Ibanga Isine

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Don’t judge police based on Ese Oruru’s case – IG of Police tells Nigerians

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Monday appealed to Nigerians to report to the police whenever they are in distress, promising prompt action to their complaints. Mr. Arase who spoke against the backdrop of the poor handling of Ese Oruru’s abduction case, urged the people not to judge…

Charles Okah sues Nigerian government, wants conjugal visits allowed in prison

The suspected mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombings, Charles Okah, has sued the Federal Government of Nigeria for allegedly violating the rights of inmates in Kuje Maximum Security Prison. Mr. Okah also asked the court to compel the government to pay him N350 million damages for alleged violation of…

INVESTIGATION: Untold story of how Skolombo street children terrorise Calabar residents

When Nduma Wilson flagged a cab on December 11, 2015, she had only one thing in mind: how to get to the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, where she worked. However, things would not go as planned. As soon as she paid the driver and alighted from the vehicle opposite the…

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons

Desertification: Returning IDPs to their North-East homes could trigger fresh conflicts – Expert

Allowing internally displaced persons, IDPs, to return to their homes without tackling desertification in Northeast Nigeria would trigger fresh crisis, an environmentalist, Charles Reith, has said. Mr. Reith, a professor of environmental sciences with the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, Adamawa State, said desertification had reduced the quality of…

Why Buhari should declare state of emergency on Nigerian economy – SAN

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Sebastine Hon, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately declare a state ofemergency on the nation’s ailing economy. Mr. Hon, who gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja, said the action was necessary to forestall national upheaval. “Following the abysmal performance of the oil…

EFCC arrests ex-Minister, Abba Moro, two others over 2014 immigration recruitment scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arrested a former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, over the Nigerian Immigration recruitment scam in which no fewer than 20 job seekers died. Also arrested by the anti-graft agency were former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Anaesthesia Nwaobia, and a deputy director…

Buhari appoints Abike Dabiri Senior Special Assistant

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a former member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, as Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Channels TV is reporting. Ms. Dabiri-Erewa was chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Publicity between 2003 and 2007…

We haven’t located Chibok girls –Nigeria Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Saturday said it was yet to locate the missing girls taken away by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014 from a school in Chibok, Borno State. The clarification came on the heels of media reports suggesting that the NAF had found the location where…

PHOTO NEWS: Bayelsa capital, Yenagoa, stinks as mountains of refuse take over

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who was in Bayelsa during the January 9 supplementary election in the state harvested the images below from the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital. As at the time our man visited, some streets of Yenagoa were eyesores, as they were dotted by mountains of stinking…

Nigeria police chief allays fears of officers on investment in mortgage bank

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has assured his officers of the safety of their funds in the Nigerian Police Mortgage Bank. Mr. Arase, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday, through the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, said the mortgage bank was in a sound condition and has…

INTERVIEW: My father not involved in October 1 bombing – Charles Okah’s daughter

The leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Charles Okah, has been held at the Kuje Prison for the past five years for allegedly masterminding the October 1, 2010 bombings which resulted in the death of many. In this interview, Mr. Okah’s Canada-based daughter, Tarila,…

EXCLUSIVE: How suspected Fulani herdsmen killed Police DPO – Adamawa CP

The Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Gazzali Mohammed, has given a chilling account of how suspected Fulani herdsmen killed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in Girei Local Government Area, Okezie Okoroafor, on Sunday. Mr. Mohammed told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Okoroafor, a chief superintendent of police, had responded to distress calls…

Nigeria’s youngest Police IG ever, Sunday Adewusi, dies

A former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Adewusi, has passed on. He died Tuesday at the age of 80. Police sources said Mr. Adewusi died at the National Hospital at about 9pm after a brief illness. The Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, confirmed the passage of the former IG.…

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…

Charles Okah ‘in solitary confinement’ for recording prison abuse, lawyer claims

A lawyer representing Charles Okah, who is held in connection with the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, has accused Nigerian prison authorities of punishing Mr. Okah for recording abuses within the Kuje prison in Abuja. Mr. Okah’s brother, Henry Okar, is the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation…

Senate president, Bukola Saraki

2016 a year of accountability, delivery for Nigerian Senate, Saraki says

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday urged Nigerians to judge the upper legislature on the balance of efficiency and transparency. In an address to members as the upper chamber resumed sitting for the new year, Mr. Saraki said a Senate in slumber cannot meet the aspiration of…

Bayelsa election violence: Police go after ex-militant leader, Ogunboss

Police in Bayelsa State say they are going after an ex-militant leader, Eris Paul, also known as General Ogunboss, and his lieutenants, suspected in the outbreak of violence during the supplementary election governorship election in the state on Saturday. The state Police Commissioner, Peter Ogunyanwo, made this known in an interview with…

Devastated, Police Commissioner, Ogunyanwo, prays for shot Bayelsa monarch

Almost moved to tears on seeing the Peremambiri King, Progress Neverdie, struggling for his life at a hospital in Yenagoa, the Baylesa State Police Commissioner, Peter Ogunyanwo, removed his beret and prayed fervently for the monarch. Mr. Neverdie was shot on Saturday during the supplementary election in Bayelsa when some…

Bayelsa Governorship Supplementary Poll: LIVE UPDATES

Welcome to Bayelsa State. PREMIUM TIMES is serving you updates on the ongoing governorship supplementary election in the state. The exercise is about to commence in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and some wards in some other local government areas. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the election…

Bayelsa rerun: Police IG bars officers from escorting VIPs to polling centres

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered police officers not to accompany politicians to polling centres during the gubernatorial election rerun in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State on Saturday. Mr. Arase gave the order through the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, in Yenagoa, the…

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

We did not receive any money from Dasuki – Nigerian Editors

As the $2.1 million arms fund controversy continues to rage, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, said it never received any money from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. The National President of the body, Garba Deen Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Wednesday. Following the controversy…

Police deploy DIG, AIG, over 5,000 officers for Bayelsa rerun

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has deployed a deputy inspector general of police, an assistant inspector general of police and three police commissioners for the gubernatorial election rerun in Bayelsa State on Saturday. The IGP has also approved the deployment of no fewer than 5,000 officers for the…

Sule Lamido

INTERVIEW: Why I deserve praises, not condemnation for my services as Jigawa Governor – Sule Lamido

Former Governor Sule Lamido, has been criticized by many and praised by others for his eight-year reign in Jigawa State aptly known as “The New World.” In this interview with our Regional Editor (South), IBANGA ISINE, the former governor addresses some of the criticisms against his administration and offers a…

Dasukigate: Obaigbena replies EFCC, suggests Nigerian editors collected N50 million

The president of Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, Nduka Obaigbena, on Monday said the Nigerian Guild of Editors collected N50 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser. Mr. Obaigbena, who is also chairman and editor-in-chief of Thisday newspaper, revealed this in a letter to the Economic and…

A dilapidated block at Government Primary School, Bali in Babura LGA

INVESTIGATION: While Turaki, Lamido are accused of stealing billions, Jigawa pupils sit on bare floors to learn

The sky was blue and bright and the heat was biting as we drove into Hadejia – it used to be called Biram – in Jigawa State, northeast Nigeria, said to be one of the seven founding states of the Hausa Kingdoms. We had learnt that many of today’s elite…