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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

How government-backed parking ticket operators extort, harass Abuja motorists

Abuja motorists face daily harassment in the hands of parking ticket operators After his car rolled to a halt along Gimbiya Street in the Garki District of Abuja one afternoon last November, Brendy Ndukwe followed a routine now common with motorists in the capital city. He remained seated for a parking ticket vendor to show […]

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian anti-corruption agency enmeshed in corruption scandal

The EFCC is already investigating the allegations.

INVESTIGATION: How multibillion naira illicit tobacco trade thrives in Nigeria, putting millions at risk

Officials say fake cigarettes are huge public problems to Nigeria, heightening the existing public health concern posed by growing but uncontrolled tobacco market in Nigeria. Since 2008, Luka (he declined to provide his surname) has run a lucrative business a few hundred meters from Sheraton Hotel, one of Abuja’s most prominent hotels. At the moment, […]

My traducer, Financial Reporting Council, got N500million from CBN, Sanusi says

The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria [FRCN], whose report and recommendations President Goodluck Jonathan relied upon to suspend the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, is a beneficiary of the CBN “intervention” spendings, the suspended CBN chief has said. The FRCN had, in a 13-page report, following its review of the audited […]

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The Making of the Human Traffic Story, By Evelyn Groenink

“Maybe I am overly worried. But it is the first time, I think, that a female journalist goes undercover as a prostitute?”

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Suspended CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi, responds to allegations of financial recklessness

The suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has issued a statement responding to allegations of financial recklessness leveled against him by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and the Nigerian presidency. In the lengthy statement distributed to the media early this morning, Mr. Sanusi denied any wrongdoing, saying  he had […]

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EXCLUSIVE: How presidential aides with less duties earn more money than Police Inspector-General

Successive Nigerian governments between 2007 and 2014 have paid far higher salaries and perks of office to some presidential aides than what have been paid to the Inspectors General of Police, IGP, who are vested with far more responsibilities, PREMIUM TIMES’ review of wages of public officials, has found. Alongside presidential aides, the examination also […]

Power Talk: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Nigeria PIB Debate – Live #PowerTalksng

Live streaming debate by HBS on Wed, 12th March 2014 10am Tweets about “#PowerTalksNg”

How APC will beat PDP in the 2015 presidential election – Bukola Saraki

A former Governor of Kwara State and senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, fielded questions from PREMIUM TIMES Editors, Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Sani Tukur two weeks ago. In the interview, Mr. Saraki speaks on why he defected from the PDP to the APC, the politics of his defection in the Senate, the crisis […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian federal lawmakers to spend N1.2 trillion on selves in six years as poverty mounts in country

The government has spent N150 billion yearly since 2011 to run the National Assembly. That will continue till 2016. Nigerian federal lawmakers will retain a controversial yearly budget of N150 billion for at least two more years according to the government’s spending outlay, in yet another indication the government is less bothered about curtailing a […]

INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s Accountant-General, NAICOM in alleged record-breaking N3.54 billion scandal

It appears a new kind of fraud in Nigeria. A contract was duly awarded by government to some private firms. But when it was time to make payment for job done, the N3.538billion contract sum was diverted to an entirely different set of companies. The companies which received payment did not bid for the jobs, […]

EXCLUSIVE: Revealed: Jonathan’s Second Query to CBN Governor, Sanusi

It was Mr. Sanusi’s reply to this query that Mr. Jonathan forwarded to the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria Police look away as PDP flouts directive banning gatherings at airports

The PDP chairman, Adamu Muazu, was received with fanfare at Bauchi airport in violation of police directives

INVESTIGATION: How Abuja NGO, AEPB, arrest innocent women, label them prostitutes

AEPB and an NGO are trying to rid Abuja of prostitutes. But innocent women are bearing the brunt as they are arbitrarily arrested and stigmatised. An Abuja-based NGO, Society Against Prostitution and Child Labour in Nigeria (SAP-CLN), in collaboration with Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) have elected to embark on a controversial campaign to rid […]

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Human Trafficking Expose: Reporter’s diary reveals difficult challenge of scrutinizing the underworld

PREMIUM TIMES publishes some of Ms. Ovuorie’s communications with the office regarding aspects of her difficult investigation and her challenge in managing the environment of the human trafficking criminals. As the Nigerian government opens its investigation into the workings of the ruthless human trafficking mafia exposed by PREMIUM TIMES, in partnership with ZAM CHRONICLE, a […]

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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