Nicholas Ibekwe

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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.…

Eni

Malabu $1.1 billion scandal: Despite evidence to the contrary, Eni again exonerates self of blame

The board of directors of Italian oil gaint, Eni, has again exonerated itself of any blame in the acquisition of OPL 245, infamously known as the Malabu Oil deal. Despite investigators in Nigeria and Italy revealing that ENI and Shell, it's partner in the deal, had prior knowledge of Malabu's…

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Court adjourns N1.1 billion subsidy fraud trial of Arisekola’s son, others

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday adjourned the trial of Opeyemi Ajuyah, a fuel subsidy fraud suspect, to March 22 to allow her counsel enough time to provide her death certificate to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Mrs. Ajuyah, who was facing an eight-count charge alongside Olanrewaju Olalusi,…

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How slain Al Qaeda leader mentored Abdulmutallab into becoming suicide bomber

The New York Times, through a Freedom of Information Act request, has obtained documents containing detailed accounts of how slain Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, mentored a Nigerian, Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to explode a bomb hidden in his underpants, on a flight from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Detroit,…

Nigerian Soldiers
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How Nigeria’s brutal response to security concerns caused several deaths – Amnesty International

Amnesty International, AI, in its annual State of the World's Human Rights report, which analyses the states of human rights in 159 countries, has expressed worry over Nigerian government's brutal response to security fears. “In Nigeria specifically, we witnessed government responding to legitimate dissent with extreme measures that had devasting…

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

Nigerian military accuses Amnesty International of fabricating report of extrajudicial killings, torture

The Nigerian military has accused human rights organisation, Amnesty International (AI), of fabricating its latest report about extrajudicial killings and torture of 240 people in the country's north-east and 177 pro-Biafran agitators. In a statement signed by acting director defence information, Rabe Abubakar, a brigadier general, the military described the…

Black migrants in Libya
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Nigeria to evacuate 230 nationals from Libya, EU

The Nigerian government has concluded arrangements to bring back home a fresh set of 180 Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya and 50 deportees from the European Union this week. While the Libya returnees will arrive the country on Tuesday, the deportees from the EU will be received on Thursday. A…

Olabode George

Bode George praises Ambode’s performance as Lagos governor

A leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, has lavished praises on the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the infrastructural projects he has undertaken in some parts of the state. Mr. George, a former deputy national chairman of the PDP, spoke with journalists at the…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

How vocation training, capacity development can help fight unemployment – Ambode, Obaseki

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday in Lagos stated that the acquisition of vocational training can help fight the increasing unemployment in the country. The governors, who were speaking at the inaugural edition of the Annual Lecture of Swaaya Limited,…

Former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema

Ex-Katsina Governor, Shema, accuses successor of threat to his life

The immediate past governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, has accused his successor, Aminu Masari, of orchestrating a “sinister” plan to endanger his life. In a statement by the media aide of the former governor, Oluwabusola Olawale, sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Mr Shema said his life is under…

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Court block Trump’s ban, clears Muslim immigrants to fly to U.S.

The United States government has told airlines that previously stopped some categories of travellers from boarding planes to the country to start allowing them fly, according to U.S. media. The instruction came hours after a federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald trump's executive order banning citizens of some Muslim countries…

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Courts temporarily stop Trump’s order deporting some Muslims from U.S.

Over a hundred people who were detained in United States airports were spared immediate deportation after a federal judge ruled that sending travellers home could cause the “irreparable harm”, lawyers say. The lawyers sued to block President Donald Trumps' order to block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. Mr. Trump…

Nigerian Army

Army officer who called service chiefs “Nollywood actors” loses children, driver in car crash

Two children of T.J Abdallah, an infantry officer who called Nigerian service chiefs, “Nollywood actors” in a private WhatsApp group have died in a car accident as the family travelled to visit him in detention in Maiduguri, Borno State, after he became incommunicado for several weeks, PREMIUM TIMES can report…

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Apostle Johnson Suleman

Fayose prevents SSS from arresting controversial preacher who wants herdsmen killed

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, early on Wednesday morning prevented operatives of the State Security Services, DSS, from arresting the founder of Omega Fire Ministries, in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti. Last week, a video footage widely shared on social media, showed the Auchi, Edo State- based preacher, telling his…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army vows to charge PREMIUM TIMES for ‘fraudulently obtaining’ military information

Four days after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, caused the raiding of PREMIUM TIMES offices and the arrest of the medium's journalists, the army has indicated its intention to file charges against the news organisation for "fraudulently obtaining and disclosure of military information." In a statement by its…

Johnson Suleman, Founder Omega Fire Ministries

Popular Nigerian preacher tells church members to kill Fulani herdsmen

The founder of Omega Fire ministries, Johnson Suleman, in a sermon given at his church's parked auditorium called for the killing of Fulani herdsmen. The controversial Evangelical preacher, who caused a stir last year when he declared that the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, will die for his plan…

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU) Katsina
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Katsina University says memo on religious groups on campus targeted at Muslims, not Christians

The authorities of the Umaru Yar'Ádua University, Katsina, have denied discriminating against Christian students in the approval granted a students religious association to operate on its campus. The Acting Dean of Student Affairs of the University, Sulaiman Kankara, had in January 17 memo informed students of a new guideline for…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

EXCLUSIVE: Army officer attacks Nigeria’s service chiefs, says they are ‘Nollywood actors’

Angered by what he described as the inability of the military to provide the needed weapons and equipment to defeat the Boko Haram terror sect, and the recent ease at which insurgents were killing senior army officers, a top infantry commander has described the country's service chiefs as “Nollywood actors”.…

Yahya Jammeh
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Jammeh: Regional civil society group calls on Gambians to embark on civil disobedience

The West African Civil Society Forum, WACSOF, has expressed concern over the intention of outgoing leader of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to plunge the country into disarray over his refusal to step down from office having been defeated in the December 1, 2016 presidential election by the opposition candidate, Adama…