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Farouk Lawan agreed to send third party to collect bribe payment, new audio shows

Embattled lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, agreed to send an emissary to Femi Otedola the principal of…

Oshiomhole's accident: police report exonerates us, PDP says

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has been vindicated as  an investigative report by…

Albashir dies in a car crash

  Usman Albishir, a former Senator, who was also a governorship candidate in Yobe State…

New NSA tosses an olive branch at Boko Haram insurgents

Sambo Dasuki, the new National Security Adviser (NSA), hit the road running Friday with a security stakeholders meeting in Maiduguri after which he expressed optimism for a breakthrough in achieving a Boko Haram ceasefire before the Ramadan Fast. He added that his visit was aimed at getting to the root of the Boko Haram?insurgence…

Reps threaten to arrest naval boss over absence at hearing on crude oil theft

  A dramatic confrontation is unfolding between Nigerian Naval authorities and a House of Representatives committee investigating oil bunkering, with the lawmakers threatening to order the arrest of the nation's naval chief if he continued to snub the committee. The navy  has come under scathing criticisms from the petroleum upstream…

Jonathan right not to make assets public, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday rose in stout  defence of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he had done nothing wrong or violated any law by refusing to make his assets public. "In order to set the records straight, we wish to state that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has duly declared…

Mark proposes review of existing laws to combat terrorism

Senate President, David Mark, has proposed an immediate comprehensive review of existing laws on terrorism to give more powers to security agents to tackle the insecurity challenge posed by the extremist sect, Boko Haram.  Mr. Mark, who was speaking during the opening of the three days Senate retreat in Uyo…

Court orders National Assembly to disclose details of lawmakers' jumbo pay

An Abuja Federal High Court has ordered the National Assembly to release, in 14 days, details of the salary, emolument, and allowances received by its members between 2007 and 2011. Justice B.B. Aliyu gave the ruling, on Monday, in a suit filed by Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP), a non-governmental orgainsation. LEDAP had…

Court orders National Assembly to disclose lawmakers

An Abuja Federal High Court has ordered the National Assembly to release, in 14 days, details of the salary, emoluments, and allowances received by its members between 2007 and 2011. Justice B.B. Aliyu gave the ruling, on Monday, in a suit filed by Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP), a…

PRESIDENTIAL MEDIA CHAT: 10 Questions for President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan will this evening host a televised media chat with some senior Nigerian journalists during which he is expected to respond to questions on a number of topical national issues. Aso Rock spokesperson, Reuben Abati, says the chat, to be aired live on major television and radio stations…

PDP blasts ACN over selection of Akeredolu as Ondo guber candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party has blasted the Action Congress of Nigeria over the procedure it adopted in selecting a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association as its candidate for the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State. Reacting to the emergence of Mr. Rotimi as the opposition party’s candidate…

91 candidates to contest 20 local govt chairmanship seats in Ogun

Ahead of the July local government elections in Ogun State, the Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday officially disclosed that 91 candidates are in the race for chairmanship position in the 20 local governments areas in the state. The disclosure is contained in a list released by the electoral body at…

INEC to sell 132,000 computers and DDC machines worth N35b

The Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) will sell 132,000 computers and Direct Data Capture Machines bought for the 2011 general elections, its National Commissioner in charge of Information and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, has said. Mr. Soyebi said in Abuja on Wednesday that the computers are worth about N35 billion and…

INEC says President Jonathan's election not affected by court ruling

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discountenanced the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja which reportedly invalidated the 2011 general elections. The commission, in a press statement signed by the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, stated that the 2011 elections were not affected by the court ruling…

More trouble for Farouk Lawan as Speaker, House committee chair deny custody of exhibit money

Police investigation into the $3 million bribery scandal engulfing the House of Representatives hit a brickwall Tuesday with Adams Jagaba, the lawmaker earlier said to be in possession of the marked dollar bills, refuting the claim made by Farouk Lawan who is at the centre of the scandal. Mr. Lawan…

Court nullifies Jonathan's election, threatens Edo polls

A recent ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and six others over the use of transparent ballot boxes has invalidated the election of President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire 2011 general election, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting is reporting. In…

Ondo governorship: ACN shortlists three candidates, drops Agunloye, others

It is an anxious three-way horse race now as party elders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, are in a tense all-day meeting in Lagos trying to decide the candidate that will bear their gubernatorial flag in the October 20th election against incumbent Olusegun Mimiko, a medical doctor and…

Alleged $620,000 bribe: Tambuwal's pledge helps get Farouk Lawan bail

Federal investigators of the Nigeria Police in Abuja finally gave the embattled lawmaker and chairman of the House of Representatives committee that probed the fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, a breather Saturday evening allowing him to go home on an administrative bail after holding him in police cell for 48 hours.…

Inside the Farouk Lawan bribe video: Mr. Integrity concealed bribe dollars in his cap and wore it

Since this scandal broke, PREMIUM TIMES has consistently spoken to people who have seen the video clips of embattled lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, receiving bribes from oil mogul, Femi Otedola. We bring you a brief narrative of what our reporters gleaned from the interviews. For each of the visits, according to…

Ogun PDP factions present two different lists for LG election

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state has submitted two parallel lists of chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the forthcoming local government election to the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC). The PDP in Ogun State has been battling with internal crisis that has torn the party into two factions,…

Alleged $3million bribery scam: Police detain Farouk Lawan overnight

Police investigators questioned Farouk Lawan, chairman, House of Representatives adhoc committee on fuel subsidy management for hours into late night Thursday, over allegation he altered the committee’s report after receiving $600,000 bribe from oil marketer, Femi Otedola. Mr. Lawan has accepted receiving the money which was videotaped by law enforcement agents in  sting operation, but…

Jonathan denies masterminding House bribery scandal

President Goodluck Jonathan has denied instigating the $3 million bribery that has rocked the House of Representatives, denouncing media reports that have accused the presidency of staging the scandal as a cover to oust an apparently unfriendly House leadership. The president said on Thursday, the allegations were “lame and diversionary”…

Ogun police lay siege at ACN secretariat

  Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday took over the headquarters of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), following protests by party members alleging that the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun ,was imposing candidates on them ahead of the July local government elections.  The protesters had planned to stage another protest at the ACN secretariat…

Reps to hold emergency session over $3million bribery scandal

The House of Representatives is suspending a two-week recess for an emergency plenary on Friday over the USD 620,000 bribery scandal involving its member, Farouk Lawan, and oil tycoon, Femi Otedola. An extraordinary general assembly will hold on June 15, 2012, the Clerk of the House, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, announced in…

How PDP scrambled to cover up $620,000 bribery scandal

An intervention by the top echelon of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) halted a planned inquiry into the USD620,000 bribery scam involving oil billionaire, Femi Otedola, and chairman, House of Representatives ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, Farouk Lawan, lawmakers familiar with the matter said Tuesday. It also…