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April 24, 2017 9:23 PM Presidency, DSS boss to recall Punch Reporter

ABUJA- Presidency Monday night confirmed that the Director-Director, Department of State Security, DSS, Mallam Lawal Daura has given express clearance to recall the expelled Punch reporter, Olalekan Adetayo from the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He however advised that Security issues should not be toyed with by Journalists. “The Chairman Villa Chapel 13

April 24, 2017 9:01 PM Amosun saves Aregbesola’s aide from mob at Adeleke’s burial [PHOTOS]

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday, forestalled bloodshed as he prevented a crowd of sympathisers at the Ede, Osun State, country home of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, from lynching Ms Idia Babalola, Special Adviser to Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola. During the burial, many sympathisers became violent when Babalola came in for prayers 13

April 24, 2017 7:00 PM Makarfi-led PDP explains why PDP swept Ebonyi council polls

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the achievements of Governor Dave Umahi earned it victory at the just concluded Ebonyi State local government polls. The party said this in a statement signed by its National Caretaker Committee’s Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye on Monday in Abuja. PDP congratulated all the newly elected Chairmen and Councillors 12

April 24, 2017 6:46 PM Buhari’s CSO expels reporter from Aso Rock

The Chief Security Officer to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar, on Monday allegedly expelled the State House Correspondent with Punch Newspaper, Olalekan Adetayo, from the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Adetayo was invited to Abubakar’s office and was questioned over two reports in the newspaper considered uncomplimentary of Buhari and his administration 14

April 24, 2017 6:00 PM Tanker explodes in Lagos

A 33,000 litres tanker fully laden with diesel has crashed on a car in Lagos, leading to a fire outbreak. Sources said the tanker crashed on the BMW Car with registration number (LSD 462 CZ) while driving inward Ladipo area, Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the tanker, with registration number TUT 258 XA, belongs to Bovas Petroleum 10

April 24, 2017 5:20 PM France's steely Le Pen gets far-right in presidential runoff

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France – Marine Le Pen's steely resolve, helped by a cutting tongue, propelled her political career, but it was her masterful use of a soft touch that has brought her one step away from the French presidency. With that shift, Le Pen has widened her National Front party's appeal to voters once too timid for the extreme right. And this time, in France's 16

April 24, 2017 3:16 PM Oyo State Victorious In The U-19 Jide Badamosi Cricket Tournament — OsunDefenderOsunDefender

The Oyo State cricket team on Sunday won the first Jide Bademosi U-19 cricket tournament after beating Ogun by 78 runs in a nail-biting final played at the Liberty Stadium Cricket Oval, Ibadan. The victorious Oyo State team was made to sweat for the top prize as it was pushed to the limit in the match that attracted a large turnout of cricket enthusiasts 15

April 24, 2017 3:02 PM Police drag woman to court for attempting to jump into Lagos lagoon

The accused, who was arraigned on a charge of attempting to killing herself, pleaded not guilty. But the prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin insisted that the accused committed the offence on March 24 at about 10.00 a.m. on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos. He said the businesswoman was, however, prevented by security operatives from killing herself 8

April 24, 2017 2:36 PM China urges 'restraint' amid North Korea sinking threat

China's president has urged restraint on North Korea in a call with Donald Trump, a day after Pyongyang threatened to sink a US aircraft carrier. The telephone conversation is the second between the two leaders since they met in Florida earlier this month. It highlights Chinese fears that tensions between the US and North Korea could erupt into conflict 15

April 24, 2017 2:08 PM NDLEA arrests 32 drug suspects in Gombe

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gombe State command, has arrested 32 drug suspects with 39.908 kilogrammes of hard drugs and psychotropic substances in the first quarter of 2017. Mr Aliyu Adole, the NDLEA State Commander in Gombe, made this disclosure to newsmen in Gombe on Monday. “During this period, we arrested 32 suspects, who are currently 12