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18 Apr 2021
The calls for Nigeria's minister of communication and digital economy Dr Isa Ali Pantami to resign over his past extreme religious views continued on Sunday. 48-year-old Pantami, for the first time, on Saturday acknowledged his past views but said he has since renounced those radical comments, Daily Trust reported. The minister blamed his past radical…
28 Mar 2021
To many Nigerians, Jude Akuwudike’s name and face are not exactly familiar. The closest he got to a film remotely Nigerian was when he played Dada Goodblood in the film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation. But that can hardly subtract from his skills and accomplishments as an actor. Jude becoming an actor…
10 Aug 2020
Respite for drivers on e-hailing services will end later in August when Lagos State Government's new regulations for ride-hailing services take effect. Under the new regulations, which were earlier scheduled to take effect in March, third-party operators like Uber and Bolt that have over 1000 drivers on their platforms will pay ₦25 million licencing fee…
25 Jul 2020
Adetoke Ogunranti, a multimedia journalist, started her small logistics company in March with four motorcycles. She aimed to have another source of income. Three months later, Ogunranti was forced to sell off two of the four bikes. "Police, local government officials and NIPOST are taxing out of business," Ogunranti said on Friday evening. "There was…
30 Jun 2020
  In the last few decades, Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta has had to battle many problems: damaged environment, lax security that made militancy and kidnapping thriving businesses for a select few, dwindling livelihood occasioned by oil spillages, and bad governance.   While militancy - mostly attacks on oil installations and oil workers - has taken the…
23 May 2020
A "well-orchestrated" COVID-19-related fraud targeting multiple American states has been traced back to Nigeria, an internal US Secret Service memo said. The memo, seen by The Guardian, was reportedly sent to Secret Service's field offices across the US on Thursday, May 14. The Secret Service said the fraudsters are exploring the COVID-19 pandemic to commit…
24 Apr 2020
On April 2, the International Organisation for Migration rescued 256 persons in the arid northern Niger. The trafficked persons were abandoned by their traffickers close to the Niger-Libya border, dehydrated and desperately in need of food. A baby was among those rescued, IOM's Chief of Mission in Niger, Barbara Rijks, said. All the rescued persons…
14 Apr 2020
https://youtu.be/La4XOK7mv7k As parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, enter the third week of coronavirus lockdown, the people are demanding that the government should hand out cash to ease off hunger. The International Monetary Fund said in 2017 that the informal sector was responsible for about 65% of the country's GDP. The bulk of the…
1 Mar 2020
Agents of Nigeria's secret police on Sunday visited the home of the editor of Premium Times, Musikilu Mojeed, in their quest to pry information from one of the newspaper's reporters. The two agents, who visited Mojeed's residence, arrived and left in a Toyota Camry car. DSS is looking to extract the source of a secret…
29 Feb 2020
A Nigerian journalist with Premium Times is currently in hiding after the Department of State Services hounded him over a report he wrote about the rift between the National Security AdviserBabagana Monguno and President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff Abba Kyari. Samuel Ogundipe wrote a detailed report in which he exposed the simmering fight for…
29 Feb 2020
A Facebook post published by AIT News Nigeria claimed that the man who drove the first person to test positive to the novel coronavirus in Nigeria to Ogun State escaped from a hospital where he was receiving treatment after he also tested positive to the virus. The author of the post claimed that the picture…
28 Feb 2020
Lagos State Government is planning to put in place a new regulation for ride-hailing companies operating in the state - a regulation that may hobble operations of car-hailing companies. Under the new regulations, which come into effect on March 1, drivers on ride-hailing platforms are required to have LASDRI card and a driver badge issued…