Emmanuel

Emmanuel Ogala is an investigative reporter and heads the Digital Strategy unit of PREMIUM TIMES. Emmanuel, an experienced web developer. Before joining PREMIUM TIMES, Emmanuel worked for 234NEXT. His stories have won awards in the 2014 CNN-Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award and the 2013 Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism awards.

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EFCC Operatives

In separate probe, EFCC begins investigation of eight judges, two court registrars

At least eight Nigerian judges and two court registrars are being investigated following allegations of corruptions levelled against them, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said. The announcement came six days after the State Security Services raided the homes of seven other judges and arrested them over graft charges.…

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How to pad the Nigerian budget and become a billionaire (Part 2)

PREMIUM TIMES has uncovered another budget padding scheme Nigerian lawmakers and cohorts in businesses and the executive arm of the government have deployed to steal billions of public funds through annual budgets. People familiar with this second strategy have been briefing PREMIUM TIMES since the first story was published. This…

FILE PHOTO: Former Finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala laying the budget before National Assembly Lawmakers

How we used SURE-P funds for 2015 elections — ex-Governor’s aide

Nasiru Ingawa, a former special adviser on SURE-P to the former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, said on Wednesday that part of the State SURE-P funds were used for campaign for the 2015 election. Mr. Ingawa disclosed this in Katsina during cross-examination before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of…

Dogara Jibrin

How to “pad” the Nigerian budget and be a billionaire

The public row between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his erstwhile ally and former chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has provided a glimpse into how lawmakers routinely make billions of naira by inserting fictitious projects into the national budget each year. Nigerians…

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Kogi University students shut down Lokoja; travelers stranded

Students of Kogi State University, Thursday morning, shut down the state capital, Lokoja, leaving many travelers stranded, in protest of the prolonged closure of their school. Kogi is a major transit point that links the northern and southern parts of Nigeria. Lecturers in the school went on strike three months…

Aisha And Fayose

Why Aisha Buhari can’t sue me now — Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised Aisha, President Muhammadu Buhari's wife to drop the threat to sue him for defamation of character, saying by virtue of Section 308 of the constitution, he remained immune from legal attacks until the end of his tenure. The counsel to the president’s wife,…

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BIOGRAPHY: 10 things to know about new NNPC GMD, Maikanti Kacalla Baru

Born July 1959, he is 57 years old He is from Jama'are in Bauchi State, in the North-East geopolitical zone, but grew up in Jos, Plateau State. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and is well respected within the profession. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,…

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Court sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party,…

EFCC Operatives

Aisha Buhari in Jefferson bribery scandal not President Buhari’s wife — Ex-EFCC boss, Lamorde

The Aisha Buhari named in the bribery scandal involving a U.S. Congressman, Williams Jefferson, is not the Aisha that is President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, has told PREMIUM TIMES. "I can tell you authoritatively that the Aisha Buhari named…

Three of the PDP Edo governorship aspirants, L-R: Iduoriyekemwen, Edebiri and Ize-Iyamu at a programme in Benin City.

Oshiomhole’s former associate, Ize-Iyamu, emerges PDP candidate for Edo governorship poll

The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has nominated Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its flag-bearer in the September 10 governorship election in the state. Mr. Ize-Iyamu, a lawyer and pastor, defeated two other challengers - Solomon Edebiri; and Mathew Iduoriyekemwen. In the result of the primaries announced by Governor Dave Umahi…

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INVESTIGATION: How Governors Dickson, Okowa spend billions on high tech spying on opponents, others

Nigerian politicians have driven their illegal surveillance and communication interception programs to new heights with the acquisition of the latest tracking technology that allows them decrypt telephone calls made over 3G networks in real time. The technology could also track the exact position of a user, even when abroad. The…

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‘Seven things Buhari should do to end Niger Delta crisis’

There are at least seven steps the Nigerian government should take to end the brewing military conflict in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, a coalition of several civil society activists and organizations have said. The region is facing increasing military operations as the government responds to a new wave…

Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, suspended for ‘lying about country’s budget’

The Brazilian senate has suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The senators voted 55 to 22 to suspend the president to allow for her trial over allegations she broke the country's budget laws. President Rousseff is facing impeachment for allegedly lying about the country's budget, to hide deficits. Her salary, residency and…

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Sahara Reporters publisher, Sowore, accuses Saraki of identity theft

The publisher of Sahara Reporters has accused Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of cloning his newspaper and stealing his brand identities to create fake versions of his website. Sahara Reporters, a U.S.-based news website, with special focus on Nigeria, said it believed the Nigerian senate president, who is facing charges…

Some parents of the abducted girls discuss on what to present to the visiting presidential panel at GSS Chibok

Nigeria sends Chibok parents to Cameroon over claims by arrested female suicide bomber

The Federal Government is to send some members of the Chibok community to neighbouring Cameroon, to verify whether a female suicide bomber arrested on Friday, is one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special…

PIC.4.  NATIONAL AND STATE ASSEMBLIES RE-RUN ELECTION IN RIVERS

Rivers Re-Run: How we narrowly escaped death – INEC official

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Saturday survived heavy gun attacks in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, a collation officer, Allwell Egeonu, has said. The collation officer, a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, said the attack started at about 7:30 P.M. when collation…

James Ocholi

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, wife, son, die in road crash

Nigeria's Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, is dead. Born November 26, 1960, he was 55. He died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Mr. Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kogi state, and his son died on…

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CAR: Why UN must strengthen peacekeepers — Amnesty International

Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. With a new president to be elected in less than a week, Amnesty’s report…

Doyin Okupe

INVESTIGATION: How Jonathan govt. paid companies linked to Doyin Okupe to hack ‘unfriendly’ websites

Two companies linked to Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, got at least N1.6 billion off the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in three shady cyber security contracts, PREMIUM TIMES investigations have shown. One of the contracts had instructions to hunt down unfriendly media websites…

The parish office of St. Pius the 10th Catholic Church, Shuwa

SPECIAL REPORT: Untold story of how Boko Haram wages its ‘jihad’ and how brutalized residents survived

Adamawa State's official alias is 'Land of Beauty'. Borno State: Land of Peace. Yobe State: Pride of the Sahel. Then came the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (Arabic for "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad) but more commonly known as Boko Haram and dreaded for…

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Presidential Media Chat: Buhari’s maiden chat — LIVE UPDATES

President Muhammadu Buhari is tonight hosting his maiden Presidential Media Chat since assuming office on May 29 this year. The challenges confronting Nigeria – insecurity, the economy, corruption, dearth of infrastructure – are still largely the same issues the last administration grappled with. The presidency promised in the past to…

Prof Chidi Odinkalu

BOOK REVIEW: Nigeria and the Search for a Politics Based on Ideas, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

  Title: Democracy, Good Governance and Sustainable Development Author: Professor Jerry Gana, Ph.D. Publisher: New York/Abuja, Triatlantic Books Year: 2015 Pages: 311 Price: Unstated Reviewer: Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, Ph.D. In the general elections of 2015, Nigeria for the first time replaced a ruling party through the ballot box. Until now,…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo whispering to  Goodluck Jonathan, a former president too while latter was still in power

EXCLUSIVE: Obasanjo to Jonathan: Use your Foundation to show remorse for your past actions

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to use the new Foundation he is establishing to engage in soul-searching and in reviewing his past actions. In the letter, dated October 12, 2015, Mr. Obasanjo also advised Mr. Jonathan to consider the Foundation as a platform…

Ben Ezeamalu

PREMIUM TIMES journalist wins 2015 African Fact-Checking Awards

PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria’s leading investigative newspaper, shone like a million stars on Thursday night after one of its reporters was named winner of the prestigious, continent-wide African Fact-Checking Award. To win the coveted prize, Ben Ezeamalu, PREMIUM TIMES' Metro Editor, beat two other finalists - Philip de Wet of the Mail…

Mr. Lamorde taking over from Farida Waziri in 2011

UPDATED: Buhari removes EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, appoints replacement

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the chairman of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde. Mr. Lamorde, a police officer, was removed Monday, four years after he took over as chairman of the agency. He worked earlier as the director of operations before he was appointed…