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How Abuja administration officials extort bribes from petty traders

Various petty traders narrate their experiences. Officials of the Abuja Environmental and Protection Board, under the guise of keeping the city clean, routinely extort money from street traders; forcing the helpless victims to either part with their meagre income or lose their wares, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation reveals. These officials, who go around the Nigerian […]

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INVESTIGATION (2): Goodluck Jonathan District: Exclusive preserve of the super rich

Rich Nigerians rush to acquire plots near the proposed official quarters of the four presiding officers of the National Assembly.

Spectacle, Words, and Performance, are the Essence of Creativity, says Professor Sekoni at 70

Dr Ropo Sekoni, a retired Professor of Comparative literature, and chair, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting, turns 70 saturday, August 10.  One of the finest literary theorists, and  semioticians, Sekoni,  an academic, culture and political activist, and researcher,  has mentored dozens of students, top academics, and researchers. In this anniversary interview he sat with […]

INVESTIGATION (1): Goodluck Jonathan District: Exclusive preserve of the super rich

Rich Nigerians rush to acquire plots near the proposed official quarters of the four presiding officers of the National Assembly.

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Investigation: U.S. bankrolled anti-Morsi activists

President Barack Obama recently stated the United States was not taking sides as Egypt’s crisis came to a head with the military overthrow of the democratically elected president. But a review of dozens of US federal government documents shows Washington has quietly funded senior Egyptian opposition figures who called for toppling of the country’s now-deposed […]

How Okonjo-Iweala, Nenadi Usman, others supervised abuse of over N1 trillion special funds

The Finance Minister would not respond to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry. Last week Thursday in Beijing, China, President Goodluck Jonathan detailed, in an interview with Chinese television, CCTV, why Nigeria must immediately move away from its perilous dependence on oil and gas as the nation’s sole economic mainstay. The president said the increasing utilization of shale […]

Exclusive: African leaders to shift HIV, Malaria, poverty targets by 15 years

The leaders will also commit to the introduction of new a malaria formula. Amid alarming rates of poverty and diseases across the African continent, its leaders meeting in Abuja Monday are planning to reschedule the timeline for achieving reasonable outcomes in the fight against poverty, HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis, an undertaking to be adopted by […]

How Abuja administration turns female footballers to beggars, prostitutes

The players have not been paid for about 18 months. When Stephanie (not real name) joined FCT Queens football club of Abuja in 2011, she was overjoyed. Her chance of being a professional footballer and eventually playing for the Falcons, Nigeria’s senior female football team, was getting brighter, she thought. Things have  however, not moved […]

Police fingered in Abuja “mystery” killing

Residents and witnesses reject police’s denial of responsibility for the shootings at a council election. A “mystery” shooting that left one person dead and others injured at a council election in an Abuja suburb has remained unresolved three months after, with police denying knowledge of the attack and the attacker. The Police claim it has […]

NGF Crisis: Governors Go Spiritual

The governors look to God to settle their political scores.

Nigeria Human Rights Body Indicts Military On Baga Killings

The report says attention should be on the scale of force in Baga than the casualties.

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan violates Nigerian laws, corners N3billion general hospital for own town, Otuoke

The Federal Government does not build general hospitals. But PREMIUM TIMES can report today that President Goodluck Jonathan has waived two vital rules to establish a princely N2.8 billion new general hospital for his hometown, Otuoke, effectively placing the coastal community as an exclusive beneficiary of a strange largesse not known to federal laws. It is […]

EXCLUSIVE: UNIUYO Security Chief says VC, Deputies Induced Deadly Students’ Protest to Conceal Fraud

A deadly student protest at the University of Uyo, UNIUYO, which left at least one student dead and key offices razed a fortnight ago, erupted after the Vice Chancellor and two deputies repeatedly ignored red flags, and indeed, fueled the crisis presumably to save their skin from a possible graft investigation, the school’s chief of […]

Alarming: Nigeria leads the world in number of children contracting HIV- UN report

Health experts say government must do more to stop the trend. By Tobore Ovuorie Nigeria has the highest number of children contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, in the world, the latest report by the United Nations has shown. The report says nearly 60,000 Nigerian children were infected with the virus in 2012, a figure […]

Video Evidence Counters Jerry Rawlings’ Denial of PREMIUM TIMES Story

A former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, is being economical with the truth in his claim that he made no reference to Nigeria corruption and the Nigerian government in a speech he delivered at a conference in Abuja on June 17,  PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. A video recording of the event, where the […]

Mararaba Orange Market’s rug of germs leave traders, buyers at risk

The traders at Mararaba market in Nasarawa State conduct business in filth.

Odinkalu, 50 Others Escape Death As Power Cut Stops Arik Plane From Landing

  What could have been another  major disaster for the country was narrowly averted in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Friday night, following a sudden interruption in electricity supply to Ibom airport as an Arik aircraft, with its landing gear fully engaged, was just about to land on the runway. Passengers on Flight […]

EXCLUSIVE: INEC replies APC on registration request

The electoral body demanded copies of the association’s constitution and manifesto. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has responded to the request by the All Progressive Congress, APC, for registration as a party and demanded relevant documents to back the claims made in its application. APC, which is the merger of some opposition parties, had […]

EXCLUSIVE: Okonjo-Iweala opens up, says Nigeria economy in danger

On Monday, June 10, at the third round of the 2013 ministerial platform in Abuja, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, spoke glowingly about the Nigerian economy, saying the fundamentals were strong and that the economy was buoyant beyond danger. But a few hours later, on Tuesday, when all the […]

World Bank indicts Jonathan’s government, says massive poverty, unemployment killing Nigerians

The number of Nigerians living in poverty is increasing significantly, the World Bank says.

SHOCKING: Nigeria holds world record in number of children out of school

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has released a shocking report indicating that one out of every five Nigerian children is out of school. In what is clearly a national disgrace for a country that is the world’s eight largest oil producer, the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EAGMR) says Nigeria holds […]

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CBN reacts to PREMIUM TIMES report on Governor Sanusi

The Central Bank of Nigeria has sent a rebuttal to PREMIUM TIMES faulting the paper’s report  which accused its governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, of abuse of office. The full statement by the bank’s director of corporate communication, Ugochukwu A. Okoroafor is published below. Okoroafar was contacted for comments before our first story was published. He […]

EXCLUSIVE: Sanusi Lamido, his CBN mistress and their sweetheart escapades

Twenty minutes to midnight on February 25, 2013, and a day before the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria was due to meet, Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi developed a craving for romance—he badly needed a kiss. The governor, married, with children, grabbed his mobile phone and typed out a message.  “Maybe you should come […]

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.

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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 […]