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Inside Gombe station. [PHOTO CREDIT: Taiwo Hassan Adebayo PT]

INVESTIGATION: From Jonathan to Buhari: Inside Nigeria’s multibillion naira railway fraud

This is a detailed look into how Nigeria wasted billions on the rehabilitation of a key railway line, with very little to show.

President Muhammadu Buhari meets service chiefs and the IGP of Police. [ PHOTO CREDIT: Presidency Twitter handle]

Four Years Of Illegality: Buhari govt repeatedly violates Nigerian laws over sacked army officers

It is one of Nigeria’s worst cases of arbitrariness, disregard for the court and shabby treatment of her heroes.

Former Nigerian oil Minister Dan Etete, involved in the Malabu Scandal. [Photo credit: THE REPUBLICAN NEWS]

EXCLUSIVE: Malabu Scandal: Nigeria grounds Dan Etete’s $57million jet in Canada

The jet was part of an epic spending spree Mr Etete embarked on after receiving over $800million from the Malabu OPL 245 deal.

Forsaken solar-powered borehole at Erovie quarters, Ozoro in Isoko North LGA

INVESTIGATION: Delta residents lament as fully, partially funded NDDC water projects are abandoned (2)

Seven projects listed as ‘completed’ were not executed, five were abandoned, five were completed and still in use, while three were completed but are no longer functional.

VIDEO: Extortion Bazaar: How corrupt security personnel, states’ officials help violate interstate travel ban

For five days, PREMIUM TIMES’ reporters travelled across 21 states and Abuja with little or no restrictions gathering pieces of evidence from tens of security checkpoints, bus terminals, towns and villages across their routes.

Ifiekporo River

INVESTIGATION: NDDC paid millions for non-existent, abandoned Delta water projects (1)

Seven projects listed as ‘completed’ were not executed, five were abandoned, five were completed and still in use, while three were completed but are no longer functional.

Liverpool, Apapa

INVESTIGATION: Between Nigeria and Benin Republic, corrupt security officials help breach COVID-19 travel ban

Despite the closure of borders to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, movement of people and smuggling of goods continue between Nigeria and Benin Republic.

Mallam Kasibu in Argungu, Kebbi State, holding a whip used for the almajirai labouring on his farm.[PHOTO CREDIT: Taiwo Hassan Adebayo/PT]

SPECIAL REPORT: Almajirci: Northern Nigeria moves to end ‘worrisome’ practise

“We are determined as the northern governors to end it (almajiri system),” said Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor.

Solid Minerals used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Punch Newspaper]

Despite scant attention, Nigeria earned N416.32 billion from solid minerals in 12 years

The quantity of deposits in more than 500 locations across Nigeria suggests that a well harnessed solid mineral sector can rival the oil and gas sector in the country.

The Chairman of Agadama, Sunday Inovogoma

SPECIAL REPORT: How farmers/herders conflict made Nigerian community ban beef consumption

After decades of bloodletting in perennial conflicts with nomadic herdsmen, a Niger Delta community outlawed the sale and consumption of beef in the hope of forcing the herders off their area.

Olabode Johnson of Johnson & Johnson is involved in Nigeria's asset recovery cases.

INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s opaque multibillion-dollar asset recovery deals

As Nigeria battles coronavirus, there are calls for the government to review its asset recovery programme and make it more transparent.


How Boko Haram Sustain Operations Through International Trade in Smoked Fish

Revenues from fish and red pepper trade accruing to both ISWAP and the sub-faction of Boko Haram in Lake Chad run into several millions of naira every month

The massive seaweed from the ExxonMobil pipeline’s at the riverbank of the Ibeno beach when the oil spilled.

INVESTIGATION: How oil spill contaminates river, destroys livelihoods in Akwa Ibom community

An ExxonMobil spokesperson denied oil ever spilling in Ibeno, describing it as “speculation and non-specific event.”

Sunday Orji during service days

SPECIAL REPORT: Families of Nigerian soldiers killed in battles suffer amidst official neglect

The report captures the trauma and suffering widows and children of fallen Nigerian soldiers face in the aftermath of the loss of their breadwinner.

Erosion affected area in Enuagu village, Enugwu Ukwu (2)

Constituency Projects: Despite funding, poor execution stalls water, erosion projects in Anambra communities

A senator says the blame for the lack of implementation of the water projects rests with the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority.

Angola - EU BANNER

How Angolan Elites Built a Private Banking Network to Move Their Riches Into the European Union

A group of Angolan government officials and senior bank executives funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars out of the country with little oversight, creating their own private banking network through which they sent the money to Portugal and elsewhere in the European Union, an OCCRP investigation has found.

Mahmood Ahmadu

INVESTIGATION: Nigeria allows fugitive to control sensitive national data

Mahmood Ahmadu who is on the run from justice over the 2014 immigration recruitment scandal is the owner of Online Integrated Solutions a company in possession of sensitive data of Nigerians and foreigners

OAU: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Coronavirus: Nigerian tertiary institutions not equipped for distance learning

In Nigeria, physical learning has been halted for the next few weeks, most likely months, depending on containment of the disease.

Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus: Nigeria has 350 ICU beds for 200 million people

Intensive care is vital in the treatment of coronavirus, but experts estimate that one in 285,000 people in Nigeria could have access to critical treatment.

Containers at the port used to illustrate the story.

Despite Buhari’s reforms, cost of shipping goods to Nigeria still very high

According to the research, the cost of shipment to Apapa is nearly five times that of Durban, South Africa.

Pirson Warden

INVESTIGATION: Justice for Sale (III): How court clerks, prison warders, others extort hapless victims

At various stages of the Nigerian justice system, officials extort poor and helpless victims.

Imam Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye_copy_800x533

SPECIAL REPORT: How Imam, Pastor brought peace to warring Nigerian communities

The activities of the duo have motivated more people to get into voluntary and selfless conflict resolution roles.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Supplied Transformer @ Alagbede, Ede

INVESTIGATION: Communities suffer as abandoned multi-million naira electricity projects litter Osun

The federal government allocated 14 electrification projects to Osun State between 2015 and 2019 at the cost of N1,841,982,341. Most of them have been abandoned.

Lagos State Judiciary

Justice for Sale (II) – Extortion, Injustice prevails in Lagos Courts

“Securing bail is more difficult when we charge suspects to court. It is better you negotiate at the station and get your person released.”

Anti-Cultism Unit, Lagos State.

Justice For Sale (I): Inside Lagos Police’s fraudulent detention centre

Innocent victims are arrested and forced to pay huge sums by police officers of the anti-cultism unit.