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ICPC arrests AFN Secretary-General for alleged $130,000 fraud

The ICPC has arrested the Secretary-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Amaechi Akawu, for allegedly misappropriating $130, 000. The ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement on Monday, said the cash belonged to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). The agency said Mr Akawu's arrest followed a…

President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting with APC Governors

Minimum Wage: Governors talk tough, say FG’s agreement with labour not binding on states

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) says the agreement between the federal government and organised labour on consequential adjustments on the new minimum wage is not binding on state governments. The NGF chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, said this on Monday while briefing reporters at the end of a…

Spending VAT proceeds on recurrent expenditure counter-productive – Actionaid Nigeria

A civil society organisation, ActionAid Nigeria (ANN), has said it is counterproductive to spend the proceeds of the value-added tax (VAT) on recurrent expenditure in Nigeria. In a statement it issued on Saturday, the organisation also said the current VAT collection system is ineffectual and porous. The group decried the…

A United States diplomat, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. [PHOTO CREDIT: BBC]

Zoning may create challenge for Nigeria’s 2023 elections — U.S. Diplomat

A United States diplomat, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has said the ''gentleman agreement'' of zoning of leadership in Nigeria may prompt a tougher electoral process in the next general elections in 2023. Ms Thomas-Greenfield who said this on Tuesday while speaking at a two-day conference on Nigeria's ’20 Years of Democracy' in…

Kwara Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Kwara governor names nine women among 16 commissioner-nominees

The Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has named six more commissioner-nominees, with five more women joining the four female nominees he announced earlier. Mr Abdulrasaq had on September 17 presented four female commissioner-nominees who are still been screened by the state House Assembly. According to a statement by the governor's…

Bukola Saraki [Photo: NAN]

Saraki reacts to order forfeiting houses, claims EFCC misled judge

A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said the court was misled into granting a temporary forfeiture order on his houses in Ikoyi, Lagos. PREMIUM TIMES on Monday reported that Lagos Division of the Federal High Court ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties located in the Ikoyi area of…

Bukola Saraki [Photo: NAN]

Court orders forfeiture of Saraki’s property

The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Monday has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State and belonging to the immediate past senate president, Bukola Saraki, to the Federal Government. Mohammed Liman, the judge, who ordered the temporary forfeiture on…

INEC: File photo of voters at the elections

Kogi/Bayelsa Polls: YIAGA raises concerns over alleged voter inducement, low campaigns

Low political campaign engagements and voter inducement may trigger electoral violence ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa and Kogi states. Election observer and monitoring group, YIAGA Africa, through its Watching The Vote (WTV) project, gave this warning in a report it sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.…

Zainab Ahmed

Border Closure: Nigeria’s neighbours to blame – Finance Minister

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “supports’’ Nigeria’s closure of its land borders because it understands the action is not punitive. She also said Nigeria's neighbours are to blame for the border closure. Addressing journalists in Washington on Sunday, Mrs Ahmed explained that the…

The NIMC headquarters at Wuse, Abuja

National ID card is free, but only 19% Nigerians are registered – Official

Less than 20 per cent of Nigerians are registered in the National Identity Database of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), an official has said. This is despite the registration and collection of the ID cards being free, Hadiza Dagabana, the Acting Director-General of NIMC said in an interview with…

PRESIDENT BUHARI SACKS SGF BABACHIR LAWAL

Grass Cutting Scandal: Absence of judge stalls trial of former SGF Babachir

The trial of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, at the Divisional High Court, in Abuja, could not continue on Wednesday due to the absence of the judge. The anti-corruption agency, EFCC, in March, re-arraigned the former SGF on a 10-count amended charge bordering on…

Nigeria Police officers are working with the military to counter insurgency.

Bayelsa 2019: Police will deploy ‘over 30,000 officers’ for election – Inspector-General

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said the security agency would deploy over 30,000 officers for the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State. Mr Adamu said this on Wednesday at a stakeholders' meeting in Yenagoa organised by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and attended by political and…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Bayelsa Governorship Poll: INEC Chairman abruptly ends meeting as tempers flare

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, abruptly called an end to a stakeholders' meeting in Yenagoa on Wednesday as an argument between political leaders threatened to boil over into physical violence. INEC had organised the meeting as part of its preparations for the governorship election…

EFCC operatives

Alleged N978m Oil Fraud: Court rejects defendant’s ‘appeal’ that judge refuses self

A Lagos High Court judge, Christopher Balogun, on Tuesday rejected a motion requesting him to recuse himself from further hearing the alleged N978.4 million fraud case involving the Chairman of Nadabo Energy Limited, Abubakar Ali-Peters. Mr Ali-Peters, 37, and his firm are standing on a 21-count charge bordering on obtaining…

Bayelsa, Kogi, 'difficult states to conduct elections' - INEC

Bayelsa, Kogi, ‘difficult states to conduct elections’ – INEC

Bayelsa and Kogi "are not easy states" when it comes to conducting governorship elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said. The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this, on Tuesday, in a meeting with the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council in Yenegoa, the state capital. Mr Yakubu who spoke…

EFCC

EFCC re-arraigns Atiku’s lawyer for allegedly laundering $2 million

The EFCC on Tuesday re-arraigned a lawyer to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, and his son, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a three-count charge of money laundering to the tune of $2 million. The duo was first arraigned…

EFCC

Constituency Projects Scam: Court orders interim forfeiture of N116 million

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order for interim forfeiture of N116 million linked to Hamza Barau and Hamshakin Ventures Ltd, as part of constituency projects funded by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, (SMEDAN) on behalf of some federal lawmakers. In a statement…

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Presidency attacks PDP, says opposition missing in Nigeria

The presidency on Sunday attacked the main opposition party, PDP, saying the party was missing in key national all issues and only focusing on trivial matters. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesperson said this in an article sent to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Shehu made reference to the anti-sexual harassment bill…

UBER BOAT launched in Lagos, Nigeria. [PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters Official Twitter handle]

Uber launches ‘boat taxis’ on Lagos waters

American transportation company, Uber, has launched boats as a means of transportation in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub. The firm already runs a thriving online road taxi business in Nigeria. The Inland transportation is in partnership with the Texas Connection Ferries, a local boat operator, and the Lagos State Waterways Authority,…

EFCC

Alleged Money Laundering: Court adjourns trial of Atiku’s son-in-law

A Lagos Division of the High Court on Friday, adjourned the case of a son-in-law to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, who is standing trial over alleged money laundering. The case was adjourned till November 11. The EFCC had accused Mr Babalele of allegedly laundering about $140,000 (approx N50 million) ''without…

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#HealthDialogue: Osinbajo, Gombe Emir, other stakeholders to address Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria

To explore how Nigeria can achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a National Health Dialogue is set to hold in Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday, organisers have announced. The annual event - in its second edition - is organised by PREMIUM TIMES; Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ; the Project…

Abdulrashid Maina

EFCC secures court order to remand arrested fugitive Maina for 14 days

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured a court order to keep a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, in its custody for an initial period of 14 days. The EFCC in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday said…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

UPDATED: 2020 Budget: Buhari slashes allocation to social investment programmes by 94%

President Muhammadu Buhari has slashed allocation to a key social intervention scheme of his administration, the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs), by a massive 94 per cent. While the programme was allocated N500 billion in each of the previous three budget cycles, it was allocated only N30 billion in the 2020…

The banker that was jailed for fraudYetunde Adewunmi

Banker jailed one year for fraud in Osogbo

A Divisional High Court in Osogbo, on Tuesday jailed a 51-year-old banker, Yetunde Adewunmi, for conspiracy and fraud. The anti-graft agency, EFCC, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Ms Adewunmi was sentenced to one-year imprisonment by Justice Peter Lifu on the one-count amended charge. The name…

Court arraigns NSITF staff over alleged N7.1m job scam

Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, ICPC, has arraigned a staff of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ukwunna Anthony, before the Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly defrauding job seekers of N7.1 million. In a statement published on the commission's website on Tuesday, the agency said Mr Anthony was charged…