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CJID, UNESCO commence second MIL training for youth leaders in The Gambia

The Boko Haram insurgency in the North East is the largest humanitarian crisis since the Nigerian civil war. The conflict has left more than 20,000 dead and two million displaced. According to the BBC, Boko Haram is one of the least understood jihadist groups in the world. Another conflict taking…

INTERVIEW: ‘I’m not satisfied with the level of women’s representation in governance,’ – Rinsola Abiola

Rinsola Abiola is one of the daughters of Nigeria’s martyr for democracy, the late Alhaji M.K.O Abiola. She was the Special Assistant (New Media) to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara. She is a public relations consultant and the Founder of the Derinsola Abiola Foundation. In a chat with Osaruonamen …

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REPORT ON THE LAUNCH OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE REPORTING HANDBOOK

Background Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights abuses worldwide. According to studies,  one out of every three women will be physically or sexually abused at some point in their life. GBV jeopardizes the victims’ health, dignity, safety and autonomy. The COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria aggravated the problem, resulting in an …

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Call for Application: Masterclass in Health Reporting

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development is calling on Abuja based health and climate change journalists to apply for a masterclass in Health and Environmental Reporting. The course will hold in the second week of April in Abuja. Kindly spread the word and/or apply by the April 7th deadline. Annually, the world celebrates World …

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CJID trains journalists on illicit financial flows reporting

The Centre for Journalism Innovations and Development (CJID) on Wednesday trained journalists on effective coverage of issues bordering on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF). The one-day training, held in Abuja on Wednesday in collaboration with the Torch Light group, had in attendance about 40 Nigerian journalists from different newsrooms. Illicit financial flows involve money laundering, bribery by international …

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SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Slaughterhouses Where Animal Wastes Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Abdulkareem Mojeed Friday Effiong wipes his face with the back of his palms to clean a simmering sweat as he struggles to separate the fleshy part of a cow leg from its bones with a machete. A customer awaits the product of this labour. The impact of the heavy rain that fell that Tuesday …

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DUBAWA wins Google grant for automated radio fact-checking application

Google has announced DUBAWA as one of the recipients of its third Google News Initiative (GNI) Challenge in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region The GNI is part of Google’s ongoing $300 million commitment to support news and journalism to thrive in the digital age through innovation challenges and to create new business models.  DUBAWA, a …

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Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) to be known as The Centre For Journalism Innovation & Development (CJID)

PTCIJ was established in 2014 to expand the practice of investigative reporting to an exponential level After operating for nearly eight years as a non-governmental organisation with a mission to deploy investigative journalism, open data and civic technology tools for the advancement of fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa, the Premium Times …

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CJID launches media fellowship on climate change

Mr White noted that the current phase of the fellowship is being organised following the success of the inaugural one. The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) has called for applications for its second climate change media fellowship for eligible media practitioners in West Africa. Through the initiative, the media organisation said it aims to further …

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SERAP, CJID sue Buhari over ‘unlawful fines on Daily Trust, others’

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari, asking the court to “declare arbitrary and illegal the N5 million imposed on Trust TV, Multichoice Nigeria Limited, NTA-Startimes Limited and TelcCom Satellite Limited, over their documentaries on terrorism in the country.” Joined in the suit …

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COALITION CALLS ON THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWER

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COALITION CALLS ON NBC TO WITHDRAW SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON MEDIA ORGANISATIONS

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SPECIAL REPORT: Left with no choice, Makurdi residents consume ‘dirty water’ supplied by mairuwa

By Ode Uduu On Saturday morning, the 14th of May 2022, Samuel Mkem left his house searching for water. He had only one option; to buy from water vendors popularly called ‘mairuwa.’ Mairuwa is a Hausa word loosely translated to water vendor or seller. In Makurdi, the state capital of Benue, where Mr Mkem lives, …

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Coalition Request the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Saviour Imukudo and John Adenekan

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How Nigeria’s e-waste collectors struggle with solar waste amidst the government’s nonchalance

By Irene David-Arinze “Up Solar, Up Solar.” These were the euphoric chants of Mafolabomi, who runs a small provision store in the Igbonla community along the coast in Ilaje Local Government Area in Ondo State. The community, which has never been connected to the national grid, had depended so long on using fossil fuel generators; …

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CJID CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP IMPOSING UNLAWFUL SANCTIONS

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ruled that the indefinite suspension of access to Twitter in Nigeria by the Federal Government…..
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MRA Calls on Federal Government to Implement ECOWAS Court Judgment in Twitter Ban Suits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lagos, Monday, July 18, 2022: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called on the Federal Government to immediately take measures to ensure the execution of the judgment of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, which ruled on July 14, 2022, that the indefinite suspension of access to Twitter in Nigeria by Federal Government in June …

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Call for Applications

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, in partnership with The Centre for Investigative Journalism, is pleased to invite journalists, media professionals, researchers, and analysts interested in climate change to apply for a three-day climate change media training. This opportunity is open to applicants from English-speaking West African countries (Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Liberia …

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CRITICAL FEEDBACK: CODE OF PRACTICE FOR INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SERVICE PLATFORMS/INTERNET INTERMEDIARIES

Introduction On 13th June 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced the development of a draft Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries and conditions for Operating in Nigeria through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The announcement was followed by a stir of reactions among Nigerians especially active social media users, …

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Four factors responsible for rising food prices in Nigeria in 2022

Food is one of the most important basic needs for survival. Its availability and accessibility are very important to any nation because its unavailability can lead to civil unrest, untimely death, malnourishment and more. In Nigeria, unfortunately, the price of food items in the markets has increased exponentially, daily. For some time now, the price …

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CJID, IWPR Upskill CSOs on Human Rights Advocacy Campaign Strategy

Press Statement After training journalists on how to report conflicts and human rights issues, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, in collaboration with Institute for War and Peace Reporting, has concluded its second phase of the “Voices of Change” project.  The second phase of the project, held from Tuesday to Thursday, was designed to …

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Press Release: Mid-Day Observation on Ekiti Gubernatorial Elections

The 2022 Ekiti Gubernatorial Election has finally kicked off. As we draw closer to the mid-day point, here are some observations from the Election Analysis Centre run by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CIJD), formerly known as the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). The Centre trained and deployed a total of …

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CJID, UNESCO commence second MIL training for youth leaders in The Gambia  

In partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), has started a three-day media and information literacy training for the second cohort of young community leaders in The Gambia. The training, which began on Tuesday the 14th of June, is expected to end on …

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MRA Rejects Government’s Attempt to Regulate Social Media ‘Through the Back Door’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAGOS, Tuesday, June 14, 2022: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today called on the Federal Government to discontinue its attempt to adopt a “Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries”, accusing it of trying to regulate social media and other online platforms through the backdoor by circumventing the legislative process. MRA described the draft …

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Coalition Condemns Abduction of Photojournalist Uchenna Nwube, Calls on Government to Secure his Release

Press Release Thursday, June 9, 2022:   The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPFF) condemns the June 8, 2022 abduction of Mr Uchenna Nwube, a photojournalist working with the Ebonyi State Government House, by suspected kidnappers.  The Coalition calls on the Government to launch an investigation into the incident and secure his release. According …

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CJID Deputy Director Clinches Prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Deputy Director leading Development Practice, Research and Policy at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), Akintunde Babatunde, has departed for the United States to participate in this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Mr Babatunde, who currently coordinates CJID’s efforts to implement projects and drive …

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MRA Accuses Federal Government of Encouraging Attacks Against Journalists by Failing to Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAGOS, Monday, June 6, 2022: Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today accused the Federal Government of encouraging attacks against journalists and media organizations by its failure to take measures to protect journalists and punish perpetrators of such attacks whom it noted are frequently security agents or other government officials. Observing that at least …

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The Electorate Have INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, on the Hot Seat!

PRESS RELEASE “Votes don’t count is the big lie politicians sell to those whose votes cannot be bought so that only those whose votes can be bought will come to the polling units.” Aisha Yesufu (Active Citizen & Entrepreneur) Enough is Enough (EiE Nigeria) in partnership with Yiaga Africa, the Electoral College, Election Hub, Centre …

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CJID, NRGI Host Journalists and CSOs to Discuss Oil Dependency in Nigeria

In a bid to drive the level of discourse on oil dependency and the nexus with energy transition in the Nigerian economy, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), through its Natural Resource and Extractives Programme (NAREP), in partnership with Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), held a one-day capacity building workshop for media and …

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Reporting on conflict and humanitarian issues in Nigeria

AUTHOR: FREE PRESS UNLIMITED While the world’s attention is mostly focused on the war in Ukraine, there are conflicts in different parts of the world that need good reporting. Like in Nigeria, which is experiencing widespread violence concentrated in the North East of the country. Many women, children and families have been displaced and a …

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News from the Fisheries and Blue Resource Sector for the First Quarter

On the 17th of January 2022, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in a meeting with relevant stakeholders at the statehouse, inaugurated a committee on the blue economy. The objective of this is to ensure the sustainable use of the ocean’s resources for economic growth. A few days later, the Resource and Environmental Policy Research Centre, …

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CJID And IWPR To Train CSOs On Human Rights Offences In Nigeria

Press Release The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) in collaboration with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is set to launch the second phase of the “Voice of Change” project. The project seeks to work with the media for training on communication and advocacy campaigns on human rights violations in Nigeria. …

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CJID Announces Launch of Press Freedom Training Manual

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day, is set to launch a press freedom training manual. The training manual is a knowledge product that highlights the constraints to a free and safe press as well as the policies and conditions that facilitate the production of diversified content …

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CJID and Institute for War and Peace Reporting Partner on Training and Investigative Reporting on Human Rights Violations in Nigeria 

Press Release As part of its mandate to build the capacity of the media to become a more informed, innovative and competitive institution, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) is partnering with the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), on a human rights violations reporting project. The Centre, known for its practice …

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Analysis: All You Need To Know About The Recently Signed Port State Measures Agreement

The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria has given the approval for the ratification of the Port State Measures (PSMA). This is the first binding and most important international agreement/treaty to specifically target Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated (IUU) fishing across the globe. According to the Nigerian Trawler Operators Association (NITOA), Nigeria loses more than $70 million …

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Nigerian Agriculture In The News: Q1

Summary On Agricultural News In January 2022 In the second week of January, the agricultural sector experienced a number of events ranging from the problems faced by Cashew farmers the problems faced were limited access to finance, storage and processing facility problems, lack of technical know-how, and insecurity among other problems. With the loss of …

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World Health Day: CJID To Host Conversation On Environmental Hazards And Health, Train Journalists On Health And Climate Change Reporting

To celebrate this year’s World Health Day, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (formerly Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism) has announced a Twitter Spaces event to discuss the impact of environmental hazards on health.  Professor Nasir Idris of the Faculty of Environmental Science, Nasarawa State University Keffi will be a panellist, Vivian Chime, …

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CJID congratulates Nigerian women as Court rules on 35% Affirmative Action

The Centre for Journalism, Innovation and Development (CJID), formerly known as Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism commends the federal high court’s judgement ordering the federal government to comply with the 2006 35% affirmative action for women. The Federal High Court Abuja, on 6th April 2022 delivered judgement in favour of Nigerian women on the …

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Call for Participants – Health and Environmental Reporting Masterclass

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development is calling on Abuja based health and climate change journalists to apply for a masterclass in Health and Environmental Reporting. The course will hold in the second week of April in Abuja. Kindly spread the word and/or apply by the April 11th deadline. Annually, the world celebrates World …

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In Abuja, Fuel Scarcity Drives Surge in Food Prices

By Ntiedo Ekott Traders say the high cost of transportation accounts for the new rates they sell food and other goods now. As fuel scarcity continues in the Federal Capital Territory and other major cities in Nigeria, prices of food items in Abuja have skyrocketed as a result of an increase in transport fares in …

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Coalition condemns attack on HEDA boss’ life

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom condemns the attack and threat to the life of Mr. Lanre Suraju and his family by a group of unknown armed men who stormed his residence, assaulted members of his family and made away with several valuables including sensitive materials. On Monday 28th March, Mr. Suraju a …

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Ending Nigeria’s Oil Dependency: Not If, But When…and How

The issues of “post-oil” and economic diversification received considerable attention in Nigeria after the 2014 commodity price crash, again during the 2016 economic crisis and more recently with the coronavirus pandemic influenced global crisis. Over that period, recognition of the dangers of Nigeria’s dependency on oil has led to several initiatives aimed at securing changes …

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Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development Launches in Abuja

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development [CJID], has officially launched in Abuja, Nigeria, to help the West African news media community fulfil “a mission to improve governance, promote a community of informed citizenry, and entrench democratic accountability,” according to the CJID Chief Executive Officer, Dapo Olorunyomi at the launch dinner on Tuesday the 8th …

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Innovative Journalism Strengthens Accountability in Nigeria

Three journalism organisations at the forefront of exposing corruption drive important innovations that promote good government. When Dapo Olorunyomi returned to Nigeria in 2004 after a decade-long forced exile, journalism in Nigeria was enduring both credibility and financial crises. Its professionalism had eroded. After working as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman of …

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COALITION CONDEMNS ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS

The Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom again condemns the continuous attack on journalists in Nigeria and call on the government to protect all media workers in the country. On the 1st of February, suspected hoodlums reportedly attacked workers of Channels and Arise TV at the TinCan Airport Apapa while recording the gridlock on …

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CJID Trains University Of Uyo Campus Journalists

As part of its efforts to support evidence-based campus journalism in Nigerian tertiary institutions, the Centre for Journalism, Innovation and Development (CJID) has trained over 50 students at the University of Uyo. The CJID, formerly Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, implemented the programme through its social accountability and advocacy project, UDEME. Participants at the …

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ANALYSIS: Anambra 2021 Governorship Elections Repeated an Intriguing Trend

The recently concluded 2021 Anambra State elections heightened a recurring trend in the State’s…..
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Speak Up on the Warrantless Attack on Journalists, Governor Bello Matawalle!

On Tuesday, 4 January 2022, the headquarters of the Thunder Blowers newspaper located at Fadama Plaza, Gusau, in Zamfara State was vandalised by suspected political thugs on account of its reporting and analysis on the activities of the Zamfara State government. Governor Bello Matawalle, whom the media organisation alleges is the sponsor of the attack, …

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Press Statement by Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom, CWPPF on the Growing Trend of State Security Attacks on Journalists and News Media Houses

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom, CWPPF, strongly condemns the growing trend of state security attacks on journalists and news media houses publishing investigative reports about public officials involved in corruption. This dangerous trend threatens the health of the Nigerian news media and the resilience of our country’s democracy. On Thursday, December 30, …

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Press Statement by Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom, CWPPF on Attacks on Critical Media and Investigative Journalism in Nigeria.

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom, CWPPF, condemns, in the strongest terms, the growing trend of attacks on journalists and media houses which have published investigative reports about corruption allegedly perpetrated by government officials. It is a dangerous trend that threatens the vibrancy of the country’s media and its democracy. On Monday, December …

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Membership of GIJN

Kasancewa memba a GIJN GIJN kungiya ce mai zaman kanta da ke tallafwa masu bincike a aikin jarida a duk fadin duniya. Tun kafuwar kungiyar a shekarar 2003, GIJN ta bunkasa zuwa kasashe 80 da mambobi 203 a duniya baki daya. Mambobin sun hada da cibiyoyin rahotanni, da na koyarwa, kungiyoyin cigaban kafafen yada labarai …

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CJID and partners, UNESCO, train Gambian youth leaders on media literacy

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Aregbesola to Deliver Keynote Address as West African Stakeholders Convene for Information Disorder West Africa Conference

The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will deliver the conference keynote address as experts, policymakers, academia and other stakeholders from West Africa convene on the 17th and 18th of November to review and interrogate the mechanics of how communication crisis threatens the internal stability of states, institutions and critical national assets.   The …

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Challenges And Solutions For A Free And Credible Electoral Process

The outbreak of COVID-19 has made elections within Nigeria enormously challenging and threatens to overturn other democratic ideals including frequent political dialogues, political party campaigns and manifesto interrogations vis-à-vis active citizen participation across the state[1]. Notwithstanding, the latest challenge of COVID-19 include the several intrigues that come into play seeking to affect the electoral process …

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Call For Volunteers

DUBAWA WEEK  FOR TRUTH (NOVEMBER 2021) Are you passionate about making an impact? Do you want to help in the personal development of young adults in the various Senior High and Tertiary schools in the country? If yes, then we need you. This is your chance to leave a mark. Dubawa, a fact-checking and verification …

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A Communique issued at the end of a Roundtable Discussion themed “Strategic Partnerships for Accountability in Nigeria”, on 2nd September 2021 organised by the Udeme project of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) at Orisun Art Source, Abuja, Nigeria

Preamble Collaborative governance has been described as a non-existent element in the quest for accountability in Nigeria. It allows stakeholders in government, civil society organisations, media, communities and the private sector to come together and develop innovative frameworks for development.

The Twittering Birds of Nigeria will yet Tweet

The Twittering birds are not bounded in their countries by territory… Timeless, the bird is always a carrier of songs from across boundless territories…

Five NGOs, four journalists sue Nigerian govt at ECOWAS Court over Twitter ban

Five non-governmental organisations and four journalists have filed a suit against the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja asking it to declare the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria a violation of their human rights under international law, order the government to immediately rescind the suspension order, and compensate them …

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Lauretta Onochie: PTCIJ, YIAGA, nine other CSOs petition Senate, oppose appointment

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), YIAGA Africa and nine other CSOs have written a petition to the Senate opposing the appointment of Lauretta Onochie as a commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Groups criticise proposed amendment to Nigeria Press Council Act as threat to media freedom

A consortium of four media development and media freedom organisations have opposed the proposed amendment of the Nigerian Press Council Act by the National Assembly saying the measures contained in the amendment Bill seek to make the government the arbiter of truth while subjecting the entire media sector in Nigeria to the control of the …

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Dubawa inducts 26 fact-checkers for 2021 West Africa-wide fellowship

West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, Dubawa, has concluded plans to induct twenty-six (26) fellows into its 2021 cohort of fact-checkers to combat misinformation in the sub-region.

New Threats to Press Freedom

A PRESENTATION BY GLORIA MABEIAM BALLASON ESQ AT THE 8TH DIGITAL RIGHTS AND INCLUSION FORUM (DRIF) ORGANIZED BY THE PREMIUM TIMES CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (PTCIJ) NIGERIA  ON 21 APRIL,2021 AT REIZ CONTINENTAL HOTEL, FCT ABUJA. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10 of the Human Rights Act and Section 39 …

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Call for Application: NAREP Oil and Gas Media Fellowship 2021

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its Natural Resource and Extractive Programme (NAREP), is pleased to invite journalists, media professionals, researchers and analysts in the oil and gas sector to apply for its flagship 2021 media fellowship.

Dubawa, Others Partner With WHO To Tackle COVID-19, Other Health Misinformation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched its Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA) initiative on Thursday, December 3, 2020. The launch was held on zoom owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

PTCIJ to launch report on press freedom in Nigeria

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) is set to launch a report on the state of Press Freedom in Nigeria on 12th November 2020. The report titled “State of Press Freedom – Trends and Reflections” is a critical analysis of press freedom and surrounding issues and contains contributions from fourteen (14) professionals across …

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Coalition Condemns the Recent Attacks, Detention of Journalists and has Taken Legal Steps to Challenge NBC

The Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) has condemned the recent detention of Oga Tom Uhia, publisher of Independent Steering Magazine; Tosin Ajuwon and Victor Ogungbenro, journalists with Sahara Reporters and death of Pelumi Onifade of GboahTV, and has taken legal steps to challenge the legality of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) code.

“It’s just age”: how dementia is a growing concern in Nigeria

Losing your memory and the sudden onset of idiosyncratic behaviours are just some of the characteristics that are associated with the natural ageing process. “It’s just age,” many would say to explain changes that we might typically attribute to mental decline. But when do these behaviours become a disease?

Group Condemns The Sack of Mr Joseph Ameh for Exposing Alleged Corruption

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) condemns the sack of Mr Joseph Ameh, Head of Physical Planning Division of Federal College of Education, Asaba by the institution based on his decision to report mismanagement within the College of Education.

World Suicide Prevention Day: the role of the media in suicide prevention

The 10th of September is globally recognised as World Suicide Prevention Day. This day was introduced by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO). The day is intended to raise awareness and in so doing, support advocacy for suicide prevention. By dedicating an entire day to suicide prevention, the …

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Group condemns Fani-Kayode’s harassment of Daily Trust journalist

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) has condemned the intimidation and harassment of the Daily Trust journalist Eyo Charles, by the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

PTCIJ organises webinar on laws protecting press freedom

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) is set to hold a webinar on global laws upholding the freedom of press and related challenges. The webinar, which is expected to come up on August 27, will have in attendance, major press freedom fighters as speakers, activists and would be moderated by PREMIUM TIMES’ publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi.

PTCIJ to launch research paper on NDDC

In the view of on-going efforts to tackle corruption at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Premium Times Centre for Investigation (PTCIJ) will be launching a 70-page-long research paper to expose the pattern of corruption and financial recklessness of the agency.

Call for Applications – Natural Resource and Extractives Programme (NAREP)

PTCIJ’s Natural Resource and Extractives Programme (NAREP) is pleased to invite journalists to apply for a virtual around Nigeria’s Natural Resource and Extractive Sector Reporting in Nigeria.

A meeting on the current trends in Nigeria’s conflict regions and the challenge of humanitarian response

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CJID tackles psychological impact of COVID-19 reporting on journalists

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Psychological Effects of Reporting in Difficult Times

Journalists have been at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic to receive first-hand information for the consumption of the general public as they have done throughout the course of their work. However, the psychological impact of this on journalists has remained largely unreported.

Ondo, Edo 2020: Civic groups hold meeting on voting amidst COVID-19

Civic groups will on Wednesday hold a town hall meeting to discuss how voting will be done in governorship elections to be held in two states. The electoral commission, INEC, had announced that governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states will proceed despite the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 200 lives in Nigeria.

Call for Application – Dubawa Fact-Checking Fellowship 2020

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its fact-checking project, DUBAWA, is now accepting applications from journalists and researchers to the second edition of her fact-checking fellowship.

COVID-19 Coverage: Survey Reveals Poor Attention To Journalists’ Safety

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World Press Freedom Day: Journalism Without Fear or Favour

In order to mark the celebration of  World Press Freedom Day amidst the lockdown on May 3, 2020, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ)  organised a tweet meet to discuss the ‘Economic impact of COVID-19 on the media industry’ with the CEO, Women FM 91.7 MHz, Toun Okewale Sonaiya and Executive Director of …

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Press Release – Coalition Condemns Umahi’s Actions

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom condemns the blatant intimidation, harassment and continuous attack on journalists and media houses by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

International Forest Day: Group moves to establish Green club in schools in fighting Climate Change

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its Agricultural Journalism Project and Natural Resource Program in partnership with Association of flowers Nurseries And Landscaping Practitioners Abuja (AFNALPA), will be embarking on a two-day outreach scheduled to hold from the 20th to 21st of March  2020 to commemorate the International Day of Forests.

FEATURE ON IWD2020 – EQUAL AND INCLUSIVE PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA

The recurring debate about expanding and strengthening women’s voices in the media took on even more significance at the recent commemoration of the 45th International Women’s Day 2020, on March 8, in Abuja. Professional journalists gathered to ask for a minimum industry charter, including policies that will be enforced to address the problem of inequality …

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AFRICMIL, PT Books, YIAGA Africa, OakTV, Sahara Reporters and TechHerNG launch Sixty Years, Sixty Voices book project

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and its partners — PT Books, YIAGA Africa, OakTV, Sahara Reporters and TechHerNG — on Wednesday 18th March announced a book project to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s political independence. The project involves the production of a book of 60 essays on Nigeria with the …

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COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Coronavirus is a disease that causes damage to the respiratory tract when it is attached to the cells in the lining of the lungs causing damage to it. When the virus enters the body, the patient begins to experience mild symptoms of dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, headache, muscle pain and tiredness compared to …

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PTCIJ 2019: Our Year In Review

As the Nigerian media industry marks 150 years of practice this year, the PTCIJ team did not only change the course of that history, it consolidated a legacy for securing the future of the industry.

CWPPF calls on Buhari to take stern punitive action against the DSS

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), a national alliance of media and civil society organisations, today condemned the reckless display of brutality and lawlessness by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) who re-arrested human rights and pro-democracy activist, and founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore at the premises of the …

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Fellowship launched to study media standards and freedom

As concern has grown about the rise of misinformation, governments and regulators in many countries around the world have started clamping down on freedom of expression – online and in the media – introducing new “anti-fake news laws” and regulations. And in Africa, a survey earlier this year found public support for media freedom is in …

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Nigerian military using surveillance technology to spy on Nigerians – CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has accused the Nigerian military of using surveillance technology to spy on ordinary Nigerians and the press.

Statement by CWPPF on the occasion of the 2019 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) notes the alarming trend of media censorship by state authorities in Nigeria. We observe that public officers and influential individuals are increasingly intolerant of critical reporting and fair comments by journalists. They, therefore, resort to the use of instruments of state criminal justice system to suppress …

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18 Days in Police Custody – AGBA JALINGO

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), condemns the actions of Governor Ayade of Cross River state and the recurring harassment and arrest of Agba Jalingo.

Call For Interest

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism calls for submission of interests from Lawyers with experience in Rights issues to provide legal support to Journalists as part of its Legal Aid Project.

Stakeholders Discuss the Role of Media in Conflict and Humanitarian Issues

A recent report on coverage patterns of conflict and humanitarian issues by ten media houses in Nigeria has revealed the need for a more strategic, nuanced focus on the role of the media in conflict.

CWPPF Calls For The Release Of Publisher Of Sahara Reporters

The Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom has called on the Nigerian government to release Omoyele Sowore, the Publisher of Sahara reporters.

Call for Pitches

PTCIJ’s Natural Resource Programme is pleased to invite journalists, media professionals and researchers to pitch stories that are worth investigating in the Nigeria Mining Sector.

Coalition warns Nwulu again on threats to journalist

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) is alarmed at a press statement by Mr Tony Nwulu wherein he reiterated earlier threats made against our member and Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of OrderPaper Nigeria, Mr Oke Epia.

World Youth Skill Day: United Nations calls for Increased Youth Empowerment

In April 2018, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari gave a speech where he described Nigerian youths as “lazy,” sparking a social media revolt from both the young and old citizens of the country.

Legal Support For Nigerian Journalists

The Media Legal Defence Initiative, in partnership with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, has put together a project that will grant legal aid for members of the press who are victims of an attack. This is another prong in the fight for press freedom within Nigeria.

How being a journalist in Nigeria can impact mental health

Recognising the rigours of journalism and the effects it can have on journalists’ mental health, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has continued to push the discussion on the need for a holistic approach to the welfare of journalists that addresses both the body and the mind with its Journalists’ Psychotherapy Sessions initiative.

ICPC indicts, to prosecute NBET boss, Marilyn Amobi, others over procurement fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) is set to prosecute the Managing Director of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Limited (NBET), Marilyn Amobi, and others for violation of the Procurement Act.

Restore AIT, Raypower’s broadcast license now

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) condemns in strong terms the resort to extreme measures in withdrawing the broadcast license of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power Radio Network by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

NBET MD demands apology from members of LEAKS.NG for alleged defamation

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi, has asked ‎PREMIUM TIMES, The Cable and Sahara Reporters to apologise over a report exposing graft at her agency.

Book on PTCIJ’s Executive Director set for launch

A book of essays in honour of frontline journalist, Dapo Olorunyomi, will be unveiled on Monday, May 27, at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

INTERVIEW: Adekoya speaks about unremitted Stamp Duty

In this interview with LEAKS.NG Mr Tola Adekoya, of the School of Banking Honours, gives an account on how his school first brought the issue of the unremitted N20 trillion stamp duty to the fore and who are those with questions to answer.

UDEME Trains Campus Reporters on Basics of Accountability Journalism

On the 5th of April, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its UDEME project, ended a three-day training workshop for campus journalists on the Basics of Accountability Journalism.

Catering to Journalists’ Mental Health

On the 23rd of March 2019, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) gathered a small group of journalists for a mental wellness session at The Olive Prime Psychology Services Centre (TOPS), in Abuja.

JOINT STATEMENT – Mozambique: Civil Society groups call for the unconditional and immediate release of radio journalist

The thirty-eight undersigned human rights and civil liberties organisations are gravely concerned by the continued arbitrary detention of Mr. Amade Abubacar, a community radio journalist at the state-owned Rádio e Televisão Comunitária Nacedje de Macomia, in Cabo Delgado province. We urge the Mozambican authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him and allow all journalists to …

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CPJ Launches Campaign To Find Missing Tanzanian Journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) launched the #WhereIsAzory campaign to bring attention to the case of the Tanzanian freelance journalist, Azory Gwanda, as today marks his 500th day in captivity.

Call For Application: Dubawa Fact-Checking Fellowship 2019

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its fact-checking project, DUBAWA, is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its flagship 2019 fellowship program.

Newsroom Diversity Survey

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom’ Welfare Campaign invites journalists and media workers across Nigeria to participate in the Newsroom survey, designed to help identify the best media organization with quality working conditions in Nigeria.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – I am a woman and so what?

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) once said: “A woman is like a teabag– you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

PTCIJ announces training for judiciary, anti-corruption reporters

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has announced that it is inviting journalists on the judiciary and anti-corruption beats on various media platforms to apply for its Investigative Journalism and Fact Checking training.

#NigeriaDecides2019: Group Condemns Attacks on Journalists

A group advocating for freedom of the press has condemned the attacks on journalists and pressmen in the line of duty during the Nigerian Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday the 23rd of February, 2019.

Gendered Contests: PTCIJ, John Hopkins University Partner On Women In Competitive Elections

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), Abuja in partnership with the African Studies program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C. is conducting a gendered analysis of the 2019 Nigerian elections.

Nigeria Decides: Fate of journalists

As Nigerians across board head to the polls to exercise their civic duty in the 2019 general elections in less than 24 hours, it is important to note that attacks on journalists and observers covering the elections are a crime against democracy.

AFRICMIL urges NBET MD/CEO to end victimization of whistleblowers

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has called on the MD/CEO of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, Dr. Marilyn Amobi, to immediately stop the victimization of two whistleblowers, Sambo Abdullahi, Deputy General Manager and Head of Internal Audit, and Waziri Bintube, General Manager and Chief Finance Officer.

Group Calls NBET Boss to Reinstate and End Victimization of Staff/Whistleblowers

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) calls on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to take action with regards to the corruption allegations against the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC boss, Marilyn Amobi and the alleged victimization of the whistleblowers at the NBET office.

CORRUPTION: Whistle-blowers face gruelling ordeal in NBET

The travails of Messrs Abdullahi Sambo and Waziri Bintube at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) began in June 2017 after the former wrote to the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing challenging his redeployment in the company. Sambo maintains that his redeployment and subsequent predicament at NBET is not unconnected with his whistle-blowing on …

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NBET MD, Marilyn Amobi, enmeshed in multiple corruption allegations

Marilyn Amobi, the managing director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), fraudulently paid at least N2 billion naira to two power generating companies, documents obtained by Leaks.NG have shown.

How Drug Abuse Is Wrecking Female Lives In North

In Kaduna, Habiba, a young lady on the streets of Barnawa holding a baby and a stick of weed shares her story, “I did not decide to be an addict, my family were a trouble to me, I was treated ill from others, I didn’t feel loved by my parents so and I started to …

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The Nigerian Cancer Experience: How You Can Avoid It

Theresa Justin, a woman who lives in Makurdi was only 41 when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June 2017. She recalled feeling calm when the doctors told her because she had grown up seeing a woman in her neighbourhood who had survived breast cancer. “I didn’t even know there was a …

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Facebook Announces Dubawa as Fact-Checking Partner

Following the recent launch of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme to help assess the accuracy of news and reduce the spread of misinformation, Facebook has partnered with Nigerian fact-checking website, Dubawa.

It’s About Time: The Start of Inclusion of People Living with Disabilities

On the 23rd of January 2019, there was a prayer meeting held by People Living with disabilities at the unity fountain of Abuja. About 50 people gathered to pray for assent on a bill that in their belief would lead to good radical changes in their lives. A bill that promises better inclusion and organisation, …

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Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism Supports ‘Young Women In Leadership’ Programme

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) supports the programme ‘ Young Women in Leadership’ which held on Monday in Abuja.

Group Condemns the Death of Ghanaian Journalist

The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) condemns in the most strenuous terms the death of Ghanaian journalist, Ahmed Husseini-Suale and calls on the Ghanaian Government to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Human Cost of Corruption

Once upon a time in Nigeria, education was free, health care services were easily accessed, the agricultural sector thrived immensely and the happiness and comfortability of the citizens mattered greatly to the government. it was an era that ended somewhere around the millennium. A story the present generation listens to with awe and wonder asking, …

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World Anti-Corruption Day

December 9, has been set aside by the United Nations, to bring our attention to an issue I believe is always on the mind of Nigerians, and that is Anti-Corruption. The Cankerworm to any sort of definitive progress, even the UN had admitted that it would be the greatest challenge to the implementation of its …

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Humanity’s Rights: Reflecting on the Universal Declaration of Human Right

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” Nelson Mandela.

CBN, FIRS, SGF shuns FOI request over estimated N20trn stamp duty revenue

The FOI request was sent on July 31 on behalf of LeaksNG to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) PLC.

Journalism’s Silent Battle

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to premiere a documentary titled ‘Journalism’s Silent Battle’ to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The short documentary is an exposition on the state of press freedom in the country at present and highlights victims’ experiences, assessment of efforts by professional …

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International Day of The Girl Child

The International Day of the girl child falls every year on the 11th of October and the 2018 theme is “With Her: A Skilled Workforce”. According to the United Nations, this year like the previous six years marks the commencement of a year of work that will be done by collaborating with partners and stakeholders …

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VACANCY – Software Developer

Software Developer Responsibilities Work with developers to design algorithms and flowcharts. Produce clean and efficient code based on specifications. Integrate software components and third-party programs.

VACANCY: Media Narratives on Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria – Media Monitoring Expert

TERMS OF REFERENCE Project Background Media Narratives on Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria is a joint project of Free Press Unlimited with The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (henceforth PTCIJ). The project aims to contribute to a more, professional, unbiased media that function as a change catalyst in Nigerian society through the following …

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Wole Soyinka Centre Trains Female Reporters on Leadership and Gender Mainstreaming

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism held its second Report Women Fellowship in Lagos Nigeria from the 1st to the 4th of October 2018. This year’s fellowship brought together 20 female Journalists from across Africa.

Mental Health Care for Reporters gets Attention as Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and The Olive Prime Psychological Services sign Memorandum Of Understanding

As part of the Journalism Welfare Campaign, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and The Olive Prime Psychological services(TOPS) Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 10 September at the PTCIJ office in Abuja to provide free mental health assessment and care for journalists.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism Conducts Survey on Workplace Related Stress In Journalism

The Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism as part of its Journalists’ Welfare project invites journalists across all-region in Nigeria to participate in a survey to determine the prevalence of work-related stress amongst journalists and its effect on the psychological welfare of journalists. The survey is commissioned to enable a data-driven approach to combat the …

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#OSUNDECIDES2018: IPC Condemns Humiliation of Journalists

The International Press Centre (IPC) condemns the humiliation of journalists during the Osun State governorship election which ended today, Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Nigerian Journalists gather to talk on welfare

A roundtable discussion around the welfare of Nigerian journalists will hold in Abuja, Tuesday 28 August. Event Organizers, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), said in a release on Friday that a social media campaign with the same purpose will hold earlier on the …

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Nigerian Journalists Welfare Campaign

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in partnership with its strategic partner, Coalition of Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF), is conducting a social media campaign “Journalists Welfare Campaign” and a roundtable discussion for Journalists on the 28th August 2018 in Abuja Nigeria.

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom demands sanctions against the IG of Police

On Friday morning, the 17th of August 2018, Samuel Ogundipe, a Nigerian journalist detained since Tuesday the 14th of August was finally released after he met his bail conditions.

The Coalition for Whistleblower Protection and Press Freedom demands FG to compensate Jones Abiri

On Wednesday evening, the 15th of August 2018, Jones Abiri, a Nigerian journalist detained for over two years was released after he met his bail conditions.

PTCIJ’s Campus Reporter- Transforming the Lives of Young Journalists

Eyes shining, smiling widely, Kabir Adejumo walked forward to receive yet another award, his third of the night. Though he was sitting less than ten steps from the podium, the thrill, euphoria and awe that comes from bagging three awards in one night turned ten steps into a thousand miles, at least according to him. …

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International Day Of Yoga: Relevance And Practices In Nigeria

The United Nations has proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, with the aim to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga. The theme for the 2018 International Day of Yoga organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations is “Yoga for Peace”. The International Day of …

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#FreeKunleAdebajo

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has released the statement below, appealing to the management of University of Ibadan to consider its decision to rusticate Kunle Adebajo over a critical article published two years ago.

Let’s Have A Biafra Day! – Lessons to Learn from Western Sub-Nationals

It was not a typical Wednesday morning. It was cold and the sky was darkened from the heavy rainfall of the night before. I remember this vividly because I had grudgingly gotten out of bed, bumped my foot against the edge of the bed and desperately wished it was the weekend so I wouldn’t go …

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PTCIJ to honour outstanding Nigerian campus journalists

Outstanding student journalists from across Nigerian universities are to be honoured in Abuja. The award ceremony is being organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

Women’s Health Talk: Vesicovaginal Fistula #FACTSHEET

Since womanhood has existed, Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) has been part of that existence. Notably, it is one of the serious health issues facing Nigerian women, although it is not talked about just like many women-specific health issues.

WHAT DO NIGERIANS THINK ABOUT BUHARI’S GOVERNMENT?

Last week, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) released the report of its opinion poll. The opinion poll termed “Buharimeter Opinion Poll”, assessed the opinions of Nigerians as regards the 3-year Buhari Administration.

OPPORTUNITY: FREE PRESS UNLIMITED

Are you an active Nigerian journalist? Are you interested in learning and sharing experiences on fake news, the safety of journalists and journalism that matters? If so, apply to attend the 2018 IPI World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from June 21-23.

For the Love of Factchecking…

Throughout last week, DUBAWA staff (a project under the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism) spent their days training over 50 journalists from two newsrooms (Daily Trust and News Agency of Nigeria) on the theory and practise of factchecking. Factchecking, they claim, is fundamental to the practice of journalism and is necessary for strengthening the …

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Media for Oil Reform Fellowship Opportunity

The Fellowship is uniquely designed to support up to 3 senior/mid-career Nigerian journalists to deepen their mastery of oil and gas reporting through a tailored professional development program over a period of one year.

Top 5 Findings of PHCs in Nigeria

“PHCs” is an acronym for Primary Health Care Centres. In Nigeria, the primary health care system was adopted as a sustainable grass-root approach meant to address the main health problems in communities. The principles of primary health care (community participation, equity, essential health care, intersectoral collaboration, and appropriate technology) underscore the great value of this …

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Bayelsa Senator caught in certificate scandal

Nigerian lawmakers have come under fire for a barrage of reasons lately. From their gargantuan salaries to unproductive and dissatisfactory representation, especially in the implementation of Constituency Projects, the National Assembly has had a tumultuous journey so far.

Fact-Checking: A Media Tool for Democracy

Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect. . . Considering that natural disposition in many men to lie, and in multitudes to believe, I have been perplexed what to do with …

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Coalition condemns attack on the Press

On March 13, 2018, a reporter from Daily Trust attached to the House of Representatives in the National Assembly, Musa Abdullahi Krishi, was abducted by policemen who claimed to have come from Zone One Command Police Headquarters in Kano. He was hauled into a Hilux Van from the Divisional Police Office at the National Assembly …

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World Consumer Rights Day – Making Digital Marketplaces Fairer

Digital Marketplaces Should be Fairer…

Call for Applications

PTCIJ believes that people, working together, fueled by great leadership, driven by great passion, in an environment where they will thrive, can achieve exceptional feats. To this end, we announce the following vacancies:

Kidney and Women’s Health: Include, Value and Empower

This year (2018), the World Kidney Day which is celebrated annually, coincides with the International Women’s Day, thus offering an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of women’s health to national development.

#IWD2018 – Celebrating Impact

To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” —Hillary Clinton

Glaucoma: What’s in a word?

In 2013-2017, a population study conducted in Nigeria revealed that 1.8 million Nigerians of ages 40 years and above suffer from “glaucoma”. Of that figure, almost 360,000 (20%) go completely blind Worse still, vision lost due to glaucoma cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, most Nigerians are unaware of the condition and this has contributed to the …

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DUBAWA and UDEME: The new faces of accountability media in Nigeria

On Tuesday, at 10:00 AM GMT + 1, the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism launched two web platforms: DUBAWA and UDEME. The goal of these two platforms is to enthrone the regime of truth and facts as the ground for public dialogue and policy claims, use modern technology to keep Nigerians informed about and …

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Campus Journalists successfully monitor Anambra Gubernatorial Elections

Independent and credible election observers play a significant role in advancing democracy in any given country. By shaping the perceptions of people about the quality and legitimacy of electoral processes, more eligible citizens feel empowered to participate in future voting exercises. The support for electoral institutions is also strengthened in cases where the results of …

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House of Reps Passes Digital Rights Bill

Nigeria’s House of Representatives on December 19, 2017 passed the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill (HB. 490). The piece of legislation is proposed for “an act to provide for the Protection of Human Rights Online, To Protect Internet Users in Nigeria From Infringement of their Fundamental Freedoms and to Guarantee Application of Human Rights for …

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Journalists evaluate whistle blowing policy one year after

As part of activities to mark the International Anti-corruption Day (IACD) 2017 scheduled for December 9, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) under its Corruption Anonymous (CORA) project will on Thursday December 7 hold a media dialogue on one year of the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government.

PTCIJ trains Nigerian journalists on agriculture reporting

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism has concluded a three-day intensive training on agriculture reporting for Nigerian journalists.

What Nigeria must do to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production – Expert

The illicit business of smuggling to Nigeria remains a challenge to the country’s efforts at attaining self-sufficiency in the production of rice, a professor of agriculture, Babagan Gambo has said.

Call for Application: 2017 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism is calling for applications for the 12th edition of Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting. Nigerian journalists or team of journalists, full or part-time, with stories published between 4th October 2016 and 3rd October 2017, can apply for opportunity.

PTCIJ organises three-day holistic security training for journalists

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ on Wednesday ended a three-day security training for journalists. The event held at the Bolton White Hotels and Apartments, Wuse, Abuja.

#HealthDialogue: Osinbajo, Emir Sanusi, other stakeholders to discuss critical issues affecting Nigeria’s health sector

A National Health Dialogue will hold between Thursday and Friday in Abuja, organisers have announced. The dialogue is organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, the Project for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH, and the Project Pink Blue.

Call for Applications: Agriculture Workshop

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) is initiating Nigeria’s first Agricultural Journalism Training programme for media practitioners.  The 3-day Masterclass will equip journalists and agricultural communication specialists with the right tools and knowledge they need to put the issues of the sector in perspective as the nation looks to alternative sources of income …

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Call for Applications: Fact Checking and Data Journalism Workshop

As fake news proliferates within the media industry it has become critical that journalists arm themselves with the core skills of information verification. In addition, new media practices have seen the rise of data driven journalism to guide reporting and research. The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism is calling for application for its workshop. …

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Child Protection Week: Protecting Children by Protecting the Environment

As the world celebrates the Child Protection Week, PTCIJ brings to you simple facts relating to children and environment. The celebration is an opportunity to recognize the important work of individuals and organizations who work with children, young people and their families.

Nigeria and International Day to End World Obstetric Fistula

May 23 is the International Day to End World Obstetric Fistula, a condition many Nigerians are still oblivious of. An Obstetric Fistula is a hole between the vagina and bladder that is caused by prolonged labour, leaving a woman leaking urine or faeces uncontrollably.

World Hypertension Day

The world celebrates World Hypertension Day every May 17 to specifically draw attention to the seriousness of this silent killer disease. The theme for the 2017 celebrations, according to the World Hypertension League and International Society of Hypertension, is KNOW YOUR NUMBER, and had the goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all …

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Nigeria Falls on Press Freedom Ranking

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world today to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day, journalists and civil society organizations lament the failure of the government to improve on advancing freedom of expression.

Training on Digital, Physical and Psychosocial Safety for Journalists and CSOs

Now more than ever, journalists and activists in Nigeria are exposed to cyber threats, hostile physical and psychosocial environments as they go about their daily work. It is important that these groups have the knowledge and tools to safeguard themselves and people around them.

Nigeria spends N4.62 trillion on National Security in 5 years, yet widespread insecurity remains

Amidst claims by Nigerian security agencies that they are being underfunded, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today that a total N4.62trillion has been allocated to the federal security sector in the past five years.

INVESTIGATION: Men, Woman facing criminal allegations, who will make laws for Nigeria

Nigeria’s eighth National Assembly was inaugurated on Tuesday, June 9. At the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, 109 Senators and 360 Representatives were sworn in to office for a four-year term. Section 66(1a-i) the 1999 Constitution bars certain categories of Nigerians from being members of the National Assembly.

2015 Budget: National Assembly’s N150billion enough to fund capital votes for 20 Federal MDAs

The whopping N150 billion allocated to the National Assembly in the 2015 Appropriation Act, can fund capital votes for 20 Ministries, Departments and Parastatals [MDAs], a PREMIUM TIMES analysis of the budget has shown.

INVESTIGATION: Evicted And Abandoned: How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor

By Sasha Chavkin, Ben Hallman, Michael Hudson, Cécile Schilis-Gallego and Shane Shifflett With reporting from Musikilu Mojeed, Besar Likmeta, Ciro Barros, Giulia Afiune, Mar Cabra, Anthony Langat, Jacob Kushner, Jeanne Baron, Barry Yeoman, Blaž Zgaga, Ben Ezeamalu and Friedrich Lindenberg.

Update: Unserviceable ammunition caused Jos explosion – Army

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the explosion near its 3rd Armoured Division barracks at Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday.

5 INEC ad hoc officials arrested for thumb-printing ballot papers in Imo

Five ad hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo were on Saturday arrested for thumb-printing ballot papers in the governorship re-run election in the state.

Jonathan rejects foreign troops in fight against Boko Haram

President Good luck Jonathan Thursday in Abuja urged the United Nations to focus more on helping Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of persons and communities affected by terrorism in Northern Nigeria rather than deploying an international force to the country.

Lawmakers pass bill to establish National Assembly budget office

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday passed a bill to establish a budget and a research office for the National Assembly.

Nigerian govt sues Senate, House over Constitution Amendments

The Federal Government has instituted a suit at the Supreme Court to nullify the proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

Senator defends Jonathan’s rejection of Constitution Amendment

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Ita Enang, has described President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to sign the 2015 round of Constitution Amendment Bill as another act of “statesmanship”.

Ex-militants among newly elected lawmakers in Rivers Assembly

Some of the dreaded Niger Delta militants, who accepted the Federal Government’s Amnesty, have been elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

Court grants Media Rights Agenda leave to sue Reps over records of committee investigation

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted Media Rights Agenda (MRA) leave to apply for an order to compel the House of Representatives of the National Assembly to furnish it with transcripts of the proceedings of the House Committee on Aviation at the hearing of the Committee on the procurement of two bulletproof BMW …

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Court orders N’Assembly to disclose allowance paid to lawmakers

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the National Assembly to disclose financial details of its highly secretive constituency allowances, in a landmark judgment that may unearth the true scale of allowances earned by Nigerian lawmakers.

Buhari vows to probe ‘missing’ NNPC $20 billion April 26, 2015Sani Tukur

Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that his administration will probe the $20 billion alleged to be missing from the coffers of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The immediate past governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido, had alleged that the $20 billion made from the sale of Nigeria’s crude oil …

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‘Missing’ $20billion Oil Money: Our audit report not reliable — PricewaterhouseCoopers

President Goodluck Jonathan (R) receiving The Forensic Audited Report of Finances in NNPC from the Country Senior Partner, Pricewaterhousecoopers (Pwc), Mr Uyi Akpata, In Abuja.

Revenue Decline: Sell Nigeria’s oil stakes, raise N14.9trillion, CBN governor tells Buhari

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has advised the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to consider selling off nearly half of Nigeria’s Joint Venture equity with multinational oil companies, to enable the new government raise a huge balance for immediate developmental projects.

EXCLUSIVE: EFCC goes after ex-Gov. Modu Sheriff over N300 billion Borno funds, set to detain him Thursday

A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, is expected to appear before anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday.

Jonathan sacks IG of Police, Suleiman Abba; appoints replacement

President Goodluck Jonathan  has fired Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba. The sack was announced by the president’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a statement on Tuesday.

Jonathan orders removal of own campaign billboards, posters after election defeat

President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and the various associations that merged into the Jonathan/Sambo Support Group to immediately begin the process of removing the posters, billboards, banners, signs and other campaign materials in support of his re-election bid which still adorn the landscape in major cities across Nigeria.

Ondo deputy governor, Ali Olanusi, impeached

The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, was impeached on Monday morning by members of the state House of Assembly.‎

Top 10 Corruption Scandals Nigeria’s National Assembly Hasn’t Resolved

The seventh National Assembly will most likely end its tenure in early June without resolving majority of the huge misgovernance and corruption issues that characterised the outgoing administration.

DOWNLOAD: Full Report of PWC Forensic Audit on Missing $20billion Oil Money

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate release of the full audit report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, accused of diverting $20 billion oil money.

INVESTIGATION: Displaced persons in Gombe “dying of starvation”

By Samuel Malik Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Gombe State say they are starving and slowly dying , as government has left them to fend for themselves following the hurried disbandment by the authorities of the official camp in which they resided.

Top 10 Corruption Scandals Nigeria’s National Assembly Hasn’t Resolved

The seventh National Assembly will most likely end its tenure in early June without resolving majority of the huge misgovernance and corruption issues that characterised the outgoing administration.

Jonathan rejects foreign troops in fight against Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Abuja urged the United Nations to focus more on helping Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of persons and communities affected by terrorism in Northern Nigeria rather than deploying an international force to the country.

Nigeria Senate approves $52 crude oil benchmark for 2015 Budget

The Senate on Tuesday approved $52 per barrel as oil benchmark price for the N4.3 trillion 2015 budget. The federal government had made a final proposal of $65 per barrel of crude oil to the lawmakers after two reviews. The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had in December 2014 presented the 2015 budget to the …

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Nigeria Senate slashes subsidy on kerosene, petrol

The Senate on Wednesday, slashed the allocation for petrol and kerosene subsidies presented by the Ministry of Finance in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2015 – 2017.

I have no apology for confirming Obanikoro – Mark

Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark, has rebuffed criticisms over his decision to apparently orchestrate a Senate confirmation for Musiliu Obanikoro, who was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan for a ministerial post despite being at the centre of an election rigging scandal.

Jonathan rejects new Constitutional clauses proposed by Senate, House of Reps

President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected multiple proposals laid out by the Senate and the House of Representatives as part of a new Nigerian Constitution, including clauses stipulating free education and healthcare for every Nigerian child.

Ekiti tape controversy: Senate refuses to discuss Obanikoro’s ministerial nomination

The Senate on Wednesday refused to deliberate on the ministerial nomination of the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

CDD REPORT: Matters arising from Voting Phase of Nigeria 2015 Presidential, National Assembly Elections

Several polling units across the country opened later than scheduled. The delay was occasioned by the late arrival of election officials and materials; this caused a lot of anxiety among voters as well as an overlap of procedures in

Jonathan’s kinsmen accept polls results, applaud him for conducting credible elections.

The kinsmen of President Goodluck Jonathan have commended him for conducting a credible and acceptable presidential election.

Nigeria’s Election: Who is winning the Twitter War? By Tobi Oluwatola

One of the arenas in which Nigeria’s election is being contested is on social media. Thanks to the increasing penetration of smartphones, traditional barriers of access to broadband Internet have been lifted and an enthusiastic population is eager to have its views heard on social media regarding issues as diverse as fuel subsidy removal and …

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Nigeria Elections: Lawmaker, policeman, 7 others killed

A member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Umar Aminu, and eight others were killed when suspected members of the Boko Haram attacked Gombe on Saturday morning.

PREMIUM TIMES launches digital Election Centre #NigeriaDecides #Nigeria 2015

PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria’s leading investigative newspaper, has launched its digital election reporting centre ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

Obama writes Nigerians over elections, urges peace

As preparations intensify for general elections in Nigeria, starting Saturday, the United States President, Barack Obama, on Monday sent a special message to Nigerians, urging a credible and peaceful polls.

Elections: Muslims hold Prayers in Ibadan

Muslims from all walks of life gathered at the Eid Praying ground in Ibadan over the weekend to offer a special prayer for the nation.

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room denounces interference in Rivers, Imo elections

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room commends the dedication and orderliness of Nigerians during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on 28 March 2015. The diligence and sacrifice of Nigerians during the elections is a reflection and testimony of their deep commitment to democratic governance.

Nigeria Elections: Passengers stranded at Lagos airport

Over 200 passenger were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Saturday morning as movement was restricted for the elections, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Makarfi loses, as APC sweeps Northern Kaduna in NASS elections

The All Progressives Congress has won the Senate and all the six House of Representatives seats in Northern Kaduna Senatorial District.

#NigeriaDecides: Don’t rig elections for politicians – Jega warns NYSC members

Members of the National Youth Service Corps who form the bulk of ad hoc staff the Independent National Electoral Commission is deploying for the general elections have been warned to resist “any temptation” to manipulate the elections.

#NigeriaDecides: Nigeria 2015 Presidential, National Assembly Elections – LIVE UPDATES

Today, Nigerians vote in their fifth presidential and national assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.

Insecurity: Kogi launches fund for purchase of CCTVs, metal detectors, others

Mr. Wada says it is important to involve the private sector in the provision of security. All contracts awarded to foreign and indigenous companies in Kogi will henceforth attract one per cent deduction of the actual value as contribution to the State Security Trust Fund.

Over 100 feared dead in Kano Mosque multiple blasts

More than 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured in multiple bomb attacks at the Central Mosque in Kano on Friday, witnesses say.

UNICEF donates school bags to displaced children in Adamawa

The United Nations children body, UNICEF, has distributed 5,800 school bags and 15 ultra-modern tents to displaced children of school age under the Safe School Initiative.

Local hunters kill over 70 Boko Haram insurgents, recapture Adamawa town

At least 75 Boko Haram militants were killed by local hunters in Maiha Local Government area of Adamawa State, residents of the area have said.

2014 budget wasteful, short-sighted, extravagant — Group

The Rule of Law Collective said the 2014 is wasteful and extravagant The Rule of Law Collective, a nongovernmental organization, on Monday, dismissed the 2014 budget as “wasteful, short-sighted and extravagant”, highlighting specific spending anomalies in the federal plan.

Kidnapped Girls: Military urges Nigerians to pray for success of rescue efforts

“Please be assured that much as the forces may not disclose details of action being taken to secure the freedom of the girls, every information received on the subject is duly analysed & acted upon as necessary.”

Boko Haram: Nigeria downplays Chad’s move to capture Baga

In what has raised concerns over possible violation of Nigeria’s sovereignty, the Chadian government in collaboration with its Cameroonian counterpart, has sent troops to recapture Nigeria’s border town of Baga from Boko Haram insurgents, without the knowledge or approval of the Nigerian government.

Boko Haram: Is the Military in false propaganda war? By Zainab Suleiman Okino

About two weeks ago, the women of this country, as represented by gender activists, professionals, and other concerned women groups filed out to protest the recent killing of students of FGC, Buni Yadi, in Yobe state.

Boko Haram will never occupy Nigerian territory again – Defence Minister

The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has said that “never again” would the military allow any territory of Nigeria to be occupied by terrorists.

Finance Minister constitutes team to address military pension crisis

The Federal Government on Wednesday inaugurated a working group to address the crisis involving the payment of pension to Nigerian military personnel.

Jonathan gets approval to borrow $1billion to fight Boko Haram

The Senate on Thursday approved a request for external borrowing of not more than N1 billion dollars by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle security challenges in the country.

Nigerian military set for “final onslaught” against Boko Haram — Source

The Nigerian military is set for a final, and comprehensive onslaught against the extremist Boko Haram group, in an operation expected to end by before February election, a website that distributes press statements for the Nigerian military, has reported.

Nigeria military competent to tackle Boko Haram – Kwankwaso

The Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State on Sunday said the Nigeria military was competent to tackle the insurgency problem in the country.

HURIWA seeks audit of Nigeria’s defence, police budgets

The group demands capital punishment for corrupt public officials in the defence and policing sectors. Following allegations of widespread corruption in the procurement system of the nation’s defence and policing institutions, The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has asked the Presidency and the National Assembly to invite internationally reputable auditing firm to undertake …

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Nigerian military calls soldiers’ escape to Cameroon ‘tactical manoeuvre’

The Nigerian military has admitted that hundreds of government troops have fled heavy fighting with Boko Haram, but said their apparent escape to neighbouring Cameroon was a “tactical manoeuvre”.

Nigerian military warns politicians against inciting soldiers to mutiny

In view of the series of insinuations, allegations and false claims being made by certain activists and politicians on the legal and disciplinary process in the Nigerian military, the Defence Headquarters finds it necessary to call on politicians to avoid using the forum or medium of their political campaigns to incite or endorse acts of …

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NSA denies managing Nigeria’s defence budget

The NSA said he had no responsibility for military personnel salaries, allowances, and capital projects. The Office of the National Security Adviser on Tuesday denied the allegation that it managed the funds of the Ministry of Defence.

Jonathan signs Nigeria’s 2014 budget as Defence gets 20 per cent

Out of a total budget of N4.962 trillion, the allocation to the defence sector took about N968.127 billion. The Federal Government on Friday finally released to the public the 2014 budget approved by the National Assembly and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Obasanjo an embarrassment to the Military — Defence Headquarters

The Nigerian military has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an embarrassment to the force he once served, hours after Mr. Obasanjo on Monday announced his exit from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

500 Displaced in Damboa By Insurgency – NEMA

NEMA distributes relief materials to the displaced persons

Nigerian military moves to retake Damboa, Gwoza, others from Boko Haram

The special operation which began early in the week is meant to restore law and order to the area.

NEMA camps over 10,000 displaced flood victims in Kogi, Benue

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it has deployed relief materials to the camps where over 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Kogi and Benue states are currently taking refuge after they were sacked from their communities and homes.

Boko Haram: Nigeria spends N1.5 billion on displaced people – Official

A woman walks past burnt houses in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, adjacent to the Chadian border, April 21, 2013.

Two killed, 50 houses burnt in Plateau communal clash

The clash was between Ngas and Pai people in Shiwer community.  Two persons were on Tuesday confirmed dead and

Nasarawa PDP deputy guber candidate wants displaced people to vote

John Mathew, the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Nasarawa State has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,

Boko Haram: 138 children yet to be reunited with ​ ​families in Adamawa

At least 138 children are yet to reconnect with their parents following the Boko Haram attacks in northern Adamawa.

Boko Haram: NEMA asks Nigerian journalists to monitor relief materials’ distribution

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Sunday appealed to journalists to monitor the distribution of relief materials donated to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.

Boko Haram: 395 displaced Nigerians live in Niger – Official

The General Manager of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mohammed Shaba, has said that no fewer than 395 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) reside in the state.

Boko Haram: 395 displaced Nigerians live in Niger – Official

The General Manager of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mohammed Shaba, has said that no fewer than 395 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) reside in the state.

Borno spends N600m monthly to feed people displaced by Boko Haram — Deputy Gov.

Borno State government says it is expending over N600 million monthly on the feeding of those displaced by the activities of insurgency in 20 local government areas of the state.

INVESTIGATION: Grim tales of rape, child trafficking in Nigeria’s displaced persons camps

On a bed at the female ward of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital laid a 15-year-old girl in an evidently bad state. Her face and head were bandaged, leaving slits through which only a bruised eye and swollen lips were visible. On her body were clearer signs of trauma, with burns running from her …

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25 women give birth at Yola Displaced Persons Camp

At least 25 pregnant women have given birth at the camp for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Misery of Nigerian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In this festive season, we as a nation need to reflect upon and more importantly take action on the misery of the growing numbers of our compatriots who have been forced to migrate and

US, UK, American University deliver relief materials to Adamawa displaced persons

The Government of the United States has pledged continued humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Adamawa state.

Only registered IDPs in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe will vote – Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that only registered Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, within the troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, will be allowed to vote in the February general elections.

Civil society groups hopeful on adoption of Nigeria’s IDP policy

Civil society groups have expressed optimism that the Nigerian government would soon adopt the draft policy on Internally Displaced Persons in the country.

Nigeria sets new record; now has Africa’s highest number of displaced persons

Civil society groups have expressed optimism that the Nigerian government would soon adopt the draft policy on Internally Displaced Persons in the country.

Boko Haram displaces 180,000 Bama residents

The Bama Development Foundation said on Sunday that it had registered 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, from Bama taking refuge in Maiduguri.

Buhari’s wife donates drugs worth N135m to displaced persons in Yola

Aisha Buhari, wife of the All Progressive Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has donated drugs worth over N135m to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Adamawa State.

INEC Set To Conduct Elections At Adamawa IDPs Centres

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Adamawa state participate in the February’s election.

NASS ​scores below 10% at the real cost of infrastructures

The Nigerian National Assembly is allocated N150 billion annually which sums up to N600 billion in four years. In the space of these four years, the lawmakers have passed only 106 bills out of 1,063 bills. This is barely a delivery score of 10 percent and an average of 2.2 bills per month.

UPDATE: Military jets bombard Boko Haram militants in Gombe

The Nigerian military has launched airstrikes on suburbs of Gombe town as soldiers and police battled Boko Haram insurgents who attacked the town early Saturday, residents have said. Fighting continued Saturday noon as Air Force jets targeted areas raided by the militants outside Gombe city. The terrorists had attacked Lubo and Dadinkowa villages, some 32km …

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Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS

The leader of extremist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has pledged allegiance to the leader of the terror group, ISIS, Abubakr Al-Qurashi.

Nigeria blasts America, says U.S has let Nigeria down in war against Boko Haram

Disappointed by the refusal of the United States to help Nigeria procure military weapons to combat Boko Haram, the federal government has now openly expressed its dissatisfaction with the American government decision, arguing that the Americans were letting Nigeria down at her hour of need, Empowered Newswire reports.

Again, Obasanjo seeks dialogue with Boko Haram; says sect has legitimate grievances

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has again advocated dialogue with the insurgent group, Boko Haram, saying the group has legitimate grievances despite its brutal five-year campaign that has killed more than 15,000 people, with hundreds of thousands displaced. The former president said Nigeria should not rule out talking to the terrorist group which recently pledged …

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APC demands Jonathan’s resignation; accuses President of allowing Boko Haram to fester

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said President Goodluck Jonathan bears a huge moral responsibility that will haunt him for a long time to come for deliberately allowing the Boko Haram insurgency to fester, leading to the deaths of over 15,000 Nigerians and the displacement of over 3 million others in the past six years.

Fulani, Kanuri behind Boko Haram, Archbishop says in Jonathan’s presence

A senior Nigerian cleric has accused the Fulani and Kanuri ethnic nationalities of being behind the jihadist group, Boko Haram, which has killed more than 13,000 Nigerians in five years.

Maiduguri Attack: Boko Haram suffers ‘massive casualty’

The Nigerian military on Sunday confirmed PREMIUM TIMES’ earlier report that it foiled a major Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, killing several terrorists.

Boko Haram Massacre: Baga survivors narrate ordeal

Survivors of the recent massacre by the Boko Haram in Baga, Borno State, have been narrating their ordeal.

Nigerian troops uncover heaps of arms abandoned by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Baga

Nigerian troops engaged in cordon and search in Baga continue to discover more arms of various background and shapes abandoned in some houses and surrounding communities by fleeing terrorists, the Nigerian defence headquarters has said.

Boko Haram renames captured Adamawa town, Mubi, “Madinatul Islam”

Contrary to the claim by the Nigerian military that it is on top of the security challenge in the commercial town of Mubi in Adamawa state, the dreaded Boko Haram sect is consolidating its position in the the captured town and has indeed renamed it “Madinatul Islam” meaning the city of Islam.

Jonathan promises to reward soldiers fighting Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Mubi, Adamawa State and Baga, Borno State applauded Nigerian troops for proving their mettle once again through the rapid recapture of territories formerly held by insurgents in the country’s North-Eastern states.

Boko Haram: Falana charges Nigerian military to free accused soldiers, respect human rights

The Nigerian military has the moral obligation to discontinue the trial of some soldiers for mutiny and set those already convicted free, a lawyer has said.

Nigerian military working to capture Boko Haram leader, Shekau, alive

Following successes recorded in the war against Boko Haram in Nigeria’s North-East zone, the Armed Forces have intensified efforts to capture alive, the leader of the insurgent group, Abubakar Shekau.

Boko Haram kills many in Borno’s Mainok village market

About a dozen traders were reportedly killed Friday at a market in Mainok village of Kaga local government of Borno state when Boko Haram terrorists attacked.

Malabu N155bn scandal: UK group seeks tougher EU action on Shell, ENI

Shell and ENI claim they did not know the money was going to Mr. Etete’s Malabu.

Malabu oil scandal: AGF Adoke and the great cover-ups

Mr. Adoke peddles falsehood in desperate bid to retain credibility over the Malabu $1.1 billion oil deal

$620,000 Bribery Probe: Police detain journalist for obtaining classified info on investigation

The Special Task Force Unit of the Nigeria Police investigating the case of alleged bribery involving members of the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on fuel subsidy Tuesday detained a crime reporter of Abuja-based Peoples Daily newspaper over allegations he knew and was revealing too much about the investigation.

I don’t own the FaroukLawan01 twitter account, Farouk Lawan

Embattled lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, has denounced the twitter handle @FaroukLawan01, which has been posting messages on his behalf.

Farouk Lawan agreed to send third party to collect bribe payment, new audio shows

Embattled lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, agreed to send an emissary to Femi Otedola the principal of Zenon oil, to collect a payment of $2.5 dollars, a new audio sourced by Channels Television shows.

Latest on bribery scandal: House turns heat on Otedola

The House of Representatives Ethics and Privileges committee announced on Thursday it was issuing summons for the appearance of oil marketer, Femi Otedola, before it, claiming that after questioning Mr. Farouk Lawan, over the $620,000 bribery scam, “startling revelations” had turned up.

Malabu oil block presidential scam: How Jonathan funnelled N155billion to phony companies

The Nigerian Government transferred N120billion ($801million) to a company, Malabu Oil and Gas, with a fake address and which has been involved in illegality right from its inception, an ongoing PREMIUM TIMES investigation has shown.

House of Reps blasts Otedola, as Farouk Lawan says he will be vindicated

The House of Representatives on Thursday hit back at businessman, Femi Otedola, who is accused of paying lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, a $620,000 bribe, saying Mr. Otedola was as guilty as Mr. Lawan,

Alleged $620,000 bribe: Tambuwal’s pledge helps get Farouk Lawan bail

Federal investigators of the Nigeria Police in Abuja finally gave the embattled lawmaker and chairman of the House of Representatives committee that probed the fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, a breather Saturday evening allowing him to go home on an administrative bail after holding him in police cell for 48 hours.

Alleged $620,000 bribe: “Farouk Lawan didn’t act alone”, says; Femi Otedola

Oil marketer, Femi Otedola, who paid $620,000 to House of Representatives member, Faouk Lawan, to get his companies exonerated from the list of firms that abused government fuel subsidy, has dismissed the House’s decision to re-list the companies as “blackmail” aimed at extorting money from him.

Senate in no mood to investigate N155bn oil block scandal

The Nigerian senate is not investigating and has no plan to investigate the N155 billion scandal involving Presidential aides; two multinational oil companies; and Malabu Oil, a company owned by former Petroleum minister, Dan Etete; Senate spokesperson, Eyinnaya Abaribe has said.

The 155 billion Naira presidential scam: How Jonathan approved transfer to ex-con.

PREMIUM TIMES can reveal today that the N155billion secretly paid to convicted money launderer, Dan Etete, by the Federal Government, on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan, was actually a slush fund, with a huge

Halliburton bribery: Judge strikes out suit for want of diligent prosecution

Justice Abubakar Umar of an Abuja High Court on Monday struck out a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against three persons named in the Halliburton bribery scandal.

Halliburton bribe: Middleman Tesler jailed

While the Nigerian Government shies away from prosecuting the beneficiaries of the ‘Halliburton bribe,’ the man who acted as the conduit for the bribe payment, Jeffery Tesler was Friday sentenced to 21 months in Prison in the United States of America

Inside the secret military trial leading to death sentence for 54 soldiers

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Army’s 7 division General Court Martial convicted 54 soldiers for conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny and sentenced them to death by firing squad.

Secret Intelligence Report links ex-Governor Sheriff, Chad President to Boko Haram sponsorship

New facts showing stronger links between former governor of Borno state, Ali Modu Sheriff, and the Boko Haram sect have emerged, further fuelling suggestions the ex-governor is a major financier of the terrorist sect.

INVESTIGATION: How officials steal Lagos local government dry [Part 3]

Official vehicles allocated to past political office holders in Ikeja local government area of Lagos State were not returned at the expiration of their tenure, a 2012 audited report of the council’s books have shown.