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A switchboard of prepaid meters in an official building in Abuja.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigerians suffer from poor electricity regulation

While the electricity regulator, NERC, says it is doing its best, consumers lament how its ineffectiveness is affecting them.

University of Ibadan (UI)

Shocking ways Nigerian universities reward best graduating students

Unlike in other parts of the world, Nigerian universities offer tokens or nothing as rewards to their best graduating students.

Former Governor Amosun claims there are armouries in most Governor Lodges in Nigeria

EXCLUSIVE: Govt. confirms Amosun illegally imported 1,000 AK-47 guns, two million bullets

Key federal agency PREMIUM TIMES independent findings that Mr Amosun got no approval to bring weapons into Nigeria.

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: How Abba Kyari manipulated Buhari to sack Osinbajo from Ruga projects

An internal memo offers a rare insight into the level of insubordination Vice-President Osinbajo has been subjected to by the president’s top aides, especially Abba Kyari.

Fresh footprints showed the Abacha family owning properties in Dubai (Photo by Walid Ahmad from Pexels)

INVESTIGATION: Dubai real estate links point fresh footprints to hidden Abacha loot

The Abachas are also actively linked to the Malabu Oil scandal, which has been the subject of attention of law enforcement and the justice departments of many countries.

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show ex-Gov. Amosun illegally imported arms, ammunition

Mr Amosun tried to deceive Nigerians over the matter but official documents have now exposed his lies.

SPECIAL REPORT: After over a billion spent, Ajaokuta-Okene Highway, other roads abandoned

The works ministry says the Ajaokuta-Okene contractor, like other federal road contractors, got 82 per cent of its advance fee but delivered only about 11.3 per cent of work.

Supreme Court of Nigeria (judge)

EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian judge ‘prostrated’ before lawyer after ‘dirty deals’ involving bank

The judge is accused of colluding with some litigants to cart away and share cash taken away from a bank.

UEEEs of various types for sale in an alfresco market in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: Hamed Adedeji

Stash or Trash: Despite control measures, Nigeria still top e-waste destination

Electronic waste has not ceased from entering Nigeria and other African countries, raising the question of whether the continent has a taste for the world’s e-garbage.

The scars of prison torture... after three weeks.

INVESTIGATION (3): A Reporter’s Diary – Living With A ‘Mad’ Cell Mate, Set Up By Prison Warders, Abducted By the Police

FISAYO SOYOMBO documents how prison, police and court officials conspired to abduct him after his cover was blown.

Ikoyi Prison Warders

INVESTIGATION(2): Drug Abuse, Sodomy, Bribery, Pimping… The Cash-And-Carry Operations Of Ikoyi Prison

Reporter Fisayo Soyombo exposes how the courts short-change the law, and the prisons are themselves a cesspool of the exact reasons for which they hold inmates.

New bridge constructed by Union members

INVESTIGATION: Inside story of unexecuted, abandoned N224 million constituency projects in Plateau

In this second part of an investigative report from Plateau undertaken by UDEME & Premium Times, the reporter brings to limelight the hardship faced by community dwellers in the Home of Peace and Tourism.

Benin substation fire June 30, 2019

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite huge investment in power, Nigeria suffered 206 grid collapses in 9 years

This is an indepth look at the frequent collapse of power grid in Nigeria and why the situation may not change soon.

Sun drying at Engine Hajia

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

Low level of mechanisation makes rice milling in Nigeria tedious and wasteful, keeping local production at below half of potential.

One of the faculty buildings at Federal University, Wukari

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight years after, new federal university in Taraba faces infrastructural shortage

A blend of factors including insufficient funding, delays by contractors and communal crises have helped slowed projects approved for the school.

INVESTIGATION (1): Bribery, Bail For Sale… Lagos Police Station Where Innocent Civilians Are Jailed And Criminals Are Recycled

In the first of this three-part series, reporter Fisayo Soyombo uncovers how the Police pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money.

MAN official during an interview with The ICIR in Abuja Photo Credit Olugbenga Adanikin

INVESTIGATION: Jonathan, Buhari spent N1.164 trillion on power in 8 years, yet Nigeria remains in darkness

The two past administrations invested another N1.164 trillion into the power sector through capital releases, yet homes and factories in Nigeria are yet to be provided constant electricity supply.

National Assembly

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside National Assembly’s two decades of lawmaking, scandals and looting

Members of our fourth republic National Assembly are occasionally public-spirited and at times lawless. They serve with a combination of commitment, self-centredness and atrocities

SPECIAL REPORT: For Nigeria, darkness has great cost: trillions of naira and over 59 years

After huge spending over the decades, Nigeria is only able to deliver less than 4,000 MW to 200 million people, about one-third of what Singapore supplies 5.6 million people.

Wildlife experts estimate that nine out of 10 illegally trafficked pangolins are not detected by authorities. Credit: Tsai Yao-Cheng / The Reporter

Global Investigation: Pangolins: Trafficked to Extinction

Criminal syndicates in Africa and Asia are working together — and competing — to meet the seemingly insatiable demand for pangolins in China and other markets. Over 30 journalists investigate how illegal pangolin trafficking is leading the species to become extinct.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi. [Photo credit: The Nation]

Amidst shortcomings, TETFUND initiative helping Nigerian universities (1)

Despite apparent failings, federal funds through TETFUND are bridging infrastructure gaps in universities.

The frontage of the house Master Chisimdiri was kidnapped

SPECIAL REPORT: Four years after kidnap of toddler, suspects ‘shielded’, justice delayed

The trauma started in January 2015, when a two years old, Chisimdiri Obilor, was kidnapped from her parents’ residence in Aba.

Ikorodu Judicial Division signpost

SPECIAL REPORT: As Lagos govt fails to implement own law, physically challenged lawyers suffer

Physically challenged lawyers narrate the ordeal they pass through daily as they practice their profession in Lagos

Nigerian Breweries HQ

INVESTIGATION: How Nigerian Breweries protected its Dutch CEO suspected of corruption

Heineken suddenly transferred the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Nico Vervelde, to Singapore shortly after Nigerian police interrogated him for alleged corruption.

Polio immunisation used to illustrate the story (Photo: Continental Research)

First 1000 days of life and routine immunisation in Nigeria

Research shows that 1 in 4 of the deaths that occur in children under-five in Nigeria can be prevented with the aid of vaccines.