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INVESTIGATION: Ministers violate monetization policy, illegally spend billions on exotic cars

In the first of a two-part series, investigation shows how government officials secretly make purchases never approved in the budget, frittering away billions in revenue in what seems a ploy to evade public fury over illegal purchases.

Igbo, Yoruba at war over Chinua Achebe’s criticism of Awolowo in new book

A massive row has erupted between the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups in Nigeria over foremost writer, Chinua Achebe’s portrayal of former premier of the defunct Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, in his new book, There was a Country. Mr.  Achebe lambasted Mr. Awolowo’s civil war policies in the book, and that has fired up a […]

Yobe’s ecological sanctuary dies as climate change chases birds away

The reasons migrant birds and the tourists they attract stay away from Yobe’s wetlands are climatic change and terrorism.

Presidency blames Jonathan’s independence anniversary lie on newspaper article

In an attempt to salvage President Goodluck Jonathan’s integrity after a PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that the president lied on a claim he made in his independence anniversary broadcast to the nation, the Federal Government on Tuesday said the president‘s claim was based on “notorious facts” provided in a newspaper article. In his Independence Day […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Jonathan lied in Independence anniversary broadcast

President Jonathan lied that Transparency International endorsed and commended his administration’s war against corruption

The sad tale of ‘prisoners’ who walked free

Living free in Nigeria is brutal for many. Living in its prisons can be much more. Former inmates recall their journeys to Kirikiri prisons, their experiences and plans for the future.

How Nigerian fraudsters scammed Kuwaitis of US$1million using Abacha’s name

The Kuwaitis were ured into a shady deal with fraudsters from Nigeria who used Sani Abacha as bait.

Six years after, 197 drug convicts still prowl the streets free: only in Nigeria!

197 drug convicts let off, indicted officials gloat, and a state report gathers dust.

Bakassi penninsula

Senator faults ICJ judgment on Bakassi

The lawmakers want Nigeria to appeal the ICJ ruling ceding Bakassi to Cameroon.

10 things “collective children of anger” should know about Reuben Abati

A PhD graduate who specialised in Dramatic Literature, Theory and Criticism, Reuben Abati started as a romance fiction writer.

Nigeria’s human rights commission idle away as abuses pile

The Commission receives complaints of human rights abuses and ignores these complaints.

Deadly Lagos-Ibadan expressway being handled by Bicourtney

EXCLUSIVE: Bi-Courtney faces N30billion fine for abandoning Lagos-Ibadan road, but FG looks away

For failing to fix the perilous Lagos-Ibadan expressway three years after securing a lavish concession of the road, Bi-Courtney, the Nigerian consortium now entangled in a festering controversy with federal and state road authorities, should pay fines in excess of at least N30 billion. For each day the road is left unconstructed, the construction company […]

Andrew Azazi's Aso drive Mansions

INVESTIGATION: Azazi, former NSA, acquires multi-billion naira homes in Abuja

Based on his annual salary as National Security Adviser, Mr Azazi would have to serve for 274 years to earn N1.5 billion, the value of one his new Abuja homes.

more and more Ghanians are taking their own lifes

INVESTIGATION: Why more and more Ghanaians are committing suicide

Our findings indicate the suicide rate in Ghana is frightening

The primary school in Bobi grazing reserve

The Massive MDG Fraud (3): How officials steal billions meant to educate Fulani herdsmen

In this final part of our report on the mismanagement of MDG funds, we expose how official corruption denies young Nigerians education.

Mamman Ali and Mahmud Tukur

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s biggest oil fraudsters; the worst subsidy scam ever

Nigeria has never seen anything like it. This story explains how unscrupulous marketers fleeced the nation of N382 billion without supplying a drop of petrol.

INVESTIGATION: The deadly farms at Kirikiri

They live near tank farms storing highly inflammable fuels in Lagos, they run for their lives regularly.

[INVESTIGATION] The Massive MDG Fraud (2): How Nigeria’s water ministry steals billions, then leave the taps dry

This second part of our MDG series, uncovers how the Ministry of Water resources and its agencies are mismanaging funds meant to provide water for millions of Nigerians

[INVESTIGATION] The Massive MDG Fraud: How the health ministry steals from the sick and dying

In this first part of our series on the utilisation of the yearly $1billion for Millennium Development Goals' projects, we investigate the monumental corruption in the health ministry. We found that rather than help, the ministry is actually killing the country's hope of achieving the MDGs

How Ibori’s loot deprived Deltans of homes

The former governor's loot is a little less than Gombe State budget for this year

Untold stories of Ibori’s undying love for corruption

As the former governor heads for jail today, we x-ray his philosophy "Everyone has a Price" and bring you stories of his long-tem romance with corruption

PDP blasts IBB, accuses him of anti-party conducts

"The known tradition the world over is for former presidents to tow the path of maturity and decorum in criticisms of perceived lapses of the incumbents."

The Nigerian muslim and democracy By Aminu Tambuwal

As good Muslims and responsible citizens,we must strive to conduct ourselves peacefully and respect the views of others because this country belongs to all of us equally

Nigeria, five others ratify D-8 preferential trade agreement

Agreement is expected to facilitate more private sector involvement in agriculture, food security, and other sectors

Central Bank disbursed N10.19billion loans to farmers in 2011

Analysis of the disbursement shows that beneficiaries involved in food crops and livestock farming took the largest chunk of the amounts guaranteed by the apex bank as agricultural loans