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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 […]

EXCLUSIVE: Angry Jonathan mulls cancellation of $40million Internet spy contract awarded to Israeli firm

President Goodluck Jonathan is considering the cancellation of the $40million Internet spy contract awarded to Israeli firm, Elbit Systems, in April, multiple sources within the Nigerian presidency and intelligence community have told PREMIUM TIMES. Embarrassed by the widespread national outrage that arose after this newspaper exclusively exposed the secret contract, the presidency had summoned the […]

Chinua Achebe Burial [Interment] – Live Blog

The burial rites of Nigeria’s literary icon, Chinua Achebe, will begin properly with the arrival of his body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday morning. The rites will climax with his interment on Thursday, in his hometown, Ogidi, Anambra state. PREMIUM TIMES will provide updates on the burial as the events unfold. […]

Phone fraudsters target Nigerians in multi-billion Naira scam

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Yunus Mohammed, was rounding off a video editing project when his phone beeped. He tried to answer the call after finding it was a foreign number – +88233010830. But just before he could press the answer button, the call dropped. He called back immediately. “I thought it was my boss who was away […]

EXCLUSIVE: Two years on, Jonathan, PDP rule Nigeria with three-page “clueless” manifesto

Apparently, the PDP is not interested in solving the key challenges Nigeria and Nigerians are facing. In 2011, before casting his vote in the presidential elections, Bayo Babalola, a Nigerian investment manager, did a critical review of the top three candidates. On the eve of the elections, he published his review entitled “On Your Marks” […]

Exclusive: Yabatech Rector in multi-million Naira fraud

The Rector collects millions for frivolous trips she never makes, records show.

Angry Jonathan summons Israeli firm over Internet spy contract disclosures

The Nigerian government has summoned the management of Elbit Systems, an Israeli security firm contracted to spy on Nigerian Internet users, for a meeting to explain why the contract should not be revoked after it allegedly breached a confidential agreement in the contract. The management of the Israeli company are expected to first appear before […]

A Sunday with controversial preacher, Dr. Fireman

The controversial pastor’s wedding was like any other Sunday service at the church. At exactly 8:29 a.m., I walked into the noisy grounds of the Perfect Christianity Mission, a semi-enclosed space where wooden beams are suspended on metallic poles, in Surulere, Lagos. The Sunday service, which would double as the wedding of the General Overseer, […]

Nigeria: Battling Malaria Without Drugs or Knowledge

The statistics are shocking. Over 300,000 Nigerians die from malaria each year – more than in any other country. An estimated 250,000 are children younger than five. When the disease strikes, most Nigerians visit patent medicine vendors (PMVs) like Bisi (not her real name) for relief. “You will take chloroquine; four today, four tomorrow and […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan awards $40million contract to Israeli company to monitor computer, Internet communication by Nigerians

Here is a very important information from PREMIUM TIMES for the 47 million Nigerian Internet users. Big Brother, in the form of the Jonathan administration, is watching you, and your communication is no longer safe. It is one of the most far-reaching policies ever designed in Nigeria’s history to invade the privacy of citizens. The […]

U.S court orders U.S-based lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye, to refund “stolen” N234Million to Nigeria

Emeka Ugwuonye, a U.S.-based Nigerian lawyer, resident in the state of Maryland, was a big loser today at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia which entered a default judgment against his law firm, ECU Associates, ordering it to refund the controversial $1.55 million belonging to the Nigerian government. The court entered […]

President Jonathan quiet more than 48 hours after 185 civilians massacred in Borno

By Ola’ Audu  More than 48 hours after Nigerian soldiers hunting for Boko Haram insurgents allegedly leveled Baga town in Borno State, killing 185 civilians and wounding several others, President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to comment on the tragedy. The president’s silence is a sharp contrast with the way his United States counterpart, Barack Obama, […]

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6,000 innocent children held in Nigerian prisons, report says

Nigeria’s notorious jails and detention centres hold an estimated 6,000 children and minors, many of whom were born there and now serve terms with their parents despite a government’s order to effect their release, the United States country human rights report on Nigeria says. Although Nigerian law forbids the imprisonment of children, by the end […]

Mega Church Pastor, Oyakhilome, incorporates secret company for daughters in Caribbean tax haven

Secret documents link family and associates of one of Africa’s most popular pastors, Nigerian televangelist the Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, to an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands. A business associate of the pastor says some directors in the company held shares on behalf of the pastor’s daughters, Sharon and Charlyn, who are now teenagers. […]