Investigation/Special Reports

  • No categories

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Inside the secret Abacha memo approving execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, others

In November 1995, while an overwhelming international outcry mounted against the execution of the Ogoni leader, Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues, defiant military dictator, Sani Abacha, backed by a small band of military officers, convinced themselves that executing them, swiftly, was the best way to resolve the Ogoni unrest “once and for all”, and to […]

Jumoke Akinjide

Exposed: Abuja minister lied to Nigerians, promised fake, non-existent jobs

The perceived failure of the SURE-P to translate to jobs as promised, has touched off at all states and Abuja

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

Why Babangida overthrew, detained me — Buhari

The interview provides rare details about Buhari’s upbringing, military career, politics and life as a flirting youngster

Ifeanyi uba

Ifeanyi Uba of Capital Oil, others, fraudulently cornered billions of petrol funds- police report

The police said even the banker’s of Capital Oil may be complicit in the fraud.

Tony Anenih

How Anenih, Alison-Madueke, others robbed Nigeria of N234bn meant for road

Despite his indictment, Mr. Anenih has now been appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan to head the NPA board.

The crashed chopper

Outrage over use of crashed naval helicopter for illegal, burial duties

Three days after the tragic helicopter crash that killed six, authorities in Nigeria have been scrambling to outdo one another in bid to assure a distraught nation that actions would be taken to avert a reoccurrence even as outrage mounts among Nigerians who insist the crashed chopper was deployed for illegal duties. President Goodluck Jonathan […]

Ill-fated helicopter exploded before crashing, killing Yakowa, Azazi, four others

A troubled helicopter conveying sympathizers to a funeral in Bayelsa state, burst into flames on Saturday, before plunging into the creeks, killing the governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa, a former National Security Adviser, Owoye Azazi, and four others in the nation’s fourth air disaster this year. Messrs Yakowa and Azazi, and their aides, Dauda Tsoho […]

Chris Okotie

Chris Okotie made me work without pay for 14 years, man tells court

A former Church worker said Mr. Okotie made him work for 14 years without pay.

Presidency’s N2.2 billion party hall not listed in budget

The proposed banquet hall will breach federal anti-corruption regulation.

Much-hyped Akwa Ibom e-library still under lock five months after presidential commissioning

Five months after President Goodluck Jonathan flew to Uyo to commission it, the Akwa Ibom e-library is still far from completion

Investigations (1): How Nigeria’s sports commission officials enriched self, cheated paralympians

The athletes were paid less than 25 per cent of what ‘jamboree officials’ including guests got as estacodes.

German Asylum Seeker

The agonies of illegal migrants in Europe

German asylum seekers live lives close to prisoners’.

Lagos makes laws that it can’t, won’t enforce

Lagos has many laws and directives that it seems unable to enforce.

How Nigeria loses billions in oil revenue to “briefcase traders” — Ribadu panel

Many of the companies that lift Nigeria’s crude are not properly registered or qualified.

fuel queue

Petroleum marketers fleece Nigerians N22bn monthly as fuel scarcity persists

In most states across the nation, fuel sells at an average of N120.

INVESTIGATION: How oil minister, Alison-Madueke, runs NNPC, oil ministry, like personal estate

Nigeria’s controversial oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke’s management style, which is disrupting the governance structure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is causing concern in the state oil giant and the industry, a joint investigation by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting   and PREMIUM TIMES has shown. The powerful oil minister has rendered some administrative structures and personnel, […]

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons Governor Akpabio forced his deputy to step down

Nov. 6 (PREMIUM TIMES) — The ousted deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nsima Ekere, and his successor, Valerie Ebe have both made it into the history book of the 25-year old state. With only 17 months and two days in office, Mr. Ekere has had the shortest tenure as deputy governor in Akwa Ibom’s […]

When Niger Delta ex-militants came to Lagos

Nov. 2 (PREMIUM TIMES) – The tale of disappointed Niger Delta ex-militants who had come to Lagos to train as Marine Engineering Assistants. 

Ribadu commitee exposes how presidency, NNPC spend oil revenues as slush funds

Download full report of the Ribadu Committee on Petroleum Revenue here

INVESTIGATION: Underhand tactics, Illegal advertising raise British American Tobacco’s profits in Nigeria, Africa

The tobacco giant is benefiting from weak tobacco legislation in  Nigeria.

Malabu oil scandal: AGF Adoke and the great cover-ups

Mr. Adoke peddles falsehood in desperate bid to retain credibility over the Malabu $1.1 billion

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. blames Ojukwu, Gowon for Biafra starvation deaths

Mr. Ojukwu’s Biafra, more concerned with winning the war, refused to accept the conditions spelt out by the Nigerian government for delivering food to the troubled region.

Toyota Prado Nigeria

INVESTIGATION: Ministers violate monetization policy, illegally spend billions on exotic cars

In the first of a two-part series, investigation shows how government officials secretly make purchases never approved in the budget, frittering away billions in revenue in what seems a ploy to evade public fury over illegal purchases.

Igbo, Yoruba at war over Chinua Achebe’s criticism of Awolowo in new book

A massive row has erupted between the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups in Nigeria over foremost writer, Chinua Achebe’s portrayal of former premier of the defunct Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, in his new book, There was a Country. Mr.  Achebe lambasted Mr. Awolowo’s civil war policies in the book, and that has fired up a […]

Yobe’s ecological sanctuary dies as climate change chases birds away

The reasons migrant birds and the tourists they attract stay away from Yobe’s wetlands are climatic change and terrorism.