Abdulrahman Abdulmalik

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Razak Atunwa.

EXCLUSIVE: Saraki’s anointed candidate for Kwara governorship, Razak Atunwa, skips NYSC, forges certificate

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State in the forthcoming general elections, Razak Atunwa, did not participate in Nigeria's compulsory national youth service scheme, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. Instead, he procured a forged discharge certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which he…

Femi Fani-Kayode

Alleged Looters List: Why I received N866million during Jonathan’s regime — Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has rejected his inclusion in a list of alleged looters released by the Nigerian government on Sunday. Mr. Fani-Kayode is number 18 in a list of 24 individuals accused of having looted the treasury during the past administration. (FIND FULL LIST HERE). The Minister of…

Jonathan’s aide attacks Nigerian govt., releases list of alleged looters in Buhari’s cabinet, APC

Reno Omokri, a spokesperson for former President Goodluck Jonathan, has launched a blistering attack on the Nigerian government and the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, over two lists of alleged looters released by the administration. Mr. Mohammed had on Sunday circulated a statement containing a list of individuals undergoing trials…

Obasanjo and Buhari at State house 2

Buhari fails to greet Obasanjo on 81st birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday failed to circulate a public statement congratulating former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 81st birthday. The action is a clear deviation from the presidency's tradition of felicitating with former heads of state and some top Nigerian dignitaries on their birthday anniversaries. It is also contrary…

Ajaokuta Steel plant

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria, Indian firm reach agreement on Ajaokuta Steel Company

Barring any last minute change in plans, an amicable resolution of the ownership crisis surrounding the Ajaokuta Steel Complex might be reached early August when the Nigerian government and Messrs Global Steel Holdings Limited, and Indian firm, are scheduled to sign terms of settlement. The signing of the terms of…

EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian authorities mistreated brother, guardian of rescued Chibok girl after meeting with Buhari

The family of Amina Ali, the first of the Chibok girls to be found, are being kept away from her by the Nigerian military, according to her brother who added that he does not know the whereabouts of his mother, Binta, who was also taken away by the military. Amina's…

Army announces arrest of General’s suspected killer, 3 years after claiming killers were nabbed

The Nigerian military on Monday said it arrested a man suspected to have murdered the pioneer General Officer Commanding of the Army's First Division, General Mohammed Shuwa (rtd). The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said the suspect was arrested in Kano by officials of the Nigerian military intelligence. Mr.…

Ken Nnamani

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, dumps PDP

A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Ken Nnamani, has announced his departure from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, a political platform to which be belonged since 1999, and which, in 2005, made him the third most powerful man in Nigeria. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on…

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari to shell out N60Billion to one million artisans, market women

More details are emerging about the social protection programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency, including a scheme to grant soft loans to about one million artisans and market women in the proposed 2016 budget. A senior federal government official who described the current controversy in the Senate regarding two versions…

$2.1 billion Arms Scandal: Angry Olisa Metuh tears statement he made to EFCC

The embattled spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday tore a statement he voluntarily made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission regarding his alleged involvement in the $2.1billion arms fraud being investigated by the anti-graft agency. Those familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Metuh tore the…

Barack Obama

US rejects third term bid by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

The United States said on Saturday it is "deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office". The spokesperson for that country's Department of State, an equivalent of Nigeria's foreign ministry, said with his decision to take a third shot at…

ALEX-OTTI

Appeal Court sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, declares APGA’s Alex Otti winner

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State. The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance  the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state. Delivering judgment in…

Buhari in office

Why we are yet to disclose details of corrupt officials returning stolen funds — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday explained why his administration was yet to release names of corrupt former officials of the past administration who voluntarily surrendered their loot. Speaking in Abuja at this year's edition of the annual Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation Lecture, President Buhari said "any disclosure now may jeopardize the…

IG of Police, Arase, risks jail for disobeying court order to probe Alaafin’s alleged criminalities

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, risks jail for failing to comply with an Ibadan Federal High Court order, compelling the Police chief to investigate alleged criminal activities of the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, court document obtained by PREMIUM TIMES have shown. Justice Ayo Emmanuel of the Federal…

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SSS disobeys court order, ejects ex-DG, Kayode Are, from Lagos home

Operatives of the State Security Service on Wednesday stormed the Lagos residence of one of its former Director Generals, Kayode Are, ejecting his family and throwing out his properties. "They are right here in my house," a distraught Mr. Are told PREMIUM TIMES on telephone. "They have pulled down the…

EXCLUSIVE: Documents detail how bankers helped Maina launder stolen pension funds

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained exclusive details of how officials at the an Abuja branch of Fidelity Bank allegedly facilitated the laundering of hundreds of millions of naira by the embattled former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina. Details contained in the proof of evidence attached to the…

Nigerian Air Force fighter jet

No survivor as Nigerian Air Force fighter jet crashes in Adamawa

An aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force has crashed in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, in North-East Nigeria. All those on the plane died in the accident, authorities said. The identities of those on board were however yet to be disclosed. The spokesperson for the Force, Dele Alonge,…

EXCLUSIVE: 2015 Polls: How Jonathan govt. used bullion vans to cart away N67.2bn cash from CBN

Former President Goodluck Jonathan authorised the withdrawal of a whopping N67.2 billion in cash money from the Central Bank of Nigeria between November 2014 and February 2015 for “special services,” PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. The two cash withdrawals were made in the build up to the 2015 general…

Outrage grows across Nigeria as Buhari’s lopsided appointments continue

President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of some of his administration’s most key officials Thursday set off a firestorm of condemnation, with critics characterising the nominations as overwhelmingly lopsided, lacking in gender balance and regional equity. Mr. Buhari named Babachir David Lawal, from Adamawa State, as Secretary to the Government of the…

Akwa Ibom: Documents show Umana’s running mate resigned from FCDA before joining politics

The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State, Benedict Ukpong, voluntarily retired from service as deputy director, engineering services, Federal Capital Development Authority, on December 22, 2014, more than 60 days before the April 11, 2015 governorship election, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively confirm. PREMIUM TIMES…

Court sacks Rivers LG chairs elected a week before end of Amaechi’s tenure

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, has nullified the May 23 local government elections held in the state, effectively sacking those elected at the elections. Delivering judgment in a case brought by the Peoples Democratic Party, which boycotted the poll, Justice Lambo Akanbi set aside…

Femi Fani-Kayode

After rejecting Jonathan, Nigerians deserve Boko Haram bombings – Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, and spokesperson of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that Nigerians asked for the recent upsurge in Boko Haram attacks by refusing to renew Mr. Jonathan’s mandate, instead voting in Muhammadu Buhari as president. He said Nigerians were warned about the…

NASS Crisis: How subsidy thieves, corrupt businessmen, enthroned Saraki, Dogara – Bisi Akande

The former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande, has fingered fuel subsidy thieves, and corrupt businessmen as being behind the current crisis in the APC which culminated in the emergence of Bukola Saraki as senate president and Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives,…

Iconic Nigerian musician, DanMaraya Jos, is dead

One of the most respected Nigerian musicians from the north of the country, Adamu Wayya, best known as Danmaraya Jos, is dead, his friend and close associate, Ladan Salihu, has announced. He was 69. "Inaa Lillaahi Wa Innaa ilaiHir raaji'un. One of Nigeria's foremost Hausa musicians, poet, philosopher and philanthropist,…

A Refinery used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria’s four refineries to resume production in July

Nigeria’s four refineries are set to roll back to life in July, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said. Ohi Alegbe, the spokesperson for the NNPC told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday that the ongoing phased maintenance of the refineries was nearing completion and that the facilities would soon commence production.…