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Ex-President Jonathan’s top aide, Waripamowei Dudafa, arrested at Lagos airport

Nigerian security operatives have arrested a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafa, while attempting to travel out of the country through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. A source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Dudafa was on…

Maitama Sule alive, hale and hearty – aide

Ashir Sheriff, an aide to a former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Maitama Sule, has debunked speculations that his principal has passed on. An online publication ran a story, saying the pioneer Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission died on Monday. But Mr. Sheriff told PREMIUM TIMES that…

Police transfer Ese Oruru’s alleged abductor to Bayelsa

The Nigeria Police on Thursday said the alleged abductor of a Bayelsa teenager, Ese Oruru, ha​d​ been taken to Bayelsa State to face charges. Yunusa ​Dahiru was taken alongside Miss Oruru from Kano to Abuja on Tuesday after the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, ordered the transfer of the…

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: The face of Ese Oruru’s abductor, Yunusa Yellow

Yunusa Yellow, the alleged abductor of Ese Oruru, appeared in this photo posing behind his tricycle in Bayelsa State last year. Mr. Yunusa, who is currently at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, ran commercial tricycling business in Bayelsa State. He left Bayelsa in August last year with Miss Oruru…

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Abducted Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru, in Kano

The abducted Bayelsa teenager, Ese Oruru, appeared in this exclusive video arguing with the police and officials of the Kano Shari’ah Commission that she would not enter police vehicle without her alleged abductor, Yunusa Yellow. The video, which is a fusion of three pieces of short clips, was exclusively obtained…

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Muslim group, MURIC, demands arrest, prosecution of alleged abductor of Bayelsa minor

A rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),  has called on Nigerian authorities to immediately ‎commence the prosecution of Yunusa Yellow, the man who allegedly abducted  a teenager from her Bayelsa home, and took her to Kano for underage marriage. In a statement Tuesday morning by its Executive Director, Ishaq…

Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)

Abducted Bayelsa girl may return to Bayelsa Tuesday, as activists, lawyers fume

Ese Oruru, the teenager who was abducted from her Bayelsa home and moved to Kano for a forced marriage to one Yunusa Yellow, would be taken to hospital on Tuesday, preparatory to her journey back home. A security source told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday night that the police would take…

Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)

EXCLUSIVE: Abducted Bayelsa girl speaks out, wants to remain in Kano

A teenager, who was kidnapped from Bayelsa State to Kano, Ese Oruru, said on Monday she was not interested in reuniting with her family, claiming she was not abducted from her home. In an exclusive audio recording obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the girl also said she came to…

Ex-DMI chief, Maj. General Letam Wiwa, not arrested — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday said a former director of the Directorate of Mili­tary Intelligence (DMI), Letam Wiwa, was not in its custody, contrary to media reports. "I can't find any such detainee in our records," said EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in response to an enquiry by…

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Firm petitions Osinbajo over fraudulent sale of Kaduna DISCO

A company that emerged reserve bidder in the sale of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, LEDA Consortium Ltd, has petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, over the fraudulent sale of the company by the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). The company wrote the vice president seeking justice, following a protracted trial and…

Buhari will adjust 2016 budget – Aide

A Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly (House of Representatives) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Sumaila Kawu, on Thursday said the president would make some adjustments to the 2016 Budget proposal. Since the resumption of the National Assembly from recess on Monday, there has been controversy over the whereabouts of the…

Nigerian makes wave in Indian music reality show, beats over 8,000 natives

A Nigerian student, Ado Abdulkadir, is making wave in India after beating thousands of natives in a superhit Indian music reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Mr. Abdulkadir, an indigene of Kano State, held spectators in awe as he sang and danced his way through the 17th round. In…

EFCC confirms PREMIUM TIMES story on Jafaru Isa’s N100m refund

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed PREMIUM TIMES exclusive report on the refund of N100 million by a former military governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Jafaru Isa. The acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, told reporters in Lagos that Mr. Isa…

#Dasukigate: Buhari’s associate, Jafaru Isa, returns N100million to EFCC

A former military governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Jafaru Isa, has refunded N100million of the N170 million he allegedly received from embattled ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki. Mr. Isa, a retired brigadier-general, was arrested on Wednesday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,…

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

INTERVIEW: I will break Buhari’s record – Kogi Governor-elect, Bello

By the time he is sworn into office January 2016, Yahaya Bello, at 42, would be the youngest governor in Nigeria. He says his emergence as governor is an opportunity for the youth to prove that they can provide purposeful leadership, better than what the country experienced in previous years.…

Dasukigate: I collected N100m not N500m for “campaign logistics” – Jim Nwobodo

A former governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, has denied media reports that he collected the sum of N500million from the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Muazu. Many chieftains of the former ruling party were fingered in the sharing of slush funds allegedly distributed by…

Italian cabal named Jonathan “Fortunato” in $1.1 million Malabu racket

A cable available to Southwark Crown Court, UK has revealed how a former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, was code-named “Fortunato” by Italian accomplices in the $1.1 million Malabu deal. Italian authorities investigating the mega deal had provided evidence to the court indicating the involvement of the former president. The court,…

Canadian broadcaster sets up radio to fight Boko Haram insurgency

A Canadian broadcaster, David Smith, has established a radio station focused at combating Boko Haram insurgency and its ideology. The channel, Dandal Kura, will air on shortwave from Nigeria to discourage people from violence. Dandal Kura, Kanuri words for meeting point, targets mainly the Kanuri and Hausa-speaking communities of Nigeria…

Adamawa lawmaker reports Gov. Bindow, Assembly to EFCC for misappropriating bailout funds

A member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Abdulrahman Isa, has reported the Adamawa State government and the state House of Assembly to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegations of misuse of bailout fund and “breach of financial regulations”. The lawmaker, who represents Mubi South Constituency…

How and where first aircraft landed in Nigeria

The history of Nigerian aviation will be incomplete without the mention of ​Maiduguri and ​Kano city, where the first aircraft landed in Nigeria on November 1, 1925. It is exactly 90 years since the historic flights, involving three De Havilland DH 9A aircraft belonging to the Royal Air Force, RAF.…

How APC ignored EFCC’s advice not to field Audu as Kogi guber candidate

Documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES have shown how the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, wrote to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, seeking the disqualification of the  gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Audu, from contesting the forthcoming governorship…

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Niger Republic deports Nigerian journalist covering Africa-Europe migration

A Nigerian journalist, Lawan Adamu, who was detained by the Nigerien authorities in Agadez while on mission to investigate migration of Africans to Europe from the town, was deported to Nigeria on Monday. Mr. Adamu, who is the deputy editor of Daily Trust on Sunday, spent two days at a…

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Nigerian journalist investigating Africa-Europe migration arrested in Agadez, Niger Republic

A Nigerian journalist, Lawan Adamu, has been arrested in the desert town of Agadez, Niger Republic, while on mission to investigate migration of Africans to Europe through the town. Agadez, a gateway between West and North Africa, is a famous transit point for thousands of African migrants who are transported…

Former EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde

EFCC arraigns professor over alleged N56m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned a university professor, Brimmy Olaghere, before Justice U.P Kekemeke of the FCT High Court sitting in Apo, on a two-count charge of obtaining goods and cars by false pretence. Mr. Olaghere had allegedly defrauded one Okwosu Chinedu and a company,…

Nigeria Prisons denies Charles Okah’s “death”

The Nigerian Prisons Service has denied reports of the death of Charles Okah, the suspected mastermind of October 1, 2010 Abuja bombing. Mr. Okah was feared dead in Kuje prisons, Abuja Wednesday. Several prison sources told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Okah took his life in the facility a day after he…