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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. Advertisement

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. Advertisement

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. Advertisement

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 […]

Arik Air

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”. Advertisement

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 Advertisement

INVESTIGATION: More pregnant women die as Lagos struggles with poor healthcare

Poor funding, unskilled workforce and more are helping to raise maternal mortality in Lagos state, as in wider Nigeria ————————————- Femi Stephens wept intensely, his hands clasped over his head as he watched his dying wife on a blood-stained stretcher shortly after being delivered of a baby. Clutching the metal props, the new mother lay […]

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

How Saraki, Tinubu, Odili, others rob their states blind through obnoxious pension laws

A massive public outcry forced Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, to backtrack on a scandalous multibillion pension plan for himself and other former governors of the state this week. But a review of similar pension laws in at least half a dozen states shows how Nigerians have spent a fortune maintaining their profligate former governors, […]

FACTSHEET: How many schoolgirls did Boko Haram abduct and how many are still missing?

Researched by Aminu Abubakar On April 14 this year, dozens of heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents stormed a government-run boarding secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, abducting scores of schoolgirls from their dormitories. The following day, a spokesman for Borno state government – speaking on the basis of information […]

INVESTIGATION: Nigerian Assembly can summon oil minister without ‘presidential consent’

Nigeria’s minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke claims the National Assembly needs presidential approval before it can summon her to investigate alleged spending on private jets. There is no such provision in the constitution. ——————————————————– In March, Nigeria’s House of Representatives – the lower chamber of the National Assembly – mandated its public accounts committee to investigate […]

Igbinedion broke, his business in ruins after losing N3.3 billion to Venezuelan con men [Part 2]

Although money laundering cases against him show that Lucky Igbinedion may have stolen several millions of dollar from the treasury of Edo State during the eight years he was governors, details from a court case he instituted againstVenezuelan state owned oil company, Petroleos De Venezuela S.A (PDVSA) and alleged conman, Fransisco Gonzalez, suggest that the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Senator’s brother, who failed civil service exam, now top Finance Ministry director

A former senior official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who allegedly failed the compulsory confirmation/promotion examination for federal civil servants, is now a top director in Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Finance. Gabriel Aduda worked as Head, Strategy and Reorientation Unit, of the anti-corruption agency in 2012 on Grade Level 15 when he […]

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Military sights abducted Chibok schoolgirls in 3 Boko Haram camps

Foreign specialists have yet to provide any concrete assistance for the search, and rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls, military sources say. Nigeria’s Special Forces from the Army’s 7th Division have sighted and narrowed the search for the more than 250 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to three camps operated by the extremist Boko Haram sect north of […]

PREMIUM TIMES unveils 17-member Editorial Board 

Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, PREMIUM TIMES, today announced a 17-member editorial board comprising leading academics, lawyers, journalists and policy makers. “This represents an added step in our desire to provide quality content to millions of our readers through incisive and impactful analyses as well as helping them make the most profound and informed choices […]