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Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher at Premium Times

Premium Times, others honoured for 2019 election coverage

PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday received the award of "the most courageous online platform" for the coverage of the 2019 elections. The award was bestowed by the Sun City News magazine in Abuja. Established in 2011, PREMIUM TIMES is widely regarded for its independence and capacity for investigative reporting. During the…

Lagos-High-Court

Graft: Court jails ex-boss of Nigerian agency for one year

A Federal High Court has sentenced a former Director-General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), John Shamonda, to one year imprisonment for mismanagement of funds. In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, on Thursday, it said Mr Shamonda was tried before Justice…

Melee Kolo Kyari, NNPC GMD

Buhari has never interfered in NNPC’s affairs – Mele Kyari

The new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, on Thursday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has never interfered in the affairs of the corporation since he became president in 2015. While Mr Buhari appointed Ibe Kachikwu as the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources on November…

Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on

Presidential panel announces recovery of N3 billion from two civil servants

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), on Wednesday, said it has recovered over N3 billion from two senior officials by the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF). The panel named the officials as Goody Nnadi, who is the General Manager, Corporate Services at the Fund, and Aisha…

Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai

Northern Nigeria backward, similar to Afghanistan in development – El-Rufai

Northern Nigeria's development indicators are similar to those of war-ravaged Afghanistan and should be a source of concern to its leaders, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said. Mr El-Rufai spoke on Saturday during the Northern Youth Summit organised by Northern Hibiscus Initiative, in Kaduna. The theme of the…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi in court

Court orders forfeiture of Nigerian senator’s 14 properties, 22 bank accounts

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has approved an interim forfeiture of Peter Nwaoboshi's properties to the Nigerian government. The court made an initial order for the confiscation of 14 properties and 22 bank accounts linked to Mr Nwaoboshi on Tuesday. The bank accounts were traced to Zenith…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

1,799 journalists, over 150 media organisations accredited for 2019 elections – INEC

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said the commission accredited 1,799 Nigerian journalists from over 150 domestic media organisations to cover the last general elections. Mr Yakubu spoke on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with the media to review the last general elections.…

EFCC operatives

Alleged N20 million Fraud: Ex-NBA chairmen diverted funds to personal use – Witnesses

The trial of two former chairmen of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA), Adesina Ogunlana and Yinka Farounbi, continued on Wednesday, at the Special Offences Court. Both were arraigned for allegedly defrauding the association of N20 million. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in May arraigned the duo before Justice…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

APC, PDP yet to submit election expenses as required by law — INEC

The ruling All Progressive Congress party (APC) and the major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are yet to submit their audited financial reports containing expenses for the 2019 general elections, as required by law. The chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmood, made this known on Monday. Mr…

Doyin Okupe

N702m Dasukigate: EFCC closes case against Okupe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has closed the criminal case against the former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Doyin Okupe. Mr Okupe is charged with laundering N702 million. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the commission's spokesperson, Tony Orilade, on Wednesday. Mr…

EFCC operatives

Nigerian senator charged with corruption

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged Albert Bassey, a senator representing Akwa Ibom North-east, with corruption. Mr Bassey was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Uyo accused of money laundering. The EFCC, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Tony Orilade, on Monday, said the former…

EFCC

Visa Scam: EFCC re-arraigns American for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of $565,000

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, on Thursday re-arraigned an American, Marco Ramirez, for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of $565,000. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it charged Mr Ramirez before a judge, Mojisola Dada, on an amended 12-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence. Mr Ramirez was…

Buhari inaugurates NEC for 2019-2023 session

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the 2019-2023 session of the National Economic Council (NEC). The inauguration was done at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday. The council is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and includes governors of the 36 states. Many of the state governors, including those elected for…

Emir Lamido Sanusi [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

Alleged N3.4bn Misappropriation: Kano commission ‘unintentionally’ summons Emir Sanusi’s wife

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi's wife was 'unintentionally' invited for questioning for in relation to a fraud probe, an official said on Thursday. The Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji, told the News Agency of Nigeria that when the commission realised it invited Mrs Sanusi, it…

Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State and chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum.

Nigerian governors move to tackle insecurity

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) says it will soon set up a security committee at the National Economic Council (NEC) level as part of its commitment to curb insecurity in the country. The chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday, disclosed this in a statement…

Mohammed Wakil

Alleged N450m Fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex-minister, four others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Tuesday, re-arraigned a former Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, and four others on an alleged N450 million money laundering charge. In a statement signed by the anti-graft agency spokesperson on Tuesday, it said the accused were charged before Justice J.K.…

PRESIDENT BUHARI SACKS SGF BABACHIR LAWAL

Grass-cutting Scandal: Absence of Babachir’s counsel stalls trial

The absence of Akin Olujimi, counsel to the ex-Secretary to the Federal Government, (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has stalled his trial alongside three others. Mr Lawal, along with his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal, Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd, are being…

Akin Alabi

INTERVIEW: What Nigerians should expect from me — Akin Alabi

Akin Alabi, a businessman and the owner of Nairabet, was recently elected into the House of Representatives from Egbeda Federal Constituency, Oyo State. He sat with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja last week for his first interview since inauguration. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and space. PREMIUM…

Nigerian embassy in London [Photo: OLYMPUS DIGITAL]CAMERA

Angry citizen destroys properties at Nigerian Embassy in London

A Nigerian, identified as Jeffery Ewohime, destroyed properties, mainly cars, at the Nigerian Embassy in London. PREMIUM TIMES has obtained amateur footage of the incident shared on social media. Full details of what led to the incident are still sketchy but an official narrated what she heard about it. Abike…

2019 General Election: voters voting at the Nomadic Primary School, Polling Unit , at Tudun-Fulani , during the FCT Area Council at Bwari Area Council in Abuja on Saturday (9/03/19). 02036/9/3/2019/Sumail Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

APC, PDP culpable in Nigeria’s 2019 election violence – EU

Nigeria's leading parties failed to act to curb violence during the 2019 general elections, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has said. ''The leading parties were at fault in not reining in acts of violence and intimidation by supporters, and in abusing incumbency at federal and state levels,"…

Violence, harassment of journalists, other irregularities marred Nigeria’s 2019 elections – EU

Violence, violation of ballot secrecy, and harassment of voters and journalists characterised Nigeria's 2019 general elections, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has said. According to the report released on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) worked in porous security and politically-charged environment, making the electoral officials exposed…

Cybercrime (Photo: The SSL Store)

Three Nigerians arrested In India for alleged cybercrime

Three Nigerians residing in India have been arrested by the for alleged cybercrime in Mumbai, India's largest city. According to a report published by The Times of India on Thursday, the Nigerians and four others were arrested for hacking into over 2,000 bank accounts. The suspects are Idrish D'Costa, Sinedu…

The National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit

1,204 convicted since 2015 — EFCC

An estimated 1,204 convictions have been secured since 2015, Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said on Tuesday. He also said Nigerians have suffered the menace of "elite-capture syndrome" through the manipulation of the electoral processes using stolen public wealth to subvert the…

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Democracy Day celebration (Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad on Twitter)

Politicians, religious leaders behind communal, religious crisis in Nigeria — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said most of the communal crises in the country are sponsored by politicians and religious leaders. Mr Buhari said this while delivering his speech at the Eagles Square, Abuja to mark 20 years of unbroken democratic rule. President Buhari also said the insecurity in the country…

Buhari renames Abuja stadium after Abiola

President Muhammadu Buhari has renamed the national stadium in Abuja after the winner of the 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola. Mr Abiola won that year's poll based on available results, but the election was cancelled by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida. Mr Abiola later died in prison, months after…