Nicholas Ibekwe

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Katsina University says memo on religious groups on campus targeted at Muslims, not Christians

The authorities of the Umaru Yar'Ádua University, Katsina, have denied discriminating against Christian students in the approval granted a students religious association to operate on its campus. The Acting Dean of Student Affairs of the University, Sulaiman Kankara, had in January 17 memo informed students of a new guideline for…

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EXCLUSIVE: Army officer attacks Nigeria’s service chiefs, says they are ‘Nollywood actors’

Angered by what he described as the inability of the military to provide the needed weapons and equipment to defeat the Boko Haram terror sect, and the recent ease at which insurgents were killing senior army officers, a top infantry commander has described the country's service chiefs as “Nollywood actors”.…

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Jammeh: Regional civil society group calls on Gambians to embark on civil disobedience

The West African Civil Society Forum, WACSOF, has expressed concern over the intention of outgoing leader of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to plunge the country into disarray over his refusal to step down from office having been defeated in the December 1, 2016 presidential election by the opposition candidate, Adama…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s lawyer flees, asks him to step down

Edu Gomez, the lawyer of outgoing leader of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has fled the country to neighbouring Senegal after penning the president a letter to step down from office in the interest of peace. Mr. Gomez who represented Mr. Jammeh and his party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and…

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Gambian Vice President resigns as Jammeh remains defiant

In what is clearly the biggest indication that the President of The Gambia, Yayha Jammeh, has lost control of his government, the country's Vice president, Isatou Njie-Saidy, on Wednesday resigned. She announced her resignation hours before official end of the tenure of Mr. Jammeh's administration as the country's political impasse…

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Senegal moves troops near Gambia as Jammeh remains defiant

Senegalese troops were seen moving towards the Gambian border in a show of force to pressure President Yahya Jammeh to stand down, the BBC reports. Mr. Jammeh was scheduled to handover to President-elect Adama Barrow on Thursday but has instead remained defiant despite losing the December 1, 2016 presidential election.…

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Gambia: One day to go, Jammeh declares 90 days state of emergency

A day before the official end of his tenure, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency, Gambian State television has announced. The terms for the state of emergency are not known as the announcement did not provide further details. Mr. Jammeh made the declaration as Nigeria…

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Gambian foreign minister resigns as Jammeh becomes more isolated

Two days to what is supposed to be his handover date, President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has lost a close ally as his foreign minister, Neneh MacDouall-Gaye, has resigned from office. Mrs. MacDouall-Gaye's resignation comes barely a week after Gambia's information minister, Sheriff Bojang, resigned and fled the country in…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s ploy to remain in office legally truncated by Supreme Court

The move by outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to stop the inauguration of the President-elect Adama Barrow suffered a major setback on Monday as the country's Supreme Court refused to hear the application. Last Thursday, the country’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, APRC, filed an application for an…

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PREMIUM TIMES replies Nigerian Army, demands apology from Buratai, others

PREMIUM TIMES has replied a letter sent by the Nigerian Army, threatening legal action against the newspaper for publications about the army and its chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General. On Wednesday, the newspaper published a letter dated December 22, written on behalf of Mr. Buratai, by I.M Alkali, a…

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Nigerian Army writes PREMIUM TIMES, talks tough, threatens legal action

The Nigerian Army has written PREMIUM TIMES, threatening to sue the paper for what it termed unwarranted serial provocative, unauthorised, libelous and defamatory publication” against the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, and the army's counter-insurgency operation in the north-east of the country. The letter, dated December…

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Gambia: Jammeh seeks reconciliation, appoints mediator with Barrow

A day after the country's Supreme Court advised an out-of-court settlement, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has appointed a mediator to liaise between him and President-elect Adama Barrow. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Emmanuel Fagbenle, Gambia's Chief Justice, advised the settlement after ruling that the court could not hear Mr. Jammeh and…

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Gambia: How Nigeria blocked Gambian Supreme Court from sitting for Jammeh

The action of the Nigerian chief justice influenced the decision of the Gambian Supreme Court not to entertain the suit by President Yahya Jammeh seeking to annul the result of an election he lost, PREMIUM TIMES has found. The Gambian Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the petition…

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Gambian lawyers accuse ‘mercenary’ Nigerian judges of backing Jammeh

Gambian lawyers and members of the country’s opposition have accused the country’s leader, Yahya Jammeh, of using “mercenary judges” from Nigeria, and other officials sent as technical assistants to the country’s judiciary, to hound dissidents. The Gambian Bar Association also accused the Chief Justice of Gambia, Emmanuel Fagbenle, of plotting to use Nigerian…

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Aisha Buhari says lavish VIP treatment by Nigeria High Commission ‘simple protocol’ for her status

Lavish receptions organised by the Nigerian High Commission for the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, and her entourage, during her visits to the UK, were nothing more than “simple protocol” for a personality of her status, her spokesperson has said. Mrs. Buhari initially denied abusing privileges offered by the…

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Why we went on rampage in Sambisa – Nigerian soldiers

Nigerian soldiers who revolted against their superior officers inside the dreaded Sambisa forest in December were protesting the poor treatment meted out on them by military authorities, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the breakdown of discipline among soldiers of the 21 Brigade of the…

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PREMIUM TIMES Washington DC Bureau moves to new address

Nigeria’s foremost investigative newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, has moved office in Washington DC just a year after it launched its Bureau in the United States capital. Last Thursday, the newspaper signed the lease for an office space at Suite 300, 1629 K Street N.W, Washington DC, 20006. Before this movement, PREMIUM…

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Nigerian government stops controversial budgetary allocations

The Nigerian government has discontinued the allocation of funds for the maintenance of plants and generators in its foreign missions and embassies in countries with stable power supply. This stoppage comes years after a PREMIUM TIMES’ investigation exposed the controversial budgetary disbursement. The award-winning investigationrevealed the allocation of nearly a…

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Gambia: Jammeh accuses Buhari, other West African leaders of declaring war

For asking him to step down for a democratically elected president, the Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has accused West African regional body, ECOWAS, of declaring war against his country. Mr. Jammeh, who accused ECOWAS of  putting forces on alert in case he refused to step down, has vowed to stay…

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Nigerians divided on whether Ibori should be prosecuted upon return to the country

Some lawyers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES are divided about what is to become of a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was released from a United Kingdom jail, Wednesday. A Royal Court of Justice dismissed a last ditch attempt by British Home Office to keep Mr. Ibori,…

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EXCLUSIVE: How NIMASA sponsored Nigerian judge handling its cases on juicy foreign trips

The embattled high court judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, who is facing a 30-count charge of bribery and money laundering, was treated to lavish foreign trips by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, while presiding over cases where the agency was either a party or had interest, PREMIUM TIMES can…

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Buhari, other West African leaders meet Gambian President-elect Barrow

President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, met with the Gambia President-elect, Adama Barrow, on the second day of their mediation to persuade outgoing President of the country, Yahya Jammeh, to accept the result of December 1 election. Mr. Jammeh, who had…

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Hackers target Gambia govt websites, ask Jammeh to quit

Forty-eight hours after it was attacked by unknown hackers, the official website of The Gambia’s Government House is still down. The website was attacked on Saturday after Mr. Jammeh’s Friday night television broadcast rescinding his earlier acceptance of the December 1 presidential election result, which he lost to opposition leader…

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Nigerian govt. denies paying $79 million commission to Switzerland for return of Abacha loot

The Nigerian government has described as “misleading and inaccurate” a report that it agreed to pay $79 million commission as part of conditions for the reparation of $321 million Abacha loot from the Swiss government. Sani Abacha, a brutal military dictator who died in 1998, stole billions of naira from…

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After conceding defeat, Gambian President Jammeh makes u-turn, rejects outcome, calls for fresh poll

One week after conceding defeat to opposition leader, Adama Barrow, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Friday, in a televised address to the country said he rejected the outcome of the election and called for fresh election conducted by a “God-fearing and independent electoral commission.” Mr. Jammeh who has ruled the…