Nicholas Ibekwe

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Mike-Adenuga

SPECIAL REPORT: Adenuga’s Mountain of Debt: Several firms, AMCON chase billionaire for unpaid bills

ConOil, owned by Nigeria’s second richest man, is being pursued for a combined debt of over $140.5 million by two foreign and one local companies, PREMIUM TIMES has learned. Despite making several pledges to pay, ConOil and other companies owned by Mr. Adenuga have reneged on paying the debts, multiple…

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David Cameron resigns as British Prime Minister

David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister of Britain in an emotional speech outside 10 Downing Street. His resignation followed a landmark referendum that saw the country voting to leave the European Union. Mr. Cameron voice broke as he announced the cabinet would meet on Monday to draw up a…

Aisha And Fayose

FACT-CHECK: In attacking Aisha Buhari, Fayose mixes up ‘scandals’

On Monday, while reacting to the freezing of his Zenith Bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, accused Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, of being indicted in the infamous Halliburton Scandal. The EFCC had blocked Mr. Fayose’s accounts after…

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How EFCC almost arrested Aisha Buhari’s impostor – Ribadu

The Aisha Buhari mentioned in the bribery scandal of a former United States congressman, William Jefferson, was an impostor who was peddling influence with the name of President Muhammadu Buhari, a former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Ribadu narrated how the EFCC during his…

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor
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INSIDE STORY: Real reason Governor Fayose’s account was frozen

On Monday the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, a relentless critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, stirred yet another controversy. He told journalists that he had gone to do some transactions at a Zenith Bank branch in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, but was shocked to find that his account with…

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I’m not a thief– Ex-Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke

Nigeria’s immediate past minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Monday denied reports that she accumulated wealth by stealing from the public treasury. Mrs. Alison-Madueke made the denial while reacting to a story by television channel Al Jazeera, that she procured her Abuja mansion allegedly valued at $18million and jewelleries…

Jide Omokore

Nigerian govt seeks worldwide seizure of multibillion dollar assets of ex-President Jonathan’s allies

The Nigerian government on Monday kicked off legal processes that will enable it freeze local and foreign assets of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, allies of former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who are being investigated in connection with a series of multi-billion dollar petrol import and crude export deals. Mr. Omokore,…

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50 Killed in U.S. gay club shooting

Fifty people have been confirmed dead and dozens of others injured after a gunman opened fire inside a packed gay nightclub in Orlando. The Washington Post reported that 50 people were killed in what authorities are now describing as a case of domestic terrorism at Pulse, a popular gay club.…

Ifueko Omogui Okauru

How Nigeria can create jobs speedily – Ex-FIRS boss, Ifueko Okauru

A partnership between the government and the private sector is the surest and fastest way to create jobs for the teeming population of unemployed Nigeria, a former head of the Federal Inland Revenue Services has said. Mrs. Okauru, who is also chairperson of the Board of trustees, Lagos State Employment…

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Obama endorses Clinton for president

President of the United States, Barack Obama, has endorsed the Democratic Party frontrunner in the country’s presidential election in November, Hillary Clinton. “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Mr Obama said in a video posted on Mrs. Clinton Facebook page on Thursday. “Look,…

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Soyinka denies ‘Lagos at 50’ celebrations will run for 12 months

The “Lagos at 50” planning committee on Wednesday debunked reports in the media that the celebration will run for an entire year. The "Lagos at 50" celebration is a series of socio-cultural and political events lined up by the Lagos State government to celebrate 50th anniversary of the creation of…

Stephen Keshi

Former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead

One of the most iconic captains of the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, and former coach of the team, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, is dead, his family has announced. He was 54. Emmanuel Ado a brother to the late coach told PREMIUM TIMES the 54-year-old died of Cardiac arrest…

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Malawi’s ‘dismal failure’ allowing brutal killing of albinos for rituals – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has condemned the rising cases of killing for ritual purposes of people with albinism in Malawi. A new report titled: “We are not animal to be hunted or sold”: Violence against people with albinism in Malawi”, the human rights organisation said violence against people with albinism has increased…

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10 Things To Remember About Mohammed Ali

1. He changed his name from Cassius Clay to Cassius X then to Mohammed Ali after he was converted to Islam. He described his given name as a “slave name”. 2. He was a very close friend of American civil rights activist, Malcolm X. 3. He won the light heavyweight…

Ban- Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, seeks action against illegal wildlife trade

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has called for increased action to stop the illegal trade in wildlife. The call was the highlight of his message on World Environment Day 2016, which was read by Oluseyi Soremekun, the national information officer of the United Nations Information Centre, at an event…

Pollution

Shell must take responsibility for Niger Delta pollution – Amnesty International

As President Muhammadu Buhari plans to flag off the long-awaited clean-up of Ogoniland on Thursday, Amnesty International has called on the government not to allow multinational oil giant, Shell, to abdicate its responsibilities in the pollution of the area. A statement by AI on Tuesday said Shell was yet to…

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Nigeria has largest number of enslaved people in sub-Saharan Africa — Report

Nigeria has more enslaved people than any country in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Global Slavery Index 2016, released on Tuesday, has revealed. The survey, conducted in 167 countries across the world by anti-modern slavery organisation, Walk Free Foundation, revealed that there are 875,500 people living in slavery in Nigeria. The survey…

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Former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, jailed for life for rape, human rights abuses

The Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar Senegal, on Monday, in a landmark judgement, sentenced former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, to life imprisonment for human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and rape. The conviction and sentencing, which is the first of its kind, where a ruler of one country is convicted for…

Chris-Oyakhilome

British auditors query N2.1 billion incestuous transactions in Christ Embassy’s accounts

Auditors appointed by the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission to review the accounts of the UK branch of the popular Christ Embassy, have raised eyebrows over suspicious payments worth N2.14 billion (£4.28 million) made to companies and organisation closely related to the church in 2013. This came as Anita, the former…

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Senegalese court set to give judgement in ex-Chadian dictator’s case

Former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, who has been on trial in Senegal for war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity, will know his fate on Monday, as the court is set to deliver judgement on the landmark case on the day. The trial of Mr. Habre, which kicked off in…

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Price of Petrol to fall soon, VP Osinbajo says

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday assured Nigerians that the price of petrol, which was recently increased from N86.50 to N145 per litre would soon reduce. Mr. Osinbajo, who was addressing a cheering crowd of supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, was…

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Buhari’s anti-corruption adviser steps down after PREMIUM TIMES’ story

Benedicta Daudu, a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Advisory Committee against Corruption, who is embroiled in an examination malpractice scandal, has resigned from the committee after a PREMIUM TIMES’ exclusive story. In a text message to this newspaper on Saturday, the executive secretary of the committee, Bolaji Owasanoye, said the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s anti-corruption adviser in examination malpractice scandal

A member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Benedicta Daudu, is currently embroiled in allegation that she cheated in an examination at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), on May 4, 2016, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. The Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, headed by prominent…

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Why removal of fuel subsidy will help Nigerians – Tinubu

A national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu, has defended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to discontinue fixing the price of petrol. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Tinubu, who is a former governor of Lagos State, said the government had to allow the market…

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Concerns mount over Nigeria’s plan to buy warplanes from U.S.

Concerns are growing over the decision of the Nigerian government to purchase 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from the United States. David Kuranga, an investment and political risk consultant, described the warplanes as “crop dusters” and advised the government against going ahead with the purchase. Mr. Kuranga, who…