Nicholas Ibekwe

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Buhari sets up governing council, board of trustees for Ogoni clean-up

Two months after the ceremonial kick-off of the Ogoni clean-up, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of a governing council and board of trustees to oversee the take-off of the actual clean up. The setting up of the governing council and board of trustees is a key element of…

Former Head of State, Sani Abacha

Secret companies of Senator who laundered billions for Abacha uncovered in tax havens

In his native Niger State, David Umaru, the All Progressives Congress senator representing Niger East Senatorial District is something of a folk hero. He was a thorn under the skin of the immediate past administration of Governor Mu’azu BabangidaAliyu. He was an unwavering critic and soon gained the reputation of…

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19 killed in care home stabbing in Japan

Nineteen people were killed at a care home in the Japanese city of Sagamihara after a former employee of the centre attacked residents with a knife. Local police report that the attacker drove to a police station and confessed he had carried out the attack. Reports said he broke a…

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Buhari restates commitment to Nigeria achieving WHO polio-free certification

The Nigerian government has repeated its commitment to work towards the World Health Organisation’s certification as a polio-free country in 2017. President Muhammadu Buhari restated this commitment in a statement on Saturday as the country marked the second anniversary of the interruption of polio-virus transmission in the country. WHO regulation…

Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim

How Arase took 24 police vehicles away — Acting Police IG, Ibrahim Idris

A battle is brewing between the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and his successor, Ibrahim Idris, over the claim by Mr. Idris that his former boss went away with 24 police vehicles after he retired from service. The Punch newspaper quoted Mr Idris as saying at a…

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60 killed in Turkey as government declares coup over

No fewer than 60 people, 42 of them police officers, were killed in overnight clashes as soldiers tried to overthrow the Turkish government. President Recep Erdogan, who had used an Iphone Facetime to call on the people to come out on the streets and resist the coup plotters, has now…

People cross the street with their hands on thier heads as a French soldier secures the area July 15, 2016 after at least 60 people were killed along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14.  REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet

​73 killed as terrorist drove truck into a crowd of holidaymakers in Nice, France

No fewer than 73 people have been confirmed dead and over 150 injured as a truck ploughed through pedestrians for more than a mile in a terror attack in  Nice, France, as people celebrated Bastille Day, a major French holiday. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of Bastille prison in Paris…

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Buharimeter: Nigerians score Buhari low on economy

While majority of Nigerians are aware of steps taken by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to curb corruption, they still think the government has not done enough to stop the stealing of public funds, a new report says. The Buharimeter, published by the Centre for Democracy and Development, used media reports,…

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Theresa May to become Britain’s prime minister after only rival pulls out of race

All is set for Theresa May to succeed David Cameron as the next prime minister of Britain following the abrupt withdrawal of her only rival, Andrea Leadsom, from the race on Monday. Ms Leadsom, who was energy minister has come under widespread criticism after she suggested she was a better…

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Decline of values prevalent among Nigerian millennials – Don

The place of the Nigerian millennial in nation building was the overriding theme of a keynote address by Pius Adesanmi, the Director of Institute of African Studies at the Carleton University in Canada. The event was the 50th birthday celebration and book launch of PREMIUM TIMES columnist, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, in…

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EXCLUSIVE: NSA Babagana Monguno, SSS DG, Lawal Daura, at war

President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and the Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Lawal Daura, are locked in a bitter battle for supremacy, PREMIUM TIMES has been reliably informed. The cold war between two of the nation’s most senior security officers has festered to an…

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Former Oyo governor denounces daughter over social media posts

The Second Republic governor of old Oyo State, Omololu Olunloyo, has denounced his daughter, Kemi Omololu Olunloyo, for directing verbal attacks at him and other notable individuals. The former leader also revealed in a heart-breaking statement Thursday that Kemi, 52, had a history of mental illness and several efforts by…

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Panic as arms panel prepares to submit report; Dambazau, Ihejirika, Minimah indicted

There is tension and frantic scheming among former army chiefs and other top officers of the Nigerian Army as the Presidential Committee on Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces concludes its task and is set to submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming days, PREMIUM…

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How Fayose serially took bribes from Ekiti contractors –EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) has released the full detail of its fraud case against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. The details, contained in an affidavit filed by the anti-graft commission, show how N1.21 billion out of N2.26 billion paid to the account of Slyvan Mcnamara Limited,…

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

Why CBN replaced board, management of Skye Bank

On Monday the management and the entire board members of Skye Bank announced that they had “voluntarily” resigned after failing to steer the bank out of its liquidity palaver. In an email to staff, former group managing director of the bank, Timothy Oguntayo, said that “counter forces from within and…

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Skye Bank’s management, board resign; CBN appoints replacement

A large chunk of the management team and board of Skype Bank has resigned and the Central Bank of Nigeria has appointed a new chairman and management to immediate steer the affairs of the bank, two internal memos sent to employees of the bank on Monday afternoon has revealed. The…

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Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, talks motherhood, racism in interview with FT

Multiple award-winning Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has revealed she recently had a baby girl. In the interview over lunch at a Lagos restaurant, with the Financial Times' African Editor, David Pilling, the Orange Prize winner told her interviewer that the reason she ordered for chapman – a crimson -coloured…

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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 by creditors 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…

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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…

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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.…