Nicholas Ibekwe

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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…

Fayose-1

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…

St Petersburg Bomb attack

UPDATED: Security beefed up in Moscow after 10 killed in explosion

Security has been beefed up in Moscow Metro and major airports after an explosion that occurred around 2.45 p.m. local time. The explosion hit a busy underground station in St. Petersburg, Russia killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens of others. An official of Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said…

Blast in St Petersburg

10 killed in Russian underground station explosion

An explosion has hit a busy underground station in St. Petersburg, Russia killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens of others. An official of Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the explosion rocked a train travelling between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institute stations. Another explosive device was found and detonated…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

Nigerian Bar Association probes Appeal Court judge-nominee indicted for fraud in UK

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said it was not aware that Rita Chris-Garuba, one of its nominees for appointment as judge of Court of Appeal, was indicted for fraud in the United Kingdom. The body says it is investigating the indictment and will submit its findings to its executive…

H.E. Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in a chat with Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the 9th Annual Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium held in Lagos. 28th March. Photo: Novo Isioro.

At Tinubu Colloquium, Buhari pledges to support SMEs to revive Nigerian economy

The Nigerian government has pledged to support small and medium scale businesses in the country as a way of reducing the foreign exchange burden. President Muhammadu Buhari made this promise at the fourth annual Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos on Tuesday. The Tinubu Colloquium is usually held to mark the birthday…

Cynthia Osokogu

Killers of Cynthia Osokogu sentenced to death

A Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, on Thursday sentenced Okwumo Nwabuzor and his nephew, Olisaeloka Ezike, to death by hanging for killing a postgraduate student, Cynthia Osokogu whom they lured from Nasarawa to Lagos before strangling her in an hotel in Festac Town in 2012. While delivering the judgement in…

Cynthia Osokogu

Two found guilty of killing Cynthia Osokogu

A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Thursday found Ezekiel Eloka and Echezona Nwabufor guilty of the murder of a postgraduate student, Cynthia Osokogu, who they lured from Nasarawa to Lagos before strangling her to death at a hotel in Festac Town, Lagos, in 2012. Justice Olabisi Akinlade declared…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

INVESTIGATION: Lawyer indicted for fraud in the UK nominated as judge of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal

On February 22, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, published the names of 12 lawyers it said had been shortlisted for appointment as Court of Appeal judges after an intensive two-day screening exercise that involved 187 lawyers. In a statement announcing the shortlist, the NBA explained that the exercise was in…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Why we demolished fishing settlement – Lagos govt

Five days after its officials demolished houses and destroyed properties in Otodo-Gbame, a small fishing settlement outside Lekki, an action residents of the community said was in violation of a subsisting court order, the Lagos State government has finally explained why it took the action. At about 8.30 a.m. Friday,…

Fresh demolition at Otodo-Gbame

Lagos govt ignores court order, commences fresh demolition of Otodo-Gbame, residents say

The inhabitants of Otodo-Gbame, a fishing settlement outside Lekki, Lagos, on Friday raised alarm about an ongoing demolition of houses and destruction of properties despite a subsisting court injunction stopping the forceful eviction of residents. Residents claimed that about 8.30 a.m. on Friday, three backhoes accompanied by anti-terror police officers…

Chibok girls

Jonathan denies turning down British offer to rescue Chibok girls

Nigeria's Immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, has denied a report by British newspaper, the Observer, that he rejected an offer by the the British military to rescue more than 270 school girls abducted by the Boko Haram. According to the Observer's report which was culled from its sister publication, the…

Shell

Malabu Scandal: How Shell used former British spies to gather intelligence while negotiating purchase of OPL 245

Multinational oil giant, Shell, set up an Intelligence network made up of some of Europe’s top spies which gathered information on some of the top actors involved in the infamous Malabu oil scam during the negotiations leading to payment of $1.1 billion for OPL 245, an investigation by UK-based Finance…

Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali speaking at the interception of the Pump-action rifles

REVEALED: Despite leadership change, Nigerian Customs remains riddled with corruption, inefficiency

On Monday January 30, the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, gathered journalists in Lagos and announced that officers of the agency on “information patrol" intercepted 661 Pump Action handguns concealed inside a 40 foot container. Reading from a prepared speech, Mr. Ali described the seizure as…

SSS operatives

U.S. govt expresses concern over Nigeria’s SSS’ ability to investigate fraud

As the President Muhammadu Buhari administration continues its anti-corruption effort, the United States government has expressed concern over the capacity of Nigeria’s States Security Service, SSS, to investigate money laundering. The U.S. government also expressed worry about the SSS’ refusal to share intelligence with sister agencies to investigate financial improprieties.…