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Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

Confusion in Buhari’s govt. Ministers clash over removal of NBET’s Amobi

Marilyn Amobi may now serve out her tenure as the Managing Director of bulk electricity trader, NBET, following a letter to that effect conveyed to her late Monday by the finance ministry, a few moments after power minister, Saleh Mamman, had announced her removal "with immediate effect". The counteractions of…

The former Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

Why Buhari sacked controversial NBET MD, Marilyn Amobi

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the removal of Marilyn Amobi as the managing director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, days after PREMIUM TIMES reported her continued violation of Nigeria’s code of conduct for public officials. The Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, announced the removal of the controversial official on Monday…

The former Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

NBET boss Marilyn Amobi sacked

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the removal of Marilyn Amobi as the managing director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, days after PREMIUM TIMES reported her continued violation of Nigeria's code of conducts for public officials. The Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, announced the removal of the controversial official…

The former Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

NBET boss Amobi violates Code of Conduct law, runs private business

The Managing Director of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, Marilyn Amobi, has continued to run and direct her private company in the United Kingdom, in what is clearly a contravention of Nigeria's code of conduct for public officers, PREMIUM TIMES can report. ESL Economics and Management Associates Limited, with company…

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah

Almajiris are ‘victims’ of Northern Muslim elite – Kukah

The almajiris in Northern Nigeria have been "sinned against" and denied opportunities for social progress by the region's Muslim elite, Catholic cleric, Hassan Kukah, has said. "The Almajiri has become a scapegoat for the multiple sins of the Nigerian state in general and the Muslim Umma in particular," Mr Kukah…

President Muhammadu Buhari meets service chiefs and the IGP of Police. [ PHOTO CREDIT: Presidency Twitter handle]

Four Years Of Illegality: Buhari govt repeatedly violates Nigerian laws over sacked army officers

Among Nigeria's national honourees in 2012 was an army officer, Mohammed Suleiman, then a colonel. He had earlier that year helped foil a Boko Haram terrorist attack on Aso Rock Villa in what is now home to President Muhammadu Buhari, having "discovered and penetrated" the cell tasked to carry out…

Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

ANALYSIS: In Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination to lead World Trade Organisation, Nigeria faces risks

President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of a former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation puts Nigeria in a precarious position in the African regional and international politics. This decision may make it difficult for Nigeria to secure pan-African endorsements for its…

Extortion Bazaar: How corrupt security personnel, states’ officials help violate interstate travel ban

On April 27, President Muhammadu Buhari during his third nationwide broadcast on measures taken by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus announced a ban on non-essential interstate travels. The president also declared a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. What Mr Buhari may not have…

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

Buhari approves re-organisation of Nigeria police, creates new formations

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a major re-organisation of Nigeria Police Force, creating a full-fledged intelligence unit cut out of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, and five new zonal commands, among other structural changes. "Mr President approved that the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) be excised from the Force Criminal Investigation…

A group photo of President Buhari and Ministers

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari restrains ministers from disciplining, removing heads of agencies

The Buhari administration has restrained cabinet ministers from directly removing heads of agencies and parastatals they supervise. Now in place is a multi-layered procedure that appears to strengthen the role of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the disciplinary process, a government circular exclusively obtained by PREMIUM…

Resource competition, not ethnoreligious persuasions, main cause of farmers, herders conflict – Report

Competition for resources required for crop farming and grazing has driven the conflict between Hausa farmers and Fulani herders, two populations with close cultural ties in Nigeria's northwest, according to a new report, which highlights other layers of violence that have precipitated humanitarian and economic challenges in the region. The…

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

New report highlights various dimensions to farmers-herders conflict in Nigeria

The violence in Nigeria's northwest is rooted in the intense competition for land between Hausa farmers and Fulani herders, both of whom respectively mobilise vigilantes and bandits, a coming report is saying. The report by the International Crisis Group is due for release next Monday. It identifies the effects of…

Mallam Kasibu in Argungu, Kebbi State, holding a whip used for the almajirai labouring on his farm.[PHOTO CREDIT: Taiwo Hassan Adebayo/PT]

SPECIAL REPORT: Almajirci: Northern Nigeria moves to end ‘worrisome’ practise

While a chill was in the air one January morning, four ragged children beset an open-air cafeteria. They would not talk, but they conveyed a mood of inexpressible longing for food, burdening customers at the cafeteria with a feeling of guilt and compassion, enough to sacrifice their meals for the…

Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin

Nigeria’s defence chief Olonisakin risks imprisonment over illegal dismissal of officers

The National Industry Court on Thursday issued an order permitting one of the senior officers illegally dismissed by the Nigerian Army, Abdulfatai Mohammed, to initiate committal proceedings against the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, following the general's refusal to show evidence that he transmitted the affected officers' appeals to…

Professor Ibrahim Gambari

Emir of Ilorin confirms Buhari’s appointment of Gambari as Chief of Staff

A retired diplomat, Ibrahim Gambari, has been appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, according to presidential sources and the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. The appointment has not been officially announced by the president. Mr Gambari, 75, who was the first United Nation's Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to…

President Muhammadu Buhari

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s 2020 budget cuts affect National Assembly, federal jobs, capital expenditure

As Nigeria faces a fiscal crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it, the Buhari administration has conducted a review of the 2020 budget, which, if carried out, may be the first step required along governance reforms to cut waste and direct revenues for development. According to…

Prof Is-haq Akintola, MURIC director

MURIC makes ridiculous claim, says Kano deaths suggest plot to depopulate Muslims

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has given a rather ridiculous interpretation to the unfolding tragedy in Kano, suggesting that the unusual death toll in the northwestern state could be "a deliberate attempt" at decimating the population of Muslims in Nigeria. Kano State has seen a spike in mystery deaths in…

StarTimes Office

Despite lockdown, Chinese firm StarTimes reopens Abuja offices

Moments after President Muhammadu Buhari announced the extended lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, StarTimes, with 70 per cent Chinese ownership, decided to open its headquarters and various branches across Abuja for scores of staff to resume, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The development has caused staff to worry over COVID-19…

Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: What we’re doing to prevent Nigeria’s ‘worst-case scenario’ – NCDC Chief

Nigeria's confirmed COVID-19 cases, since the first record on February 27, are 288, including 51 recoveries and seven fatalities, as of April 9. There are optimistic views that COVID-19 is not yet a community disease in Nigeria and the comparatively low statistics correctly reflect the country's true situation. Some, on…

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) leads the charge on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ANALYSIS: Has Nigeria better managed coronavirus than many developed countries?

By March 27, a month since its first recorded COVID-19 case, Nigeria had confirmed 70 cases of the virus, a speed of spread that pales into insignificance when compared with that of the United States' for the same period. The U.S. went from 60 cases to 104,126 within that period,…

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor [PHOTO CREDIT: @seyiamakinde]

Oyo governor Seyi Makinde tests positive for COVID-19

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. "I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate," Mr Makinde wrote on his Twitter handle and verified Facebook page. "I have designated Prof…

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede [PHOTO: NIS]

Coronavirus: Nigeria’s Comptroller-General of Immigration tests positive

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), he told PREMIUM TIMES Sunday morning, joining a list of officials who have tested positive to the virus. "I tested positive for COVID-19," said Mr Babandede in a message sent in the early hours of Sunday.…

Bala Mohammed with Dangote officials

Coronavirus: Why Nigeria’s ministers, governors, Dangote should be tested

At least two persons in Nigeria's high political class are now infected with the raging COVID-19, currently causing upset across the world. The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, are among Nigeria's 46 confirmed cases (by Wednesday morning), which include Mohammed, a…

Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram

EXCLUSIVE: Six villagers missing after suspected herders attack Benue

Six persons are missing two weeks after suspected armed herders waged an attack on an agrarian Benue community, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report. This was confirmed during a group interview with now-displaced survivors of the attack, one of the fatal spinoffs of Nigeria's conflict involving pastoralists and farmers. Mnena Athanisius…

Goods being arranged in sacks at now shut Forte Oil station, Illela, Sokoto State, for export to Niger through illegal route.

Nigeria’s Border Closure And Anti-Smuggling Policy: An Investigation of the Realities on the Ground

In August 2019, Nigeria partially closed its land borders, and since November, has banned the supply of petroleum products to communities within 20 KM of the land borders. The supply cut was to stop the smuggling of petroleum products to Nigeria’s neighbours where illicit dealers could make higher margins after…