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Nigerian passenger passes out aboard KLM flight

Pandemonium broke out Friday aboard KLM Flight KL 0587 bound to Lagos from Amsterdam after a male passenger passed out in the hands of two men in plainclothes believed to be Dutch policemen. The aircraft waiting to taxi off the tarmac had a 10-minute delay, for reasons that were not…

Nigerian Ports Authority, Roro Port

SPECIAL REPORT: How NPA officials by-passed procurement laws to corner N717 billion contracts

Officials at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are brazenly and fraudulently bypassing Nigeria's public procurement law to award multi-billion naira contracts to handpicked contractors, a month-long investigation by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. At least N717 billion in juicy contracts have so far been illegally awarded to one contractor alone. Under…

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INVESTIGATION: How Visafone conned 2,000 workers into mass resignation before MTN takeover

Visafone Communications Ltd tricked over 2,000 employees into disengagement to pave way for its takeover last January by telecom giant, MTN, PREMIUM TIMES investigation reveals. On January 7, MTN Nigeria announced it had completed the acquisition of Visafone, then the only surviving Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network in Nigeria’s telecommunications…

Niger Delta militants

18 new armed groups spring up in Nigeria

A total of 18 new armed groups have sprung in Nigeria in the last 17 months, according to a report by a crisis-monitoring group. The report puts Nigeria well-ahead of any other African nation, as the country with the fastest-growing number of new armed dissident groups. In apparent reflection of…

Former President,  Goodluck Jonathan

How N215billion import waiver was disbursed in 4 years, mostly during ‘night visits to President’

A total N215 billion in import duty exemptions was granted in four years, between 2011 and May 2014 under the leadership of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Most of the waiver deals, it was gathered, were sealed during midnight visits to the presidential villa. Data obtained from…

Godswill Akpabio

SPECIAL REPORT: Ex-Govs Akpabio, Amaechi, Suntai received billions in waivers to buy aircraft, 200 BMW cars

While they held sway in their respective states, three former governors of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba received waivers to buy different ranges of aircrafts that included a Bombardier private jet and a Bell 407 Helicopter, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. The governors and other serving government officials circumvented paying…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria’s Elephant Group in $5.5 million rice import mess

Elephant Group, one of Nigeria’s biggest commodity traders, is enmeshed in a fresh scandal following a near clandestine import last week of a vessel-load of rice using expired import papers. In what would amount to a double exploitation of the already weak Nigerian economy, the company used questionable documents to…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How the Onitsha massacre of pro-Biafra supporters was coordinated — SSS operative

A week after the slaying of pro-Biafra demonstrators in Onitsha, details of how the mass killing was coordinated by security forces have emerged. PREMIUM TIMES has obtained an insider account by a whistleblower, who is an operative of the State Security Service. The same whistleblower had reached out and provided…

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PHOTO NEWS: Inside the massive extrajudicial killings in Nigeria’s South-East

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SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the massive extrajudicial killings in Nigeria’s South-East

It happened in quick successions. The day was December 17, 2015. News had just come over the radio of a court ruling in favour of the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Jubilant crowds poured out into the streets of Onitsha, the…

Uba, former domestic assistant to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

#PanamaPapers: While holding public office, Andy Uba illegally holds asset in tax haven

In November 2004, Andy Nnamdi Uba was only a special assistant on domestic affairs to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo but he possibly had enormous wealth in his hands that he sought the services of the offshore handlers, Mossack Fonseca, to float for him an anonymous company, the type that…

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

#PanamaPapers: How Alamieyeseigha began looting Bayelsa 3 months after becoming governor

Almost immediately after he was sworn in as the first democratically-elected governor of Bayelsa State in May 1999, the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha began his long journey of stealing in office by erecting solid offshore structures, including the now infamous company, Solomon & Peters Limited. Documents exclusively obtained by German newspaper,…

Hakeem Belo-Osagie

#PanamaPapers: Secret assets of Etisalat chairman, Hakeem Belo-Osagie, uncovered in tax haven

A portion of the wealth owned by former Chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Hakeem Belo-Osagie, is domiciled in trusts and shell companies in some notorious tax havens around the world, with some in Jersey in the Channel Islands, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. The Channel Islands…

The US Ambassador to Nigeria paid a visit to Miva Rice Mill in April 2014

How Michael Aondoakaa’s rice business attracted America’s attention

As Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa attracted international attention as a key figure in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar’Adua who provided critical legal cover for the survival of a President plagued with ill-health. Six years after he served as Nigeria’s number one judiciary…

A network of companies for Aliko Dangote and Sayyu Dantata

#PanamaPapers: Africa’s richest man, Dangote, his brother, Dantata, linked to shell companies in tax havens

With a staggering $15.4 billion wealth, Nigeria’s businessman and industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is on Forbes Rich List as the richest man in Africa. But does Mr. Dangote pay his fair share of tax in Nigeria or is he hiding assets abroad? That remains unclear. Yet that question has become even…

Senate President Bukola Saraki CCB Trail

#PanamaPapers: Why I failed to declare my wife’s assets — Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has reacted to an investigation by PREMIUM TIMES that exposed hidden assets owned by his wife, Toyin Saraki, which he failed to declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) as required by Nigerian laws. At least four assets belonging to the wealthy…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, docked by the Code of Conduct Bureau

#PanamaPapers: Hidden family assets of Nigeria’s Senate President, Saraki, uncovered in tax havens

At least four assets belonging to the wealthy and famous Saraki family of Nigeria, all tucked away in secret offshore territories, have been uncovered. But the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, failed to declare them to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) as required by Nigerian laws. This revelation,…

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Argentine commission to train African judges

Argentine human rights commission, CIDPH, has kicked off a programme designed to promote justice delivery in select African countries. The judiciary and other justice operators in Angola, Congo, Morocco and Cameroon will be the first set of beneficiaries of a capacity-building programme aimed at expanding ‘Access to Justice’ across Africa.…

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Controversy over Cross River’s Super highway as work begins without Environmental Impact Assessment

Following commencement of work, without environmental impact assessment, on a controversial superhighway by the Cross River State Government, about 60,000 indigenous people face threats just as bulldozers are already destroying priceless forest reserves. Cross River is host to the largest remaining rainforests of Nigeria and one of the largest bio-diversity…

Agatu Kilings

EXCLUSIVE: Why we struck in Agatu — Fulani herdsmen

A leader of the Fulani ethnic group has provided a detailed insight into why his people attacked the Agatu people of Benue, sacking several communities and killing hundreds. In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Saleh Bayeri, the Interim National Secretary of Gan Allah Fulani Association, rose in defence of…

Agatu Kilings

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Agatu killing field: blood on the streets, charred bodies everywhere

Across the Nasarawa-Benue borderline, Agatu was still hundreds of miles away but passengers on the motorway were already getting an eyeful of savagery. In a village farm with fresh ridges heralding a new planting season, a young Fulani herder was perched on a cashew tree, his cattle trampling below him.…

Ifeoma Nichodemus

Controversy over alleged abduction of another “15-year old” in Zaria

A fresh controversy has broken out in Zaria, Kaduna State, over alleged 'abduction' of a '15- year old' school girl, Ifeoma Nicodemus. Her teacher father, Nicodemus Odugusi, said she was 'abducted' on September 14, 2014, when she was 14 and had since been held against her will for the past…

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EXCLUSIVE: Agatu Killings: Och’ Idoma expels suffering refugees from domain

Hundreds of survivors of the Agatu killings in Benue State who were taking refuge outside the Oturkpo palace of the paramount ruler of Idomaland, the Och' Idoma, have been chased away in what is double jeopardy for a lot of them. The refugees said they were chased on the orders…

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s revenue woes worsen as major trouble hit Forcados, oil lifting suspended

Nigeria’s crude oil export operation has suffered a serious setback following a major crack-up of a giant underwater pipeline at the Forcados export terminal. Following the incident, crude oil lifting h‎as now been suspended at that platform, officials said. The pipeline, described as a big artery in the nation’s oil…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

How Jonathan govt. issued multi billion naira rice import quotas last day in office

A few hours to the expiration of President Goodluck Jonathan's tenure, papers for a huge rice import quota worth billions of Naira were rushed in for the president's accent, ostensibly as parting gifts to cronies and businessmen close to the power corridor. A state House memo dated May 27, 2015…