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APC snatches Senate majority, ends PDP’s 16-year rule

After 16 years of majority power in Nigeria’s two houses of parliament, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has finally lost the Senate to the now ruling party-elect, the All Progressives Congress, APC. The APC secured 60 seats out of 109, according to PREMIUM TIMES’ tally, based on results released by…

Akwa Ibom erupts in celebration over Buhari win

Thousands of Akwa Ibom residents thronged the streets of Uyo, the state capital, and other towns Tuesday, singing songs and waving brooms – the symbol of the All Progressives Congress – to celebrate the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president-elect. Mr. Buhari, the candidate of the APC, defeated incumbent…

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Okonjo-Iweala contradicts Petroleum Agency, PDP over cause of fuel scarcity

Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has blamed the ongoing fuel crisis on “disruption of pipelines and logistical issues”, apparently invalidating earlier reasons given by the government agency responsible for pricing and regulation of petroleum products. The minister also contradicted the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, which accused the opposition All Progressives…

Jonathan replies Soludo over “missing N30 trillion” claim

President Goodluck Jonathan seized the opportunity of an interview with a Nigerian newspaper last week to hit back at a former Central Bank governor, Charles Soludo, who accused his government of failing to account for at least N30 trillion, and allowing corruption to flourish. Mr. Jonathan dismissed Mr. Soludo’s claim…

INVESTIGATION: David Mark’s wife, Dangote, Adenuga, others named in #SwissLeaks as operators of secret foreign accounts

Some of Nigeria’s wealthiest industrialists, former government officials and their relatives, were amongst thousands of individuals around the world who operated highly secretive foreign accounts with the Swiss branch of banking giant, HSB​C, concealing their identities for years and using codes perhaps to shake off tax authorities from accounts, some…

Nigerian military begins massive push to retake Boko Haram-held territories

Nigerian security forces on Saturday launched a huge military campaign to retake a swath of territory in the North East seized by the terror group, Boko Haram, security officials and government sources told PREMIUM TIMES. Ground forces, backed by several fighter jets, deployed early Saturday, are advancing to recapture Monguno,…

Charles Soludo, Former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Soludo grades Jonathan “F” on economy; says his administration the worst ever

A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chukwuma Soludo, has delivered a ruthless evaluation of the Nigerian economy under President Goodluck Jonathan, ranking the administration “F” on economic management, and suggesting the Jonathan government is Nigeria’s worst as far as the management of the economy is concerned. Mr.…

Akpabio, Jang, Imoke, Suswam, others donate N1billion to PDP while owing workers for months

As representatives of 21 Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] governors mounted the rostrum Saturday night at the presidential villa in Abuja to announce N1.05 billion in donation to the PDP, back in their respective states, school teachers and other state workers were enduring their second or third month of work without…

Boko Haram ‘ceasefire’ triggers controversy as Nigerian govt. insists abducted Chibokgirls on way home

A ceasefire reportedly agreed by the Nigerian government and the extremist Boko Haram sect, stirred anxiety across the country Friday amid hopes it would help restore peace to conflict-torn communities overrun by the sect in bloody raids. At a meeting with Cameroonian military officials in Abuja, the Nigerian Defence Chief,…

Jonathan fumes over publication he’s worth $100million; threatens legal action

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan threatened legal action Wednesday after he was listed as the sixth richest head of state in Africa, calling the report baseless and an attempt to incite Nigerians against him. The United States-based publication, Richest Lifestyle, ranked Mr. Jonathan alongside King Mswati III of Swaziland, both men…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Senate’s resolution on Imo based on rumour; no evidence state planned IDs for Northerners

An allegation by the Nigerian Senate that the government of the country’s southeast Imo State planned to register, and issue Identification Cards to citizens from northern Nigeria over fears of Boko Haram attacks, was false, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. The Senate had in a resolution July 3 urged President…

SCANDALOUS: Outrage in Nigeria as government brands National ID Card with MasterCard’s logo

The new Nigerian National Identity Cards launched Thursday by President Goodluck Jonathan, with branded logo of the American firm, MasterCard, have sparked outrage across the country amid fears of serious security and economic breach, with many Nigerians calling for an immediate stoppage of the deal. Nigerians expressed shock and fury…

Ebola: Jonathan’s re-election rallies to continue while government orders schools to stay closed

Federal education authorities have ordered all schools to stay closed in response to President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive on gatherings over Ebola fears, but the president appears set to violate his own rule yet again by expanding his re-election rallies amidst outrage following two previous campaigns in Awka and Ibadan. The…

No evidence Boko Haram abducted 100 men in Borno

Reports of fresh mass abductions in Borno State by the extremist Boko Haram sect last week predictably jolted a world still distraught by the kidnapping of more than 200 school girls by the same terrorist group from the same state. While the girls remain in captivity four months later, widespread…

While Gov. Lamido Pockets N1.3 billion Kickback, Jigawa’s Anti-Poverty Projects Are Poorly Funded

Sule Lamido’s first known scorecard as Governor of Jigawa State came in 2009, two years after taking office. That year, only 2.5 percent of Jigawa indigenes scored at least five credits -- including English and Mathematics -- in the West African Senior School Examinations. For a governor who won the…

Kicking off image laundering contract, Jonathan’s first Op-Ed appears in Washington Post

President Goodluck Jonathan’s first ever known opinion article has surfaced in the Washington Post, after it became clear the president is splashing N195 million of public funds on a U.S. firm to whitewash his struggling image made worse by the Chibok schoolgirls abductions. In an Op-Ed by the president and…

World Cup: Jonathan’s delegation dwarfs Obama’s, others in Africa

Nigeria’s team to the World Cup is arguably the biggest in Africa, and one of the largest in the world. (more…)

EXCLUSIVE: Emir of Kano, Sanusi, begs Jonathan as Police ends siege on palace

The newly-crowned Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, has shelved his public defiance and begged President Goodluck Jonathan, personally and through intermediaries, to lift police siege on his palace and forgive him his trespasses, presidency officials, associates of some of the intermediaries and sources within the Kano State Government and the…

EXCLUSIVE: Obasanjo says half of abducted Chibok girls may never be found

Former President Obasanjo says the government has refused to take up his offer to negotiate with Boko Haram Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that half of nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by the extremist Boko Haram from Chibok, Borno State, may never be found despite ongoing rescue efforts, in a…

Ex-Population Commission boss, Festus Odimegwu, explodes; calls for military takeover in Nigeria

A former chairman of the National Population Commission, Festus Odimegwu, has lambasted the Nigerian political class, accusing government at all levels of corruption and ineptitude- failings he said are now enough for the Nigerian military to seize political power in the country. In an explosive interview published by ThisDay last…

How Saraki, Tinubu, Odili, others rob their states blind through obnoxious pension laws

A massive public outcry forced Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, to backtrack on a scandalous multibillion pension plan for himself and other former governors of the state this week. But a review of similar pension laws in at least half a dozen states shows how Nigerians have spent a fortune…

Obasanjo initiates contact with Boko Haram to help #BringBackOurGirls

A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commenced efforts to reach out to the extremist Boko Haram sect, in a series of attempts at negotiating with the sect to free over 250 school girls it abducted more than a month ago from Chibok, in Borno State. A source close to the…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Military sights abducted Chibok schoolgirls in 3 Boko Haram camps

Foreign specialists have yet to provide any concrete assistance for the search, and rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls, military sources say. Nigeria’s Special Forces from the Army’s 7th Division have sighted and narrowed the search for the more than 250 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to three camps operated by the extremist…

UPDATE: Alison-Madueke seeks interim injunction stopping Reps from probing N10billion jet scandal

EDITOR's NOTE: A day after the report below was published, the judge in the case denied granting the injunctions Mrs. Alison-Madueke sought, contrary to our interpretation of the order.  Kindly find our subsequent report here. Nigeria’s embattled petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has secured an interim court injunction ordering the House…

Junior Defence Minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, lies about own annual pay

The Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro’s claim on a television programme Monday that he draws N4 million annually as salary and allowances, is false, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. Mr. Obanikoro, alongside other Nigerian ministers, earn far ahead of that figure according to government schedule of remuneration…