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Eight more Nigerian judges to be arrested in SSS clampdown

At least eight more senior judges in Nigeria are being investigated for corruption and may be arrested anytime from now, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The eight are part of 15 judges that are being investigated by the State Security Service for alleged corrupt practices. Already, seven judges were arrested between…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Malabu $1.3 billion scandal: Dutch investigators question Shell officials

Officials of Shell, the multi-national oil firm at the heart of one of the largest oil heist in Nigeria, have been questioned by Dutch investigators for their roles in the deal. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Shell and Italian oil giant, Eni, agreed to secretly pay $1.3 billion to Malabu…

Muhammadu Buhari in an Aljazeera Interview

Buhari drags Nigeria into Saudi-led Islamic coalition against terrorism

Nigeria will join the Saudi Arabia led coalition of Muslim countries against terrorism, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Mr. Buhari stated this in an interview with Aljazeera Television. "We are part of it because we have got terrorists in Nigeria that everybody knows which claims that they are Islamic," the…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Acting President Osinbajo, Attorney General Malami in turf war over $1.3 billion Malabu scam

On Thursday, January 28, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), received a letter. The two-paragraph letter from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, made only one request from the anti-graft chief. Signed by…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

EXCLUSIVE: Shell, Eni in fresh trouble as Nigeria begins moves to withdraw OPL 245

The Nigerian government is set to retrieve one of Africa's richest oil blocs from oil giants, Shell and Eni, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Not only will the two oil giants lose OPL 245, should President Muhammadu Buhari approve the recommendations, they will also be fined billions of dollars for illegal…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

$1.1billion Fraud: British Judge questions Jonathan’s integrity, stops Etete from getting N17 billion

A British Judge on Tuesday refused to release $85 million (N17 billion) to Malabu, a fraudulent company controlled by Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Dan Etete. In refusing to release the money to Malabu, Justice Edis of the Southwark Crown Court declared that he was not sure the administration of President…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Malabu OPL245 Fraud: Dan Etete wants Nigeria’s N17 billion

British court will on Tuesday, December 15, decide whether  $85 million (N17 billion) frozen by UK authorities should be released to a fraudulent company, Malabu Oil and Gas, controlled by ex-convict, Dan Etete. The money, frozen at the request of Italian authorities, is part of the $1.092 billion paid by…

Boko Haram

BudgIT: Using data journalism to simplify Boko Haram, budget in Nigeria

When President Muhammadu Buhari on November 18 ordered the arrest of Nigeria‘s immediate past National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), one major reason was given. Mr. Dasuki and several others had been indicted by a presidential panel of mismanaging billions of dollars; money meant to procure arms for the…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

The N155billion Malabu Scam: EFCC quizzes Jonathan’s associate who helped distribute ‘slush fund’

In continuation of its investigation into the N155billion Malabu Oil deal involving former Petroleum Resources Minister, Dan Etete, and some top officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday interrogated a close associate of both Mr. Etete and Mr. Jonathan. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that…


THROWBACK(5): Howard University faults Diezani Alison- Madueke’s year of graduation

This story is being reprinted with permission from NEXT which remains its appropriate copyright owner. By Idris AkinbajoAugust 6, 2011 She really was not required to enroll for national service. As Diezani Alison-Madueke settles into her second tour of duty as Nigeria’s petroleum minister, she wouldn’t have been burdened by…

Iran President, Hassan Rowhani

Nigeria, UN Security Council approve Iran nuclear deal

Nigeria and the other 14 members of the United Nations Security Council have unanimously approved the nuclear deal signed between the the world's major powers and Iran. The deal was reached between the five permanent members of the council (plus Germany, P5+1) and Iran. The deal mandates ‎Iran to stop…

Buhari with World leaders

Buhari chooses to be neutral as Nigeria abstains from crucial UN vote

Nigeria on Wednesday abstained from voting on a Security Council resolution that would have dubbed the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war, a "crime of genocide". Nigeria was joined by fellow African country, Angola, as well as China and Venezuela, to abstain from voting. Despite their abstentions, the…

Dan Etete

EFCC reopens investigation, quizzes Etete over dubious $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday moved against convicted felon and former minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, over the transfer of $1.1 billion made to his phoney company, Malabu Oil and Gas, for the sale of OPL 245 to Italian oil giant, Eni and Royal Dutch Shell…


EASTER: CAN prays for Buhari’s success as Nigeria’s president

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has prayed for the success of the coming administration of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor, said, “I also pray for peace for the incoming administration led by Rtd Major General, Muhammadu Buhari with…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian troops with captured ammunition from a past operation in Konduga

Inside details of Boko Haram’s 3-pronged attack on Maiduguri, Konduga, Monguno

Nigerian soldiers on Sunday faced three separate and daring raids by Boko Haram insurgents on three major towns of Borno State and successfully repelled two of them, the Defence Headquarters has said. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information, said the daring attacks on Maiduguri and neighbouring Konduga by insurgents…

Governor Olusegun Mimiko

‎Panic in Labour Party as Governor Mimiko concludes plan to join PDP

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo has concluded plans to dump the Labour Party [LP] for Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a development that has sparked panic in the state chapter of the LP. Mr. Mimiko disclosed this to LP leaders across the state in a meeting at the Governor's…

FILE PHOTO: Scene of a bomb blast in Abuja on June 25, 2014

Explosion rocks Abuja, many feared dead – Live Updates

The explosion occurred at about 4pm‎. (more…)

Imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists. L-R: Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed  and Peter Greste

UPDATE: Egypt sentences 3 Al Jazeera journalists to jail

"There is only one sensible outcome now - for the verdict to be overturned, and justice to be recognised by Egypt." (more…)

Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

House Committee rejects Okonjo-Iweala’s answers to 50 questions, asks her to reanswer

The committee also fixed a date for the public hearing. The Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, failed to answer many of the questions sent to her by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on the ‘true state’ of Nigeria’s economy, the lawmakers have said. In a review of…


NCAA commences investigation of Aero Contractors airline for ‘shoddy’ treatment of passengers

An NCAA official witnessed the poor treatment of the passengers. Nigerian aviation authorities are currently investigating complaints from at least 12 passengers over the ‘shoddy’ treatment meted on them by Aero Contractors, an aviation spokesperson has said. Yakubu Datti, the coordinating spokesperson for Nigeria’s aviation parastatals, confirmed the receipt of…


Aero Contractors airline keeps passengers stranded all night in Abuja

The airline could not apologise to the passengers. Dozens of passengers were on Friday night till Saturday morning stranded at the Abuja airport as the airline they paid to transport them failed to do so. The passengers had each paid several thousands of naira to be flown by Aero Contractors…

Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Jonathan seeks immunity for African leaders from ICC prosecution for war crimes, genocide

Nigeria said it is ‘disappointed’ with the ICC over African affairs. Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, has called for an amendment of the laws governing the International Criminal Court, ICC, to allow serving African leaders to enjoy immunity from prosecution for war crimes, genocide, and war against humanity. Two serving African…

Agagu plane crash2

13 people dead in plane crash involving aircraft carrying Agagu’s body

The identities of the victims will be released after their families were informed, authorities say. Aviation authorities said Thursday that 13 people were confirmed dead in a crash involving an airplane that was to convey the body of former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Agagu, and sympathizers, from Lagos to…

President Goodluck Jonathan

Despite obvious, widespread graft, Jonathan says Nigeria corruption exaggerated

Although there is corruption in some sectors of the Nigerian government, the situation is not as bad as is being portrayed, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday during his fifth presidential media chat. For almost two hours on Sunday evening, Mr. Jonathan responded to questions from journalists and Nigerians on…

Survivor, Ibrahim Danladi, a satchet water seller says, "We are no Boko Haram. We are innocent.

Apo Killings: Nigerian Army, SSS, extrajudicially kill 7, then label them Boko Haram

The Department of State Security, SSS, and the Nigerian Army schemed to cover-up their atrocity after their personnel extrajudicially killed at least seven innocent men and wounded several others, residents of Apo area of Abuja, where the incident took place, said on Friday. The security officials stormed a street located…