Posts by Idris:


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…


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…

President 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…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Farida Waziri was a disaster to Nigeria’s anti-corruption fight, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the appointment of Farida Waziri, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as a wrong step in Nigeria’s fight against corruption. Mr. Obasanjo said this in an exclusive interview he granted Zero Tolerance, a magazine produced by the EFCC. The…

arik air

Odinkalu, 50 Others Escape Death As Power Cut Stops Arik Plane From Landing

  What could have been another  major disaster for the country was narrowly averted in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Friday night, following a sudden interruption in electricity supply to Ibom airport as an Arik aircraft, with its landing gear fully engaged, was just about to land on…

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

EXCLUSIVE: Rotimi Amaechi talks tough, says, “No one can push me out of PDP”

Embattled Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday said he has steeled himself enough to resist all the maneuverings by the presidency and the top hierarchy of the Peoples Democratic Party to push him out of the ruling party. The National Working Committee of the party had after an emergency…

St. Thereasa Catholic Church Madalla, after a Christmas Day Boko Haram attack

Nigerian military, NEMA submit contradictory reports to Jonathan on Baga casualty

The content of the interim reports were disclosed by Reuben Abati. (more…)

Prof Chinua Achebe

Prof Chinua Achebe is dead

Nigeria’s literary icon and publisher of several novels, Chinua Achebe, is dead. Mr. Achebe, 82, died in the United States where he was said to have suffered from an undisclosed ailment. PREMIUM TIMES learnt he died last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. A statement from his family…

President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan stirs storm over controversial state pardon for Alamieyeseigha, others

President Goodluck Jonathan reached to his constitutional powers to grant prerogative of mercy Tuesday, in Abuja, spraying controversial gifts of state pardon to about a dozen high profile felons including his former boss Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who served as governor in Bayelsa State between 2000 and 2005. The president served as…

Dan Etete

Malabu N155bn fraud: How Keystone Bank helped presidency, ministers broker huge money laundering deal

Malabu opened its 'Etete' accounts at Keystone, 10 days after Mr. Ikomi assumed duties (more…)

Attorney General Bello Adoke

Malabu oil scandal: AGF Adoke and the great cover-ups

Mr. Adoke peddles falsehood in desperate bid to retain credibility over the Malabu $1.1 billion oil deal (more…)

Niger Delta activist Annkio Briggs speak

Jonathan’s close ally, Ankio Briggs, condemns president’s broadcast

Ms. Briggs said President Jonathan’s government does not have the capacity to manage the floods. (more…)