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Joseph Musa in his house in Freetown

Freeing Freetown: A Tale of ECOMOG Soldiers’ Sojourn in Sierra Leone (Part 1)

Nigeria soldiers led ECOMOG into Liberia and Sierra Leone to restore order. But they also left sad tales behind.

Administrative building of the Federal Polytechnic Offa.

INVESTIGATION: Offa Poly students groan as school officials, associations impose illegal fees (1)

For students of this institution and their parents, it has been unending lamentations emanating from constant, mostly illegal requests for payments.

Tijani and Yusufa in their hovel on the cattle farm. Like other children, they spend nights there with cows

INVESTIGATION: How child labour boosts milk production at FrieslandCampina in Nigeria

A PREMIUM TIMES’ investigation shows that farmers who supply raw milk to FrieslandCampina, producers of Peak Milk and Three Crown, routinely use children for the most vital processes.

Jacking of cassava water during garri process @ Olorunda

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Oyo’s garri-producing community that lacks basic amenities

Residents of Olorunda in Oyo State have never had electricity. There is also no school, hospital, potable water and others in the community.

Contaminated Farmland at K-Dere, Ogoni land

INVESTIGATION: Nigerian government awarded N690m Ogoni cleanup contracts to unqualified firms

The Ministry of Environment awarded consultancy contracts worth N690 million to two unqualified companies

Ajido -WapgCo

SPECIAL REPORT: Lagos communities battle gas flaring impact amidst uncertainty over 2020 deadline

“They should do something; our fishes are disappearing,”a resident of the Lagos community said.

INVESTIGATION: After acquiring $1.3bn DisCos, investors leave meter, transformer burdens to consumers

Electricity companies have largely failed in their performance targets, for example, targeting 1.064 million meters by 2019 but installing less than 50,000 by November.

Medical Doctors attending to patients used to illustrate the story health

20 “hidden” destinations of purported health spendings in 2020 proposed budget

A minimum of 20 health-related projects got generous appropriation but only for construction purposes and without regard for how such health facilities will be subsequently manned and staffed.

A switchboard of prepaid meters in an official building in Abuja.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerians suffer from poor electricity regulation

While the electricity regulator, NERC, says it is doing its best, consumers lament how its ineffectiveness is affecting them.

University of Ibadan (UI)

Shocking ways Nigerian universities reward best graduating students

Unlike in other parts of the world, Nigerian universities offer tokens or nothing as rewards to their best graduating students.

Former Governor Amosun claims there are armouries in most Governor Lodges in Nigeria

EXCLUSIVE: Govt. confirms Amosun illegally imported 1,000 AK-47 guns, two million bullets

Key federal agency PREMIUM TIMES independent findings that Mr Amosun got no approval to bring weapons into Nigeria.

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: How Abba Kyari manipulated Buhari to sack Osinbajo from Ruga projects

An internal memo offers a rare insight into the level of insubordination Vice-President Osinbajo has been subjected to by the president’s top aides, especially Abba Kyari.

Fresh footprints showed the Abacha family owning properties in Dubai (Photo by Walid Ahmad from Pexels)

INVESTIGATION: Dubai real estate links point fresh footprints to hidden Abacha loot

The Abachas are also actively linked to the Malabu Oil scandal, which has been the subject of attention of law enforcement and the justice departments of many countries.

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show ex-Gov. Amosun illegally imported arms, ammunition

Mr Amosun tried to deceive Nigerians over the matter but official documents have now exposed his lies.

SPECIAL REPORT: After over a billion spent, Ajaokuta-Okene Highway, other roads abandoned

The works ministry says the Ajaokuta-Okene contractor, like other federal road contractors, got 82 per cent of its advance fee but delivered only about 11.3 per cent of work.

Supreme Court of Nigeria (judge)

EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian judge ‘prostrated’ before lawyer after ‘dirty deals’ involving bank

The judge is accused of colluding with some litigants to cart away and share cash taken away from a bank.

UEEEs of various types for sale in an alfresco market in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: Hamed Adedeji

Stash or Trash: Despite control measures, Nigeria still top e-waste destination

Electronic waste has not ceased from entering Nigeria and other African countries, raising the question of whether the continent has a taste for the world’s e-garbage.

The scars of prison torture... after three weeks.

INVESTIGATION (3): A Reporter’s Diary – Living With A ‘Mad’ Cell Mate, Set Up By Prison Warders, Abducted By the Police

FISAYO SOYOMBO documents how prison, police and court officials conspired to abduct him after his cover was blown.

Ikoyi Prison Warders

INVESTIGATION(2): Drug Abuse, Sodomy, Bribery, Pimping… The Cash-And-Carry Operations Of Ikoyi Prison

Reporter Fisayo Soyombo exposes how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates.

New bridge constructed by Union members

INVESTIGATION: Inside story of unexecuted, abandoned N224 million constituency projects in Plateau

In this second part of an investigative report from Plateau undertaken by UDEME & Premium Times, the reporter brings to limelight the hardship faced by community dwellers in the Home of Peace and Tourism.

Benin substation fire June 30, 2019

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite huge investment in power, Nigeria suffered 206 grid collapses in 9 years

This is an indepth look at the frequent collapse of power grid in Nigeria and why the situation may not change soon.

Sun drying at Engine Hajia

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

Low level of mechanisation makes rice milling in Nigeria tedious and wasteful, keeping local production at below half of potential.

One of the faculty buildings at Federal University, Wukari

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight years after, new federal university in Taraba faces infrastructural shortage

A blend of factors including insufficient funding, delays by contractors and communal crises have helped slowed projects approved for the school.

INVESTIGATION (1): Bribery, Bail For Sale… Lagos Police Station Where Innocent Civilians Are Jailed And Criminals Are Recycled

In the first of this three-part series, reporter Fisayo Soyombo uncovers how the Police pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money.

MAN official during an interview with The ICIR in Abuja Photo Credit Olugbenga Adanikin

INVESTIGATION: Jonathan, Buhari spent N1.164 trillion on power in 8 years, yet Nigeria remains in darkness

The two past administrations invested another N1.164 trillion into the power sector through capital releases, yet homes and factories in Nigeria are yet to be provided constant electricity supply.