by on March 12, 2020
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was "marshaling the full power of the federal government" to confront a growing public health crisis, including a month-long halt in travel from Europe to the United States. Trump said he was overseeing "the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history." Trump was speaking during a rare Oval Office address to the nation after facing harsh criticism for his response to the pandemic. Wednesday evening's spee...
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by on March 10, 2020
The Kano State government has removed the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, from office. The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, announced this on Monday at the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House in Kano. Alhaji explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him. According to him, the removal was in line with the recommendation of ...
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by on March 1, 2020
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are expecting their first child together and are engaged to be married, the couple announced on Saturday. "The prime minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer," the couple said in a statement. The 55-year-old Johnson took office in July and led his Conservative Party to a decisive election victory in December. The announcement means ...
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by on February 26, 2020
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was ousted by the military in 2011 has died in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 91. Mubarak spent three decades in office before a popular uprising swept Egypt. He was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolution. That conviction was overturned and was freed in March 2017. His death was confirmed by Egyptian state news on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Al-Watan website reported that he died at a military hospital. Mub...
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by on February 26, 2020
A former spokesman for People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. The judge, Justice Okon Abang, had earlier found him guilty of all the seven-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The trial judge Justice Okon Abang acknowledged Dasuki’s role in the criminal breach of trust and corruption in office which Metuh committed. He said the former PDP spokesman lacked any documentary evidence to show ...
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by on January 16, 2020
Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sworn in as the substantive governor of Imo after the Supreme Court declared him winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election. Uzodinma was sworn in on by the Imo Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi, with his team of over 30 judges from the state judiciary at exactly 7.25 pm after his Deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku who took his oath of office by 7:15 p.m. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the swearing-in cere...
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by on January 15, 2020
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party as the governor of Imo State. The apex court declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state. Mr Uzodinma originally came fourth in the election. The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad gave the unanimous decision on Tuesday in Abuja. Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha (left),...
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by on January 11, 2020
Iran's military says it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, Iran's state TV reports. The statement said it had done so due to "human error" after the plane flew close to a sensitive site belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Those responsible would be held accountable, the statement said. Iran had previously rejected suggestions that one of its missiles brought down the plane near the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday. But pressure mounted after the US and Cana...
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by on January 4, 2020
 Donald Trump ordered a U.S. airstrike that killed one of Iran’s most powerful generals and sent global markets reeling as the president said the military leader was plotting attacks on Americans. “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught!” Trump tweeted Friday. “He should have been taken out many years ago!” he added. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier Friday...
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by on December 25, 2019
The State Security Service has released Sambo Dasuki. His lawyer, Raji Ahmed, told PREMIUM TIMES the former national security adviser was freed on Tuesday night. Mr Dasuki’s freedom comes hours after the SSS released Omoyele Sowore, an activist who was arrested in August for organising a nationwide protest for good governance. They were both released on the directive of Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, who prevailed on the SSS in a Tuesday morning statement to obey valid court orders and ...
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by on December 7, 2019
An estimated N675bn was paid in cash bribes to Nigerian public officials this year, according to a new survey by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.   The report, which was released on Friday said out of all Nigerians who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30.2 per cent paid a bribe to, or were asked to pay a bribe by, a public official. “This means that, although still relatively high, the...
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by on December 7, 2019
Nigerian authorities have detained journalist Omoyele Sowore a day after his bail was upheld by a high court. Images on Friday show Mr Sowore pinned to the floor during scuffles with state security agents at a court hearing. The former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters was first detained in August after he called for revolution. Despite being granted bail in October, authorities have continued to hold him, sparking an outcry from his supporters. His...
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