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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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Embattled Nigerian Army major general, Hakeem Otiki at the Nigerian Army court martial (Photo Credit: Signature TV)

Dirty fight to be Nigeria’s army chief triggered theft of ‘billions’ by soldiers – General

A military court-martial for the troubled Nigerian Army major-general, Hakeem Otiki, opened on a very personal note in Abuja on Tuesday, with the defence team labouring to cast the case as springing from a protracted resentment rather than merely another manifestation of endemic corruption in the military. The defence argued…

Obinwanne-Okeke.

$11m Alleged Fraud: Obinwanne Okeke pleads not guilty, remanded in prison

Obinwanne Okeke, the 31-year-old Nigerian held by American authorities for alleged fraud, entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of wire and computer fraud at his first hearing on Monday. The presiding judge at the Newport News, Virginia, federal courthouse, declared the case as "complex," but said Mr…

Obinwanne-Okeke.

Jury indicts Obinwanne Okeke, may forfeit $11 million, diamond ring

A federal grand jury in the United States has indicted Obinwanne Okeke for $11 million fraud. The decision affirmed the investigation of the U.S. Department of Justice, conducted by the F.B.I, and now set the stage for commencement of criminal trial. Besides the indictment, the jury also recommended that Mr…

South Africa on map

One killed, five injured as South Africans resume xenophobic protests

At least one fatality has been recorded and five people receiving treatment at the hospital after a xenophobic march in South Africa turned violent on Sunday, local media reported. The violence broke out on Sunday afternoon when hostel residents across the commercial hub of Johannesburg took to the streets to…

Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian military convoy, carts away cash, equipment

Boko Haram fighters have stolen a large amount of money from the Nigerian military following an ambush on a logistics convoy on Friday morning, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. One soldier was also wounded in the attack. Soldiers of Nigerian Army Super Camp 3 and the 231 Battalion — both under…

Hong-Kong on map

Hong Kong leader withdraws controversial extradition bill

Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, said on Wednesday that the detested extradition bill that sparked months of protests across the city would be withdrawn. Mrs Lam's televised announcement appeared aimed at mitigating the worst political crisis Hong Kong has faced since the British returned the city-state to Chinese control in…

Photo: Courtesy Jide Oyekunle (via Facebook)

Xenophobia: Nigerian police arrest 125 suspected looters, intensify security for foreigners

The police on Wednesday announced additional security measures have been approved for foreign embassies, missions and businesses across Nigeria. The alert followed sporadic violence and looting of businesses by hoodlums across Nigeria. The hoodlums hijacked the widespread outrage being expressed by Nigerians against the xenophobic attacks in South Africa over…

The billboard, measuring 30 by 90 metres by Lona Group

Xenophobia: Nigerian-owned giant billboard destroyed in Abuja

A giant billboard owned by a Nigerian advertising firm has become the latest casualty in the worsening wave of protests over xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The billboard, measuring 30 by 90 metres, was installed and operated by Lona Group, an indigenous outdoor advertising firm. It, however, carried, exclusively, MTN…

Xenophobia: South African clothing store looted in Lagos

Hoodlums taking advantage of the ongoing outrage against the treatment of Nigerians in South Africa have looted an outlet of a major South African clothing retailer in Lagos. The Surulere, Lagos, store of clothing and accessories dealer, PEP, was looted by Nigerians on Tuesday evening. Videos and pictures of the…

Shoprite Retail Outlet

Violence erupts at Shoprite in Ibadan

Violence has been reported after Nigerians besieged a Shoprite location in Ibadan on Tuesday evening. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that scores of Ibadan residents gathered outside the Palms Shopping Mall, New G.R.A., chanting xenophobic slogans and demanding that South African businesses leave Nigeria. A witness said violence had broken out just…

Shoprite Retail Outlet

Man shot, police vehicle burnt at Lagos Shoprite

At least one Nigerian was feared killed by suspected police officers outside a Shoprite in Lagos. Witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES a Nigerian man was shot at the Shoprite by Jakande Bus-Stop in the exquisite Lekki neighbourhood. The identity of the victim was not immediately clear as of 5:30 p.m. Nigerians…

Shoprite in Lagos

JUST IN: Police foil attempt to burn Shoprite in Lagos

The police and other security personnel in Lagos have foiled an attempt by irate Nigerians to burn a Shoprite location in Lekki, Lagos. Witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Shoprite outlet by Jakande Bus-Stop. A resident of a nearby estate, Gboyega Bashorun, told PREMIUM…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Xenophobic Attacks: Buhari to visit South Africa next month

Plans have commenced for President Muhammadu Buhari to travel to South Africa next month. The trip is tied to the raging attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in Johannesburg and other South African cities, the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa said in a statement Tuesday. The statement said Nigeria…

R-L Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa

Xenophobic Attacks: Nigerian govt summons South African ambassador

Geoffrey Onyema, Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, has summoned Bobby Moroe, the South African high commissioner in Abuja. The summon comes as Nigerians in South Africa are facing deadly attacks and destruction of their properties and businesses across South Africa. Mr Moroe is expected to explain what South Africa has been…

Taraba State on map

Many killed in militia attack on Taraba community

Suspected militiamen have attacked a community in Taraba State. Residents said the attackers were from Benue State, suggesting it was part of the raging Tiv-Junkun violence. Locals told PREMIUM TIMES that the attackers entered Takum on Sunday morning and opened fire on residents, leaving dozens dead. The death toll was…

Abubakar Idris also known as Dadiyata, a social media personality known for his strong criticism of Governor Umar Ganduje. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Dadiyata]

One month after disappearance, Ganduje critic not found

Abubakar Idris, a social media personality known for his strong criticism of Governor Umar Ganduje, has not been found more than a month after unidentified assailants breached his residence and took him away. Mr Idris, a 34-year-old university lecturer, has been a major critic of Mr Ganduje's administration in Kano…

FBI

Internet Fraud: Court grants one of 80 FBI suspects N27 million bail

Ifeanyi Agwuegbo, one of the about 80 American residents of Nigerian origin who were arrested last month by the United States authorities, has been granted bail. Mr Agwuegbo, named as one of the main suspects in a vast business email fraud busted by the F.B.I., appeared in a Texas court…

Beechcraft King Air 350i

Nigeria acquires first calibration aircraft for $8.5 million

Nigeria has taken delivery of its first modern calibration aircraft for $8.5 million. The aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, announced on Twitter on August 29 that the Beechcraft King Air 350i would help improve Nigeria airspace's safety and security. "Just received new calibration aircraft for the country. Make is King Air…

Police at the scene of Texas shooting [Photo: ABC News]

Five killed, 21 injured in U.S. mass shootings

At least five people have been reportedly killed and 21 others injured in multiple gun attacks in Texas, officials said. At least three members of law enforcement were reported to have been shot Saturday at multiple attacks at a movie theatre and on a highway in West Texas, south of…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

Why we arrested 140 ‘northerners’ coming into Lagos — Police

The police in Lagos on Saturday explained why they blocked a truck carrying citizens from northern Nigeria and arrested its occupants. Lagos police commissioner, Zubairu Muazu, told PREMIUM TIMES the arrests were carried out as a preemptive security measure against the backdrop of worsening insecurity across the country. The 911…

Twitter founder’s account hacked

A hacking collecting has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, the social media giant’s co-founder, was on Friday hacked by a hacking collective and taken down. A group referring to itself as the Chuckling Squad claimed responsibility for the breach, the BBC reported. A spokesperson…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Nigerian party chairman kidnapped in Abuja

Kenneth Udeze, the national chairman of Action Alliance, has been kidnapped by armed attackers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Udeze was kidnapped Friday morning outside a Zenith Bank branch in Dutse Alhaji, Abuja, his wife, Genevieve, told PREMIUM TIMES. Mrs Udeze said her husband woke up Friday morning and found…

Obinwanne-Okeke.

Alleged $11 Million Fraud: Obinwanne Okeke faces 30 years in jail

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian young ‘businessman’ who was recently arrested in the United States for $11 million fraud, could spend up to 30 years in jail if convicted. Mr Okeke was charged with two counts of computer fraud and wire fraud, which carry a maximum 10 and 20 years respectively,…

U.S. President, Donald Trump and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

UPDATED: Nigeria backs down, slashes visa fees for Americans

The Nigerian government has reduced its visa fees for Americans travelling to Nigeria. The Wednesday afternoon announcement comes a day after the United States announced increases in its visa fees for Nigerians as a way of retaliating Nigeria’s high fees. The U.S. State Department said the visa fees were increased…

Jair Bolsonaro,

Brazil rejects $22m aid from G7 countries

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday rejected an aid from G7 countries to fight raging wildfires in the Amazon. Brazil has been gripped by massive blazes ravaging the world's largest rainforest, prompting countries from across the world to express sympathy and support to combat the crisis. Although other South American…