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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 […]

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”.

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

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 […]

INVESTIGATION: How Governor Akpabio wasted Akwa Ibom’s N2.3 billion on aircraft charter

With N2.3 billion, Mr. Akpabio could have built state-of-the-art health centres worth N50 million each and classroom blocks worth N15 million each in all the 31 local government areas of the state, based on National Public Healthcare Development Agency and MDG’s budget figures. ————————————————— In what appears an act of profligacy, the Akwa Ibom State […]

A Shell gas flare site at Rumuekpe

INVESTIGATION: How decades of gas flaring is harming Nigerians (Part 1)

There has been sufficient evidence and exhaustive researches on the adverse effects of gas flaring on the inhabitants of host communities.

How I watched my daughter burn in Nyanya bomb blast – Victim’s mother

“I saw my daughter just beside the okpa, burning; she was still alive and struggling in the fire”.

Welcome to world famous Chibok, home of over 250 abducted schoolgirls

Chibok has no access road, and residents had long feared militant may attack cars slowed by the dilapidated road Before the heinous attack of Monday the April 14, in which over 250 secondary schools girls were taken captives by Boko Haram militants, only a handful of Nigerians outside of Borno State knew or ever heard […]

Left to Right: Phil Harding, Vice Chair of One World Media; Musikilu Mojeed, Managing Editor, PREMIUM TIMES; and Prue Clarke, Project Manager (Africa), BBC Media Action... at the event ceremony on Tuesday

PREMIUM TIMES shines in London; wins One World Media Award

Nigeria’s leading investigative paper, PREMIUM TIMES, was lavishly celebrated in London on Tuesday night after it was named winner of the Special Category in this year’s One World Media Awards. At an elaborate event at Kings Place, a premium event centre in central London, PREMIUM TIMES was named winner ahead of two other finalists – Uks, […]

Scene of Nyanya (Abuja) bomb blast

How my daughter died from Abuja explosion – Father

“By the time my driver ran to carry her, she was still breathing but the police and army officials wouldn’t allow him to carry her and then she gave up the ghost,” he said.

INVESTIGATION: How former Edo Governor, Igbinedion, lost N3.3 billion to Venezuelan conmen [Part 1]

Mr. Igbinedion, who stole his state blind while he was governor, has now been scammed of billions by Venezuelan fraudsters in a classic 419 deal ———————————————– Nemesis may have finally caught up with ex-convict and former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, as he has lost over N3.3 billion to Venezuelan fraudsters, in a deal […]

APC Governors

APC complicit as Nigerian government plots to remove petrol subsidy

“The position of FAAC on the issue of fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government was unanimous. It was a common resolution by all FAAC members,” — Lagos Finance Commissioner ============================== One month after the All Progressives Congress, APC, cautioned against the removal of petrol subsidy and asked Nigerians to be ready to rise up against the federal […]

EXCLUSIVE: Inside Nigeria Police shocking work conditions where officers are left homeless, paid peanuts

The Nigeria police, especially the rank and file, are the least paid among corresponding security agencies in Nigeria, a failing that fuels corruption. Sylvanus Udo has a telling way of explaining how to keep a wife and four children, pay for the children’s school fees, rent an accommodation and buy food for years with a […]

EXCLUSIVE: Gang-Raped Girl, Gang-Raped Justice: How Nigeria Police Forced Victim To Free ‘Rapists’

Four boys raped her. Yet, there is no justice for her as the police allegedly forced her to free the rapists. The Agbado-Oja community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State is just a sleepwalking distance away from the ever-bustling Ishaga area of Lagos. Despite its proximity to the “Centre of Excellence”, the community […]

LAGBUS BRT Lagos

How officials steal Lagos local government dry

In 2013, nine councillors in the local government petitioned the Lagos State House of Assembly over alleged financial impropriety of Tajudeen Ajide, the council boss. The Executive Council of Surulere Local Government in Lagos State was involved in numerous financial irregularities, including awarding millions of naira worth of non-executed contracts in 2012, official documents seen […]