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EDITORIAL: The Nigerian Economy and the Falling Oil Prices

“The current crisis was one foretold. The bigger worry is how well this government may manage it.”

Presidency caught showcasing Kwankwaso’s projects as Jonathan’s achievement in North-West

“We deserve apology from the Federal Government for taking credit for something they did not achieve.”

EXCLUSIVE: Revealed: The Nigerians aboard jet that smuggled $9.3 million arms money to South Africa

In an investigation that involved visiting South Africa, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained documents showing details of the transaction, including the flight manifest of the airplane.

Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, leading a protest against rape

INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s growing rape epidemic

“The high case of rape in our state is disturbing; it is unfortunate.”

Former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema

Katsina Governor, Shema, caught on video urging supporters to “crush”, “kill” political opponents

According to Governor Shema, opposition politicians in his state should be killed like cockroaches.

EDITORIAL: The Government Should Halt The Gradual Collapse Of Nigeria Now

Today, Nigeria is confronted with the reality that within its borders, Boko Haram has carved out its warped version of an ‘Islamic Caliphate’, controlling almost thirty towns and counting.

EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram sacks entire Nigerian Army battalion, confiscates all arms, ammunition

Soldiers say they were ill-equipped to face Boko Haram, but senior officials said it was a clear case of cowardice.

#Nigeria2015: Goodluck Jonathan presidential declaration – Live Update

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan is declaring his intention to contest the February 2015 presidential elections today.


#Nigeria2015: Analysts say President Jonathan may get overall majority, but run-off likely

This report forecasts the outcome of Nigeria’s 2015 elections in the light of incumbency and opportunity among contenders.

Despite increasing deadly attacks, ex-heads of state, governors commend govt’s war on Boko Haram

“Council was satisfied that the Defence ministry and all the agencies have taken the right steps and the President is on course and we are very hopeful that sooner or later Nigerians will hear good news.”

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s unreported killing fields

“If you see the wounds on my hands, you will no longer eat beef.”

Nigerian soldiers used to illustrate the story.

EXCLUSIVE: Shocking details of how Nigerian soldiers shot, tortured El-Zakzaky’s sons, followers to death — Report

A U.K-based human rights group has published horrifying details of the July attack on protesters in Zaria.

EXCLUSIVE: Audio evidence shows Bayelsa Govt lied over cost of new Governor’s office

A senior government official defended the huge cost on record, and claimed the governor’s office would be West Africa’s first.

EXCLUSIVE: Audit exposes massive corruption in Lagos local councils; indicts officials for squandering millions

The report highlights disturbing practices which auditors said cost the 16 councils an “unquantifiable financial shortfalls”.

President Goodluck Jonathan

Presidency, Petroleum Ministry, other agencies rated poorly in FOI disclosure ranking

The Nigerian presidency says the research that yielded the report was not empirical enough and that ranking should therefore be ignored.

Pro-Jonathan group, TAN, hit by fraud allegations over rented crowd pay

Party members have accused TAN of owning agents it contracted to hire crowd.

EXCLUSIVE: A new twist in Christ Embassy Crisis; Pastor Chris removed as trustee of Church’s U.K. branch

The new development suggests that in addition to the matrimonial squabble the couples are having, an intense power struggle might be going on as well.

INVESTIGATION: The Rejected Ebola Soldier: How Nigeria Blocked A Determined Volunteer

At the peak of the Ebola outbreak, the Federal and Lagos State Governments asked Nigerians to volunteer as they battled to contain the disease. A PREMIUM TIMES man tried to sign up. This story is about what he experienced and how he was bounced.

INVESTIGATION: Ebola: Nigerian govt. advocates hand-washing, but won’t provide soaps, sanitizers in public buildings

Nigerian government officials are shouting themselves hoarse that citizens should wash hands regularly to contain Ebola. But there are no soaps or sanitizers in public buildings.


INVESTIGATION: How officials steal Lagos local government dry [Part 3]

The report says the council manager, council treasurer, and the various vote controllers should be sanctioned accordingly.

INVESTIGATION: Minister Abba Moro in fresh scandal; defrauding Nigerians of billions

Controversial Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has devised a fresh scheme to fleece Nigerians, using the increase in the new fees charged for the Nigerian passport

EDITORIAL: No to Death Penalty for Our Soldiers

PREMIUM TIMES does not condone the actions of these soldiers. But the death sentence on them is flawed and condemnable on many grounds.

EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian govt. bungled Edwin Clark-led fresh negotiation to free Chibok girls

The government, in an exuberant show of enthusiasm, chartered a Boeing 737 jet to convey the girls to Abuja from Yola. What was thought to be a discreet arrangement turned into a loud orchestra

Nigeria 2015 Presidential Election: Atiku Declaration – LIVE #ANigeriaForAll

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is declaring his bid for Nigeria’s most coveted political position- President of the Federal Republic – in Abuja.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Why I exposed T.B. Joshua for bribing Journalists – Nicholas Ibekwe

The journalist comments on the “brown envelope” phenomenon in Nigeria.