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PDP Chairmanship: Gbenga Daniel attacks APC in declaration speech

A former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, on Wednesday used his chairmanship declaration speech to deride the ruling All Progressives Congress as a party that has failed to get national priorities right, while making case for a Peoples Democratic Party's comeback to power "It is disquieting that the APC-led government…

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Church’s N5,000 ‘deliverance fee’ stirs controversy

A receipt has surfaced online which indicates a man paid N5,000 to purchase 'deliverance' at a church in Calabar, southern Nigeria. The fee was reportedly paid to The God's Spirit Touch Church International, a.k.a.: Chosen Chapel, on September 7. Details of when the photo was first uploaded on the Internet…

Internet users ['Photo: Hope for Nigeria]

SPECIAL REPORT: How a Nigerian law is suppressing citizens’ freedom on the Internet

When Emenike Iroegbu set up his news platform three years ago, he saw it as a starting point in the future of quality community newspapering for an audience long deprived of alternative views and balanced reportage. Mr. Iroegbu, 39, works full-time as the editor of Abia Facts Newspaper, a small-scale…

Shell

Malabu Scandal: Italian prosecutors file charges against Shell executives

Top officials at Royal Dutch Shell have been charged in Italy for their alleged roles in the $1.3 billion Malabu Oil scandal, Italian prosecutors said Friday. Although the full list of the newly-charged suspects has not been disclosed, Global Witness quoted Milan Prosecutor's Office as confirming that it included Malcom…

Ibe Kachikwu [Photo Credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Kachikwu speaks on fire incident at his Abuja home

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday confirmed that there was a fire incident at his Abuja residence as circulated on social media, but said it was "nothing serious." "It was a mere power surge that was contained immediately," Mr. Kachikwu's spokesperson, Idang Alibi, told PREMIUM TIMES…

Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

$25 billion claims in Kachikwu’s memo fabricated – Osinbajo

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday pushed back against allegations of contract infractions raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, saying the $25 billion the minister stated in his leaked memo to President Buhari "does not exist." The vice-president said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation only…

Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte

PHOTO: Netherlands Prime Minister rides bicycle to Royal Palace

A photo of a cycling Netherlands Prime Minister that could make Nigerian politicians grin like a Cheshire cat has gone viral on the Internet. Mark Rutte, who has led Netherlands since 2010, rode on his bicycle to the palace of the King of Netherlands for a meeting on Saturday. A…

President Buhari

Buhari asked us to focus on Northern Nigeria — World Bank chief

President Muhammadu Buhari urged the World Bank to prioritise its developmental programmes across the northern parts of Nigeria, the bank's President Jim Yong Kim said on Thursday. At a press briefing on the sidelines of the ongoing World Bank-IMF annual meetings in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kim said his organisation has…

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Why CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards won’t hold this year — Organisers

A review of modalities compelled organisers to cancel what would have been the 2017 edition of CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Dan Faulks, a communications manager at Turner Broadcasting System, the parent company of CNN International, told PREMIUM TIMES that, "CNN and Multichoice are currently reviewing…

Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo admits approving N640 billion oil contracts for NNPC

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken responsibility for granting authorisation to the NNPC for two oil contracts worth N640 billion. A statement by presidential spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said Mr. Osinbajo approved the contracts in his capacity as acting president in July. "In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture…

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Ex-U.S. Ambassador denies working for Buhari, expresses worry over NNPC scandal

A former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, on Tuesday replied Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who accused him of being a political lackey for President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Campbell said Mr. Omokri mistook his appreciation of Mr. Buhari's anti-corruption efforts for consultancy services. "I am not…

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo speaking

NNPC says Osinbajo gave approval for N640 billion contract; vice president’s office keeps mum

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said on Wednesday that the presidential approvals it received for two oil contracts worth N640 billion were granted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his time as acting president. The "Acting President Yemi Osinbajo gave the approval," Ndu Ughamadu, spokesperson for the NNPC, said in…

President Muhammadu Buhari in one of his trips.

Buhari approved N640 billion oil contracts from his sick bed in London, NNPC chief Baru indicates

President Muhammadu Buhari was granting approvals for oil deals to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the time he was on his sick bed in London - and when he had relinquished presidential powers to his Vice President - the head, Maikanti Baru, has indicated. Mr. Baru said Mr. Buhari approved…

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

How President Buhari caused NNPC Scandal

The ongoing tension between the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and the head of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, may have been caused by the actions of President Muhammadu Buhari. A memo leaked last week of Mr. Kachikwu reporting to Mr. Buhari about Mr. Baru's insufferable conducts, which ranged from…

Dr. Maikanti Baru

NNPC Scandal: GMD Baru fails to address two key issues in response to Kachikwu

At the tail end of the first week of tension over alleged N9 trillion contract scandal at the NNPC, the Group Managing Director of the state-run oil firm finally broke his silence, dismissing all allegations of corruption as unfounded. But Maikanti Baru, in a Monday morning statement, dodged key questions…

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Ex-Jonathan aide berates former American ambassador John Campbell

A former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan has criticised a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria for ‘insulting’ Patience Jonathan. Reno Omokri said it was not surprising to him that John Campbell would come after the wife of Mr. Jonathan, saying the retired U.S. diplomat had been working as…

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Flood ravages INEC office in Benin; documents, card readers other equipment affected

A massive flooding that hit Edo State on Saturday sacked thousands from their homes and caused millions of naira in damages to properties, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Amongst the worst affected places was the Edo State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Benin City, the state capital. A…

Buhari on Independence day [Photo Credit: ChannelsTV]

FACT-CHECK: Examining top 10 Buhari’s claims in Independence Day speech

Nigeria's Independence Day has for the past 57 years served as a platform for governments to preach unity, highlight their achievements and announce plans for the future. Yet, most of those speeches are often laced with falsehoods or half-truths. President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 2005 Independence Day speech was criticised for its inconsistencies,…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari keeps mum as N9 trillion contract scandal rocks NNPC

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to clear the air about grievous allegations of abuse of contract process to the tune of N9 trillion naira at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, more than 24 hours after leakage of an internal memo which detailed the allegation. Presidential spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, did…

Ibe Kachikwu [Photo Credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Kachikwu speaks on explosive letter to Buhari over NNPC GMD Baru

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has described as "distressing," the circulation of an internal memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari about the conduct of Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru. Mr. Kachikwu said the letter, which surfaced on the Internet Tuesday, was part of…

Baru and Kachikwu

Petroleum Minister Kachikwu writes Buhari; accuses NNPC GMD Baru of illegalities, insubordination

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has reported the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to take urgent actions on matters ranging from alleged illegal practices to insubordination. Mr. Kachikwu said he found it pertinent to call the attention of…

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

Nigeria Police expel six ASP recruits from training school

The Police Staff College in Jos has explained why six new recruits were expelled from the training school. Dorothy Gimba, the school's commandant, said the cadets were shown the way out after failing repeatedly to catch up with academics and physical training standards of the PSC. "The school has its…

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy [Photo credit: The Siasat Daily]

No referendum for Catalonia independence, Spanish Prime Minister insists

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday said there was no ballot for referendum in the country's north-eastern region of Catalonia. In a televised addressed, Mr. Rajoy declared attempts by Catalonia residents to vote in the referendum as illegal, saying they were fooled into thinking there was a formal call…

The Latter Rain founder, Pastor Tunde Bakare. [Photo credit: tundebakare.com]

Independence: How to restructure Nigeria — Pastor Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare, a vocal Nigerian preacher based in Lagos, on Sunday suggested key solutions to resolving the lingering stalemate over how to restructure Nigeria to accommodate its diverse cultural, ethnic and religious entities. During his Independence Day speech at the headquarters of his Latter Rain Assembly Church in Lagos, Mr.…

Senior Police Officers at the I-G Conference with Commissioners of Police and other officers above the rank, in Abuja on Wednesday (26/7/17).
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Kidnapped Nigeria Police Commissioner Freed

An Assistant Commissioner of Police who was abducted on Wednesday has been freed by his captors, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Emmanuel Adeniyi, serving in Zamfara State, was kidnapped alongside his family members and aides along Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Highway in Kaduna State. His release Saturday night was confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES by Zamfara State…