Emmanuel

Emmanuel Ogala is an investigative reporter and heads the Digital Strategy unit of PREMIUM TIMES. Emmanuel, an experienced web developer. Before joining PREMIUM TIMES, Emmanuel worked for 234NEXT. His stories have won awards in the 2014 CNN-Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award and the 2013 Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism awards.

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Illustration: Two generals fighting over stolen money

INVESTIGATION: How Nigerian generals clashed over billions meant for military equipment

CONTINUING FROM PART 3 The National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi, was visiting some friends and government colleagues in Abuja that night in early 2012. He was shocked to learn from one of his hosts that his Nigerian Defence Academy classmate and a junior colleague had dropped his name in a…

K38 Catamaran assault crafts . Illustrations by Michael Anderson

INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s elusive K38 boats and the stolen billions

It was the vibration of the ringing phone that jolted him from sleep. The room was dark and cozy. The air conditioner hanging on the wall worked silently to keep the room as cold as London where he returned from earlier in the morning. Outside, the sun was blazing as…

Amit Sade is believed to be one of the suspects arrested by the Israeli police over bribing Nigerian officials.

INVESTIGATION: Inside a Multi-Million Dollar ‘Defence Contract Fraud’: Suspects arrested in Israel as Nigeria fails to act

On Sunday, March 18, the Israeli police arrested three senior officials of Israel Shipyard on charges of bribing government officials in Nigeria. The company’s Vice President for Marketing, Oded Breier, was one of the suspects arrested. The next day, Samy Katsav, another senior Israeli defence businessman, was questioned by police…

Nigerian military chiefs, politicians, and contractors are believed to have stolen more than N3.1 trillion through arms procurement contracts.

INVESTIGATION: When Generals Turn Bandits: Inside the massive corruption in Nigeria’s security contracting

“...with the NSA involved I was fine with it. Afterall he is the chief accounting officer of Nigeria’s national security. If he wants to buy it at N100 billion who am I to say no?” Two years ago, as the late evening sun cast the cityscape in brilliant colours and…

EFCC Operatives used to illustrate the story.

In separate probe, EFCC begins investigation of eight judges, two court registrars

At least eight Nigerian judges and two court registrars are being investigated following allegations of corruptions levelled against them, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said. The announcement came six days after the State Security Services raided the homes of seven other judges and arrested them over graft charges.…

How to pad the Nigerian budget and become a billionaire (Part 2)

PREMIUM TIMES has uncovered another budget padding scheme Nigerian lawmakers and cohorts in businesses and the executive arm of the government have deployed to steal billions of public funds through annual budgets. People familiar with this second strategy have been briefing PREMIUM TIMES since the first story was published. This…

How we used SURE-P funds for 2015 elections — ex-Governor’s aide

Nasiru Ingawa, a former special adviser on SURE-P to the former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, said on Wednesday that part of the State SURE-P funds were used for campaign for the 2015 election. Mr. Ingawa disclosed this in Katsina during cross-examination before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of…

How to “pad” the Nigerian budget and be a billionaire

The public row between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his erstwhile ally and former chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has provided a glimpse into how lawmakers routinely make billions of naira by inserting fictitious projects into the national budget each year. Nigerians…

Kogi University students shut down Lokoja; travelers stranded

Students of Kogi State University, Thursday morning, shut down the state capital, Lokoja, leaving many travelers stranded, in protest of the prolonged closure of their school. Kogi is a major transit point that links the northern and southern parts of Nigeria. Lecturers in the school went on strike three months…

Why Aisha Buhari can’t sue me now — Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised Aisha, President Muhammadu Buhari's wife to drop the threat to sue him for defamation of character, saying by virtue of Section 308 of the constitution, he remained immune from legal attacks until the end of his tenure. The counsel to the president’s wife,…

BIOGRAPHY: 10 things to know about new NNPC GMD, Maikanti Kacalla Baru

Born July 1959, he is 57 years old He is from Jama'are in Bauchi State, in the North-East geopolitical zone, but grew up in Jos, Plateau State. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and is well respected within the profession. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,…

Court sacks Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has annulled the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting. The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party,…

EFCC Operatives used to illustrate the story.

Aisha Buhari in Jefferson bribery scandal not President Buhari’s wife — Ex-EFCC boss, Lamorde

The Aisha Buhari named in the bribery scandal involving a U.S. Congressman, Williams Jefferson, is not the Aisha that is President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, has told PREMIUM TIMES. "I can tell you authoritatively that the Aisha Buhari named…

Oshiomhole’s former associate, Ize-Iyamu, emerges PDP candidate for Edo governorship poll

The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has nominated Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its flag-bearer in the September 10 governorship election in the state. Mr. Ize-Iyamu, a lawyer and pastor, defeated two other challengers - Solomon Edebiri; and Mathew Iduoriyekemwen. In the result of the primaries announced by Governor Dave Umahi…

INVESTIGATION: How Governors Dickson, Okowa spend billions on high tech spying on opponents, others

Nigerian politicians have driven their illegal surveillance and communication interception programs to new heights with the acquisition of the latest tracking technology that allows them decrypt telephone calls made over 3G networks in real time. The technology could also track the exact position of a user, even when abroad. The…

‘Seven things Buhari should do to end Niger Delta crisis’

There are at least seven steps the Nigerian government should take to end the brewing military conflict in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, a coalition of several civil society activists and organizations have said. The region is facing increasing military operations as the government responds to a new wave…

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, suspended for ‘lying about country’s budget’

The Brazilian senate has suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The senators voted 55 to 22 to suspend the president to allow for her trial over allegations she broke the country's budget laws. President Rousseff is facing impeachment for allegedly lying about the country's budget, to hide deficits. Her salary, residency and…

Sahara Reporters publisher, Sowore, accuses Saraki of identity theft

The publisher of Sahara Reporters has accused Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of cloning his newspaper and stealing his brand identities to create fake versions of his website. Sahara Reporters, a U.S.-based news website, with special focus on Nigeria, said it believed the Nigerian senate president, who is facing charges…

Nigeria sends Chibok parents to Cameroon over claims by arrested female suicide bomber

The Federal Government is to send some members of the Chibok community to neighbouring Cameroon, to verify whether a female suicide bomber arrested on Friday, is one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special…

Rivers Re-Run: How we narrowly escaped death – INEC official

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Saturday survived heavy gun attacks in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, a collation officer, Allwell Egeonu, has said. The collation officer, a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, said the attack started at about 7:30 P.M. when collation…

James Ocholi

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, wife, son, die in road crash

Nigeria's Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, is dead. Born November 26, 1960, he was 55. He died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Mr. Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kogi state, and his son died on…

United Nations HQ

CAR: Why UN must strengthen peacekeepers — Amnesty International

Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. With a new president to be elected in less than a week, Amnesty’s report…

Doyin Okupe, former media aid to Goodluck Jonathan

INVESTIGATION: How Jonathan govt. paid companies linked to Doyin Okupe to hack ‘unfriendly’ websites

Two companies linked to Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, got at least N1.6 billion off the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in three shady cyber security contracts, PREMIUM TIMES investigations have shown. One of the contracts had instructions to hunt down unfriendly media websites…

SPECIAL REPORT: Untold story of how Boko Haram wages its ‘jihad’ and how brutalized residents survived

Adamawa State's official alias is 'Land of Beauty'. Borno State: Land of Peace. Yobe State: Pride of the Sahel. Then came the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (Arabic for "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad) but more commonly known as Boko Haram and dreaded for…

Presidential Media Chat: Buhari’s maiden chat — LIVE UPDATES

President Muhammadu Buhari is tonight hosting his maiden Presidential Media Chat since assuming office on May 29 this year. The challenges confronting Nigeria – insecurity, the economy, corruption, dearth of infrastructure – are still largely the same issues the last administration grappled with. The presidency promised in the past to…