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Obasanjo/Jonathan rift, governors’ defection, National Conference, others to shape Nigeria’s politics in 2014

PREMIUM TIMES reviews issues that might shape the nation’s political scene in 2014 in preparation for 2015.

Jonathan reduces Aso Rock’s billion naira feeding bill by N494 million

With the economy in a bind and a growing public anger over his administration’s management of the economy, President Goodluck Jonathan has taken a rare decision to spend less on food and consumables at the presidential villa in 2014. As the budget comes under an increasingly  intense media scrutiny, President Jonathan has given up nearly […]

INVESTIGATION: Lagos hospital where corpses are left to rot

Morticians wash bodies in the open

Jonathan replies Obasanjo; says ex-President’s letter threat to national security

December 20, 2013 His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road, Ibara, Abeokuta. RE: BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE I wish to formally acknowledge your letter dated December 2, 2013 and other previous correspondence similar to it. You will recall that all the letters were brought to me by hand. Although both […]

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-CJN writes Jonathan, accuses president of unjustly treating Justice Salami

A letter from a former Chief Justice shows how President Jonathan turned down advice from the National Judicial Council on the Salami case ——————————————— President Goodluck Jonathan brushed aside recommendations from the National Judicial Council and the Chief Justice of Nigeria to sack former Appeal Court president, Ayo Salami, ignoring firm arguments by the two […]

Your government stinks with corruption, Obasanjo tells Jonathan; demands probe of missing N8 trillion oil money

Obasanjo reminds President Jonathan that the persons linked with the corruption allegation and those they are working for would one day become public knowledge. The national outrage trailing the allegation by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, about the non-remittance of over N8 trillion oil revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum […]

Obasanjo accuses Jonathan of training, arming killer squad for 2015 elections

Mr. Obasanjo also alleges the president has put 1000 politicians on his watch list. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan is currently keeping over 1000 people on his political watch list while also secretly training snipers and other armed personnel as well as acquiring weapons for political purposes. He stated in […]

Download: Obasanjo’s historic letter to President Jonathan

On 2nd December, this year, an apparently angry and frustrated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan, a letter that clearly competes as one of the most acerbic in modern history, accusing him of ineptitude and of taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria. “Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped,” Mr. Obasanjo […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

Download: Sanusi’s Letter to President Jonathan on Nigeria’s ‘stolen’ N8 trillion

On September 25, 2013, Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, wrote a frantic and unusual memo to President Goodluck Jonathan. In the memo, Mr. Sanusi detailed how government-owned oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, systematically diverted the huge sum, being crude oil sales proceeds between January 2012 and July 2013. The CBN […]

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 […]