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EFCC Arraigns Ex-Kwara Scholarship Board Chair, Two others for Bursary Fraud

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday, arraigned the immediate past chairperson of Kwara State Scholarship Board, Fatimah Yusuf, and two others who were allegedly involved in bursary fraud in the state. In a statement signed by the EFCC’s acting spokesperson, Tony Orilade, on Thursday, Ms…

INEC Logo (Photo Credit: aitonline.tv)

Imo Governorship: INEC reacts to Supreme Court judgement

Nigeria’s Electoral Commission, INEC, has reacted to the supreme court’s judgment on Tuesday, which nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Imo State. PREMIUM TIMES reported how, on Tuesday, a seven-member panel of the apex court, led by Chief Justice Tanko…

Senator Shehu Sani

Again, Shehu Sani writes EFCC over detention

A former Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, has again written to the EFCC on his detention over an alleged involvement in extortion and 'name-dropping'. Mr Sani accused the government and the EFCC of conniving with his accuser to write a statement against him. He said the statement was "purposely crafted, concocted…

Senator Shehu Sani

Aide accuses EFCC of freezing Shehu Sani’s bank account

An aide to a detained senator, Shehu Sani, has alleged that his principal's bank account has been frozen by the anti-graft agency, EFCC. Suleiman Ahmed, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, also accused the anti-corruption agency, EFCC, of forcing Mr Sani to declare his assets to them. Mr Sani,…

Presidency, PDP disagree on use of presidential jet by Buhari’s daughter

President Muhammadu Buhari's family and any other person he authorizes can use the presidential jet, a presidential aide has said. The aide was referring to the use of the presidential jet by Mr Buhari's daughter, Aisha, for a private assignment in Bauchi State. But the main opposition party, PDP, has…

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani not detained for criticising Buhari — EFCC

The EFCC has reacted to a claim by an ex-senator, Shehu Sani, that he is being unjustly detained. The EFCC, in a statement on Friday signed by its acting spokesperson, Tony Orilade, said Mr Sani has a case to answer for allegedly extorting a car dealer. The agency also dismissed…

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Gov. Lalong]

How 13 people were killed in Plateau violence – Governor Lalong

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Friday provided more information on the killing of 13 people in the state on Thursday. PREMIUM TIMES reported the killings which the police blamed on suspected herdsmen. Mr Lalong, who spoke to journalists in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said the…

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani speaks on extortion allegation

A former Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, says the claim by the EFCC that he was involved in a $24,000 extortion was sponsored to ”tarnish his reputation and mute him.” Mr Sani who spoke on Friday, the first time since he was detained by the EFCC, said the allegation was “baseless,…

Senator Shehu Sani

EFCC searches Shehu Sani’s houses, office – Aide

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday searched the Abuja residences and office of Shehu Sani, a former senator. Sulieman Sule, an aide to Mr Sani, disclosed this via a text message sent to PREMIUM TIMES, on Wednesday. Mr Sule said: "we are with them (EFCC)…

Former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili (Photo Credit: The Guardian Newspaper)

Alleged 100bn fraud: We’ll reopen Odili’s corruption case, says Magu

Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, said the commission would go ahead against the court order restraining it from prosecuting, Peter Odili, a former governor from Rivers State. The acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said this while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt,…

Chadian troops

Boko Haram: Nigerians shouldn’t panic over withdrawal of Chadian troops – Presidency

A presidential aide has assured Nigerians that there is no cause for concern over the withdrawal of 1,200 Chadian troops from North-east Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday reported how the Chadian government withdrew the 1,200 troops from Nigeria. French newswire, AFP, quoted a Chadian Military spokesperson, Azem Bermandoa saying “It’s…

Former Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Alleged Corruption: Magu reacts to Fayose’s Salsa dancing video

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has reacted to a video of Ayodele Fayose, dancing on a cruise ship while on a “medical trip” abroad. The special assistant on media and publicity to Mr Magu, Tony Amokeodo, on Thursday in a telephone interview…

L-R: Special Adviser to the Governor on Political and Community Matters, Hon. Osaro Idah; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Chairman, Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Anselm Ojezua, during a meeting of ward leaders from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, in Benin City.

Oshiomhole can’t stop my second term ambition – Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, expressed confidence on Wednesday that he would secure the ticket of his party, APC, for a second term in office. Mr Obaseki is currently having a battle with his predecessor and APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Mr Oshiomhole is believed to be backing another…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

Corruption: Nigeria secured highest convictions globally in 2019 – Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian government has given itself a pass mark saying its effort in the fight against corruption is progressing in all sectors. The government also said it convicted the highest number of persons for corruption in 2019 globally. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this via a statement made…

Pupils during the feeding programme

School Feeding: Nigerian govt begins payments to food vendors for 2020

The federal government says it has begun the payment to food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF) in all 33 benefiting states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It also said the new payment would ensure that the feeding starts when schools resume in January 2020. The…

Gov. Ayade and others at the Calabar carnival

Despite detention of Agba Jalingo, Odok, Governor Ayade preaches love, kindness

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River on Saturday said that Humanity was the greatest religion on earth because it preaches love, kindness and unity. Mr Ayade stated this during the kick-off of the grand finale of the 2019 Calabar Carnival which has the theme “Humanity”. While the governor preaches love…

PIC. 3. A CROSS-SECTION OF PUPILS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AUTHORITY PRIMARY SCHOOL, ALIYU MAKAMA AREA OF BARNAWA, DURING INAUGURATION OF FREE FEEDING PROGRAMME IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS, IN KADUNA MONDAY (18/1/16). 0267/18/1/2016/SP/BJO/NAN

NSIP: Why we stopped paying food vendors in four states — FG

The National Social Investments Programme (NSIP) has debunked claims that the new Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, deliberately refused to approve payments for school feeding in four states. It explained why the payment had been stopped amidst an outcry from the vendors. The Senior Special Assistant to the…

Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu

Buhari’s ‘cabal’ aren’t hungry people, are respectable Nigerians – Presidency

Members of the 'cabal' in the presidency are not hungry individuals and do not deserve the public criticism they get, a presidential aide has said. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also said it was improper to refer to the president's advisers as…

Police officials at the ICE. [PHOTO CREDIT: CNN]

Nigerian who moved to U.S. in 2017 dies in detention

A Nigerian immigrant in the United States, Anthony Akinyemi, has been reported dead 24 hours after he arrived at a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland. Mr Akinyemi, 56, died on Saturday after he was found unresponsive in his prison cell at the…

India on map

Nigerian arrested in India while trying to sell heroin on Christmas eve

A Nigerian immigrant identified as Nonso has been arrested for allegedly attempting to sell heroin on Christmas eve in Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. A report published by the Times of India on Wednesday said the 21-year-old Nigerian was arrested in Zirri Mandi chowk, a…

11:35a.m. Voting is yet to commence at Unit 17, Ward 5, Yenagoa. An ad hoc official of INEC told PREMIUM TIMES that the delay was caused by "logistics and security challenges". Voters are patiently waiting in the line, ready to cast their votes.

2019: Vote-buying most prevalent in South-south, among educated Nigerians

The South-south region of Nigeria had the highest prevalence of vote-buying during the 2019 national elections, according to a new report, which also showed people with formal education were more involved in the problem. The report, based on a nationwide survey conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and…

Spokesperson to President Muhammadu, Buhari Garba Shehu

Why Fowler’s tenure as FIRS chairman was not renewed – Presidency

A presidential spokesperson on Sunday gave a possible reason why the immediate past chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Tunde Fowler's tenure was not renewed. Garba Shehu said the revenue challenge the government is facing, which has led it to borrow to meet government's challenges, may have spurred…

N-Power logo used to illustrate the story.

FG takes more measures to tackle absenteeism amongst N-Power beneficiaries

The Federal Government says it will not hesitate to suspend N-Power volunteers who abscond from their Primary Place of Assignment (PPA). The Communications Manager of the National Social Investment Office, Justice Bibiye, in a statement on Wednesday, said this is a reaction to "a recent report that highlighted the recurrent…

NIPC

EXCLUSIVE: ICPC summons nine board members of Nigerian Investment Promotion Council

The anti-graft agency, ICPC, has summoned some board members of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC). The nine officials were invited as part of an investigation into corruption allegations at the agency. In a letter seen by PREMIUM TIMES on Friday morning, the commission said the invitation was in connection…

ICPC Operatives

25 properties in highbrow Abuja forfeited to Nigerian govt

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday issued a final forfeiture order on 25 properties in Abuja allegedly belonging to 25 entities. According to a statement signed by the spokesperson of the anti-corruption agency, ICPC, Rashidat Okoduwa, the order was granted Justice Baba Yusuf of the Federal High Court,…