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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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RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, aka “Ray Hushpuppi, arrested by Dubai Police

N168 Billion Fraud: Hushpuppi hires top Chicago lawyer

Ramon Abbas, the Dubai-based Nigerian arrested last month for alleged Internet fraud, has secured the service of a top criminal defence attorney in Chicago. Court documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES showed Mr Abbas on Monday retained Gal Pissetzky, a senior partner at Chicago law firm Pissetzky & Berliner, to help…

Sen. Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi, ex-Oyo governor, is dead

Abiola Ajimobi, a former Nigerian senator who finished his second term as Oyo State governor last year, has died. Mr Ajimobi died on Thursday at a private hospital in Lagos after spending weeks in intensive care for coronavirus complications, according to Akin Alabi, a federal lawmaker and political associate of…

RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, aka “Ray Hushpuppi,” [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Hushpuppi]

We seized N16 billion cash from Hushpuppi and his gangs — Dubai Police

The police in Dubai said on Thursday that they recovered over 150 million dirhams (about N16 billion) in cash during a coordinated raid on the apartments of Nigerians living in that city two weeks ago. Ramon Abbas and Olalekan Ponle, widely known as Hushpuppi and Woodberry, respectively, and their alleged…

Obinwanne-Okeke.

N4.2 billion fraud: Inside Obinwanne Okeke’s guilty plea with U.S. authorities

Barely three years ago, business magazine Forbes celebrated Obinwanne Okeke as one of "the world's most influential young entrepreneurs." So much for that. The 32-year-old money man behind Abuja-based Invictus Group admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with American authorities on Thursday.…

Sen. Abiola Ajimobi

Ajimobi is alive – Spokesperson

A spokesperson for Abiola Ajimobi has told PREMIUM TIMES the former Oyo State governor remained alive as of 9:00 p.m. on Thursday. Bolaji Tunji said Nigerians should discard raging social media rumour that Mr Ajimobi had succumbed to coronavirus at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos. PREMIUM TIMES has not been…

Obinwanne-Okeke.

Obinwanne Okeke pleads guilty to N4.2 billion fraud

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian businessman owner of Invictus Group who was arrested in the United States last year, has pleaded guilty to $11 million (N4.2 billion) fraud. Mr Okeke, 32, admitted to American prosecutors that he was involved in computer-based fraud between 2015 and 2019. Joshua Stueve, a spokesperson for…

Hushpuppi (Credit: Twitter)

Nigeria, U.S. fight for Hushpuppi’s custody from UAE — Sources

The arrest this week of a Nigerian Instagram celebrity has pitted Nigerian detectives against their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates and the United States, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Nigeria and the U.S. launched the battle for the possession of Ramon Abbas, a.k.a.: Hushpuppi, following his arrest and detention by…

Coronavirus File Photo

Coronavirus: Scientists retract study claiming hydroxychloroquine dangerous to humans

Four medical experts who published a research that emphasised the dangers of hydroxychloroquine and induced the World Health Organisation to suspend clinical trials for the famous medication, have retracted their study. The controversial research, whose key conclusions were published in May by leading science journals The Lancet and the New…

Nigeria Police Force

Vera Omosuwa: Police intensify manhunt for Uniben student’s killers

The Police Force Headquarters in Abuja has deployed additional homicide personnel to Edo State to speed up the manhunt for those responsible for the fatal attack on a university student in Benin. Inspector-General Muhammad Adamu despatched the homicide detectives on Monday morning to complement existing manpower at the state's police…

Orji Uzor-Kalu

Orji Kalu still in custody — Official

Orji Kalu, a Nigerian senator who was jailed for allegedly stealing public funds, is expected to be released this week following a Supreme Court ruling, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Kalu had been accused of pilfering and mismanaging funds belonging to Abia State during his days as governor between 1999…

Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar

40 days after, Atiku’s son tests negative for coronavirus

Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar, a son of Nigeria's former vice-president, has now tested negative for coronavirus. "I have just received my second consecutive negative result," Mr Atiku-Abubakar told PREMIUM TIMES Monday afternoon. "My discharge is currently being processed, and I hope to be home this evening." The Nigerian disease control office does…

Late Abba Kyari

EXCLUSIVE: Abba Kyari’s real date of birth uncovered

Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, was 67 years old when he died last night, PREMIUM TIMES can now authoritatively report. Mr Kyari was born on September 23, 1952, according to official records obtained by PREMIUM TIMES. The records have not been publicly disclosed until…

L-R: Aisha Buhari and Late Abba Kyari

May God forgive him’, Aisha Buhari mourns Kyari

The first lady, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday joined other Nigerians to mourn Abba Kyari, praying to God to forgive all “shortcomings” of the late chief of staff to the president. Mr Kyari died in Lagos from coronavirus complications on Friday. His body was moved to Abuja Friday morning and buried…

Abba Kyari's remains were brought in an ambulance to Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, where family members, as well as his colleagues, gathered to pay their last respect. [PHOTO: Sahara Reporters]

Coronavirus: Anger over disregard for social distancing at Abba Kyari’s burial

The Nigerian government has drawn citizens' backlash for failing to follow through on its plan to quietly bury Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Kyari passed on Friday night in Lagos and his remains were flown to Abuja on Saturday morning. Following a brief…

Abba Kyari laid to rest

Abba Kyari buried in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died Friday of coronavirus, has been buried in Abuja. Mr Kyari was interred at exactly 11:20 a.m. at the military cemetery in Abuja's Gudu neighbourhood amidst tears from family members and supporters. The men who lowered the remains of Mr Kyari,…

Abba Kyari

Coronavirus: Presidency announces plan for Abba Kyari’s burial

Abba Kyari, the deceased chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, will be buried in Abuja today, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Mr Kyari, from Borno State, was pronounced dead on Friday from coronavirus complications. He was first tested positive for the virus on March 23 and subsequently moved to a private…

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and his son, Bello El-Rufai. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Bello El-Rufai]

Bello El-Rufai apologises for threatening gang-rape of Twitter user’s mother

Bello El-Rufai has apologised for his infamous conduct on social media last weekend, saying the controversy he sparked fell short of his family's enduring values of decency and tolerance. "I wish to withdraw that statement and apologise to the gentleman concerned for the hurtful comment," Mr El-Rufai said in a…

INEC Building

Documents destroyed as fire razes INEC Headquarters

The headquarters of Nigeria’s electoral office has been razed by fire, officials said on Friday. The fire started just before noon and gutted some parts of the building in Abuja’s Maitama neighbourhood. The source of the fire is being investigated and no casualty was reported, Oluwole Uzzi, a spokesperson for…

Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar

Coronavirus: Four weeks after, Atiku’s son yet to test negative

Mohammed Atiku-Abubakar, a son of Nigeria's former vice-president, has continued to test positive for coronavirus four weeks after he was confirmed, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. He remained isolated without symptoms, a development that has surprised medical experts. Mr Atiku-Abubakar, 31, tested positive for the virus on March 19. He was…

Late Mrs. Funke Olakunrin (Nee Fasoranti), the daughter of Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti

Police arrest four suspects in Fasoranti daughter’s murder

The police have announced the arrest of four men they believed participated in the murder of Funke Olakunrin. A suspected crime lord who led the team was also declared wanted after detectives laboured in vain to arrest him for several months. Mrs Olakunrin, a daughter of Afenifere leader Reuben Fasoranti,…

Joe Biden

Obama, Sanders back Biden for president

Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders have formerly backed Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election. The senator and the former president announced in separate messages Monday and Tuesday, respectively, that Mr Biden would provide needed leadership at a time of serious public health challenge in America. "The kind of leadership…

Hadiza El-Rufai

Hadiza El-Rufai apologises, denounces son’s pro-rape Tweet

The Kaduna State First Lady, Hadiza El-Rufai, on Monday caved in to public pressure and apologised for her failure to immediately denounce her son's Sunday morning threats against a Twitter user's mother. "I can see how my tweet may have come across, and I apologise to those who were offended…

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and his son, Bello El-Rufai. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Bello El-Rufai]

Outrage as El-Rufai’s son threatens to gang rape Twitter user’s mother

In an escalation of social media bickering, a Nigerian governor's son publicly threatened to gang rape a senior citizen on Sunday. Bello El-Rufai, one of the sons of the Kaduna governor, issued the threat in a private message to a Twitter user following arguments about politics. "Tell your mother I'm…

Coronavirus: Meet Governors relaxing lockdowns, endangering Nigeria

Even when Nigeria is nowhere close to getting out of the wood in its battle against the novel coronavirus, the nation’s governors appeared to have let down their guards just so soon because of religious considerations, thereby putting the lives of thousands of citizens at risk. Because of the Easter…

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders quits American presidential run, setting stage for Trump-Biden clash

American senator, Bernie Sanders, has ended his primary contest for the Democratic Party presidential ticket. Mr Sanders made the announcement to his campaign team via a video conference on Wednesday morning. His departure has now left former Vice-President Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee for the opposition ticket. Mr Biden,…