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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…

The Senior Adviser to President Buhari on Social Investments, Mariam Uwais

Buhari’s aide sues newspaper, demands N2 billion

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, has filed a N2 billion suit against Leadership newspaper for an alleged defamatory report on the National Social Investments Programmes (NSIP). The court document filed on September 13, and seen by PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, said the report,…

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SURE-P ex-Perm Sec, Clement Illoh, jailed five years for N14.1m fraud

A former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Clement Illoh, was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison for stealing N14.1 million from the Nigerian government. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Mr Illoh before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court in…

EFCC operatives

Court jails man two years for N71 million oil fraud — EFCC

The Special Offences Court in Lagos has sentenced an Islamic cleric, Awojobi Ganiu, to two years imprisonment after convicting him of a N71 million oil fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday, said Mr Ganiu was arraigned before Justice…

Health experts discuss reducing Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate using family planning

Health experts discuss reducing Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate using family planning (LIVE UPDATES)

A conference to discuss reducing Nigeria’s grim maternal mortality rate through family planning is underway. Health experts, especially in the area of reproductive health and rights, would be speaking at the one-day event holding at Nicon Luxury in Abuja on Thursday. The event is organised by the Society of Gynaecology…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

Lai Mohammed’s absence stalls fraud trial of NBC chief Kawu

The ongoing trial of the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Kawu, by the ICPC, for alleged abuse of office and laundering of N2.5 billion, was on Wednesday stalled by the absence of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed. Mr Mohammed was scheduled to appear before a Federal…

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

SSS confirms arrest of fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina and son

Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) on Wednesday confirmed its arrest of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Matters (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina. In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the agency said it arrested Mr Maina and his 20-year-old son, Faisal, at the Pennsylvania Avenue…

President Muhammadu Buhari waving during a campaign

Buhari will not seek third term – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari will not, under any circumstance, seek a third term in office, his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said on Tuesday. Mr Shehu said he was reacting to "internet-based gossip and un-informed media commentary." Nigerian law only allows a maximum two terms of four years each for presidents, vice presidents,…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Boko Haram: EFCC goes tougher on NGOs in North-east

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said all not-for-profit organisations moving cash in the North-east must secure clearance from the commission. Mr Magu said this during a courtesy visit to Segun Adeniyi, the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri,…

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Taraba Resident Electoral Commissioner is dead

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Taraba State, Baba Yusuf. The Secretary to the Commission, Rose Anthony, on Sunday, said Mr Yusuf died Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission…

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40,000 Nigerians displaced by violence in North-west seek refuge in Niger Republic

The number of refugees from North-West Nigeria seeking safety in the neighbouring Niger Republic has doubled to over 40,000 persons over the last ten months, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. The refugees are those displaced by violence in states in the North-west and are separate from the…