Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

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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…

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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…

FILE: Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu addressing the press

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…

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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…

EFCC, sealing off six properties of Abdulrasheed Maina

EFCC seals Maina’s properties in Kaduna

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it has sealed off six properties "allegedly owned and acquired with suspected proceeds of crime by Abdulrasheed Maina". On Friday PREMIUM TIMES broke the story of how Mr. Maina, a fugitive, was secretly reinstated into the civil service. A statement by EFCC…

Abdulrasheed Maina

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was provided federal security cover, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Investigators have found that for months, Mr.…

EFCC storms Maina’s $2 million mansion

Mobile police officers attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday stormed a mansion belonging to embattled civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, who has been on the wanted list for about two years. A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who visited the building at No. 10 Hamisu Musa Road, Jabi, around 3:40 p.m. on…

EFCC launches manhunt for recalled fugitive director, Abdulrasheed Maina

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has launched a fresh manhunt for a former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. Mr. Maina was sacked from the civil service in 2013 and was in 2015 placed on the wanted list of International Police (INTERPOL) by the…

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Why we reinstated fugitive ex-pension chief Maina – Nigerian govt

Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has reacted to an exclusive PREMIUM TIMES story on how the federal government reinstated a sacked civil servant despite a pending corruption trial. This newspaper on Friday reported how controversial chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was secretly…

Abdulrasheed Maina

SHOCKING: Buhari administration recalls wanted ex-pension boss sacked for alleged corruption

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has secretly reinstated fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service. Multiple sources confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Maina, who is wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, was secretly recalled and promoted to the position…

Ex-Kaduna governor Mouktar Muhammed is dead

A retired senior military officer and one time governor of Kaduna State, Mouktar Muhammed, is dead. Mr. Muhammed, a retired air vice marshal, died Sunday evening, according to a Facebook announcement by his younger brother, Faruk Dalhatu. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Muhammed died in a London hospital Mr. Dalhatu,…

Cancer: Foundation trains Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara health workers on early detection

A health-focused charity, Medicaid Cancer Foundation, MCF, has announced its plans to train health workers from three North-West states of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara on cancer screening. The training is part of activities for the cancer awareness month themed 'Kick and Walkway Cancer' coming up in October. Founder of the…

Godwin-Emefiele

Illegal Funding of FG: The key question CBN Governor, Emefiele, failed to answer

In apparent response to an exclusive report by PREMIUM TIMES, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday scrambled to defend his bank's huge funding of the federal government. This newspaper had published a report on Monday detailing the CBN's massive financing of the federal government…