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President Goodluck Jonathan

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 […]

NYSC members

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 […]

EXCLUSIVE: Why dying Yar’Adua was sneaked into Nigeria without Jonathan’s knowledge – Tanko Yakasai

Tanko Yakasai was the adviser to President Shehu Shagari (1979-1983) on National Assembly matters. A prominent politician and elder statesman from Kano, Mr. Yakasai has been in politics since 1946 when he was just 20 years old. Since venturing into politics over 60 years ago, Mr. Yakasai has never been quiet and has never failed […]

How crude oil is stolen, refined, sold in Niger Delta

Communities or criminals, a new report, goes deep to unearth the working of oil theft and illegal oil refining in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta. The business of oil theft and illegal oil refining in the Niger Delta region has become so brazen and networked, involving communities, government officials, oil workers, and security agencies that […]

Bunkering crude oil theft

New report shows JTF neck-deep in Niger Delta oil theft

In addition to providing security cover for oil theft, JTF officials own shares in oil theft consortiums, the report says. A new report detailing the complexities of ongoing massive oil theft in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta says there is extensive evidence that some corrupt members of the Joint Task Force, JTF, actively participate and […]

EXCLUSIVE: Amuneke slaps, manhandles American football agent over Iheanacho’s transfer

Amuneke confirms he slapped Galliano and would it again


Anambra Governorship Election: Live Updates

Voters in Anambra State will, today, decide their next governor, out of the 23 candidates contesting for the seat. The election is tightly contested. A PREMIUM TIMES crew is in the state to give you live, minute-by-minute updates of the election as it unfolds in the 21 local government areas of the state. Refresh your […]

Sule Lamido

Inside details of how Governor Lamido, sons allegedly looted Jigawa of over N10billion

Shocking details emerged Friday of how Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, allegedly connived with two of his sons, Aminu and Mustapha Lamido, to allegedly defraud the state government of over N10billion. Aminu and Mustapha, who were arrested on Thursday in Kano by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were flown to Abuja on […]

How NNPC, oil marketers connive with Swiss oil dealers to rob Nigeria of billions of dollars – Report

The report mentioned some Nigerian companies as beneficiaries of the shady deals.

EXPLOSIVE: What Obasanjo Told Me About Third Term — Atiku

Atiku Abubakar can conveniently be regarded as the proverbial cat with nine lives because the story of his life offers a lot of lessons; starting from a humble background to becoming the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Atiku was the only child of his parents; he neither had a brother nor sister. […]

Stella Oduah

FAAN lied; armoured cars bought for Oduah not in First Bank’s custody

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, was economical with the truth when it told the National Assembly that the four armoured vehicles it purchased for its Managing Director and the Aviation Minister were in the custody of First Bank, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Top officials of the bank told PREMIUM TIMES, on Friday, that […]

Land is the biggest obstacle to women power in agriculture, says female food hero

By Peter Jopke For Susan Godwin, this nation’s role model female farmer, honour came with a sense of irony. At the time Oxfam, the global development civic group, and a network of other NGOs were recognizing her with the award of Nigeria’s Female Food Hero, in far away Washington DC, her landlord broke the tenancy […]

Stella Oduah

Stella Oduah armoured car scandal House Committee hearing (2) – Live Update

The House of Representatives committee on Aviation, will today conclude hearing on the purchase of two armoured cars for the aviation minister, Stella Oduah, for N255 million. The hearing was adjourned from yesterday, Wednesday, to allow the aviation minister attend. The minister was expected at the Wednesday hearing but was absent because she was away […]

Stella Oduah

Stella Oduah armoured car scandal House Committee hearing – Live Updates

The House of Representatives committee on Aviation, this afternoon began hearing on the purchase of two armoured cars for the aviation minister, Stella Oduah, at the cost of N255 million. The hearing was earlier scheduled to hold on Tuesday but was postponed to allow the minister, who was away in Israel for a bilateral air […]

USOSA National Summit on Education – Liveblog

Old students of Nigeria’s Federal Government Colleges, under the aegis o- Unity Schools Old Students’ Association, USOSA, holds an education summit in Abuja, today, to discuss Education, Good Governance and National Unity. The one day dialogue will appraise government education policies and is expected to come up with a strategies for a major policy change […]

Sunset at the National assembly

Nigeria House of Reps unable to account for N750 million constitution review funds

A Freedom of Information response issued by Nigeria’s House of Representatives on how it spent N1 billion taxpayers’ funds it received for the conduct of the constitution review is fuelling another round of suspicions of fraud. The House reacted to an FOI request by a Nigerian youth group demanding a detailed financial statement of the constitution review process. The […]

INVESTIGATION: Fertiliser fraud thrives despite government’s claim sector is sanitized

The federal government’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme, which seeks to bypass fraudulent middlemen in distributing subsidised fertiliser to farmers, has largely eliminated the brazen fraud of the past but created new forms of corruption and is far from being efficient. By Dayo Aiyetan & Habeeb Pindiga Abubakar Jibrin is a young farmer in Kumo […]

INVESTIGATION: How Nigerian health officials connive with hawkers to steal, counterfeit mosquito nets

Even as malaria remains prevalent in Nigeria, the counterfeiting of anti-mosquito nets remain on the increase, exposing more citizens to the deadly effects of malaria.

What to Do When Stopped By The Nigeria Police

It could happen to you. Where are you coming from? Where are you going to? Where do you live? Where do you work? Do you have an identity card? These are very simple questions, which can be easily answered by almost everyone. But when a police officer is involved, it can cause a lot of […]

Untold story of how Boko Haram overrun Nigerian soldiers, massacre hundreds in Borno

Dressed in full military fatigue and armed with anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and a fleet of armoured tanks that they stole from Nigerian soldiers, the Boko Haram insurgents now stage bolder attacks and even overrun federal  troops in northeast Nigeria. There are fears that the continued attacks on the military and the looting […]


INVESTIGATION: Gravely ill patients die queuing to see Nigeria’s few specialist doctors

Nigeria has some of the world’s worst health statistics but few specialist hands to help treat her millions of poor, sick people. In March 2013, when the pains in Ogaga Akpojaro’s breast, ankles and wrist became unbearable, she rushed to a private hospital in Ozoro, Isoko North local government area of Delta state where she […]