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UN Raises The Alarm Over 350m Illicit Weapons In Nigeria

UN Raises The Alarm Over 350m Illicit Weapons In Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) has raised the alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, saying there are no less than over 350 million in circulation in the country. It said out of the estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa, 70% of them is domiciled in Nigeria. Director ... Read More »

Kidnapped Ekiti Senator Ayo Arise Regains Freedom

Kidnapped Ekiti Senator Ayo Arise Regains Freedom

A former Senator from Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Arise, who was kidnapped last Sunday has regained freedom. Arise, a governorship aspirant under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, regained freedom on Friday night. The President of Oye Ekiti Progressives Union (OPU), an umbrella association of the indigenes of Oye, Mr Akin Omole, confirmed the release of the former ... Read More »

Swiss govt to return $321m stolen by Abacha to Nigeria

Swiss govt to return $321m stolen by Abacha to Nigeria

Switzerland will return to Nigeria around 321 million dollars in assets seized from the family of former military ruler Sani Abacha via a deal signed with the World Bank, the Swiss government said. Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, has accused Abacha of stealing up to five billion dollars of public money during the five years he ran the oil-rich country, ... Read More »

Gunmen Kidnap Senator Arise, Demand N80m Ransom

Gunmen Kidnap Senator Arise, Demand N80m Ransom

Gunmen who kidnaped a Former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Mr Ayo Arise, have demanded a ransom of N80 million before he is released. Mr Arise was kidnapped alongside his driver on Sunday evening along the Okene-Abuja highway while returning to Abuja from Oye Ekiti, his country-home. The politician was said to have been traveling in his Mercedez Jeep ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons  Gwarzo the DG of SEC was suspended

EXCLUSIVE: Real reasons Gwarzo the DG of SEC was suspended

Just before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, selected journalists got mails from the finance ministry of an impending ‘news break.’ “Kindly await a major news break from the Federal Ministry of Finance today at 6.30 p.m.,” Oluyinka Akintunde, the spokesperson of the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, said; an indication that a decision to be announced to the public about 90 ... Read More »

War crimes suspect, Bosnian Croat Praljak, dies after taking poison in court

War crimes suspect, Bosnian Croat Praljak, dies after taking poison in court

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died in a hospital on Wednesday after drinking poison in a dramatic courtroom scene after UN judges upheld his 20-year sentence the Croatia’s state-run news agency said. The 72-year-old died in hospital, according to the HINA agency quoting a source close to Praljak, after he drank from a brown bottle at his appeal judgement at ... Read More »

Mounir Gwarzo, DG Securities and Exchange Commission suspended

Mounir Gwarzo, DG Securities and Exchange Commission suspended

The Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Mounir Gwarzo, has been suspended from office. Mr. Gwarzo was suspended on Wednesday by the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, “to allow for an unhindered investigation of several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the Director-General.” According to a statement by Patricia Deworitshe, Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Finance, “the ... Read More »

Badoo: Police barred vigil in Ikorodu

Badoo: Police barred vigil in Ikorodu

•’Most killings occur in churches’ •Curfew imposed on Ikorodu •No tight security no vigil To stem the Badoo menace, the police yesterday barred churches and mosques in Ikorodu and environs from holding vigil without tight security. Acting Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal warned that he would arrest and charge with murder any pastor in whose church ritualists kill worshippers ... Read More »

Boko Haram flushed out of Magumeri

Boko Haram flushed out of Magumeri

The Boko Haram insurgents never maintained  a foothold on the Borno town of Magumeri on Saturday. Competent military sources told the News Agency of Nigeria, that the attack on the town was repelled. A competent security source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the insurgents attacked a military formation at the town, also the headquarters of the local ... Read More »

Egypt Terror Attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

Egypt Terror Attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with “the utmost force” after 300 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on “terrorist” targets in response. No ... Read More »

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

Attorney General Malami lied on Maina’s recall letters, say Oyo-Ita, Federal Civil Service Commission

The controversy over the recall of former head of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, into service rumbled on on Thursday. At a hearing by the adhoc committee set up by the House of Representatives to probe the matter, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, ... Read More »

Letter For Maina’s Reinstatement Didn’t Come From My Office – AGF

Letter For Maina’s Reinstatement Didn’t Come From My Office – AGF

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has denied having any involvement in the reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina. He said the letter giving clear directives on the reinstatement of the former chairman, couldn’t have genuinely emanated from his office. He made this known when the House of Representatives ... Read More »

No prison for Maryam Sanda alleged husband killer

No prison for Maryam Sanda alleged husband killer

Maryam Sanda, alleged killer of her husband, Bilyamin Bello, has been spared, for now, of being remanded in prison by the police. Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the FCT police command said the police did not demand prison remand for her because she is nursing a six month old baby. Police said they have secured a court order to remand her for two weeks, ... Read More »

Nigerian Army Sergeant Kills Army Captain, Four Others and self In Chibok

Nigerian Army Sergeant Kills Army Captain, Four Others and self In Chibok

Tragedy occurred on Sunday in Chibok, Borno State when a Nigerian Army Staff Sergeant, Silas Ninyo (93NA/36/2608), shot dead Captain T. Mani, who stopped him from beating innocent civilians. The enraged soldier also killed four others before taking his own life. An Army situation report (No.64) exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters revealed that on Sunday afternoon a team of soldiers, led ... Read More »

Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police to probe Wike and Amaechi security detail bloody clash

Police Chief Ibrahim Idris has ordered a probe into the  Saturday clash between security detail of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and those of Minister of Transportation Chibuile Amaechi in Port Harcourt. Although nobody died during the clash, many were injured and the rifle of a policeman was snatched at the Trans-Amadi Layout. Both Wike and Amaechi, who are former ... Read More »

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

At least 26 people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Texas church during Sunday service. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County. The victims’ ages ranged from five to 72. The suspected gunman was later found dead in his vehicle some miles ... Read More »

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

Maina sought opportunity to say the ‘truth’ in letter to Saraki

A letter written by former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urging the Senate to give him an opportunity of fair hearing has surfaced. The letter dated June 19, 2015, one week after the inauguration of the present Senate, indicated that the fugitive ex-pension boss returned to the country shortly after President ... Read More »

Army Repels Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Army Repels Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Troops of the Nigerian Army have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorist on Goneri community in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria. The insurgents reportedly invaded the community in the late hours of Saturday. However, the spokesman of the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Kayode Ogunsoya, confirmed the attack but did not give any details of the casualty figures. ... Read More »

How Nigerian judge created shady company to collect bribe from lawyer – EFCC

How Nigerian judge created shady company to collect bribe from lawyer – EFCC

Lawal Abdullahi, a detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday in Lagos revealed how Godwin Obla, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia allegedly perverted the course of justice. Mr. Abdullahi alleged before an Ikeja High Court that Mr. Obla gave the Federal High Court judge N5 million gratification to pervert the course of ... Read More »

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

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

On the day the anti-graft agency, EFCC, expressed its frustrations in locating two ex-Nigerian ministers on trial for their alleged roles in the Malabu scandal, the federal government announced that UK authorities returned $85 million (about N30 billion) to Nigeria. The money, frozen at the request of Italian authorities, is part of the $1.092 billion paid by oil giants, Shell ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

EXCLUSIVE: INTERPOL speaks on Maina’s ‘arrest warrant’

The International Police organisation, INTERPOL, has responded to an inquiry filed by PREMIUM TIMES on why Abdulrasheed Maina, a man it declared wanted and placed on its red notice was moving around the world without hindrance. Mr. Maina was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2015. He was subsequently placed on INTERPOL’s wanted list by ... Read More »

VP Osinbajo seeks revival of anti-corruption war

VP Osinbajo seeks revival of anti-corruption war

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday declared that the anti-corruption fight in the country must take a new turn for it to succeed. Osinbajo stated this at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop for justices and judges, organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja. He said ... Read More »

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Nigeria Still Suffering From Malabu Scandal – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that Nigeria is still suffering from the consequences of the lack of transparency in the award of OPL 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd in 1998. Osinbajo spoke in Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday at a conference on beneficial ownership organised by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). LEADERSHIP recalls that the Malabu oil scam, ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

EXCLUSIVE: Despite being wanted for alleged fraud, Maina gets SSS, Police protection

Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was provided federal security cover, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Investigators have found that for months, Mr. Maina received protection from operatives of the Nigeria Police Force ... Read More »

Maina: Senate calls for the immediate sack of Malami, Danbazau, Abba Kyari

Maina: Senate calls for the immediate sack of Malami, Danbazau, Abba Kyari

SENATORS resolved yesterday to probe the controversial return of Abdulrasheed Maina to the civil service. The Public Service, Anti-Corruption, Interior and Judiciary  committee is to investigate the recall  of the former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, who is on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2 billion pension fraud, among others. ... Read More »

Maina probe widens as EFCC seals more houses

Maina probe widens as EFCC seals more houses

How did wanted civil servant Abdulrasheed Maina sneak into Nigeria? Who gave him the police and other security personnel he had? These are some of the questions in government and security circles, following the scandal sparked by Maina’s reinstatement and promotion. The dismissed chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team has been in the country in ... Read More »

Exposed! How AGF ordered reinstatement of Maina

Exposed! How AGF ordered reinstatement of Maina

Dirty details of how the wanted former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, was reinstated in the civil service and made a director despite being on the run for alleged N2b scam have been revealed. The reinstatement of Maina was facilitated by no other than the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of ... Read More »

BREAKING: ‎Evans in court for second arraignment

BREAKING: ‎Evans in court for second arraignment

Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, ‎is currently before the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere. He is to be arraigned this morning before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on charges bordering on kidnapping, murder and illegal possession of firearms. The fresh charges are separate from the ones pressed against him before the Ikeja division of the court, where he was ... Read More »

U.S. court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

U.S. court jails Nigerian Sodipo Williams

Kevin Kunle Sodipo  Williams, a Nigerian  living in St. Louis, Missouri has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison over  a stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds. A  U.S.  federal judge on Friday  also ordered him to pay roughly $900,000 in restitution to the IRS. Williams was charged with mail fraud, ... Read More »

Bomber AbdulMutallab says White supremacists torment him

Bomber AbdulMutallab says White supremacists torment him

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian  underwear bomber, serving multiple life sentences in the United States  said  White Supremacists are making his prison life a hell. He was convicted on 16 February  2012 for  trying to set off a bomb in his underwear on a Northwest Airline flight from Amsterdam to Detroit  on Christmas Day in 2009. In a suit against ... Read More »

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