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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 […]

Niger Delta militants

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 on map

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.

Presidency blames Jonathan’s independence anniversary lie on newspaper article

In an attempt to salvage President Goodluck Jonathan’s integrity after a PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that the president lied on a claim he made in his independence anniversary broadcast to the nation, the Federal Government on Tuesday said the president‘s claim was based on “notorious facts” provided in a newspaper article. In his Independence Day […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Jonathan lied in Independence anniversary broadcast

President Jonathan lied that Transparency International endorsed and commended his administration’s war against corruption

The sad tale of ‘prisoners’ who walked free

Living free in Nigeria is brutal for many. Living in its prisons can be much more. Former inmates recall their journeys to Kirikiri prisons, their experiences and plans for the future.

Late Sani Abacha

How Nigerian fraudsters scammed Kuwaitis of US$1million using Abacha’s name

The Kuwaitis were ured into a shady deal with fraudsters from Nigeria who used Sani Abacha as bait.

Six years after, 197 drug convicts still prowl the streets free: only in Nigeria!

197 drug convicts let off, indicted officials gloat, and a state report gathers dust.

Bakassi penninsula

Senator faults ICJ judgment on Bakassi

The lawmakers want Nigeria to appeal the ICJ ruling ceding Bakassi to Cameroon.

10 things “collective children of anger” should know about Reuben Abati

A PhD graduate who specialised in Dramatic Literature, Theory and Criticism, Reuben Abati started as a romance fiction writer.

Nigeria’s human rights commission idle away as abuses pile

The Commission receives complaints of human rights abuses and ignores these complaints.

Deadly Lagos-Ibadan expressway being handled by Bicourtney

EXCLUSIVE: Bi-Courtney faces N30billion fine for abandoning Lagos-Ibadan road, but FG looks away

For failing to fix the perilous Lagos-Ibadan expressway three years after securing a lavish concession of the road, Bi-Courtney, the Nigerian consortium now entangled in a festering controversy with federal and state road authorities, should pay fines in excess of at least N30 billion. For each day the road is left unconstructed, the construction company […]

Andrew Azazi's Aso drive Mansions

INVESTIGATION: Azazi, former NSA, acquires multi-billion naira homes in Abuja

Based on his annual salary as National Security Adviser, Mr Azazi would have to serve for 274 years to earn N1.5 billion, the value of one his new Abuja homes.

more and more Ghanians are taking their own lifes

INVESTIGATION: Why more and more Ghanaians are committing suicide

Our findings indicate the suicide rate in Ghana is frightening

The primary school in Bobi grazing reserve

The Massive MDG Fraud (3): How officials steal billions meant to educate Fulani herdsmen

In this final part of our report on the mismanagement of MDG funds, we expose how official corruption denies young Nigerians education.

Mamman Ali and Mahmud Tukur

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s biggest oil fraudsters; the worst subsidy scam ever

Nigeria has never seen anything like it. This story explains how unscrupulous marketers fleeced the nation of N382 billion without supplying a drop of petrol.

INVESTIGATION: The deadly farms at Kirikiri

They live near tank farms storing highly inflammable fuels in Lagos, they run for their lives regularly.

[INVESTIGATION] The Massive MDG Fraud (2): How Nigeria’s water ministry steals billions, then leave the taps dry

This second part of our MDG series, uncovers how the Ministry of Water resources and its agencies are mismanaging funds meant to provide water for millions of Nigerians

[INVESTIGATION] The Massive MDG Fraud: How the health ministry steals from the sick and dying

In this first part of our series on the utilisation of the yearly $1billion for Millennium Development Goals' projects, we investigate the monumental corruption in the health ministry. We found that rather than help, the ministry is actually killing the country's hope of achieving the MDGs