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Monthly Archives: March 2021

Congo’s opposition candidate Kolelas dies

Congo’s opposition candidate dies a day after elections

Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas, leading opposition presidential candidate in Republic of Congo’s election, died on Sunday, a day after the country went to the polls. Kolelas was hospitalised on the eve of the elections and died of COVID-19 as he [...]

March 22, 2021 Government and politics
Kwik Delivery

Kwik Delivery launches delivery service in Abuja

Kwik Delivery  has launched its breakthrough, just-in time delivery service to businesses, government agencies and merchants in Abuja. Kwik Delivery offers 1-hour delivery through its fleet of bike delivery partners and also provides access to a host of reliable, efficient [...]

March 22, 2021 Technology
Gunmen attack yet another police station

Gunmen attack yet another police station in Imo

Gunmen have yet again attacked another police station in Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east. The police, according to a report by the Punch newspaper, have confirmed the attack which took place on Saturday against Isiala Mbano Divisional Police Headquarters in Umuelemai. The police [...]

March 22, 2021 Crime
Daughter of Slain Shiite Demand N5 Billion

Daughter of Slain Shiite Demand N5 Billion From Police

A young lady, Fatima Kabiru-Ahmed, who is a daughter of Kabiru Ahmed, a member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria killed by the police, has filed a N5 billion lawsuit against the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to compensate for [...]

March 22, 2021 Human rights
6 suspected Yahoo Boys perish

6 suspected Yahoo Boys perish in Delta crash

Six persons suspected to be internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys on Friday night reportedly perished in a lone accident in Ughelli area of Delta State. The accident which involved a Lexus SUV occurred near Ekiugbo junction along the [...]

March 22, 2021 General
Global middle class shrinks

Global middle class shrinks for first time since 1990s

The global middle class shrank for the first time in decades last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with almost two-thirds of households in developing economies reporting they suffered a loss in income, according to two new estimates based on [...]

March 19, 2021 Business
Market capitalisation

Market capitalisation plunges by N8 billion

Transactions on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) reversed the previous session’s gains to close on a downturn yesterday, with market capitalisation depreciating by N8 billion. The All-Share Index (ASI) fell by 14.68 absolute points, representing a decline of 0.04 per [...]

March 19, 2021 Business
Gunmen attack police patrol

Gunmen attack police patrol, kill officer in Anambra

A police officer has been confirmed dead after some gunmen on Thursday attacked a police patrol team in Anambra State, Nigeria’s South-east. The police spokesperson in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Tochukwu, [...]

March 19, 2021 Crime
Nigerian In India Arrested

Nigerian In India Arrested For Duping Trader

The cybercrime cell of Vadodara police on Wednesday, arrested a 31-year-old Nigerian, Elvis Owie, for duping a trader of Rs 22.67 lakh (N11 million). The accused, Owie was nabbed from Mumbai after the cops tracked him down through the bank [...]

March 19, 2021 Crime
Food Inflation

Food Inflation Rises To 21.79% In February 2021

Nigeria’s food inflation rate surged to 21.79% in February 2021, which is the highest rate recorded in Nigeria since October 2005—exactly 15 years and 4 months ago. The February 2021 CPI and Inflation Report as released by the National Bureau [...]

March 19, 2021 Finance

Brazil records more than 90,000 new COVID cases

Brazil has reported a single-day record of 90,303 new cases of COVID-19, as the South American nation continues to grapple with mounting coronavirus infections and deaths. The health ministry said on Wednesday that 2,648 additional deaths were recorded over the [...]

March 18, 2021 Health issues
Southern Christian president in 2023

Group insists on southern Christian president in 2023

The Nigeria Equity Group (NEG) has said it is working on a Consensus deal with the rest of the country to ensure that a Christian from the south emerges as President, come 2023. NEG appealed to all the political parties [...]

March 18, 2021 Government and politics
Lagos holds ‘day of tributes’

Lagos holds ‘day of tributes’ for Jakande

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has said the first civilian governor of the state, Lateef Jakande, remains a reference point for governance. Mr Sanwo-Olu said this on Wednesday at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Stadium, during a Day of Tributes [...]

March 18, 2021 Government and politics
10 Victims Kidnapped From Airport Quarters

Victims Kidnapped From Airport Quarters Rescued

Ten persons kidnapped at the Federal Airport Authority Staff Quarters in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state by bandits have been rescued by the Nigerian Army. The FAAN quarters is close to Kaduna International Airport. The victims were [...]

March 18, 2021 Government and politics
Tanzania's President John Magufuli

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli Dies

Tanzania’s vice president announced that President John Magufuli has died after weeks of uncertainty over his health and whereabouts. In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, Vice President Samia Suluhu said the 61-year-old president had died of [...]

March 18, 2021 Government and politics
Gunmen kill at least 58 civilians

Gunmen kill at least 58 civilians in attack on Niger

On Tuesday, the government said armed men in southwestern Niger have killed at least 58 people when they intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby village. The attacks on Monday occurred in the Tillabery region, [...]

March 17, 2021 Africa
Sports ministry to train youths

Sports Ministry to Train Youths in Digital Skills

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, has urged the need for empowerment of youths through digital training. He stated this, while unveiling plans by the ministry to hold a digital training at the National Youth Development Centre in Odeomu, Osun State, [...]

March 17, 2021 Sports
Nigeria’s debt

Nigeria’s debt to N32.9 trillion as 2020 borrowing

Nigeria’s total public debt as at December 31, 2020 was N32.915 trillion, the Debt Management Office has said. The figures include the debt stock of the federal and state governments, as well as, the Federal Capital Territory. The DMO blames the rise [...]

March 17, 2021 Economy, Finance
Oil Pipeline Vandals

Oil Pipeline Vandals Escape From NSCDC

Some suspected vandals arrested for vandalising pipelines have reportedly escaped from the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kogi state.  The anti-vandals unit of the corps had, on March 11, arrested the suspects, identified as [...]

March 17, 2021 Government and politics
Boko Haram

Boko Haram Releases Pictures Of 16 Soldiers Killed

Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, have released pictures of 15 soldiers killed by the group during an ambush on Nigerian soldiers [...]

March 17, 2021 Government and politics
Eastern DR Congo attack

At least a dozen killed in Eastern DR Congo attack

At least a dozen villagers have been killed in an overnight raid on a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a witness and monitoring and civil rights groups, in an attack blamed on the notorious [...]

March 16, 2021 Africa
Credible subscriber database

Nigeria Needs a Credible Subscriber Database to Curb Insecurity

Having a credible subscriber database will help in stemming the rising tide of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, and other criminalities perpetrated via the Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said. Specifically, the commission explained that having [...]

March 16, 2021 Crime
Nigeria distributes AstraZeneca

Nigeria Distributes AstraZeneca To All States But One

As the controversy over the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine continued on Monday, the Nigerian government assured of its safety as the country distributes almost four million doses of the vaccine. At least  three European countries – Germany, France and Italy – [...]

March 16, 2021 Health issues
Dependent On Expensive Borrowing

Nigeria Depends On Expensive Borrowing

The International Monetary Fund has said that Nigeria’s “over-Optimistic” revenue assumptions has made the government dependent on expensive borrowing from the Central Bank of Nigeria. The IMF stated that plans to increase Value Added Tax and minimum wage would also [...]

March 16, 2021 Business, Economy
Rooster Kills Its Owner

Rooster Kills Its Owner During Cockfight

A rooster fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight in southern India has killed its owner, sparking a manhunt for the organisers of the event. The bird had a knife attached to its leg when it inflicted serious wounds [...]

March 16, 2021 Crime
Troops Destroy Scores Of Boko Haram Terrorists

Troops Destroy Scores Of Boko Haram Terrorists

On Saturday, 13 March, 2021, elements of Boko Haram Terrorists and their Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) counterparts operating along the fringes of the Lake Chad and the Tumbus met their waterloo when they encountered dogged troops of Sector [...]

March 15, 2021 Boko Haram And Terror
Thione Seck

Thione Seck, Senegalese music legend dies at 66

On Sunday, Thione Seck, one of Senegal’s biggest music stars over the last 40 years, died at the age of 66 in the capital Dakar, his lawyer said. “He died this morning of an illness at the Fann hospital,” lawyer [...]

March 15, 2021 Africa, Music and film
livelihoods for Ogoni people

Experts insist on sustainable livelihoods for Ogoni people

Experts have canvassed sustainable means of livelihoods for Ogoni People in Rivers State, insisting that failure to do so five years after the commencement of the cleanup exercise, might worsen the plight of Ogoni people. They also argued that a [...]

March 15, 2021 Societal issues
Nigeria lowest daily infections

Nigeria lowest daily infections recorded from COVID-19 in five months

On Sunday, there were no fatalities recorded from COVID-19 in Nigeria as the country reported its lowest daily infection in five months. The 120 new cases on Sunday are lower than this year’s lowest daily tally of 195 new cases [...]

March 15, 2021 Health issues
Archbishop Kaigama

Archbishop Kaigama stated Nigerian Elites Have Failed

On Sunday, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama said the Nigerian elites have failed the country in all sectors. Kaigama disclosed this during his homily at St. Fabian’s Parish, Efab-Jabi in Abuja. The Archbishop stated that [...]

March 15, 2021 Government and politics