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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 […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

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. […]

#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.

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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 […]

Godswill Akpabio

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.

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. […]

President Goodluck Jonathan

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, […]

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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 […]

Eko Atlantic City

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.


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 […]

Adams Oshiomhole

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.


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.

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 […]

Former Speaker, Patricia Etteh

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 […]