Nicholas Ibekwe

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SSS operatives

SSS warns ICPC, others against using name for ‘illegal’ operations

The State Security Service, SSS, has warned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, and other security agencies to desist from using its name in “illegal security operations”. The SSS in a statement on Thursday signed by its spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, said the agency noted with “dismay…

Kola Aluko

Auction of Diezani ally, Kola Aluko’s N16 billion New York apartment suspended

Wednesday’s auction of Apartment 79, a N16 billion ($50 million) penthouse in One57, one of New York City’s most expensive residential buildings, owned by fugitive Nigerian energy businessman, Kola Aluko, has been suspended. The sale was halted after a debt collecting firm, Campion Maverick Inc. filed a suit at a federal…

Diezani Allison-Madueke

Alleged Corruption: I’m ready to go to jail — Ex-Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke

Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated for a series of multi-billion dollar fraud and money laundering offences in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and America has threatened to squeal on his co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore. She said after opening up on everything that transpired in the…

Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola during campaign [Photo: osun.gov.ng]

Analysis: Is APC defeat in Osun bye-election the beginning of its decline?

The 2014 humiliating loss in Ekiti to the Peoples Democratic Party was the jolt the All Progressive Congress, which held sway in all the states in the South-west except Ondo, needed to snap awake from its complacency. Three months after the election was another in neighbouring Osun State. For a…

Christopher Kolade

Christopher Kolade, other southern leaders call for Nigeria’s unity

A coalition of inter-ethnic groups from southern Nigeria, YIIEGBA Chapter, led by some prominent Nigerians such as a former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Christopher Kolade, and the chief executive officer of Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Anya, has called on called on Nigerians to stick together as one indivisible…

NNPC TOWERS

Despite slight improvements, Nigeria’s extractive industry still very opaque – Report

A report released on Wednesday has ranked Nigeria’s oil and gas and mining sectors as among the most opaque in the world. The report, which was conducted by an independent non-profit organisation, the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI), ranked Nigeria 55 out of 89 countries whose viability of their extractive…

Onne port fit [Photo: intelservices.com]

EXCLUSIVE: Why Nigerian govt. moved against Atiku’s cash cow, Intels

For the second time this year, the Nigerian government has taken decisions that may have significant impact on the finances of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In April, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the recommendations of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, breaking the near-monopoly of Mr. Atiku’s company, Integrated…

Queen Elizabeth opening the British Parliament [Photo Credit: CNN International]

First time in 43 years, UK snap election denies Queen Elizabeth traditional grandness

For the first time in 43 years, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain on Wednesday did not wear her crown as she delivered the traditional Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament. The Queen was without her traditional regalia - robes, a golden carriage and a heavy crown. The Queen attended…

Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims' location

INTERVIEW: Billionaire kidnapper, Evans, reveals multi-million properties; victims’ location

Billionaire Kidnapper, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, aka Evans, has revealed in an interview posted by Channels Television that his mother knew he was a kidnapper, but said the woman was not in support of his evil art. He also revealed how two of his gang members were shot dead while attempting to…

Police vehicles in the area of London Bridge after an incident in central London on Saturday night. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Six killed, several injured in central London “terrorist incident”

Six people have been confirmed killed and over 30 others injured in a terrorist attack in central London that involved a van which mowed through a crowd of pedestrians near London Bridge and a stabbing incident at nearby Borough Market on Saturday night. The police said three persons they believed…

Indian Prison [Photo Credit: The Indian Express]

Nigerian languishes in Indian prison unable to pay for own repatriation

Adam Oladetan, 32, a Nigerian national, is languishing in a Kolkata prison in India after serving his jail term, because he has not been able to pay for his repatriation to Nigeria. Mr. Oladetan still has to raise N74, 000 ($235) to complete the N220, 000 ($700) needed for his…

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Panama’s former dictator, Manuel Noriega, dies at 83

The ‎former Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, has died aged 83. The current president of the country, Jose Varela, announced the death early on Tuesday. “The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and their families deserves to bury him in peace,” Mr Varela tweeted.…

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Three sustain gunshot injuries as bribe-seeking police officers attack youth

At least three people have been left with gunshot injuries after an altercation between youth of Oria community in Delta State and police officers suspected to be members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. A 59-minute video of the incident posted on social media, showed some youth arguing loudly with…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke.

Malabu Scandal: Adoke sues Malami, blames “Jonathan’s directives”

The immediate past attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Adoke, who is facing corruption charges, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare his prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, illegal. In the suit asking the court to determine the constitutionality of a serving minister exercising…

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

How Nigeria can honour Edwin Clark — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the most befitting honour that the country can give Edwin Clark, a former federal commissioner for information, is to morph Nigeria into a thriving democratic state, with truly federating units where the rule of law and separation of power are upheld. Mr.…

Contaminated Farmland at K-Dere, Ogoniland

SPECIAL REPORT: Disappointment, anger in Ogoniland over Nigerian govt’s delay to clean up oil spills

Lekol Bakpoh, a health worker at Biara, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, has lived in constant apprehension about the state of his health and those of his family members for several years. Things, however, took a turn for the worse in March when Bright, his 10-year-old son, woke…

One of the victims after the attack. (Photo Credit: South China Morning Post)

Suicide bomber kills 19, injures 50 at Manchester concert

A suicide bomber denoted an explosive at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, United Kingdom killing at least 19 people and injuring no less than 50 others. The blast which occurred just as the show was wrapping up caused panic at the Manchester Arena, venue of the concert, sending the…

Emmanuel Macron [Photo: French Fresh News]

39-year-old Macron set to emerge French president, to face Le Pen in runoff

French voters have chosen Emmanuel Macron, generally considered a political novice, over some of the country's more established candidates in Sunday's presidential election. Results from first round of voting indicate that Mr. Macron, an independent candidate, scored 23.75 per cent of total votes cast, putting him in a comfortable position…

Air Peace

Lagos airport records second accident in 48 hours

Less than 48 hours after an Aero Contractor aircraft was engulfed in smoke while trying to land at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, another accident occurred at the airport on Thursday when two aircraft belonging to Air Peace collided while trying to manoeuvre their way around the tarmac of…

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May calls for general elections on June 8

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying it was the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union. The pound strengthened by almost half a cent against the dollar as…

Panama Papers

Panama Papers wins prestigious Pulitzer Prize

The Panama Papers investigation, a series of global investigations spanning over a year by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist, ICIJ, German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and 100 other media organisations across the world, including PREMIUM TIMES has been awarded The Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The 2.6 TB files, involving…

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MURIC spits fire, threatens to make life unbearable for Fayose

A rights group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Friday descended heavily on Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, threatening to resist his plan to demolish four mosques in the state. "He is invariably targeting Muslims in Ekiti State by attempting to demolish those mosques but he has forgotten that anyone…

U.S. plane [Photo: The Aviationist]

U.S. launches missile attack on Syrian air field

The United States has carried out a missile strike on a Syrian air force base in response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical attack that killed at least 80 civilians this week. The Syrian govt has denied responsibility for the use of the chemical weapons. The New York…

Bola Tinubu

Tinubu denies plot to ‘destroy’ Senate

A former Lagos State governor, Ahmed Tinubu, has denied a news report that he is plotting to “destroy” the Senate. Mr. Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, on Wednesday said a report by ThisDay newspaper, accusing him of conspiring with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to…

Bring Back our girls - time is running out

#BringbackOurGirls group decries govt’s silence on Sambisa forest visit letter

The #BringBackOurGirls group has drawn the attention of Nigerians to the silence of the federal government to a letter highlighting the group’s key observations and suggestions on how to secure the return of the remaining 195 Chibok schoolgirls still in Boko Haram captivity. The group claimed the letter was delivered…