Nicholas Ibekwe

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

ANALYSIS: Confident Clinton rattles Trump in first US presidential debate

Hillary Clinton, the United States Democratic Party presidential candidate, prepared for Monday’s first presidential debate like a champion pugilist. There was no room for slacking. She was going toe to toe with an opponent known for lashing and steep in unconventional debating tactics. Days before Monday’s night debate, words filtered…

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INTERVIEW: How we shipped 36 million books to Nigeria, others since 1988 – U.S.-based charity

Since 1988, Books for Africa, a small Minnesota-based charity, has been shipping tonnes of books to Africa to improve literacy, reading culture and all-round educational development in the continent. Patrick Plonski, the executive director of the charity with the simple but lofty goal “to end the book famine in Africa”…

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Why we are still detaining Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky – Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Government on Friday gave a reason for the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN. Speaking during a press briefing at the UN secretariat in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the Muhammadu Buhari administration is…

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Nigeria to campaign for creation of UN agency for youth development

The Nigerian government on Friday in New York announced it would push for the creation of an agency to cater for the peculiar needs of youth in the world during the 71th United Nations General Assembly. Speaking during a press briefing at the UN secretariat in New York, the Minister…

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TRAVEL: Surviving a malaria scare in Minnesota

Unlike the United States government, which releases travel advisories for its citizens, in mostly Third World countries, the Nigerian government rarely wastes time penning such “nonsense”. At least, I can’t remember reading one in my life time. The Nigerian official is too busy penning prolix intended to pamper the ego…

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How we counter ISIS, Al Shabab recruitment of Somali American youth – Minnesota Chief Judge

Minnesota has arguably the largest Somali community outside East Africa. There are more than 25,000 people of Somali origin living in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Regrettably, this congregation of Somalis has become a fertile recruitment ground for terrorist groups like Al Shabab and the Islamic State…

Former Head of State, Sani Abacha

Blame Nigeria’s Attorney General, not me, lawyer whose suit delays return of $550 million Abacha loot says

Godson Nnaka, the United States-based attorney involved in the controversy over the repatriation of $550 million Abacha loot, has absolved himself of responsibility in the delay of the funds being returned to Nigeria. Mr. Nnaka was recruited in 2004 by the Nigerian government to recover funds stolen by late dictator…

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
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Abacha loot: U.S-based lawyer says Attorney General Malami ‘lying’, threatens lawsuit

A United States-based lawyer has threatened to sue Nigeria's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for defamation if he fails to apologise within 48 hours for his comment on the controversy surrounding the return of N218 billion ($550 million) recovered Abacha loot. Godson Nnaka, who was recruited in…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria risks losing N218billion Abacha loot as Justice Minister Malami, US-based attorney, battle

One of the issues believed to have been discussed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during a closed-door meeting last Tuesday was the return of millions of dollars of Nigeria’s money looted by late military dictator, Sani Abacha. However, Nigeria stands the risk…

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TRAVEL: Life in Ely: Rural America, solid mineral mining and lessons for Nigeria

The trip to Ely, Minnesota, was my first encounter with rural America. To be honest, I hadn't had much of an encounter with America itself. I had only arrived the country the first time just over a week ago. And my encounter had been mostly limited to the pleasantly choreographed…

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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…

FILE PHOTO: Pius Adesanmi delivering a TedEx speech. Image courtesy: Adesanmi Facebook Page

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…

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor
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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…