Ini Ekott

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Professor mocks PREMIUM TIMES’ reference to Josephine Anenih as ‘elder stateswoman’

PREMIUM TIMES has come under a stinging attack from one of its columnists over its report referencing Josephine Anenih, a former minister and politician, as an “elder stateswoman”. Mrs. Anenih, a former minister of women affairs, is one of the government-nominated delegates to the ongoing national conference. She was appointed…

Pakistani president cancels visit to Nigeria over Boko Haram attacks

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has called off a planned visit to Nigeria after a deadly bomb killed at least 75 people in the Nigerian capital Abuja this week. Mr. Hussain was scheduled to begin a three-day visit to Abuja on Monday, but the trip was cancelled amid security concerns, diplomatic…

Jonathan under fire for advocating unregulated election expenses bazaar

The president says limiting election financing is not realistic. (more…)

Ousted Ukraine leader, Yanukovych, says he was ‘wrong’ inviting Russia into Crimea

The ousted president says he made a mistake The deposed President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, said Wednesday he made a mistake inviting Russia into Crimea, a decision that backfired with Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. In his first interview since fleeing Ukraine to Russia, Mr. Yanukovych said the takeover of…

EXPOSED: Inside the dubious deal Minister Abba Moro signed with Immigration recruitment consultant, Drexel

Lawmakers failed to ask Minister Abba Moro why he signed a rogue deal that allowed a consultant keep all the funds raised from applicants A shocking agreement allowing a recruiter handpicked by Nigeria’s interior minister, Abba Moro, to exploit Nigerians seeking Immigration Service jobs, and not deploy the nearly N1…

EXCLUSIVE: Police Affairs Ministry lied over CBN’s N19.7 billion for police helicopter, equipment

A review of vital documents shows that the ministry of police affairs benefited from CBN intervention funds as claimed by suspended Governor Lamido Sanusi. Nigeria’s police affairs ministry deliberately misled the House of Representatives in feigning ignorance of a presidential directive mandating the Central Bank of Nigeria to provide N19.7…

Sanusi Shocker: Police IG, Ministry deny receiving N19.7 billion helicopter, security equipment money from CBN

Police authorities and the police affairs ministry surprised lawmakers investigating disbursement of government funds Tuesday, denying the receipt of N19.7 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria which the bank’s suspended governor, Lamido Sanusi, said was paid at President Goodluck Jonathan’s instruction for purchase of security helicopters and equipment. The…

N10 Billion Private Jet: NNPC defends Alison-Madueke

The NNPC says it has the authorisation to own and charter aircraft for its officials The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, hastened Monday, to the defence of petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is accused by federal lawmakers of squandering N10 billion to charter and maintain private for her personal use.…

#NaijaHaardtalk with OSIWA, Berekete Family, PREMIUM TIMES – Live

Following the death of at least 20 applicants in last Saturday's Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, recruitment examination, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in collaboration Premium Times, Say No Campaign, and Berekete Family Radio is organizing a "tweetup" today at 4:00 p.m. to discuss its implications and lessons…

Exclusive: How Interior Minister, Abba Moro, sidelined Immigration boss, Parradang, from killer recruitment

A protest letter from the Immigration boss, Mr. Parradang, sheds light into a process many Nigerians believe was hijacked and terribly mismanaged by the interior ministry. [caption id="attachment_115893" align="alignleft" width="150"] Abba Moro[/caption] Nigeria’s interior minister, Abba Moro, backed by the supervisory board for Immigration, Civil Defence, Prisons and Fire Service,…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria military row now resolved as Minister Gusau meets service chiefs

Nigeria’s defence minister, Aliyu Gusau, has eventually held a meeting with the chiefs of army, navy and airforce, after a dramatic week-long standoff between the minister and the Chief of Defence, Alex Badeh, who blocked the meeting, questioning Mr. Gusau’s authority. Government sources said the meeting held Tuesday following the…

How Jonathan ordered me to spend CBN billions on helicopters, FEC chamber – Sanusi

Nigeria’s suspended Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido, accused by President Goodluck Jonathan of wasting public funds on unapproved projects, has provided details of how the president himself personally authorized some of those spending, one of them a multibillion naira purchase of helicopters for the police, and another, a N2.1 billion…

Nigeria Military Row: Peace meeting deadlocked as Defence Chief Badeh refuses to apologise to Minister Gusau

A meeting called to resolve an embarrassing row between Nigeria’s defence minister, Aliyu Gusau, and the defence chief, Alex Badeh, ended in a deadlock Thursday after the two officials stuck to their claim to superior authority, government sources said, fuelling concerns about the likely implication of the impasse on government’s…

Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau, asks Jonathan to call ‘rude’ military chiefs to order

His powers challenged by military commanders he believed he was appointed to supervise, Nigeria’s Defence minister, Aliyu Gusau, on Tuesday sent a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan threatening to quit if the Commander-in-Chief failed to rein in chiefs of defence, army, navy and airforce, according to new details of a…

Defence Minister Aliyu Gusau speaks: I have not resigned

Defence minister, Aliyu Gusau, has denied widespread reports of his resignation Wednesday, in what has deflated concerns about the implication of such an exit on the Nigerian government’s effort to curtail a bloody rampage by the extremist Boko Haram sect. Mr. Gusau said reports of his leaving office were untrue.…

Nigeria: Defence Minister, Aliyu Gusau, has not resigned– Presidency

Nigeria’s newly appointed defence minister, Aliyu Gusau, who was sworn in to the post last week, has not stepped down, the government said Wednesday, in response to intense speculation the retired army general has resigned. Reuben Abati, a spokesperson for President Goodluck Jonathan said reports that Mr. Gusau had left…

Boko Haram killings: Nigerian government has exhausted its excuses – Tambuwal

The House of Representatives is considering amending the constitution to allow direct funding of the security forces. The Nigerian government no longer has any excuse for failing to stop the “cowardice” by extremist group, Boko Haram, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, said Tuesday in a stinging rebuke…

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian federal lawmakers to spend N1.2 trillion on selves in six years as poverty mounts in country

The government has spent N150 billion yearly since 2011 to run the National Assembly. That will continue till 2016. Nigerian federal lawmakers will retain a controversial yearly budget of N150 billion for at least two more years according to the government’s spending outlay, in yet another indication the government is…

Yobe bloodbath: Massive outrage across Nigeria over Boko Haram slaughter of 59 students

A protest demanding firmer government action against Boko Haram will hold Thursday (more…)

House of Reps rejects Sanusi’s removal, says it’s ‘illegal, unconstitutional’

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar also advises Mr. Sanusi to go to court (more…)

BREAKING: President Jonathan appoints Zenith Bank chief as new CBN governor

President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Godwin Emefiele, who is the managing director of Zenith Bank, as the new governor of Central Bank. Mr. Jonathan submitted Mr. Emefiele's name to the Senate for confirmation Thursday hours after he announced the suspension of Sanusi Lamido as the CBN governor. The CBN's deputy…

Nigerian House of Reps orders cancellation of fraudulent $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal

Shell and Eni may lose the $1.1 billion they paid to convicted Malabu owner, Dan Etete, for OPL 245 (more…)

Missing $20 billion: Senate, Okonjo-Iweala can’t vouch for NNPC documents, opt for forensic examination

The NNPC insists that it owes no money to the government. But its documents can only be verified by forensic experts. The Nigerian Senate on Thursday ordered a forensic review of documents presented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, purporting to show how a huge chunk of alleged missing…

Presidential directives not law, can be disregarded – Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke

Alison-Madueke also says any forensic audit of PPPRA must be stretched back to 2004. The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Wednesday said presidential directives do not have the force of law and can, therefore, be disregarded. Mrs. Alison-Madueke said this during the ongoing Senate investigative hearing on the…

Nigeria: Missing $20 billion oil money Senate hearing – Day Two live blog

Welcome to our live blog of Day Two of the investigative hearing by the Senate Committee on Finance into the alleged missing N8 trillion [$20 billion] oil money. 12:04 Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, says NNPC has supplied documents from the PPPRA(Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency) showing how the initial…