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INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s Ruthless Human Trafficking Mafia

Six out of 10 people who are trafficked to the West are Nigerians. PREMIUM TIMES investigative reporter, Tobore Ovuorie, was motivated by years of research into the plight of trafficked women in the country, as well as the loss of a friend, to go undercover in a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise. She emerged, bruised and […]

Nigeria Customs Service indicts Okonjo-Iweala, says import waivers massively abused under her

The Customs says under the waiver regime supervised by  Okonjo-Iweala, more than 65 percent of  incentives on export were for  questionable goods  Advertisement

Ex-Army Chief Ihejirika tackles ‘ungrateful’ northern elders over calls for his prosecution

The northern elders should be thanking the service chiefs, my officers and myself for making huge sacrifices, Mr. Ihejirika said. Advertisement

Accused of ritual killing, Pastor Fireman returns to a hero’s welcome

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Sanusi Lamido Explodes: How vested interests are killing Nigeria

Some readers might not have had enough bandwidth to watch the famous Sanusi Lamido Sanusi remarks made last August at the TEDxYouth platform in Maitama, Abuja. It was however not available for public access until last week, but now we offer it to readers in transcribed text.  If you prefer to listen, click the play button […]

INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s scandalous 2014 Budget

As the National Assembly resumes for 2014, one of the key functions they are expected to dwell on is the consideration and passage of the budget proposal as prepared by the Executive. As citizens, we owe our country a duty to interrogate the contents of the proposed budget and offer our views. This, it is […]

Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah in fresh fake doctorate degree scandal

Twenty-four hours after her claim to have acquired a Masters degree from the  St. Paul’s College in the United States was punctured, PREMIUM TIMES has uncovered another false claim by our embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah. This time, the minister lied on oath to the Nigerian Senate, claiming another American ‘university’, Pacific Christian University […]

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Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah scrambles to cover up certificate forgery scandal

Embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, and her associates have spent the last several hours scrambling to clean up the minister’s biographies on the Internet, following allegations that she lied about her academic qualifications, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. News website, SaharaReporters, had Monday quoted authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Mrs. Oduah claimed she […]

INVESTIGATION: Jonathan seeks N1.8billion to fund ghost project

President Jonathan budgets billions for Bayelsa project long completed, and fully paid for in 2006. President Goodluck Jonathan is asking the National Assembly to appropriate about N1.8 billion this year to help connect his home state of Bayelsa, to the national electricity grid, but this request suggests that federal officials only want to pocket the […]

Landgrabbing for Nigeria’s Rice Revolution, Peter Jopke

The North-Eastern Nigerian State of Taraba is on the verge of handing over 30,000 hectares of land to Dominion Farms. The Memorandum of Understanding of the public-private partnership was signed in February 2012. The mega-project is expected to reduce Nigerian rice imports by 15%. But what is been described as the prelude to Nigeria’s rice […]

Obasanjo/Jonathan rift, governors’ defection, National Conference, others to shape Nigeria’s politics in 2014

PREMIUM TIMES reviews issues that might shape the nation’s political scene in 2014 in preparation for 2015. Advertisement

Jonathan reduces Aso Rock’s billion naira feeding bill by N494 million

With the economy in a bind and a growing public anger over his administration’s management of the economy, President Goodluck Jonathan has taken a rare decision to spend less on food and consumables at the presidential villa in 2014. As the budget comes under an increasingly  intense media scrutiny, President Jonathan has given up nearly […]

INVESTIGATION: Lagos hospital where corpses are left to rot

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Jonathan replies Obasanjo; says ex-President’s letter threat to national security

December 20, 2013 His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road, Ibara, Abeokuta. RE: BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE I wish to formally acknowledge your letter dated December 2, 2013 and other previous correspondence similar to it. You will recall that all the letters were brought to me by hand. Although both […]

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-CJN writes Jonathan, accuses president of unjustly treating Justice Salami

A letter from a former Chief Justice shows how President Jonathan turned down advice from the National Judicial Council on the Salami case ——————————————— President Goodluck Jonathan brushed aside recommendations from the National Judicial Council and the Chief Justice of Nigeria to sack former Appeal Court president, Ayo Salami, ignoring firm arguments by the two […]

Your government stinks with corruption, Obasanjo tells Jonathan; demands probe of missing N8 trillion oil money

Obasanjo reminds President Jonathan that the persons linked with the corruption allegation and those they are working for would one day become public knowledge. The national outrage trailing the allegation by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, about the non-remittance of over N8 trillion oil revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum […]

Obasanjo accuses Jonathan of training, arming killer squad for 2015 elections

Mr. Obasanjo also alleges the president has put 1000 politicians on his watch list. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan is currently keeping over 1000 people on his political watch list while also secretly training snipers and other armed personnel as well as acquiring weapons for political purposes. He stated in […]

Download: Obasanjo’s historic letter to President Jonathan

On 2nd December, this year, an apparently angry and frustrated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan, a letter that clearly competes as one of the most acerbic in modern history, accusing him of ineptitude and of taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria. “Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped,” Mr. Obasanjo […]

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Download: Sanusi’s Letter to President Jonathan on Nigeria’s ‘stolen’ N8 trillion

On September 25, 2013, Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, wrote a frantic and unusual memo to President Goodluck Jonathan. In the memo, Mr. Sanusi detailed how government-owned oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, systematically diverted the huge sum, being crude oil sales proceeds between January 2012 and July 2013. The CBN […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan, Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala culpable in diversion of N8 trillion oil funds

President Goodluck Jonathan and two of his top ministers may be attempting a cover-up on what clearly competes as Nigeria’s biggest fraud ever, involving the illegal diversion, or theft, of over N8 trillion crude oil sales proceeds. In a frantic and unusual memo to the president on September 25, 2013, Central Bank governor, Sanusi Lamido […]

INVESTIGATION: How Lagos govt. is imprisoning underaged children

Activists insist the Lagos state government is incarcerating underaged children over minor offences; the state says it’s untrue. On a hot, windy Thursday afternoon in May, three gaunt looking men in oversized clothes stood in a dock, a few metres away from a magistrate inside a tiny court room that serves as the Special Court […]

One woman’s mission to save Nigeria’s palms

One of Nigeria’s former first ladies, Ajoke Muhammed, now devotes her time to saving indigenous plants, including the West African nation’s many species of palm tree. She has the largest private collection of plants in Nigeria, with more than 2,000 trees and shrubs, and 400 types of palm growing in her garden, built up over […]

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INVESTIGATION: How NYSC extorts billions of Naira from corps members

When some corps members  serving in Nasarawa state turned up for a meeting at the Lafia local government secretariat on Wednesday, June 19, most of them were prepared for a showdown with authorities of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC. Shortly after they gathered outside the NYSC zonal office, they had received an annoying notice of […]

EXCLUSIVE: Elbit Systems officials arrive; begin installation of $40 million Internet Spy facility for Nigeria

While the House of Reps investigative panel dilly dallies on its planned investigations, the Internet Spy device will be installed and “Big Brother” will come alive, somewhere in Abuja, soon. As the world battles the American government over its invasive Prism project that has snooped on Americans and other world leaders, workers of Israeli defence […]

Vanishing coastlines of Lagos

The disappearing beaches of Kuramo, Alpha, and other smaller ones, indicates a longstanding problem of coastline neglect in Nigeria. Shipwrecks, sand mining activities, are some. However, this report takes a look at the implication on Lagos and the country at large. Everything looked normal at Gbara-Maiyegun, popularly known as Lekki Beach- a famous destination for […]