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Supreme Court to decide fate of Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, today

The Supreme Court will, Tuesday, deliver judgement on various appeals challenging the election of the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. Two of the appeals were filed by a former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada and the former deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, James Faleke.…

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ANALYSIS: How House of Reps may resolve budget scandal

Festus Owete in this analysis examines how the House of Representatives may approach the allegation of budget padding upon resumption on Tuesday. One issue that is certain to feature prominently as the House of Representatives reconvenes from its three-month recess, Tuesday, is the controversial allegation of budget padding against its…

Osita Okechukwu

INTERVIEW: How Voice of Nigeria, VON, was badly mismanaged, with 6 of 8 transmitters lost – DG, Okechukwu

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, speaks on his new assignment, the Buhari administration, Igbo presidency and others. Excerpts: PT: What are the challenges you encountered since your assumption of duty as director general? Okechukwu: On my assumption of duty at…


INTERVIEW (Part 1): Buhari, lawmakers, other Nigeria leaders must make more sacrifices – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, the activist turned senator fielded questions from the editors. He spoke on various issues, including the economy, Boko Haram, accountability in the National Assembly, and his grouse with his state…

Godsday Orubebe

Most Niger Delta projects have no impact on people – Ministry

A ministerial technical audit committee on the contracts awarded by the Ministry of Niger Delta between 2009 and 2015 has said most of the contracts awarded by the ministry in the oil-rich region had no impact on the people. It also revealed that only N427 billion, representing 60 per cent…


Ex-Information Minister, Maku, Nasarawa govt clash over alleged Ombatse threat

A former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has alleged of plot to frame him up as a sponsor of ​violence purportedly planned by a group called new Ombatse ​in his home Nasarawa State.​ He ​said this on Monday in a statement. Mr. Maku, who is the ​n​ational ​s​ecretary of the…


ThisDay journalist, ex-PDP deputy spokesperson join race for PDP publicity secretary position

A former Deputy Editor of ThisDay Newspapers, Kola Ologbondiyan, and a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode Ojomu, have joined the race for the position of the national publicity secretary of the party. Both Messrs. Ologbondiyan and Ojomu announced their intention to vie for the…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s ministers battle over control of Ecological Fund

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, are currently engaged in battle over the control of the Ecological Fund. A bill proposed by Mr. Malami putting the management of the Fund under the Office of the Secretary to…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan tackled Nigerian lawmakers on budget padding

The raging feud between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over the padding  of the 2016 budget has again brought to fore the question the integrity of Nigeria’s budgeting process. Mr. Dogara had, during the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Presidential panel establishes Boko Haram ties with Al-Qaeda

The dreaded Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, established links with some international terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abducted Female Students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, has said. The committee stated this in its report submitted to former President Goodluck Jonathan before he left office. The…

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Former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, formally returns to APC

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, on Friday returned to the All Progressives Congress. Mr. Ribadu said in a statement he posted on his Facebook page that he rejoined the party online on Friday, and then hosted officials of the party from his Bako…

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM 

EXCLUSIVE: How to rescue missing Chibok schoolgirls– Presidential Committee

The Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abducted Female Students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, has asked the federal government to take advantage of foreign support, backed with hi-tech equipment, to locate the abducted girls and rescue them. It also called for the beefing up of arms and ammunition of the…


SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Dino Melaye’s broken, controversy-laden lawmaking life 

In this report, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete traces Dino Melaye’s controversies in the National Assembly since 2007. Not many Nigerians, especially close watchers of Nigeria’s National Assembly, will be surprised at the outburst and behaviour of Senator Dino Melaye on the floor of the Senate last Tuesday. Mr. Melaye, the…

Femi Gbajabiamila

INTERVIEW: Why National Assembly budgets, lawmakers’ pay should be made public — Gbajabiamila

The Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, Mohammed Lere and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on his defeat in the race for Speaker, why Nigerians are not sympathetic to lawmakers, the huge salaries and allowances earned by the lawmakers and other issues.…

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INTERVIEW: How Buhari spends his time outside official hours – Femi Adesina

Shortly before the one year anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, spoke to PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Sani Tukur, on the achievements of the administration, how the president spends his time outside official hours, his family life,…

President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo credit: www.ibtimes.co.uk)

President Buhari is ill

President Muhammadu Buhari is ill and is being treated at the presidential villa, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. The president has an infection in his left ear, otherwise called Meniere Disease, a challenge which has drastically reduced his outings in the last one week. As a result of the infection,…

Ali Modu Sherriff PDP

PDP may not participate in Edo guber elections, INEC warns

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it is yet to take a position on the leadership crisis rocking Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party. INEC’s Deputy Director for Public affairs, Nick Dazang, who disclosed this on “Political Platform,” a programme on Ray Power FM Radio Station, on Thursday,…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

APC chair, Oyegun, faults calls for party’s campaign funds probe

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has faulted calls for investigation into the funding of the party’s 2015 presidential campaign, which brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power. Mr. Buhari won the March 28 presidential election defeating Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party. The funding of…


Over 30 companies ready to invest in Nigeria’s refineries – Govt

The federal government said on Thursday that about 37 companies had already expressed interest in investing in the nation’s refineries following the recent liberalisation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry. It also listed several other benefits accruing from the decision to include the creation of about 200,000 jobs…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

INTERVIEW: APC Chairman, Oyegun, “incompetent, destroying party” – Spokesperson

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Samuel Ogundipe, speaks on the crisis in the ruling party, the corruption trial of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, the Buhari administration and other issues. Excerpts: PT: Why are you troubling your party?…

Tony Anenihh

Anenih is not dead – Aide

Contrary to reports, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Anthony Anenih, is alive, his aide, Sufuyan Ojeifo, has said. Mr. Anenih, 82, was reported to have slumped on Sunday while having breakfast at his Durham Broadway private London home after he was discharged…

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Tension in Nigeria pharmaceutical institute over alleged diversion of World Bank grant, staff salaries

Tension is building up at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development in Abuja over allegations that its Director General, Kamiyus Gamaniel, embezzled a World Bank grant to the Institute as well as funds meant for staff salary. Mr. Gamaniel, a professor, was accused of cornering about $514,000.36 (N77.10m)…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki rejects Omolori as Clerk to the National Assembly

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has requested the National Assembly Service Commission to reverse the appointment of Mohammed Sani-Omolori, as the Clerk to the Assembly, to allow further consultations. Mr. Sani-Omolori was named the acting Clerk to the National Assembly on Wednesday in a letter by the Executive…





WEDNESDAY (24/2/16).

ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s ruling party at war with itself

In less than one year of its ascension to power, the ruling All Progressives Congress is bedevilled with internal crises. Unless these crises are contained early enough, the party’s chances of returning to power in 2019 might be limited. The APC was formed in 2013 following the successful merger talks…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

INTERVIEW: Why Saraki’s Corruption Trial Must Continue – APC Chairman Oyegun

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, in this brief chat with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on the state of the party, the corruption trial of the senate president and other issues. Excerpt: PT: Almost one year after your party came to…