#RevolutionNow: Buhari’s aide says protesters ‘bunch of people trying to be funny’

The spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, has berated efforts of young Nigerians who came out on Wednesday to protest against the unchecked level of insecurity and corruption in the country. Using the #RevolutionNow tag, scores of protesters, especially the youth, in at least five states across the country, ...

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Boko Haram, not soldiers, attacked Borno Governor’s convoy – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters has replied the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on the accusation that soldiers were responsible for the attack on his convoy last week Wednesday in Baga, a town in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state. This newspaper reported how Mr Zulum survived an ambush by gunmen ...

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NNPC records 43% drop in oil pipeline vandalism in May

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has recorded an encouraging 43 per cent drop in cases of willful damage of its oil pipeline infrastructure by suspected oil thieves in May. This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson of the corporation, Kennie Obateru, on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement ...

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U.S. offers $10m for information on election intruders

The United States has announced a 10-million-dollar (N3.8 billion) reward for information on foreign interference in its elections. The Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, announced the offer in a statement on Wednesday. The move is targeting foreign government agents seeking to compromise the country’s federal, state or local elections through ...

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Branded face masks prohibited at polling units – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that political parties’ branded face masks/coverings would not be allowed at polling units on election days. INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Wednesday during a town hall meeting in Nasarawa state with political parties and other election stakeholders. The meeting was ...

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Chinese loans constitute only 3.9% of Nigeria’s total public debt stock – DMO

Total loans by the Chinese government and affiliate agencies to Nigeria is about $3.121 billion and constitutes only about 3.94 per cent of Nigeria’s total public debt of $79.3 billion as of March 31, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said. Also, in terms of external sources of funds, Chinese ...

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#RevolutionNow: Arrested protesters released in Lagos, Abuja, detained in Osun

Dozens of protesters who were arrested in Lagos and Abuja on Wednesday were released hours later. However, the protesters arrested in Osun were detained overnight. PREMIUM TIMES reported how scores of protesters were arrested in different states as security agencies used force to stop the largely peaceful #RevolutionNow protests. The ...

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Coronavirus: Nigeria records 457 new cases, 17 deaths

For five consecutive days, Nigeria has continued to record daily coronavirus infections below 500. On Wednesday, 457 coronavirus infections were confirmed, two days after 288 cases – the lowest number since June 8 – were reported. The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 44,890, ...

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Health, safety of Nigerians is Buhari administration’s priority – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the federal government intends to examine every possible option in the development and distribution of a vaccine against COVID-19, as the health and safety of Nigerian citizens is the priority of the Buhari administration. Mr Osinbajo disclosed this on Wednesday during a virtual meeting ...

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No repentant Boko Haram member has been absorbed into Nigerian military – Presidency

The presidency on Wednesday refuted the claim that some repentant Boko Haram fighters have been allowed to join the Nigerian military. The rumour has circulated on social media with many Nigerians questioning the government’s deradicalisation programme. The rumour worsened recently after the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, said his convoy ...

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