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SPECIAL REPORT: How introduction of N50 charge on POS transaction threatens Financial Inclusion

“We usually charge N100 – N150 on N5000 before, but we have added N50 to it, so we collect N200. Do not forget that POS charge too is there. It is becoming challenging.”

SPECIAL REPORT: How indiscriminate location of oil facilities, regulatory failure endanger Nigerian lives

“Apart from security, there is a need for the government to locate dangerous facilities like this away from where people reside.”

Photo of the 1.2 tonnes of Seized Cocaine (credit: Business Insider)

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug Frontier: How cocaine trafficking is impacting West Africa

the report follows the trail and impacts of trafficking Latin American cocaine from West Africa into Europe.

Abdulkareem Haruna

Kidnapped and released, Nigerian journalist narrates shocking experience

The story provides rare details of the deadly abduction-for-ransom that has put many Nigerian lives in danger, with the authorities barely able to confront the threat.

Rusi Leso helping her mother process the gari

SPECIAL REPORT: Ogoni fishermen, farmers lament continued effects of environmental pollution

Farmers and fishermen lament the toll oil spills have taken on their livelihood.

Installed transformer at Mbukpa Community, Calabar South

SPECIAL REPORT: Darkness engulfs Cross River communities with abandoned NDDC power projects

“We have lived here for more than 36 years without electricity,” the traditional ruler of Ekpriko says and nods his head in regret.

UK govt’s probe uncovers massive fraud in Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy

The UK Charity Commission indicts the church for making illegal payments worth over N827 million (£1.76 million) to companies and entities owned by some of its trustees and overseas corporates it has close relations with.

Ahmadiyya, Lagos

SPECIAL REPORT: Children suffer as Lagos fails to meet education needs of increasing population

The Lagos government says only private intervention can help solve its basic education challenges for its increasing population.

NDDC supplied 500 Kva33Kv transformer covered by weed at Inyang Itor community in Ibeno

INVESTIGATION: How abandonment of multi-million electricity projects by NDDC keeps Akwa Ibom communities in darkness

Residents say the completion of the projects would benefit them and ensure more regular supply of electricity.

Joseph Musa in his house in Freetown

Freeing Freetown: A tale of atrocities committed by Nigeria’s ECOMOG soldiers in Sierra Leone (Part 2)

ECOMOG soldiers remain the only armed group that did not face prosecution in the Special Court, till date.

The administrative building of the school

INVESTIGATION: How lecturers fleece Offa Poly students through sale of sub-standard, unregistered books (2)

This is the second part of a two-part series exposing the multiple channels through which officials and lecturers of Federal Polytechnic Offa extort students.

President Muhammadu Buhari may sign the 2020 budget today or later this week

EXCLUSIVE: Beware Buhari. 2020 Budget passed by N’Assembly contains ₦264billion fraudulent projects

Analysis of the newly passed 2020 appropriation shows that capacity building and empowerment projects will take the largest chunk of the ₦264 billion increase the budget got.

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

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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.