSCDC Commandant in the state Lawan Bashir-Kano, who disclosed this to journalists in Lafia yesterday, said investigation into the case revealed that both the 30-year-old fake doctor Jonathan Ibrahim and his wife tested...

04
Aug2017

Priest quits Catholic Church, says “I want to go to heaven when I die”

Priest quits Catholic Church, says “I want to go to heaven when I die”

A Catholic priest in Uyo stunned radio listeners when he announced on a live programme that he was quitting the Catholic Church. Patrick Edet, who served under Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been a popular voice on radio in the state through his weekly live programme called Grace and Inspiration. On Wednesday, on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo, instead of airing his usual inspirational message which has over the...

04
Aug2017

Knocks as Ortom says Buhari’s illness makes Nigeria sick

Knocks as Ortom says Buhari’s illness makes Nigeria sick

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has drawn the ire of Nigerians for saying that with President Muhammadu Buhari’s sickness, the nation and indeed all Nigerians are sick. He said he and six of his colleagues that visited the ailing President in London last week advised the Nigerian leader not to be in a hurry to return to the country. He said the governors told Buhari, who left the country on...

03
Aug2017

How I was invited to buy ex-President Jonathan’s belongings – Trader

How I was invited to buy ex-President Jonathan’s belongings – Trader

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ashafa Murnai, Chairman of the Tipper Garage second-hand materials market, Ibrahim Bagobiri, explained how he was persuaded to buy some items looted from an Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the reason why he is on the run from the police. IBRAHIM: My name is Ibrahim, popularly known as the Chairman of Tipper Garage Market. PT: Do you know a police...

02
Aug2017

Charly Boy, AGN eulogise Fela 20 years after his death

Charly Boy, AGN eulogise Fela 20 years after his death

Entertainment maverick Charly boy and the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), on Wednesday eulogised late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, exactly two decades after his demise. Charly Boy described the late Fela as “unequalled legend who preached against corruption, injustice and other societal ills. “The truth is Fela never dies; he lives on with his music. “What Fela stood against across Africa, and Nigeria in particular, that made many to...

02
Aug2017

[A Short Story]: Scars of injustice - Nissi Utoh

[A Short Story]: Scars of injustice - Nissi Utoh

“Kill her. She must never come back here. Make it look like it was meant to happen.” The cell door opened and I was dragged out. The warden kicked me. “Get up!” He didn’t wait for me to get up before he kicked me again. “I’m getting up!” I yelled and made to stand up. The cell was eerily empty and when I looked, there was no one else inside....

02
Aug2017

[A Short Story]: Koleoso's Chronicles by Blessing Akinsehinwa

[A Short Story]: Koleoso's Chronicles by Blessing Akinsehinwa

She swayed as she walked out of their hut. Her left hand was clutched firmly to his side as he supported her heavy steps and slow movements, while her right hand held his cutlass tuck neatly in its scabbard. Outside of the hut, his best friend, Alamu, was seated on a stool waiting for Koleoso to join him for the day’s hunting in the forest. Koleoso emerged from inside with...

01
Aug2017

Devolution of power: Niger Delta leaders kick

Devolution of power: Niger Delta leaders kick

The Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) yesterday chided the National Assembly for rejecting the devolution of power to states in its constitution amendment bid. The group gave the Federal Government up till November 1 to meet its 16 -point demand, failing which it would consider pulling out of the ongoing peace process in the region. Besides, it called on the government to halt what it called the injustice...

01
Aug2017

The World Changers

The World Changers

With landmark achievements that have continued to define the products of Bridge House College, the 2017 set at their graduation ceremony was charged to go and change the narrative on the African continent. Peace Obi who was at the event, reports In the words of William Shakespeare, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, while some have greatness thrust upon them.” And for every speech, presentation or charge made at...

31
Jul2017

French actress Jeanne Moreau dies aged 89: agent

French actress Jeanne Moreau dies aged 89: agent

French actress Jeanne Moreau, who shot to fame in "Jules et Jim" and starred in some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the 20th century, has died aged 89, her agent said Monday. The actress, whose husky voice and show-stopping beauty captivated cinema audiences, was found dead at her home in Paris, the district's mayor told AFP. Having made her name in Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim", his 1962 story...

30
Jul2017

Madonna accepts damages over ‘invasion of privacy’

Madonna accepts damages over ‘invasion of privacy’

A lawyer for Madonna says the star and her twin daughters have accepted damages from the publisher of the Mail Online website over an article that was a "serious invasion of privacy." Madonna sued Associated Newspapers over a January story that gave details of her adoption of the twins from Malawi. Jenny Afia, Madonna's lawyer, told a judge in London that the story, which was published while the adoption was...

30
Jul2017

How can Nigerians be protected from the annual floods? - Ishaq Khalid

How can Nigerians be protected from the annual floods? - Ishaq Khalid

Nigerians are facing at least three months of battling against heavy rains that could lead to deadly, destructive flooding. At the beginning of July, the government warned that 30 of the country's 36 states could be at risk. Already, 16 states, including the commercial hub Lagos, have been badly affected. Five years ago, the worst flooding in more than 40 years in Nigeria claimed 431 lives and displaced nearly two...

30
Jul2017

Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked - Salem Solomon

Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked - Salem Solomon

For The Record: Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked Ravages of Terror Voice of AmericaFebruary 2017 A young boy is flogged in a public square. Onlookers shout “God is great.” Boko Haram militants shoot civilians in the heart and head, ignoring pleas of innocence and prayers. The report below contains graphic images from secret Boko Haram videos obtained by VOA. The harsh violence may offend some viewers. It shows the reality and...

29
Jul2017

Children give out their 62 years old mother to lover

Children give out their 62 years old mother to lover

The woman simply known as Geraldine from Isoko got married to Mr. Joshua from Urhobo in Delta State after their children consented to the marriage. The marriage reception took place at Agbara where the woman lived with one of her children, while she moved to her new husband’s place after the marriage at Omiyale in Ejigbo, Lagos. It was gathered that Geraldine separated from her husband after they had five...

29
Jul2017

Execution of Nigerian drug convict wrong – Indonesia’s ombudsman

Execution of Nigerian drug convict wrong – Indonesia’s ombudsman

The office of Indonesia’s ombudsman has unearthed evidence of rights violations in the execution of a Nigerian drug convict in 2016, an official said on Friday. Humphrey Jefferson was still seeking clemency from President Joko Widodo at the time of his execution, which meant he still had a chance of being pardoned, said Ninik Rahayu, an official of the ombudsman’s office who is overseeing the case. Jefferson, sentenced to death...

29
Jul2017

Halima Dangote: like father, like daughter

Halima Dangote: like father, like daughter

Halima Dangote, the second daughter of Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is undoubtedly a pride to the Dangotes. Already, it is being said that the beautiful mother of two shares a lot of things in common with her legendary billionaire father. Indeed, those who have been following her story with unalloyed interest say that the Group Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, Sublime Group, is beginning to show every imaginable sign...