Bisi Abidoye

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

How Obasanjo’s failed third term agenda was funded — New Book

A new book has given an insight into how money was raised for the spirited campaign to keep former President Olusegun Obasanjo in office beyond his second term in 2007. It also reveals how the campaign began and the individuals who conducted it. The so-called Third Term Agenda collapsed May…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

Fresh Crisis rocks NHIS; Governing Council rejects budget, accuses management of ‘padding’

Anxiety is growing at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) following the rejection of the 2018 budget of the agency by its Governing Council over alleged improprieties. The scheme’s Governing Council is empowered by law to review and approve the budget of the NHIS. The budget was delayed by the…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

NHIS Scandals: Executive Secretary, other top officials accuse each other of fraud

The storm at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is showing no sign of abating as the reinstated Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf, and other top officials have accused each other of fraud. Mr Yusuf returned from a seven-month suspension in February after President Muhammadu Buhari turned aside the recommendations of…

Newly Acting Director General, State Security Service, (SSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04270/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN Pic 35 Newly Acting Director General, Department of State Services, (DSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04271/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN

Acting DG takes over at SSS as Daura’s whereabouts remain unknown

An acting Director-General has been inaugurated for Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Service (SSS) in Abuja. He is Matthew Benabafa Seiyefa, who until his appointment was the director in charge of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), an institution established in 2005 as the cardinal training institution for the…

Speaker, House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara.

Only justice will resolve APC crisis – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that it is only by enthroning justice and equity that it will be able to silence voices of dissent and opposition within the party. According to a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf

NHIS Executive Secretary in fresh trouble over N25billion ‘investment’

Less than four months after his controversial reinstatement, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, is again in trouble over a N25 billion investment scam. The newly inaugurated Governing Council of the agency has accused Mr Yusuf of misleading it to act against the policy directive…

General Editor, Premium Times, Festus Owete, Lois Ugbede, Reporter with Nancy Lindborg, Oge Onubogu and Chris Kwaja

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can resolve its internal conflicts – President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Nancy Lindborg, president of the United States Institute of Peace visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja while on a working tour of Nigeria. During the visit, Ms. Lindborg and members of her entourage – Chris Kwaja and Oge Onubogu - fielded questions from Bisi Abidoye, Festus Owete and Lois…

INTERVIEW: Why we agreed to help Nigeria pay $76 million debt to Japan – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Paulin Basinga is the Country Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria, a major international donor supporting development in several sectors in the country. As the head of the operations of the Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Basinga works in close collaboration with government at the federal and state…

INTERVIEW: What Nigerian govt is doing to achieve local vaccine production, functional PHCs – NPHCDA DG

Faisal Shuaib was appointed Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, in January. In this interview with Bisi Abidoye, Ayodamola Awoseye and Nike Adebowale of PREMIUM IMES, he speaks on the strategic ways the agency is trying to address the fundamental issues in primary healthcare in Nigeria.…

Chief Justice Onnoghen ‘receives lists of all high-profile corruption cases’

The office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has begun processing lists of all high-profile corruption cases in Nigeria following the submission of the lists by the heads of federal courts and state chief judges. A source at the office of the CJN told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that all…

Senator David Mark

How Senate threatened Jonathan before he sacked Maina – David Mark

Fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, projected himself as very powerful and untouchable under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan that the Senate had to issue a threat before the president consented to his dismissal from the federal civil service. A former…

How Rivers Govt. fuelled rumours of vaccination of schoolchildren By Nigerian Military

The bedlam on Tuesday in Rivers State, in which parents in Port Harcourt and other towns in the state rushed to withdraw their children and wards from schools, was incited by the state government, a review of the development by Premium Times has revealed. The parents were reacting to a…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Man arrested for setting house ablaze after brother committed suicide

A man has been arrested in Abuja for setting a nine-room apartment on fire after his brother committed suicide. The brother committed suicide after allegedly losing N7,000 he staked on sport betting.  Babatunde Bello, a 31-year old generator repairer, committed the arson at about 8.40 a.m on Saturday at the…

Neymar’s transfer in limbo as Spanish League rejects €222 million release fee

Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has entered legal limbo as La Liga has rejected the €222 million payment deposited by his lawyer. The 25-year-old was expected to complete the move on Friday so as to play a part in PSG's Ligue 1 opener on Saturday against Amiens. However,…

Neymar tells Barcelona he wants to join PSG

Brazilian superstar, Neymar, is set to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain after telling Barcelona and his team mates he plans to leave. Barcelona confirmed the development on Wednesday. “Neymar Junior, accompanied by his father and agent, has this morning informed FC Barcelona of his decision to leave the club…

SHOCKING: Head of IT at Kenya’s electoral commission murdered days to general elections

The man in charge of Kenya's computerised voting system has been murdered, just days before the country goes for a general election on August 8. Chris Msando, the electoral commission's IT manager, had been reported missing on Friday, according to a report by the BBC. "There was no doubt he was tortured…

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

EXCLUSIVE: SSS in recruitment scandal – Katsina 51, Akwa Ibom 5; Kano 25, Lagos 7 — SEE FULL LIST

Nigeria’s internal secret service, the State Security Service (SSS), is enmeshed in a recruitment scandal following the exposure of a shocking lopsidedness in the composition of the new officers recently absorbed into the agency. The agency commissioned 479 cadet officers after their passing-out parade in Lagos on March 5, at…

Isiaka Adeleke: When death denied an encore

"Against staggering odds, Isiaka Adeleke became the first elected governor of Osun State at 37 in 1992. His shocking death at 62 on Sunday brought an end to his quest to return to the office to complete his self-imposed assignment for his people." When Isiaka Adeleke announced that he wanted…

TRIBUTE: Samuel Ogbemudia: The man who gave his people swagger

Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, who died on March 10, was buried on March 24 with fanfare in Benin City, capital of Edo State. The burial ended a four-day ceremony organised by the governments of Edo and Delta, the two states which as Bendel, he governed twice, first as military governor from…

Rotimi Akeredolu

ANALYSIS: Six questions about Mimiko, others, Ondo election left unanswered

In this analysis, Bisi Abidoye of PREMIUM TIMES looks at the talking points from last weekend’s governorship election in Ondo State Gatecrashing the federal party? The All Progressives Congress won Saturday’s governorship election of Ondo state. The candidate of the party, Rotimi Akeredolu, was declared winner, having received the highest number of…

ANALYSIS: U.S. Presidential Election: Why Donald Trump won

On Tuesday, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. If you ignore the popular vote that indicated a photo finish, Mr. Trump’s victory was decisive – he crossed the 270 electoral votes even before the returns from three of the 50 states were tallied, and was…