Ini Ekott

Posts by Ini Ekott:

Saraki Adeosun Dogara

Alleged N10Billion Fraud: 10 Questions Kemi Adeosun, Accountant General Must Answer

On Friday, PREMIUM TIMES and UDEME exposed how the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, colluded to illegally funnel N10billion from the national treasury to our ever non transparent National Assembly. After the story ran, both officials scrambled denials framed in manners…

Ibrahim Babangida speaks, tells Buhari not to seek re-election

Former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stand down after his first term in 2019. In a statement Sunday, Mr. Babangida expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the government and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. He also backed calls for restructuring, especially devolution of powers.…

File photo of Gov. Ortom briefs President Buhari on security situation in Benue

Benue Killings: Governor reveals identities, whereabouts of ‘attackers’

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has accused the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a group of Fulani cattle breeders in the country, for the strings of killings in the state. Mr. Ortom said he had informed President Muhammadu Buhari of the group's role in the killing of dozens…

UPDATED: Zimbabwe military ‘seizes power’, arrests officials

Zimbabwe’s military has taken power in the southern African nation, detaining top officials in an apparent coup. But the military denied it was a coup, instead saying it was targeting "criminals" around long-ruling President Robert Mugabe. The military said 93-year-old Mr. Mugabe, the world's oldest leader, was "safe and sound",…

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari arriving Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Saturday (19/8/2017) 04387/19/8/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

Finally, Buhari arrives Nigeria after 103 days in London

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Nigeria Saturday, after nearly four months in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment. The Nigerian Airforce plane carrying Mr. Buhari landed at the Abuja international airport at exactly 4.36 p.m. Nigerian time. Dozens of state officials were at the airport…

EXCLUSIVE: Real reason France supported Biafra during Nigerian civil war

A controversial French support to Biafra as it fought to break away from Nigeria between 1967 and 1970 was not in defence of Biafra's secession cause -- even though it had a humanitarian appeal. Instead, it was based on that European country's desire to have access to the region’s oil,…

EXCLUSIVE: Inside America’s damning verdict on Murtala Muhammed, Obasanjo after 1975 coup

For nearly half a century after his stint as Nigeria’s military leader, Murtala Muhammed remained widely regarded as a dogged corruption fighter who took fearless steps against official graft. As head of state, the army general dismissed more than 10, 000 public officials, charged many to court for malpractices, and…

FACT-CHECK: Senate Confirmation: How SSS lied against EFCC boss, Magu

On Thursday, the Nigerian Senate declined to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chair of the country’s premier anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The upper legislative chamber claimed it could not approve the presidency’s request to confirm Mr. Magu based on a security report…

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the fierce intrigues that blocked Magu from top EFCC job

The Senate’s refusal to confirm Ibrahim Magu as head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was months in coming. In the end, it was a rancorous power-play involving the Senate, the State Security Service, and the Presidency that sealed Mr. Magu’s fate. At a hurriedly arranged press conference Thursday,…

OPEC 1.2 million barrel oil cut to commence January

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has agreed to cut oil production for the first time since 2008. The decision, which will see 1.2 million barrels cut per day from January 1, 2017, is aimed at shoring up the price of crude, and ending a record glut that…

Obasanjo and Buhari at State House

Obasanjo strikes again, attacks Buhari, National Assembly, Military

The honeymoon between President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have ended. For the one and a half year that Mr. Buhari has been in power, Mr. Obasanjo remained one of his staunchest backers, visiting him repeatedly and publicly defending most of his actions. But speaking in…

Naira notes used to illustrate the story.

South Africa beats Nigeria, reclaims spot as Africa’s largest economy

South Africa’s economy has leapfrogged Nigeria’s as Africa’s largest in dollar terms, reclaiming the top spot it lost two years ago. Both economies face recession after contracting this year. But while the South African rand has gained more than 16 per cent since the beginning of 2016, Nigeria’s naira has plunged…

INVESTIGATION: How a $4 million UN climate programme impoverished Nigerian communities

Things were looking up for William Obio when he decided to invest more in his logging business. For the first time in years, his nine children and three brothers were eating well, and he could support his over half-a-dozen team of machine operators, saw men, scouts, and wood carriers. Such…

Senator David Mark

#PanamaPapers: Ex-Nigeria Senate President, David Mark, illegally operates secret companies in tax haven

Nigeria’s immediate past Senate President, David Mark, has links to at least eight offshore shell companies while holding public office, in violation of a federal code of conduct law, a massive leak of files belonging to Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama, shows. The files, seen by PREMIUM TIMES,…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari to spend more than Jonathan on Presidential Villa; to spend less on food

President Muhammadu Buhari will spend N18.1 billion in 2016 to run the State House, Nigeria’s seat of power, an amount that is N11.5 billion more than what his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, spent in 2015. The amount is also N5.9 billion more than what Mr. Jonathan spent in 2014 on the…

Ex-Namibia president awarded $5m Mo Ibrahim prize

Former Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Saturday accepted the $5 million Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. The prize committee chairman and former secretary general of the defunct Organisation for African Unity, Salim Ahmed Salim, said Mr. Pohamba’s “focus in forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of…

UPDATED: Buhari assigns Ministers; Fashola heads Power and Works, Amaechi gets Transportation

President Muhammadu Buhari has assigned his newly-appointed ministers offices. The full list of the ministers and their offices are as follows: Kemi Adeosun (Ogun) – Finance Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)--Transportation Chris Ngige (Anambra)--Labour and Employment Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)--Solid Minerals Babatunde Fashola (Lagos)--Power, Works and Housing Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano)--Interior Aisha Alhassan (Taraba)--Women…

Why Tribunal sacked Wike as Rivers Governor

The Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sacked Nyesom Wike as governor of Rivers State on Saturday and ordered a fresh poll. The tribunal, headed by Suleiman Ambrosa, delivered its ruling in Abuja. It did not give a time limit for a new election to be conducted, possibly because the judgment…

Burkina Faso coup: Top ally of former dictator, Compaore, named ruler

A Burkina Faso general, who served as top military aide to former dictator, Blaise Compaore, for three decades, was named Thursday as the leader of a coup that sacked the West African nation’s interim government. Gilbert Diendere, a former chief-of-staff to Mr. Compaore, was named the head of the new…

Military confirms Burkina Faso coup, dissolves government

The military in Burkina Faso has announced the dissolution of the country’s transitional government, a day after presidential guards arrested the interim president and prime minister. President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Zida were detained by soldiers who stormed an afternoon Cabinet meeting, plunging the poor West African country…

UPDATED: Presidency discloses details of Buhari, Osinbajo’s assets

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, finally, disclosed details of their declared assets Thursday, bowing to growing public pressure for the new government to do so within its first 100 days. Mr. Buhari had N30 million in his bank account before taking office on May 29, while Mr.…

Verification of Buhari, Osinbajo’s assets yet to begin – Code of Conduct Bureau

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have not commenced the process of having the Code of Conduct Bureau verify details of their declared assets, ahead of making them public, the head of the bureau has said. Sam Saba, chairman of the code of conduct office, said the bureau…

EXCLUSIVE: Joda Committee to Buhari: Sack Jonathan’s last-minutes appointees, review contracts of last 18 months

The Ahmed Joda transition committee has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately terminate all dubious appointments made by former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last nine months, and review all contracts awarded by the administration in the last 18 months. The committee said this is to help the new government…

Charles Soludo, Former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

INTERVIEW: I’m not available to serve in Buhari’s govt. now — Soludo

It has been difficult tracking Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo (former Governor of the Central Bank) since his bombshells before the general elections, but finally we tracked him down in his private library at his residence in Abuja on Friday, 5 th June, 2015. He seemed unwilling to say much, at…

IGP Suleiman Abba

How Jonathan disgraced Suleiman Abba, leaving Police IG working hours after sack

President Goodluck Jonathan deliberately humiliated Police Inspector General, Suleiman Abba, out of office Tuesday, delivering his decision by Twitter without an advanced communication, and leaving Mr. Abba, one of Nigeria’s most criticised police chiefs, at work several hours after his dismissal, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. By 11.23p.m. Tuesday, more…