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EXCLUSIVE: Real Reasons President Jonathan Fired NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu

But even before the last clash that culminated in the sack of Mr. Yakubu, the minister and the ex-NNPC boss had for long related with each other with suspicion.

APC in disarray as key leaders leave in droves

Analysts believe with its inability to resolve the widespread crises within its fold, the APC might blow its bright chances of dislodging the ruling PDP from power in next year’s elections.

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Senate’s resolution on Imo based on rumour; no evidence state planned IDs for Northerners

Extensive checks by this newspaper show that the Imo State government had no role in the ID claim.

SCANDALOUS: Outrage in Nigeria as government brands National ID Card with MasterCard’s logo

Nigerians express outrage over security and economic consequences of the deal

Ebola: Jonathan fails to stop rallies for own reelection despite advising against large gatherings

President Jonathan wouldn’t halt the rallies despite personally warning against such large gatherings as part of measures for checking the spread of Ebola

EDITORIAL: DSS, Sack Marilyn Ogar Now

The DSS must reassure Nigerians that as a major government agency mandated to provide security to all Nigerians, it is not the hunting dog of the ruling party.

While Gov. Lamido Pockets N1.3 billion Kickback, Jigawa’s Anti-Poverty Projects Are Poorly Funded

In an exclusive report Tuesday, PREMIUM TIMES published details of how Mr. Lamido and his sons, Aminu and Mustapha, used their positions to siphon Jigawa State funds

EXCLUSIVE: How Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, Received N1.3 billion Kickback from Construction Firm

The governor has now been caught collecting kickbacks from firms that offered service to his state.

EXCLUSIVE: How Liberian Govt Cleared Patrick Sawyer to Travel to Nigeria while under observation for Ebola

The Nigerian health minister says Patrick Sawyer’s action has placed unnecessary stress on Nigeria’s health system.

How BPE breached privatisation rules in sale of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company

BPE seems to be favouring Northwest Power Limited, the Preferred Bidder for the Kaduna DISCO.

With no established rules to follow, Jonathan turns to politics in search for new Head of Service

In the search for a new Head of Service, Jonathan sticks to a formula that critics say, for years, has bred corruption and entrenched inefficiency in the civil service.

EXCLUSIVE: How Alison-Madueke’s management style is killing Nigeria’s oil industry

Nigeria’s oil industry operators blame the sector’s woes on the lethargic management style of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke.



EXCLUSIVE: INEC Sacks 30 Staff Over Election-Related Offences

The election management body is currently prosecuting nine others in court

How NNPC is colluding with Swiss traders to steal Nigeria’s crude oil

A damning report lifts the veil on how state oil company, NNPC, is joining forces with foreigners to steal crude oil, robbing Nigeria of billions of dollars.

INVESTIGATION: President Jonathan’s Niger Delta region ‘epicentre of electoral fraud’ in Nigeria

Is Nigeria’s Niger Delta region the “epicentre” of vote-rigging in Nigeria? Voter turnout figures suggest that it is particularly exposed to electoral fraud.

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army court-martials 18 soldiers over alleged plot to kill General

The soldiers face a six-count charge to commit murder and mutiny.

INVESTIGATION: Photo alleging Boko Haram’s massacre of 375 Christians is fake

A graphic image circulating on Facebook and Twitter is said to show the badly charred bodies of 375 Christians murdered by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. But the claim is false. —————————————– By Kate Wilkinson and Julian Rademeyer The image is horrific. Dozens of charred corpses lie in rows in the sun. In the background […]

INVESTIGATION: Massacre in Gboko: Soldiers at Dangote’s factory kill 7; company, govt. abandon victims’ families

A tale of blood and murder in a Benue community. There is no justice from  government or compensation from Africa’s richest man whose business is linked to the crime. ==================== For 19-year-old Terhile Jirbo, it was another answer to the call of nature. But when gunfire rang out that afternoon of March 18, what seemed […]

High-level corruption rocks $470million CCTV project that could secure Abuja

Since the installation of the CCTV cameras, criminal have launched violent attacks on Abuja without being detected. The failure of the National Public Security Communication System, NPSCS; otherwise known as the CCTV project, has heightened the level of insecurity in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES checks have revealed. The project which was initiated by […]

EXCLUSIVE: The massive cash withdrawals that put Adamawa officials in trouble

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a record of alleged massive withdrawals by officials of the Adamawa State Government on which basis the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it froze some key accounts belonging to the state. Documents detailing the withdrawals are posted below. Sources in the EFCC had told this newspaper on Friday that it […]

Ekiti Election: How APC, PDP, LP fare in different local governments

It is now three days to the governorship elections in Ekiti State.

EXCLUSIVE: VP Sambo endangers Nigeria; bent on selling key security network to PDP financier, Emeka Offor

The attempt to hand over a critical government communication frequency to Emeka Offor, has spanned three governments. Nigeria’s Vice President Namadi Sambo is leading a surprising push for the sale of a key police security communication frequency to controversial businessman, Emeka Offor, brushing aside warnings by a top government panel about the implications for national […]

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EXCLUSIVE: How Arik Air “steals” from us — passengers

“The whole experience has left me feeling violated. I do not intend to fly Arik Air anywhere outside Nigeria.” When Elizabeth Nwafor booked an Arik Air ticket from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa, the last thing on her mind was being robbed en route her destination. Ms. Nwafor went on a short vacation to Johannesburg […]

Ekiti 2014: Violence is overriding theme of gubernatorial election

“The decibel of accusations and counter-accusations of violence, threats, and intimidations has become almost deafening since official campaigning commenced”.

A Shell gas flare site at Rumuekpe

INVESTIGATION (Part 2): How decades of gas flaring is harming Nigerians

This is the second and concluding part of the investigation. Read the first part here