Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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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…

EXCLUSIVE: Seven governors, 20 senators, others for Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria

A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, is mobilising politicians and other Nigerians to sign on to his Coalition for Nigeria project, to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office. Many of those consulted by Mr. Obasanjo are said to have signed on to his elaborate plan for a mass movement away…

Ex-CJN, Dahiru Musdapher, dies at 75

A former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Musdapher, has died. Mr. Musdapher died in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 75. The cause of his death was not immediately clear but family members took to social media to break the news. "My elder brother Justice Dahiru Musdapher…

President says INEC reserves right to order elections

EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari flouted recommendations of own panel in appointing new NIA DG

President Muhammadu Buhari ignored the recommendations of a panel he constituted to “review operational, technical and administrative structure” of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in appointing the NIA’s new director general. The panel, which was made up of retired intelligence officers, was formed on November 8, 2017 in the aftermath…

President says INEC reserves right to order elections

Ex-governor mocks Buhari, Tinubu over fuel scarcity, anti-graft war

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has jeered President Muhammadu Buhari and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, over the fuel scarcity across the country, and the government's fight against corruption. Mr. Lamido said Mr. Buhari should lead a protest against the fuel…

Edo govt lied, we didn’t declare BUA official wanted – Police

The Nigerian Police have denied declaring the Managing Director of Obu Cement Company, a subsidiary of BUA Group, Yusuf Binji, wanted. A statement circulated by Robin Crusoe, a spokesman to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, claimed that the police had declared Mr. Binji wanted over an attack on the governor's…

President Muhammadu Buhari-at-FEC Meeting

Presidency explains controversial list of board appointments

The presidency has reacted to the controversy generated by its appointment, Friday evening, of 1,468 Nigerians into the boards of agencies and parastatals. The list generated controversy after names of some dead persons were found among the appointees. PREMIUM TIMES checks also show duplications and appointments of individuals that are…

Pic 19. FEC MEETING

Controversy trails Buhari’s new board appointees: ‘Dead’ men, duplications, Atiku loyalists appointed

Controversy has trailed the massive, historical appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday. The office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, late on Friday announced the appointment of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members. This was the largest single appointments made by the president…

Boakai and Weah

Defying electoral commission, Liberian ruling party claims lead over George Weah

The Liberian ruling Unity Party, UP, has claimed early lead over the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, in Tuesday's presidential run-off in the small West African country. A spokesperson for the UP, Mohammed Ali, made the victory claim in a Facebook post, even though tallying and counting of votes…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Again, gunmen storm Magu’s house, kill policeman

Armed persons on Tuesday night attacked an unoccupied residence of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu. The house, located within a farm owned by Mr. Magu in Karshi, a suburb of Abuja, was stormed by unidentified attackers at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday.…

Two Nigerians, 260 other journalists in detention worldwide – CPJ

The press freedom arbiter, Committee to Protect Journalists, has released this year's database of journalists Imprisoned worldwide, showing a rise in cases of journalists jailed on account of their work. The report released on Wednesday said the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a "historical high" for the…

Fight against corruption ‘do or die’ – Magu

The fight against corruption is a "do or die affair" which Nigerians must win or die trying, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has said. Mr. Magu, who spoke at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja after leading a rally to commemorate…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku visits PDP secretariat, urges other defectors to return ‘home’

Days after defecting from the All Progressive Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former vice president Atiku Abubakar visited the PDP secretariat on Tuesday and urged other defectors to return to the fold. Speaking at the meeting with party leaders, the former vice president urged defectors to return…

Andrew Nok

Kaduna Education Commissioner Andrew Nok is dead

The Commissioner of Education in Kaduna State, Andrew Nok, is dead. Mr. Nok, a foremost professor of Biochemistry died in the early hours of Tuesday. He was supervising the controversial educational reform in Kaduna that is expected to lead to the sack of 21,000 'incompetent' teachers and the recruitment of 25,000 qualified…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari, others have 101 presidential aides; Buhari 24, Osinbajo 52 [FULL LIST]

Between himself, his wife and close lieutenants, President Muhammadu Buhari has at least 101 aides, PREMIUM TIMES can report. However, over 50 percent of those aides are attached to the office of the vice president. PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a list of presidential appointees serving as aides to President Buhari,…

President Muhammadu Buhari resumes office 5

EXCLUSIVE: 81 days after, Buhari still avoiding Aso Rock office

About 81 days since his return from medical vacation in the UK, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to use his office in the Aso Rock Villa, multiple sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Buhari left Nigeria for another around of medical care in the United Kingdom on May 7 and returned on August 19.…

Abdulrashid Maina

How Maina became head of pension task team – Oronsaye

The embattled former civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, came highly recommended to head a team tasked with cleaning up a pension mess at the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, when he was appointed in 2010. Mr. Maina, who for three years headed what was variously called Pension…

Abdulrasheed Maina

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

The International Police organisation, INTERPOL, has responded to an inquiry filed by PREMIUM TIMES on why Abdulrasheed Maina, a man it declared wanted and placed on its red notice was moving around the world without hindrance. Mr. Maina was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in…

Pension Fraud: How SSS paid N152 million into Maina’s secret account

Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Service (SSS), once made curious huge cash transfers into a bank account associated with a former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The uncovering of the payments, investigators say, suggests Mr. Maina and the security…