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Dogara’s Payslip: Civic groups demand Speaker’s explanation for excess constituency allowance

The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) and Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) have demanded that Speaker Yakubu Dogara explain the nearly N250,000 excess in his annual constituency allowance to Nigerians. In separate statements to PREMIUM TIMES, the civic groups said Nigerians stand to lose billions…

Bashir Abubakar, Buhari's CSO

Why I begged Buhari’s CSO, Bashir Abubakar — Punch Reporter

Lekan Adetayo, the Punch reporter at the heart of the latest State House expulsion controversy, has explained why he apologised to President Buhari's Chief Security Officer. Mr. Adetayo said he apologised to Bashir Abubakar in order to be able to "leave" the latter's office "not only alive but with a…

SSS operatives

Presidency speaks on recruitment scandal in SSS

The Nigerian presidency on Friday responded to PREMIUM TIMES report about the widespread lopsidedness in the latest recruitment exercise by the State Security Service (SSS). PREMIUM TIMES had on Friday morning reported how the SSS loaded its agency with more people from the North than from the South of Nigeria in its…

Bashir Abubakar, Buhari's CSO

EXCLUSIVE: My case against Punch reporter — Buhari’s CSO, Bashir Abubakar

President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief Security Officer, Bashir Abubakar has defended his decision to expel a reporter for The Punch from the State House, saying journalists have a responsibility to be patriotic in reporting matters of national importance. In an internal memo he distributed Tuesday to several presidency officials, including Femi…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s CSO did not consult before expelling Punch journalist – Femi Adesina

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How police raid on Goje’s residence may delay passage of Budget 2017 – Official

Thursday’s raid on the residence of the chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, may affect the passage of the 2017 budget estimates, PREMIUM TIMES has been told. A special team of officers from the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday carried out a raid on the Asokoro residence of…

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Police declare mastermind of Zaki Biam killings wanted, arrest alleged accomplices

The police on Friday declared a prime suspect in recent wanton killings across Benue State wanted. The authorities also announced the arrest of 17 suspects accused of participating in the killings and disclosed recovery of arms and ammunition allegedly used by the suspected killers. A statement signed by police spokesperson,…

Senator Goje's house

UPDATED: Why Nigeria Police raided Senator Goje’s home

Security operatives, believed to be from the police headquarters, on Thursday evening raided the Abuja home of Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe State, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The operation, which began after 5:00 p.m. was still ongoing as at 7:01 p.m. Our correspondents report that at least 12…

FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram

Boko Haram strikes again, sacks army battalion, kills Nigerian soldiers, seizes arms

Nigerian troops fighting the extremist Boko Haram sect have suffered major setbacks, with the terror group sacking an army battalion, killing eight soldiers and wounding 11 others in two separate attacks in three days, reliable military insiders have told PREMIUM TIMES. The army formations involved in the incidents also lost…

Money recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers Ikoyi

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan, Emefiele, Magu, others to be questioned by presidential panel probing N13 billion Ikoyi money

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; and anti-corruption chief, Ibrahim Magu are amongst some high-profile personalities that are expected to be questioned by a presidential panel investigating the mysteries surrounding the over N13 billion recovered from an apartment in Lagos last Wednesday,…

Mohammed Adoke

Malabu Scandal: Why I am running from EFCC —Nigeria’s former Attorney General Adoke

Nigeria’s former attorney general, Bello Adoke, named as an alleged beneficiary in the $1.3 billion Malabu oil scam, has said he may not return home until he gets some concessions from the Nigerian government. "I will definitely come back, if I have the assurance that they will not harm me, they…

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

Alleged killer of four Nigerian police officers, army captain dies in shootout – Police

The police on Tuesday announced the killing of Endurance Ominisan, a suspected leader of a kidnap and militant ring that allegedly killed four police officers and an Army captain in Lagos earlier this month. The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said Mr. Ominisan, a.k.a Mighty, was killed in a gun duel…

President Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan

I resisted pressure to charge Buhari with certificate forgery, Nigeria’s ex-Attorney General Adoke says

A former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke, has explained how he allegedly came under pressure from unnamed persons to charge then candidate Muhammadu Buhari for forgery in the run up to the 2015 presidential election. He also said that he pushed back against demands for former President Goodluck Jonathan…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke.

How I foiled Tinubu’s further trial after Code of Conduct Tribunal ruling — Former AGF Adoke

A former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, escaped Federal Government's appeal of his victory at the Code of Conduct Tribunal due to the benevolence of a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke, the latter has claimed. Mr. Adoke said in an interview with The Cable that he prevailed on the Nigerian government…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

FACT-CHECK: How accurate is the payslip Speaker Dogara made public?

Going by the approved remuneration guidelines for federal lawmakers, the content of a payslip recently circulated by Speaker Yakubu Dogara mostly reflected some of his genuine earnings as the leader of the Nigerian House of Representatives, PREMIUM TIMES can report. But it also indicates that the speaker may be earning…

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16).
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N13 billion Lagos apartment money: Amaechi threatens to sue Fani-Kayode, Fayose’s aide

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened to sue a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Lere Olayinka, an aide to Governor Ayo Fayose, for allegedly naming him as the owner of the Lagos apartment where over N13 billion was found last week. Mr. Amaechi, through his lawyer, Lateef…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

While Jonathan keeps mum, CBN speaks on N13 billion seized from Lagos apartment

Despite claims by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) that he approved and released the massive stash of cash recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, former President Goodluck Jonathan has remained silent on the matter. The former president's spokesperson has for days…

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi

Amaechi denies ownership of N13 billion found in Lagos apartment

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday denied links to the more than N13 billion recovered from an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos. Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, acting on a tip-off on Wednesday, found $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 hidden inside an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi. The recoveries…

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Kogi demolishes home of alleged kidnap kingpin

The Kogi State Government on Thursday crushed a compound allegedly owned by suspected leader of an interstate kidnap syndicate, Zakari Yau. A statement from Governor Yahaya Bello's office said he ordered the demolition of the premises located in Odu, in the state's countryside. Petra Onyegbule, Mr. Bello's chief press secretary,…

US Embassy, Abuja

U.S., UK Embassies react to SSS ‘arrest’ of Boko Haram suspects targeting their missions

The embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom in Abuja have reacted to Wednesday's announcement by the State Security Service that five suspected Boko Haram operatives with ties to the Islamic State terror group were arrested while plotting to attack the two missions. In the announcement, which was…

Ize-Iyamu casting his vote at the polling unit

Why court upheld Governor Obaseki’s election, Ize-Iyamu to appeal

An election petition tribunal sitting in Benin, Edo State, on Friday affirmed the victory of Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the gubernatorial elections held on September 28, 2016. The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had challenged Mr. Obaseki’s victory, alleging widespread irregularities. Mr.…

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Edo tribunal upholds election of APC’s Governor Obaseki

An election petitions tribunal sitting in Benin, Edo State, has affirmed the victory of Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the gubernatorial elections held on September 28, 2016, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, had challenged Mr. Obaseki's election, alleging…

N13Billion Ikoyi money

What I know about Ikoyi house where EFCC found over N13 billion – Former PDP Chairman

A former chairman of the People's Democratic Party, Adamu Mu'azu on Friday explained his connection to the Lagos property where the anti-graft EFCC found over N13 billion hidden in an apartment. Mr. Muazu said although he built the property, it was no longer his. Operatives of the EFCC, acting on…

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello

Abuja Minister suspends Investment Company boss over corruption allegations

The Managing Director of Abuja Investments Company Limited, AICL, Ahmed Musa, has been suspended over his ongoing probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Sources familiar with the development told PREMIUM TIMES the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello, ordered Mr. Musa's suspension on Wednesday with…

Godwin Obaseki [Photo credti: Naij.com]

Land Grab: Obaseki signs bill to prohibit forceful occupation of Edo lands

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by community development associations, CDAs, in Edo State. The governor subsequently proceeded to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, to present a copy of the new act to the…