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Samuel Ogundipe is a general assignment reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. At various times, he has covered the Presidency, National Assembly and Defence. Twitter: @SamuelOgundipe

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ARMY: Nigerian Soldiers (Army) on duty. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian]

Nigerian Army commander killed in Boko Haram bomb attack

A Nigerian Army commander was killed on Saturday after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Marte, Borno State. Military sources told PREMIUM TIMES the army major, who was the commander of 153 Task Force Battalion in Marte Local Government Area, was leading a patrol of the unit's…

Seven years on, Nigeria’s sugar policy records mixed outcome towards food security

When Nigeria launched its backward integration policy in 2002, it ignited the country’s drive to improve local content. Previously, local content initiatives had floundered and failed due to entrenched corrupt practices and associated vices like mismanagement of resources, poor infrastructure and regulation lapses. In January 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan introduced…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Rotimi Amaechi attacked in Spain

Rotimi Amaechi has announced a physical attack on him by some people he described as “misguided Nigerians.” The Nigerian transport minister said he was on a climate change summit in Spain when some violent Nigerians charged at him. He said the attackers were summarily restrained by the police in Madrid,…

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

SSS storms Abuja court to rearrest Sowore

The State Security Service (SSS) has invaded the Federal High Court in a controversial bid to rearrest the Omoyele Sowore, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The SSS officers stormed the Abuja Division of the court on Friday morning, with attempts being made to break into the facility. Already aware of the…

Omoyele Sowore

UPDATED: SSS releases Sowore, Bakare, pays N100,000 fine

The State Security Service (SSS) on Thursday night released Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, 124 days after he was first arrested in Lagos. Olawale Bakare, an activist who was arrested and charged alongside Mr Sowore, was also freed by the SSS on bail Thursday night. Mr Sowore’s lawyer, Femi…

Donald Trump [Photo: BBC]

U.S. lawmakers move ahead with articles to impeach Trump

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday said she had directed the House Committee on Judiciary to start drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. In an announcement Thursday afternoon, Ms Pelosi said she had found enough evidence that Mr Trump had committed…

Abubakar Katcha

Police charge APC chieftain for ‘abusing governor on social media’

A Nigerian politician has been charged by the police in Niger State with criminal conspiracy after lashing out at the state governor for alleged corruption and neglect of local roads. Abubakar Katcha was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate's Court in Minna, central Nigeria, on Wednesday afternoon. He was granted N500,000…

Moradeun Balogun [PHOTO CREDIT: @Mols_Balogun]

Jolad Hospital speaks on #Moradeun’s murder in Lagos

The hospital that first attended to a Nigerian woman who was attacked by suspected armed robbers in Lagos has explained its role in the tragedy. Moradeun Balogun was reportedly on her way home from work when she was attacked on Monday night by armed men. She was taken to the…

Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke.

Documents counter Malami’s claim he wasn’t notified of Adoke’s arrest

On November 11, authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrested Mohammed Bello Adoke, Nigeria's erstwhile attorney-general. Three weeks after, incumbent Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, has continued to insist that he has not been formally notified of the arrest by relevant authorities. This is despite Mr Adoke's lawyers writing to him…

Burkina Faso on map used to illustrate the story.

Fourteen killed in terrorist attack on Burkina Faso church

Jihadists attacked a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, leaving 14 worshippers killed as threats of violence escallate across the Francophone country. The attack on Protestant Church of Hantoukoura in eastern side of the country occurred during Sunday mass. It was unclear how many worshippers were injured, amidst fears…

Omoyele Sowore

EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari’s emissaries met Sowore in detention

Rather than direct immediate compliance with a federal court order that freed Omoyele Sowore on bail, President Muhammadu Buhari has instead been sending emissaries to the activist to extract commitment from him to back down on the 'revolution now' protest as a precondition for his release. In at least two…

President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

SSS withdraws access tags from Osinbajo’s ‘sacked’ aides

The State Security Service (SSS) has withdrawn access tags from about 35 aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who were affected by the controversial dismissal earlier this month, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The SSS started withdrawing passes from the aides on November 21, and even went further to blacklist some…

Nigerian businessman and founder of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema. [PHOTO CREDIT: Thisday Live]

TIMELINE: How U.S. started investigating Allen Onyema for multi-million dollar fraud

Allen Onyema, the chairman of Air Peace Limited, was indicted by the United States government on November 19 on charges stemming from an alleged $21 million fraud. The announcement elicited an instant chain of conspiracy theories specifically targeted at exonerating the accused by stoking fragments of political, religious and ethnic…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

Six months after inauguration, Governor Abiodun yet to name Ogun commissioners

Governor Dapo Abiodun is yet to name his cabinet six months after assuming office in Ogun State. The situation has left the governor working with only special advisers and assistants, which critics said was insufficient against the crucial roles of commissioners who should constitute the state executive council. Mr Abiodun…

Allen Onyema of Air Peace Limited. [CREDIT: The Cable]

Alleged Fraud: Air Peace boss faces 105 years in jail if found guilty

Allen Onyema, the Nigerian aviation executive who was recently accused by the United States of committing more than $21 million fraud, could spend up to 105 years in prison if convicted of a laundry of charges bordering on the alleged fraud. Mr Onyema was indicted by a federal grand jury…

Hong Kong elections [PHOTO: CNN]

Protests: Pro-democracy candidates win big in Hong Kong elections

Pro-democracy campaigners secured a huge victory in council elections in Hong Kong on Sunday, propelled by months of protests across the Chinese territory. The voters elected representatives into council offices that deal with local issues like sewage disposal and motor parks, but the outcome has been viewed across the world…

Nigerian businessman and founder of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema. [PHOTO CREDIT: Thisday Live]

How I made my fortune to start Air Peace — Onyema

When the news broke over the weekend that Allen Onyema had been indicted in the United States for multi-million dollar fraud, a question that echoed amongst Nigerians was how he moved from relative obscurity to become one of the biggest players in Nigeria's aviation sector in just about half a…

Air Peace Airlines, Allen Onyema

Air Peace boss Onyema wanted in Canada for alleged multimillion dollar fraud in U.S.

Canadian authorities have commenced efforts to execute a corresponding arrest warrant issued for a Nigerian businessman accused of fraud in the United States. Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace Limited in Nigeria, is facing multiple charges of money laundering and bank fraud in excess of $20 million. A United States…

Nigerian businessman and founder of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema. [PHOTO CREDIT: Thisday Live]

Alleged Fraud: U.S. seizes $14 million in bank accounts linked to Allen Onyema

The United States authorities have frozen about $14.2 million in bank accounts linked to companies registered by Allen Onyema, the chairman of Air Peace Limited. Mr Onyema and Ejiroghene Eghagha, Air Peace's head of finance and administration, were recently indicted for alleged money laundering and bank fraud in the United…

Allen Onyema of Air Peace Limited. [CREDIT: The Cable]

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Court issues warrant of arrest for Air Peace boss, Allen Onyeama

A warrant of arrest has been issued against Allen Onyema of Air Peace Limited for alleged money laundering and bank fraud in the United States, court documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES showed. The warrant was signed by Justin Anand, an American magistrate of the United States District Court of the…

Nigerian businessman and founder of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema. [PHOTO CREDIT: Thisday Live]

EXCLUSIVE: How Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema, allegedly committed multi-million dollar fraud — FULL INDICTMENT

Federal authorities in the United States have identified Nigerian businessman and founder of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema, as the mastermind of a series of fraudulent bank transactions spanning several years between the two countries. The money laundering and bank fraud charges against Mr Onyema, whose Air Peace Airlines is…

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel [Photo Credit: CNN.com]

Israeli PM Netanyahu indicted for fraud, bribery

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted by the country's attorney-general for fraud, bribery and breach of public trust, local media reported on Thursday. Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit announced the indictment on Thursday. It involved allegations that Mr Netanyahu engaged in bribery and breach of trust to the tune of…

Babcock University (Photo Credit: School Website)

Babcock University speaks on viral sex video of former students

Babcock University has described a circulating sex video of its former students as a blessing in disguise for the institution. "We are happy to be saddled with this challenge as an institution because it propels us to contribute to the greatness of this nation and the security of a bright…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

UPDATED: Amnesty International declares Sowore, Bakare, Jalingo prisoners of conscience

Amnesty International on Wednesday categorised three Nigerians as prisoners of conscience, slamming their continued incarceration as politically motivated and demanding their immediate release. Omoyele Sowore, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo, journalists and rights activists, have been facing charges of treason and money laundering since August. Messrs Sowore and Bakare remained…

The IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

Police knew Kogi, Bayelsa elections would be violent — IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General Muhammad Adamu on Tuesday said the police had a prior intelligence that the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa were going to be violent. Residents of Kogi and Bayelsa voted to elect new governors on November 16, and the outcome of the polls was deemed largely violent. Both states…