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Scorecard: Three years after, Jonathan yet to fulfil promises in power, oil and gas sectors

Nigerians now pay more for electricity and fuel despite reforms.

President Goodluck Jonathan

INVESTIGATION: How Nigeria squanders millions on generators its foreign missions don’t need

Defying logic, and  objections from lawmakers, the Nigerian government has channelled nearly a quarter of a billion naira this year to fuelling and maintaining electricity generators in its embassies abroad, when many of the missions have no such need, as their host nations provide stable power supply. These missions include those located in the United […]

EXCLUSIVE: Angry Jonathan mulls cancellation of $40million Internet spy contract awarded to Israeli firm

President Goodluck Jonathan is considering the cancellation of the $40million Internet spy contract awarded to Israeli firm, Elbit Systems, in April, multiple sources within the Nigerian presidency and intelligence community have told PREMIUM TIMES. Embarrassed by the widespread national outrage that arose after this newspaper exclusively exposed the secret contract, the presidency had summoned the […]

Chinua Achebe Burial [Interment] – Live Blog

The burial rites of Nigeria’s literary icon, Chinua Achebe, will begin properly with the arrival of his body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday morning. The rites will climax with his interment on Thursday, in his hometown, Ogidi, Anambra state. PREMIUM TIMES will provide updates on the burial as the events unfold. […]

Phone fraudsters target Nigerians in multi-billion Naira scam

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Yunus Mohammed, was rounding off a video editing project when his phone beeped. He tried to answer the call after finding it was a foreign number – +88233010830. But just before he could press the answer button, the call dropped. He called back immediately. “I thought it was my boss who was away […]

EXCLUSIVE: Two years on, Jonathan, PDP rule Nigeria with three-page “clueless” manifesto

Apparently, the PDP is not interested in solving the key challenges Nigeria and Nigerians are facing. In 2011, before casting his vote in the presidential elections, Bayo Babalola, a Nigerian investment manager, did a critical review of the top three candidates. On the eve of the elections, he published his review entitled “On Your Marks” […]

Exclusive: Yabatech Rector in multi-million Naira fraud

The Rector collects millions for frivolous trips she never makes, records show.

Angry Jonathan summons Israeli firm over Internet spy contract disclosures

The Nigerian government has summoned the management of Elbit Systems, an Israeli security firm contracted to spy on Nigerian Internet users, for a meeting to explain why the contract should not be revoked after it allegedly breached a confidential agreement in the contract. The management of the Israeli company are expected to first appear before […]

A Sunday with controversial preacher, Dr. Fireman

The controversial pastor’s wedding was like any other Sunday service at the church. At exactly 8:29 a.m., I walked into the noisy grounds of the Perfect Christianity Mission, a semi-enclosed space where wooden beams are suspended on metallic poles, in Surulere, Lagos. The Sunday service, which would double as the wedding of the General Overseer, […]

Nigeria: Battling Malaria Without Drugs or Knowledge

The statistics are shocking. Over 300,000 Nigerians die from malaria each year – more than in any other country. An estimated 250,000 are children younger than five. When the disease strikes, most Nigerians visit patent medicine vendors (PMVs) like Bisi (not her real name) for relief. “You will take chloroquine; four today, four tomorrow and […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan awards $40million contract to Israeli company to monitor computer, Internet communication by Nigerians

Here is a very important information from PREMIUM TIMES for the 47 million Nigerian Internet users. Big Brother, in the form of the Jonathan administration, is watching you, and your communication is no longer safe. It is one of the most far-reaching policies ever designed in Nigeria’s history to invade the privacy of citizens. The […]

U.S court orders U.S-based lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye, to refund “stolen” N234Million to Nigeria

Emeka Ugwuonye, a U.S.-based Nigerian lawyer, resident in the state of Maryland, was a big loser today at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia which entered a default judgment against his law firm, ECU Associates, ordering it to refund the controversial $1.55 million belonging to the Nigerian government. The court entered […]

President Jonathan quiet more than 48 hours after 185 civilians massacred in Borno

By Ola’ Audu  More than 48 hours after Nigerian soldiers hunting for Boko Haram insurgents allegedly leveled Baga town in Borno State, killing 185 civilians and wounding several others, President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to comment on the tragedy. The president’s silence is a sharp contrast with the way his United States counterpart, Barack Obama, […]

6,000 innocent children held in Nigerian prisons, report says

Nigeria’s notorious jails and detention centres hold an estimated 6,000 children and minors, many of whom were born there and now serve terms with their parents despite a government’s order to effect their release, the United States country human rights report on Nigeria says. Although Nigerian law forbids the imprisonment of children, by the end […]

Mega Church Pastor, Oyakhilome, incorporates secret company for daughters in Caribbean tax haven

Secret documents link family and associates of one of Africa’s most popular pastors, Nigerian televangelist the Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, to an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands. A business associate of the pastor says some directors in the company held shares on behalf of the pastor’s daughters, Sharon and Charlyn, who are now teenagers. […]

#Offshoreleaks: President Jonathan’s adviser, ex-oil minister linked to secret offshore firms

President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on political matters, Ahmed Gulak, leads a growing list of Nigerian business and political elites who ran or still run secret offshore companies and accounts where they either hide their wealth to evade taxes, launder money or commit fraud, according to a cache of documents reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES and […]

Inside a Lagos community where residents build and live on garbage

An NGO documentary reveals the ‘dirty’ lives of residents of Lagos slum, Dustbin Estate.

The Return of the Lagos-Kano passenger train

Passengers have varying experiences on the Lagos-Kano train. As the train snaked its way into Agege and crawled to a stop in front of the overcrowded Lagos station, Bashir Yusuf disembarked from the Second Class Coach where a dearth of seats had forced him to stand for five hours. Mr. Yusuf boarded the Kano-Lagos train […]

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom Governor, Akpabio, admits rigging senatorial primary election on live TV

The Akwa Ibom Governor made the statements during the ‘Good Governance Tour’ visit.

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-minister, Mike Aondoakaa, sues U.S. government over visa revocation

Disgraced former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, has sued the American government, seeking explanation for the revocation of his U.S. non-immigrant visa. The U.S. government had revoked Mr Aondoakaa’s visa and those of members of his family soon after he left office due to his alleged link to corruption. […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan pardons homosexual rapist, triggering fresh controversy

President Goodluck Jonathan enters the second week of his controversial pardon set to contend with a flurry of new issues and criticism from many who are trying to make sense of his reasoning for letting off former army Major, Bello Magaji, convicted and sentenced to five years jail term for sodomy, another name for homosexuality, […]

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As poverty mounts in Akwa Ibom, Gov. Akpabio acquires million-dollar bullet-proof luxury vans

Five days after he recklessly donated two brand new Toyota SUVs to newly-wed Nigerian musician, Tuface Idibia and his wife,  Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, has taken his profligacy to a new high, acquiring exotic bullet-proof sprinter luxury vans from US-based Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC). Mr. Akpabio took delivery of the armoured Mercedes Benz […]

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Lagos ‘Mega City’ policy renders thousands homeless in Badia

The State Environment and Sanitation Task Force forcefully evicted a whole community triggering a massive internal human displacement crisis. At nightfall in Ijora-Badia, two-month-old Joy Kalu sleeps in the open. When it’s time for the family to retire for the day, her mother, Ada, unfolds a worn out mattress, lays her baby on it, and […]

INVESTIGATION: How FCT robs residents through illegal parking policy

By Kevwe Ebireri The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCT, has for over a year been generating revenue by forcing an illegal and dubious electronic parking policy on residents of Abuja, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting is reporting. The administration registered four companies last year and authorized them to generate revenue through the enforcement of an electronic parking system […]