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From left: Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; INEC National Commissioners, Mr Festus Okoye; Dr Mustafa Lecky and Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, during the visit of Long Term ECOWAS Observer's delegation to INEC headquarters in Abuja on Monday (21/1/19). 00705/21/1/2019/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

Elections: Controversy as SSS summons top INEC officials

The State Security Service (SSS) has summoned the senior official who substantively heads the Independent National Electoral Commission's operations and logistics, Okechukwu Ibeanu, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt This is an indication the secret service may have moved to investigate the circumstances that led to the postponement of Nigeria's elections earlier…

Femi Falana

Falana to sue Dambazau, others over alleged fraud in contract for expatriate cards

A senior Nigerian lawyer, Femi Falana, says he would file a suit on Monday against the federal government over alleged corruption in the award of a contract for the production of the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC). This is also as the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP)…

Nigeria Police Force, Rivers State Command [Photo: Hassan Adebayo]

Police vow to change ‘narrative of bloody elections’ in Rivers

The Nigerian police have vowed to end the reputation of Rivers State for bloody elections by ensuring the the polls this time are violence-free. In Rivers, echoes of deadly violence followed the previous general elections, widely dismissed as a sham by observers. For instance, the last rerun elections in the…

Niger Delta militants

N/Delta: Boyloaf Endorses Buhari; Tompolo, Dagogo Deny Involvement

A group of ex-armed militants led by Victor Ebikabowei, alias Boyloaf, on Wednesday, endorsed Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, for re-election. Mr Ebikabowei, once notorious for the long-run militancy in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, made the endorsement ahead of the polls on Saturday. A source close to Boyloaf had told PREMIUM…

Tompolo

Boyloaf, Tompolo, other ex-Niger Delta militants set to endorse Buhari

Ex-armed men, once notorious for the long-run militancy in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, are set to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The endorsement is to come at a press conference scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt today, Wednesday. The conference is to be addressed by…

Razed home of the Fulani

One killed as herders, farmers’ clash in Oyo community escalates

The conflict over land ownership between the Yoruba community and their Fulani neighbours in some villages in Oyo State, South-west Nigeria, has claimed a life. This is as families displaced by the conflict since mid-January are yet to return to their villages over fear of reprisal attacks, PREMIUM TIMES has…

APC Senator, Kabiru Marafa (Photo Credit: Daily Trust)

Bandits kill Zamfara senator’s sister, kidnap in-law 

Suspected bandits have killed Ade Marafa, a sister of the senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa, and abducted her husband in Zamfara State. The senator confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday afternoon. He said the assailants killed her sister "around 3 a.m" on Monday in Ruwan Bore. He said…

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau

EXCLUSIVE: Why we increased expatriate card fee — Nigeria govt

The upward review of the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) fees by Nigeria is a measure to check abuse of expatriate quota and develop local content, PREMIUM TIMES has been told, amid controversy surrounding the policy. The Minister for Interior, Abdurahman Dambazau, in an exclusive disclosure to…

Razed home of Fulani

INVESTIGATION: How violence between herders, farmers injured many, destroyed homes, displaced scores in Oyo

A week after clashes between Yoruba community and their Fulani neighbours over grazing rights and land ownership forced him to flee his village, Shuaibu Tirimisiyu and his family are still taking refuge in an almost empty room in Akesan, a community in Oyo town, completely dependent on hand-outs from sympathisers.…

Raila Odinga

VIDEO: Former Kenyan Prime Minister ridicules Nigeria at anti-corruption summit

A Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has used Nigeria as a subject of a laughter-provoking anecdote to draw a nexus between corrupt enrichment and development crisis at a conference in his country. Mr Odinga, Kenya's former prime minister, was speaking on Friday at a multi-sectoral National Anti-Corruption Conference which also…

Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

PROFILE: What You Need To Know About Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday controversially suspended Justice Walter Onnoghen as chief justice of Nigeria. He appointed the next in line, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as acting CJN. Going by the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari lacked the power to do what he has done. The constitution says…

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

Farmers-Herders Conflicts: Buhari, Atiku campaign manifestos lack solutions

Nigeria may continue to walk a violent tightrope as measures towards addressing the country's farmers-herdsmen conflict, considered a threat to national survival, are not in the re-election campaign manifesto of President Muhammadu Buhari and only mentioned with a casual air in Atiku Abubakar's plans, PREMIUM TIMES has observed. The conflict…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai condemns South-south governors over position on Onnoghen’s trial

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has taken a swipe at his counterparts from Nigeria's South-south over the latter's "painful' position on the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria for alleged false asset declaration. The federal government arraigned the Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, on Monday, before the Code of…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter page of Rotimi Amaechi]

Amaechi’s ex-aide speaks on leaked tapes

Ibim Semenitari, a former aide to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has reacted to the audio recording in which the transport minister is heard expressing shocking pessimistic views about Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Amaechi is a key political ally of Mr Buhari and is…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Under Buhari, Nigerians are hungry, poverty is growing — Amaechi says in secret tape

Nigeria's transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has been heard in an audio recording to be expressing shocking pessimistic views about Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose re-election bid he leads. The recording was shared with PREMIUM TIMES by Phrank Shaibu, a spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar campaign. Mr…

Amina Zakari

EXPLAINER: Is Amina Zakari, 2019 presidential election collation centre head, Buhari’s niece?

Nigeria's opposition politicians and sections of the public are up against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the appointment of a national commissioner, Amina Zakari, as the chairperson of the national collation centre for Nigeria's coming presidential election. INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, announced Mrs. Zakari's appointment on Thursday, sparking…

UK police [Photo: Evening Standard]

Exclusive: UK police reveal identities of Nigerians who sneaked aboard ship from Lagos

Four men arrested by the police in the United Kingdom after they sneaked aboard a ship which set off from Lagos, Nigeria, and allegedly threatened the crew are now facing trial, the UK police have told PREMIUM TIMES. In an exclusive email to this newspaper on Thursday morning, the Essex police disclosed…

A cargo ship used to illustrate the story

Four Nigerians detained in UK after sneaking aboard ship from Lagos

Four men said to be Nigerians have been taken into police custody in the United Kingdom after they tried to reach that country by sneaking aboard a UK-bound ship which set off in Lagos. They were also accused of 'threatening' to harm the crew. The Essex Police confirmed the detention…

Alex Badeh

OBITUARY: Alexander Badeh: The controversial wartime general whose hometown fell to Boko Haram

Alexander Sabundu Badeh, Nigeria's former Chief of Defence Staff whose career spanned 38 years - at the twilight of which he led war efforts against Boko Haram Terrorism - died Tuesday, December 18. He was 61. The retired general died from wounds sustained after gunshots were fired at him, alongside…

PRESIDENT BUHARI ATTENDS NEXT LEVEL 1A. President Muhammadu Buhari, Wife, Aisha and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the launch of Next level a scorecard of Buhari/Osinbajo at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 18 2018.

‘Next Level’: Buhari’s five key campaign promises for 2019

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the start of the week launched his re-election campaign manifesto in which he boasted of having built the 'foundational work' to trudge up the stairs to the 'next level'. Campaigns for the 2019 elections started Sunday, triggering a renewed scrutiny of the candidates, especially Mr…

Atiku Abubakar

Analysis: Poverty Reduction: How Atiku’s policy differs from Buhari’s

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, does not think direct cash distribution to the poor can help combat poverty, as he takes a different policy path to President Muhammadu Buhari on addressing the malaise. The Buhari administration has a string of special intervention programmes operated…

Tony Anenih

OBITUARY: Tony Anenih: Nigeria’s ‘Mr Fix It’

He had a towering presence in Nigerian politics. A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party when they reigned as Nigeria's ruling party, he was a god of a sort, literally deified by many seeking access to powers. He was powerful. Though mostly without authority to allocate resources himself, he was…

FILE PHOTO: President Buhari in Army Uniform

Prove your ‘integrity’, illegally dismissed army officers challenge Buhari in third letter

There has been another petition to President Muhammadu Buhari by top officers forced out by the Nigerian Army in a display of arbitrariness that is yet to be justified in well over two years. Nine major generals, 11 brigadier generals, seven colonels and 11 lieutenant colonels, 38 officers in sum, were laid off by…

Tukur Buratai

Two years after, illegally dismissed Nigerian army officers await justice

Two years ago, the Nigerian Army compulsorily retired 38 officers, many of them the country’s brightest in internal and external security operations. Ironically, they were forced out of service without recourse to the rules of disengagement in the Nigerian military. Most of the affected officers were neither queried nor indicted…

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Top Nigerian University, OAU, enmeshed in sex-for-mark scandal

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is ensnared in public attention after a leaked phone recording showed a lecturer seeking sex from a female student for a pass in an examination. In the audio, which leaked on Monday, the student repeatedly addressed the other person in the conversation as 'Prof. Akindele',…