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Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

How I would lift 50mn Nigerians out of poverty in two years – Atiku

The presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said on Monday he would set off sound economic policies that would see no fewer than 50 million Nigerians elevated out of poverty within two years. Mr Abubakar, former vice president from 1999 to 2007, said his policies would focus…

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

2019: Atiku launches presidential campaign, policy document (LIVE UPDATES)

A live Facebook event has been planned for the commencement of Atiku Abubakar's 2019 presidential campaign and the formal unveiling of a policy document that contains what he describes as his vision for a prosperous Nigeria. Mr Abubakar has spent the preceding months criss-crossing the country, engaging Nigerians on key…

Former National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (L) embraces 2019 PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, during Atiku's consultative meeting with leaders and stakeholders in the South-East in Enugu on Wednesday (14/11/18). 05745/14/11/2018/APCO/BJO/NAN

A Sobbing Embrace: The story behind iconic photo of Ben Nwabueze, Atiku Abubakar

Presumably, tens, if not hundreds of images would have been taken at a meeting of South-east leaders, which had opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in attendance on November 14, 2018. But only one of those photos elicited a fascinating ripple and set the Nigerian social media alight for its surreal…

Former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili (Photo Credit: The Guardian Newspaper)

Peter Odili sues over third term agenda book

Peter Odili, a former governor of Rivers State, has filed defamation charges against Chidi Odinkalu and Ayisha Osori for the way they portrayed him in their new book on the alleged third term plots by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. In the suit, filed at the Port Harcourt Division of the…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

I’ll risk inflation to win huge foreign investments — Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said he would be willing to risk plunging Nigeria's economy into inflation in order to guarantee inflow of foreign investments. Mr Abubakar, a former vice president, said he would float the naira, so as to allow free market determine…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

2019: Niger-Delta states can take 100% of oil revenues, but… — Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said he is willing to let Nigeria's oil producing states have absolute control of crude oil revenues from their domains, but added he is reluctant to immediately implement such policies at this stage of national development. The PDP candidate…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

2019: Nigerians petition FBI for urgent probe of Atiku’s corruption allegations

Hundreds of Nigerians have petitioned the United States authorities to urgently grant one of the presidential candidates a visa to enable him clear a slew of corruption allegations pending against him. Over 1,000 Nigerians have signed the petition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other American authorities, demanding a…

Hope Uzodinma

Presidential panel lied, I was not arrested, APC senator claims

Days after a presidential panel announced the arrest of a senator for alleged fraud, the accused has denied being arrested. Hope Uzodinma, who seeks to govern Imo State on the platform of Nigeria's ruling party, APC, also said he was innocent of the fraud allegations levelled against him. PREMIUM TIMES…

Hope Uzodinma

How PREMIUM TIMES story led to arrest of APC governorship candidate, Uzodinma

A Nigerian senator and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress has been arrested at the Abuja airport over allegations of contract fraud to the tune of $12.5 million. Hope Uzodinma was taken into custody on Sunday shortly after arriving at the nation's capital aboard an Air Peace flight, according…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

UPDATED: Why airport security searched Atiku – Aviation Minister

The Nigerian government on Sunday dismissed the allegations of improper airport security checks raised by the opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Mr Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said on Sunday afternoon he was made to go through security search shortly after arriving at the international airport in Abuja from…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

UPDATED: I was searched at Abuja airport — Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, said on Sunday that security agents at the international airport in Abuja harassed him shortly after arriving in the country from a foreign trip. Mr Abubakar has been away in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates capital, since mid-October when he…

GEOFFREY-ONYEAMA [Photo credit: guardian.ng]

Why I didn’t pay my taxes directly to Nigeria — Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria's foreign minister, has clarified to PREMIUM TIMES why he did not directly pay his income taxes to Nigerian coffers. Mr Onyeama was an executive at the United Nation’s World Intellectual Properties Organisation (WIPO) prior to his appointment as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. PREMIUM TIMES…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: Oriental Times

Alleged Fraud: Oshiomhole attacks SSS, says agency ‘interfering’

The chairman of the All progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Saturday raised concerns over an encounter he said he had with the State Security Service recently. Mr Oshiomhole said he was questioned by the secret police last weekend in Abuja on issues bordering on the party's recent primaries. Mr Oshiomhole…

Inside details of three-year tax payments presented by Buhari's ministers

Inside details of three-year tax payments presented by Buhari’s ministers – FULL LIST

A PREMIUM TIMES review of the tax papers submitted by ministers during nomination process in 2015 shows how some of them complied with income tax regulations; while others either did not present evidence of compliance or paid whatever they felt was convenient. To be considered for government contracts and appointments…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

Atiku’s Gotel Communications speaks on N33,000 minimum wage

Gotel Communications, one of the ventures owned by Peoples Democratic Party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to news reports that it has begun implementation of the new minimum wage structure. The firm's management said in a statement Friday night that workers would start receiving N33,000 effectively from November 2018.…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

Oshiomhole departs London for Nigeria

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has departed London to Nigeria, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Multiple sources familiar with the ruling party's chairman said he boarded a British Airways flight bound for Lagos from the British capital, and is expected to arrival later today. The…

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications PHOTO: Techpoint

EXCLUSIVE: Adebayo Shittu in fresh scandal, presented N5,000 tax receipt to become minister

To become a member of the Federal Executive Council, Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria's communications minister recently exposed for failing to take part in the national youth service, submitted to the Nigerian Senate a receipt of N5,000 as proof of his tax compliance for three years, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.…

Recapture of Mubi Town

One soldier killed, 16 missing in separate Boko Haram attacks on Nigerian forces

Two attacks on Nigerian soldiers attached to Multinational Joint Task Force between November 5 and 6 left at least one soldier killed and 16 others missing, military sources told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday. At least five soldiers were also wounded during the attack on a military camp in Kukawa village…

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Shiite IMN releases 34 names of protesters ‘killed by Nigerian soldiers’

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has released names of 34 bodies so far identified amongst the over 40 Shiite protesters allegedly killed by Nigerian soldiers within four days. A representative of the group sent the list to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday, describing the Nigerian Army as 'murderous' and demanding international…

Recapture of Mubi Town

EXCLUSIVE: 149 Nigerian soldiers in trouble for uploading photos on social media

A newly-introduced social media code of ethics for members of the Nigerian military has recorded some of its earliest sanctions, PREMIUM TIMES can report. This newspaper obtained details of at least 149 personnel who were penalised for violating a section of the guidelines within the first three months after they…

IMN Protest

Shiite Killings: Nigerian military, police respond to Amnesty International’s allegations

Nigerian security forces have denied killing dozens of Shiite protesters during marches between Saturday and Tuesday, despite evidence provided by independent sources that soldiers repeatedly opened fire on civilian demonstrators, killing many. At issue was the allegation raised by Amnesty International against the Nigerian Army and the Police, whom the…

A woman lays unconscious as she is brought in for treatment at Federal Medical Centre, Keffi. She was amputated as a result of bullet wounds (October 30, 2018) Credits: Samuel Ogundipe/Premium Times.

Untold Story: How Nigerian soldiers killed dozens of Shiites in four days

The bloody violence that erupted after Nigerian soldiers opened gunfire on Shiite protesters on the outskirts of Abuja Monday afternoon left at least 21 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) dead, PREMIUM TIMES can report following an assessment of the aftermath. The fresh evidence collected by this newspaper…

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Why soldiers opened fire on Shiite protesters — Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army on Monday night admitted its personnel fired live ammunition at Shiite protesters on the outskirts of Abuja on Monday afternoon, killing at least three protesters who allegedly tried to breach a security checkpoint. The violence that broke out in Karu, a densely populated suburb of the nation's…

Bukar Ibrahim

Why I don’t know my date of birth — Senator

Bukar Ibrahim, a Nigerian senator from Yobe State, has said he cannot give a specific day or month of his birth. The senator, a member of the All Progressives Congress, however told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday he was sure he would clock 70 'early next year'. "I was born in…

Members of Islamic sect, shi'ite turning back after sighting Security men on Abuja-Zuba Expressway in Abuja on Monday (29/10/18). 05383/29/10/2018/Anthony Alabi/JAU/NAN

UPDATED: Many killed as Nigerian soldiers open fire on Shiite protesters in Abuja

Another devastating violence has broken out in Karu, a densely populated suburb of the Nigerian capital Abuja. Witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES at least 16 people have been killed and scores wounded after Shiite protesters attempted to break a barricade of Nigerian soldiers around the flyover in Karu. While some of…