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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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Military equipment seized by the Nigerian Soldiers

JUST IN: Nigerian soldiers intercept ‘strange’ military equipment in Adamawa

Nigerian soldiers manning a checkpoint in Adamawa State have intercepted six mine resistance vehicles that seemed to have been transported into Nigeria without due process. The military personnel, attached to the Nigerian Army 23 Armoured Brigade in Yola, seized the equipment in Fufore Local Government Area this week. The Nigerian…

Elephant (Photo credit: trueactivist.com)

Nigeria down to 300 elephants — Conservationists

Nigerian conservationists have estimated that only about 300 elephants are living in the wild across Nigeria. Two subspecies of the African elephant, forest and savannah, occupy lowland tropical forests and grasslands in Nigeria's south and north, respectively. But experts said Nigeria's spectacular landscape for biodiversity conservation has not been adequately…

U.S. Department of Justice

Nigerian jailed four years for $8.3 million fraud in U.S.

A Nigerian man has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the United States government up to $8.3 million Medicare charges. Ayodeji Fatunmbi was found guilty in a jury trial on July 31, 2014, but was only sentenced to 46 months in prison on August 19, 2019, according…

Obinwanne Okeke

$11 Million Fraud: Obinwanne Okeke hires Nigerian lawyer to lead trial

Obinwanne Okeke, the Abuja-based businessman arrested earlier this month for Internet fraud in the United States, has hired a new lawyer to help fight off the criminal charges levelled against him by American authorities. Mr Okeke hired John Iweanoge, a Washington D.C.-based attorney of Nigerian origin, to take over from…

Thousands trapped as Boko Haram seizes two local government areas in Borno

Thousands of Nigerian citizens were feared trapped on Wednesday after Boko Haram fighters attacked two local government areas in northern Borno and held control without immediate pushback from the military, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The insurgents attacked Gubio and Magumeri local government areas - about 50 kilometres apart - between…

Donald Trump [Photo: BBC]

Trump cancels trip to Denmark after ‘country declines to sell Greenland’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday cancelled his planned state visit to Denmark amidst row over the purchase of Greenland. “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will…

The suspect, Hamisu Bala (Alhaji Wadume)

How I became a millionaire – Wadume

Hamisu Wadume, the Taraba man recently identified as a kidnap kingpin by the police, has denied any involvement in abduction-for-ransom schemes, saying the police were wrong in their categorisation of his activities. Mr Wadume told police chiefs during his initial interrogation at the Force Headquarters Tuesday afternoon that he acquired…

Seme Border used to illustrate the story.

Thousands stranded as Nigeria suddenly closes Seme Border

A major border crossing between Nigeria and Benin Republic remained closed on Wednesday without formal notice, leaving thousands of people and vehicles stranded on both sides. The Seme Border, the busiest land crossing in Nigeria, was shut on Tuesday after some truckloads of prohibited tramadol and codeine were intercepted in…

Suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin Hamisu Wadume

How Nigerian soldiers killed police officers, set me free — Wadume

Hamisu Wadume, a suspected kidnap kingpin in Taraba State, has implicated Nigerian soldiers in his deadly escape two weeks ago. Mr Wadume was re-arrested on Monday night and taken to the Force Headquarters on Tuesday afternoon, where he had been making statements to the police. The suspect was first arrested…

The suspect, Hamisu Bala (Alhaji Wadume)

UPDATED: Suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin Wadume arrested

Hamisu Wadume, a suspected kidnap lord in Taraba State, has been re-arrested, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt from official sources. Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said in a statement that Mr Wadume was arrested on August 19 in Layin Mai Allo Hotoro, Kano State. The official statement came hours after PREMIUM TIMES…

The suspect, Hamisu Bala (Alhaji Wadume)

Suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin Wadume arrested

Hamisu Wadume, a suspected kidnap lord in Taraba State, has been re-arrested, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt from official sources. It was not immediately clear when and where Mr Wadume was taken into custody, but a source informed about the development informed PREMIUM TIMES about it on Tuesday. Mr Wadume was…

Akinwunmi Ambode, former Lagos governor [Photo: BBC]

UPDATED: EFCC raids Ambode’s house in Lagos

Anti-graft operatives on Tuesday morning entered the residence of former Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, raiding the building as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. PREMIUM TIMES confirmed from EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, that Mr Ambode is under a corruption probe, a few months after he left office. The residence of…

#RevolutionNow Protesters

Security agencies attack, disrupt gathering of Soyinka, others in Lagos

An event that was scheduled to draw an urgent attention to Nigeria’s growing social and security crises has been disrupted by security forces, reports said Monday. The event was planned by the Coalition for Revolution, a political movement led by the detained Nigerian activist, Omoyele Sowore. Organisers had invited public…

Obinwanne Okeke

$11 Million Fraud: See where Obinwanne Okeke is being detained

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian young 'businessman' who was recently arrested in the United States over $11 million fraud, has been remanded in custody of the United States Marshal Service. He is being held at 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314, which serves as the district headquarters of the U.S. Marshall…

Obinwanne-Okeke.

DOWNLOAD: More documents emerge in Obinwanne Okeke’s $11 million fraud trial

PREMIUM TIMES has seen additional documents relating to the arrest and ongoing prosecution of Obinwanne Okeke, a young Nigerian who was arrested for fraud earlier this month. Mr Okeke, more famous in Nigeria as Invictus Obi, had travelled to the U.S. recently, apparently without a prior knowledge that he was…

Nigeria Police

JUST IN: Police speak on Lagos violence

The police on Sunday said the violence that broke out at Ile-Epo Bus Stop, Lagos, did not end in casualties. Lagos police spokesperson, Bala Elkanah, said in a statement to PREMIUM TMES that the fracas was between Hausa scavengers and Awawa 'cult boys'. The violence "almost snowballed into crisis," the…

Obinwanne Okeke

Alleged Fraud: Court granted Obinwanne Okeke permission to see dentist

At the opening hearing of his fraud trial earlier this month, Obinwanne Okeke, a Nigerian entrepreneur held in America over an $11 million fraud, asked to see a public health dental hygienist. Theresa Buchanan, the magistrate handling the criminal matter, subsequently granted Mr Okeke permission to see a dentist during…

Obinwanne Okeke, a Nigerian 'businessman' who was recently arrested for alleged $11 million fraud.

Court-appointed attorney to defend Obinwanne Okeke in $11 million fraud trial

Rahul Sharma, an American criminal defence lawyer has been appointed as the lead counsel to Obinwanne Okeke, a Nigerian 'businessman' who was recently arrested for alleged $11 million fraud. Mr Sharma, an attorney with the United States Federal Public Defender in Eastern District of Virginia, was asked to represent Mr…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official webpage of the Nigerian Army]

EXCLUSIVE: Buratai goes tough on top officers over sack of key brigade

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has taken punitive measures against senior military officers under whose watch a key brigade fell to Boko Haram terrorists last week, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Two major-generals and a colonel who were overseeing the Nigerian Army 5 Brigade have now been sent to the…

NIGERIAN ARMY: Soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on Magumeri, Borno

Nigerian Army redeploys generals, appoints new commander for Boko Haram war

The Nigerian Army has announced yet another set of postings which centred largely around the Boko Haram war in the North-east. The reshuffle, which took effect from August 14, comes amidst pressure on the military to end the 10-year insurgency that has cost the nation much hardship in human and…

Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s letter suspending Obono-Obla from office

Okoi Obono-Obla, the chairman of presidential panel on recovery of public assets, has finally been served a letter of his immediate suspension from office. The letter, obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, corroborated this newspaper's previous reports of Mr Obono-Obla's removal from office for a series of allegations, including falsification of WAEC…

Nigerians protest detention of Sowore, other activists by Buhari govt

Nigerians again took to the streets of Abuja on Wednesday to demand immediate release of journalists and activists imprisoned by the Nigerian government. The protesters, led by Deji Adeyanju, said authorities should immediately release Omoyele Sowore, Stephen Kefas, Jones Abiri and other Nigerians held for exercising their rights to free…

I spend N15 million on marijuana monthly — Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson, a former professional boxer, has admitted he smokes a ridiculous amount of weed. Mr Tyson, 53, revealed that he takes marijuana worth roughly $40,000 each month with his partner, Eben Britton. The USA Today reports that Mr Tyson made the disclosure during a recent episode of his podcast…

Okoi Obono-Obla

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari suspends Okoi Obono-Obla, orders him to submit self to ICPC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, from office. Mr Obono-Obla's suspension letter, signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, directed the embattled official to step down and…

Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on

EXCLUSIVE: Why Buhari moved against Okoi Obono-Obla

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally moved against Okoi Obono-Obla, more than a year after the head of asset recovery panel was first slammed with claims of certificate forgery, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Multiple sources familiar with the development told PREMIUM TIMES the head of presidential asset recovery panel has been…