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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.

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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 

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.

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

Mr. Fireman returns to his tricks

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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 […]