Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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W. Stuart Symington

U.S. announces fresh $102 million assistance to Nigeria

The U.S. government has announced a fresh $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, announced the new aide at ongoing National Conversation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, on Thursday. A U.S. embassy statement said the new funding “will address the shelter, health and food…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo meeting with members of nPDP

APC Crisis: ‘New PDP’ pulls out of dialogue with Nigerian govt

The leadership of a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), known as nPDP, has announced withdrawal from dialogue with the APC-led federal government. In a statement on Monday, the nPDP chairman, Abubakar Baraje, announced the decision after making public the plight of members of his faction. He accused…

Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Innoson Group. [Photo credit: YouTube]

Court declared me wanted to embarrass me – Innoson boss, Innocent Chukwuma

The Nigerian businessman, Innocent Chukwuma, has described his declaration as a wanted person by a Lagos State Special Offences Court as targeted to humiliate him. Mr Chukwuma was dragged to the court in January by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of fraud and forgery of shipping…

Ibrahim Shekarau

Commotion as EFCC detains ex-governor Shekarau

There was commotion at the Kano state office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as supporters of a former Kano state governor Ibrahim Shekarau attempted to block his rescheduled visit to the office. A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that hundreds of supporters of the former Education Minister thronged…

EFCC operatives

EXCLUSIVE: Despite moving to APC, two ex-governors charged with money laundering

Two former governors who last year decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are among a host of suspects to be tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). A former governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Shinkafi, and that of Kebbi State,…

Kogi State Map

Group raises alarm over ethnic killings in Kogi, Nasarawa

Ethnic tensions between Egbura and Bassa people of Kogi and Nasarawa states has lead to killings and dislodging of communities in the two states, a socio-cultural group, Egbura National Development Association (ENDA), has cried out. The latest is a foiled daylight attack on Umaisha community in Nasarawa State on Friday.…

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (2/1/18)

Amaechi fingered in fresh controversy over rescheduled Rivers APC congresses

Fresh controversy has engulfed the rescheduled ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The national working committee in a statement by the party chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and legal adviser, Muiz Banire, announced new dates for the cancelled congresses. The ward and local government congress were announced…

President Muhammadu Buhari commissioning the EFCC Head Office

How corruption ‘fought’ me out of office – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday recalled events leading to his ouster as Nigeria’s military head of state and eventual incarceration for three years by a military government that succeeded him. Mr Buhari’s short stint as Nigeria’s military ruler ended in August 1985 following a palace coup by unhappy elements within…

Wole Soyinka

Soyinka: EFCC cells should have ‘presidential wing’

Nobel Literature laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said that for the fight against corruption in Nigeria to succeed, the frontline anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would have to take on some of the country’s former leaders. He said “until we make some of our leaders walk through…

Corruption: Blame leaders who came after me — Gowon

Former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, says the condition he found himself after his ouster from office in 1975 might have changed the attitude of Nigerian leaders to corruption. Mr Gowon, a retired general who led Nigeria through three years of civil war during his nine year reign, was…

Bayelsa warns youth against cultism

Bayelsa warns youth against cultism

The Bayelsa State Government has warned youth who indulge in cultism and other nefarious activities to desist forthwith or face the wrath of the Anti-Cultism Law of the state. Speaking during the 2018 Anti-Cultism Rally organised by the Boys Brigade of Nigeria, Bayelsa State Council, in Yenagoa, the Chief of…

Isyaku Rabiu

Kano declares public holiday for Isyaku Rabiu’s funeral

The Kano State Government has declared Friday as public holiday in honour of deceased cleric and business tycoon, Isyaku Rabi’u. The renowned industrialist and Islamic scholar died on Tuesday in a London hospital after protracted illness. He was 93. A statement Wednesday by the state commissioner for information, Mohammed Garba,…

Barivule Goni

How INTELS scholarship changed my life – Goni

Barivule Goni is a physically challenged staff of INTELS Nigeria Limited. A graduate of Economics from the University of Port Harcourt, Ms Goni shares her experience working with Nigeria’s oil and gas logistics giant. Excerpts: Q: Can you say a few things about yourself? A: My name is Barivule Angela…

Saraki Adeosun Dogara

EXCLUSIVE: How N’Assembly leaders spent remaining N3.4billion of N10billion Adeosun largesse

The controversial N10 billion the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, illegally released to Nigeria’s National Assembly was recklessly spent on exotic cars and sundry other contracts, many of them ludicrous and seemingly dubious, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. On Saturday, we reported how the leadership of the National Assembly,…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Bayelsa councils save N3.9bn from payroll fraud

Bayelsa State Government on Thursday said it had prevented the payment of N3.9 billion annually to payroll fraudsters in its local government councils. It said the reduction comes as a fallout of the ongoing public sector reforms in the state. Speaking during a press conference, the Commissioner for Information and…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. [Photo credit: Newmail-ng.com]

EXCLUSIVE: How Saraki’s National Assembly spent N6.6billion Adeosun largesse on exotic cars

Nigeria's National Assembly has paid out a total N6.6billion for purchase of exotic cars for its members, PREMIUM TIMES and UDEME can authoritatively report today. Official documents obtained by this newspaper showed that the purchases were made by the three arms of the federal parliament—the Senate, the House of Representatives…

Senator Omo-Agege arrested by the Police (Photo taken by Kemi Busari, 18/04/2018)

Mace Theft: Court restrains Police, SSS from arresting Omo-Agege

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has restrained the Nigeria Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation from arresting or threatening a senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. The senator was briefly detained by the police on Wednesday after he was arrested at the premises…

Dapo Olorunyomi

Premium Times publisher to deliver Aminu Kano Memorial Lecture

The 17th annual symposium is to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of renowned political icon, Aminu Kano. The Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi, is billed to deliver this year’s annual Aminu Kano Memorial Lecture. The event is scheduled to hold on Tuesday at…

Taking NFIU out of EFCC a ‘setback’ – Ribadu

The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, has described the proposed movement of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) out of the EFCC, as a setback for the country. “I feel sad that they want to take the NFIU away from EFCC. This will…

Bukola Saraki

2019: Pro-Buhari governors, senators mobilise against Saraki

Senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are regrouping to fight what one of them called “selfish agenda of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his cohorts."‎ The initial rallying point for the senators was a move to stop the National Assembly from vetoing the president's refusal to assent on the newly…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian ambassador goes into hiding; NIA launches manhunt

The Nigerian Ambassador to Chad, Mohammed Dauda, has gone underground, triggering a massive manhunt for him. Sources familiar with the matter said the diplomat slipped into hiding after claiming his life was in danger following the testimony he gave a House of Representatives committee last month. The government had sometime…

Armed operatives invade residence of ex-NIA DG

The official residence of a former acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Dauda Mohammed, has been invaded by armed security operatives. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter at the scene saw armed security men in black clothing typically used by Nigeria’s secret security organisations. The property is located at No. 3…

Director-General-of-Securities-and-Exchange-Commission-Mr-Mounir-Gwarzo

Golden Handshake: How SEC board approved N1.7 billion for staff retirement package

The controversial staff retirement package for senior staff of the Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, was conceived and implemented with approval of the commission’s board, documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES show. The special package, tagged “Golden Handshake” that gulped N1.7 billion was listed by a probe panel among the sins of the…

2019: Why I can’t contest against Buhari – Babagana Kingibe

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babagana Kingibe, has said that he will not stand against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election. Mr. Kingibe’s purported campaign posters for the presidency were recently circulated in Abuja and other cities. The retired diplomat had aspired to the…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo’s ‘Coalition for Nigeria for launch January 31’

A political movement promoted by former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Coalition for Nigeria is due to launch January, 31. The movement is currently being coordinated by a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Mr. Oyinlola is a longstanding associate of the former Nigerian leader. However, to manage possible ripples…