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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. […]

#Offshoreleaks: President Jonathan’s adviser, ex-oil minister linked to secret offshore firms

President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on political matters, Ahmed Gulak, leads a growing list of Nigerian business and political elites who ran or still run secret offshore companies and accounts where they either hide their wealth to evade taxes, launder money or commit fraud, according to a cache of documents reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES and […]

Inside a Lagos community where residents build and live on garbage

An NGO documentary reveals the ‘dirty’ lives of residents of Lagos slum, Dustbin Estate. Advertisement

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The Return of the Lagos-Kano passenger train

Passengers have varying experiences on the Lagos-Kano train. As the train snaked its way into Agege and crawled to a stop in front of the overcrowded Lagos station, Bashir Yusuf disembarked from the Second Class Coach where a dearth of seats had forced him to stand for five hours. Mr. Yusuf boarded the Kano-Lagos train […]

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Akwa Ibom Governor, Akpabio, admits rigging senatorial primary election on live TV

The Akwa Ibom Governor made the statements during the ‘Good Governance Tour’ visit. Advertisement

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-minister, Mike Aondoakaa, sues U.S. government over visa revocation

Disgraced former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, has sued the American government, seeking explanation for the revocation of his U.S. non-immigrant visa. The U.S. government had revoked Mr Aondoakaa’s visa and those of members of his family soon after he left office due to his alleged link to corruption. […]

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Jonathan pardons homosexual rapist, triggering fresh controversy

President Goodluck Jonathan enters the second week of his controversial pardon set to contend with a flurry of new issues and criticism from many who are trying to make sense of his reasoning for letting off former army Major, Bello Magaji, convicted and sentenced to five years jail term for sodomy, another name for homosexuality, […]

Premium Times Train Trip Lagos – Kano (Live Blog)

Join the live reports of the train ride.  Advertisement

As poverty mounts in Akwa Ibom, Gov. Akpabio acquires million-dollar bullet-proof luxury vans

Five days after he recklessly donated two brand new Toyota SUVs to newly-wed Nigerian musician, Tuface Idibia and his wife,  Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, has taken his profligacy to a new high, acquiring exotic bullet-proof sprinter luxury vans from US-based Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC). Mr. Akpabio took delivery of the armoured Mercedes Benz […]

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Lagos ‘Mega City’ policy renders thousands homeless in Badia

The State Environment and Sanitation Task Force forcefully evicted a whole community triggering a massive internal human displacement crisis. At nightfall in Ijora-Badia, two-month-old Joy Kalu sleeps in the open. When it’s time for the family to retire for the day, her mother, Ada, unfolds a worn out mattress, lays her baby on it, and […]

INVESTIGATION: How FCT robs residents through illegal parking policy

By Kevwe Ebireri The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCT, has for over a year been generating revenue by forcing an illegal and dubious electronic parking policy on residents of Abuja, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting is reporting. The administration registered four companies last year and authorized them to generate revenue through the enforcement of an electronic parking system […]

Arik, AIT, other alleged beneficiaries of Odili’s ‘stolen’ N100bn keep mum

The alleged beneficiaries will not refute or confirm if they accepted Odili’s ‘stolen’ funds. Advertisement


Investigations (Part 2): How officials, travel agencies robbed, ran Nigeria Airways aground

A senior CPC official is among those indicted for ruining Nigeria Airways. The pillaging and misappropriation that characterised the Nigerian Airways was not limited to the alleged corruption of its former Managing Directors- Jani Ibrahim and Mohammed Joji; several top management staff of the company between 1985 and 1999 in one way or the other […]

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How Nigeria police staged suspects in Oshiomhole’s aide’s murder

New documents show how SSS, state prosecutor tore police probe of Oshiomhole’s aide’s murder apart. Advertisement


Investigations (Part 1): After stealing billions, grounding Nigeria Airways, indicted officials still enjoy loot

While the Federal Government has concluded plans to spend N75 billion ($500 million) to procure 30 aircraft for airlines, none of those indicted, by a government White Paper ten years ago, for the fraud and misappropriations that led to the collapse of the Nigeria Airways has been prosecuted or made to return the money they […]

Pastor Adeboye’s university quietly brews a storm

The school insists that repentance is not its policy. Advertisement

Nigeria, ECOWAS’ largest donor, continually outsmarted by smaller West-African countries

Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, the president of the ECOWAS commission, doesn’t come away as extravagant, with his modest suits, chauffeured-cars, and few guards. But in Abuja, where the West African regional body he heads is headquartered, Mr. Ouedraogo lives large. He maintains a permanent executive suite at the Transcorp Hilton despite recently remodeling his official apartment […]

EXCLUSIVE: Etteh goes to School

The former speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, better known as a hair dresser, is studying for a law degree Five years after her tumultuous four-month stint as the head of Nigeria’s parliament, during which time she was tagged an ‘illiterate hair dresser,’ Nigeria’s first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh, has […]

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan spends $60,000 to arrange CNN interview

As the dust over President Goodluck Jonathan’s embarrassing outing in a recent CNN interview is yet to settle, PREMIUM TIMES can report that the presidency actually spends thousands of dollars in public funds to arrange interviews with foreign media outlets. Mr. Jonathan’s penchant for foreign media has fetched him criticism, with citizens often bashing him for what they […]


Over 200 hangers-on accompanied Jonathan to AU summit

Nigeria spent more than a hundred million naira transporting, feeding and maintaining an extraordinary large contingent of officials and political hangers-on, who traveled with President Goodluck Jonathan to the just-concluded African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, PREMIUM TIMES has learned. Officials, who made the trip, from the presidency to ministries and agencies, averaged 200, making the Nigerian delegation the largest […]

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A widow’s quest for justice

The deceased was a bureau de change operator. Advertisement

Road accidents killed average 11 Nigerians each day of 2012 – FRSC

The highest number of accidents and deaths occurred in December. An average of 11 people were killed daily in road accidents across Nigeria in 2012, official statistics from the Federal Road Safety Corps show. In the 2012 official report titled “DASHBOARD RECORDS FOR THE MONTHS OF 2012” and made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the Corps […]

How football officials steal millions from cash-strapped Nigeria Premier League

While the federal football league struggled through years of crises, officials fed fat on its available funds While the Nigeria Premier League suffered from constant bickering and perennial lack of funds to run its operations, officials made sure they steal as much as possible of the little funds available to the league while owing clubs and offering shambolic […]