Top 20 PREMIUM TIMES’ reports that helped shape 2018

Collage to illustrate all the top exclusives for 2018
Collage to illustrate all the top exclusives for 2018

The outgoing 2018 was an eventful year for the news. From the nation’s often tumultuous politics to its governance, human rights to entertainment and business, newsmakers provided no letup.

PREMIUM TIMES stayed alert all year, and worked hard to inform millions of its dedicated readers around the world.

With exceptional originality, it served groundbreaking exclusives and indepth investigations that provoked policy changes.

There is a chance you missed some of these reports. We have a quick recap of 20 notable exclusive reports for you:

1. EXCLUSIVE: Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun skips NYSC, forges certificate

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, did not participate in the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme. Instead, she forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation.

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2. EXCLUSIVE: God will never forgive me if I support Atiku- Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said former Vice President Atiku Abubakar should not count on him for support in his latest bid to actualise his life-long ambition of being elected the president of Nigeria.

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3. EXCLUSIVE: IGP Idris gets Buhari’s nod to arrest Saraki over murders in Kwara

President Muhammadu Buhari in June, 2018 said he had no objections to any plan by the police to arrest Senate President Bukola Saraki over a string of murder cases in Kwara State, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

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4. EXCLUSIVE: Saraki’s anointed candidate for Kwara governorship, Razak Atunwa, skips NYSC, forges certificate

Mr Atunwa, lawyer and chair of House Committee on Justice, falsified NYSC certificate to run for governor, ignoring recent scandals of two ministers.

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5. EXCLUSIVE: Former Daura’s ally says disgraced SSS boss took bribe

A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, accused his former principal of extensive corruption, and portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money.

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6. EXCLUSIVE: Documents show Buhari’s govt. illegally diverted N378 billion NLNG dividend

The NLNG dividends are meant to be shared between the federal, state and local governments of Nigeria. But the NNPC has been abusing the funds.

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7. EXCLUSIVE: Buhari terminates $195 million ‘Israeli’ security contract promoted by Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari terminated a new defence procurement contract initiated by the members of his cabinet over allegations of fraud in May, 2018.

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8. EXCLUSIVE: Blocked from America, Atiku sells controversial $2.95 million U.S. home

The property was searched by the FBI in 2005 in connection with a bribery investigation.

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9. EXCLUSIVE: How Buhari plunged Nigeria into N2.7 trillion mess while spiting Jonathan

A U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. gave judgment affirming a $6.59 billion arbitral award, plus $2.30 billion interest, against Nigeria.

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10. EXCLUSIVE: Despite reforms, NNPC under Buhari ‘pockets’ N1.3 trn oil revenue

Since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, Nigeria’s state oil firm, NNPC, has withheld over 25 per cent of revenues realised from domestic crude oil sales, refusing to pay same into the Federation Account, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation shows.

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11. EXCLUSIVE: How Saraki plotted to cover up evidence of secret assets in tax havens

A month after the public learnt that Senate President Bukola Saraki owned undeclared offshore assets in tax havens — in violation of Nigeria’s code of conduct law— the top lawmaker dispatched his foreign lawyers to Panama to ‘review’ company documents at the headquarters of Mossack Fonseca.

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12. EXCLUSIVE: N10 billion Adeosun Largesse: Saraki’s N’Assembly paid N5.6 bn to 44 unqualified firms – FULL LIST

Nigeria’s National Assembly led by Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker Yakubu Dogara paid out N5, 638, 664, 700 to 44 unqualified contractors, PREMIUM TIMES and UDEME authoritatively reported.

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13. EXCLUSIVE: The untold security, intelligence conundrum of the Buhari administration

The power tussle within the president’s closest advisers causes confusion within security circles.

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14. EXCLUSIVE: How Saraki’s National Assembly spent N6.6bn Adeosun largesse on exotic cars

Funds for the vehicles were sourced from the N10billion the former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun gave lawmakers.

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15. Malabu Scandal: While two ex-Nigerian ministers remain in hiding, UK returns $85 mn to Nigeria

The money was initially frozen in the UK at the request of Italian authorities.

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16. Malabu Scandal: How Etete bought luxury Dubai properties with funds

PREMIUM TIMES’ UK partner, Finance Uncovered, discovered the name of former Nigerian oil minister Daniel Etete among thousands of property and residency records compiled by assorted real estate professionals in Dubai.

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17. EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons Senators, Reps amended 2019 election sequence

Some lawmakers who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES in confidence said negotiations that preceded the passage ended in majority favouring the change based on past experiences and calculations about the 2019 elections.

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18. EXCLUSIVE: Adebayo Shittu in fresh scandal, presented N5,000 tax receipt to become minister

To become a member of the Federal Executive Council, Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s communications minister recently exposed for failing to take part in the national youth service, submitted to the Nigerian Senate a receipt of N5,000 as proof of his tax compliance for three years.

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19. EXCLUSIVE: How agency headed by Buhari’s in-law is violating Nigeria’s procurement law

Fresh procurement documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES have revealed how the Border Communities Development Agency (BDCA) illegally shortlisted unqualified companies for a slew of federal contracts across the country.

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20. EXCLUSIVE: Minister Adeosun, Saraki, Dogara, Accountant General in N10 billion fraud scandal

The National Assembly, led by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, illegally received and shared a hefty N10 billion from the national treasury.

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