Ben Ezeamalu

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Yola IDPs

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. At the South West consultation on the draft national IDP policy in Lagos, Wednesday, the groups identified election violence, insecurity, and extreme poverty as some of the…

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Lagos lawmakers introduce bill to give Speaker, Deputy life pension, lavish benefits

The Lagos State House of Assembly has introduced a bill seeking to provide lavish post-retirement benefits to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, with proposals for extravagant life pension, accommodation, security and medical cover for the two officials and their families. The bill is seeking to amend the state’s Public Office…

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, APC Presidential Running Mate

Osinbajo issues Fani-Kayode 7-day ultimatum to apologize, demands N2 billion damages

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Femi Fani-Kayode to apologize over his "defamatory statements" against him. In a letter dated February 28 addressed to Mr. Fani-Kayode, who is the Director of Media and Publicity of…

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Tinubu threatens to sue AIT over documentary, demands N20 billion damages

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has threatened to sue the owners of African Independent Television for airing a documentary he deemed defamatory "in all respects". In a letter dated March 2, 2015, to the management of Daar Communications Limited, owners of AIT, Mr. Tinubu gave…

Muhammadu Buhari speaking at Chatham House

Group alleges plot to assassinate Buhari

The Buhari Vanguard, a group supporting the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has accused the Nigerian Presidency and the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, of a sinister plot to assassinate Mr. Buhari. Mr. Buhari, 73, is the flag bearer of the APC in the March…

Bola Tinubu

Angry Tinubu attacks Fani-Kayode, says his “hallucinations now uncontrollable”

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has described Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, as a peddler of falsehood hired for a smear campaign against the party, its leader, and presidential candidates. "Fani-Kayode is not as smart as he thinks. If you read between the…

Bola Tinubu

Angry Tinubu attacks Fani-Kayode, says his “hallucinations now uncontrollable”

A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has described Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, as a peddler of falsehood hired for a smear campaign against the party, its leader, and presidential candidates. "Fani-Kayode is not as smart as he thinks.  If you read between the…

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

APC slams Fani-Kayode for Osinbajo ‘resignation’ allegation

The Presidential Campaign Organization of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has lashed out at Femi Fani-Kayode and the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, for alleging that their vice presidential candidate had taken an oath to resign six months after assuming office. In a statement issued on Sunday, Dele Alake, Director of…

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Lagos youth march in support of Nigerian troops’  fight against Boko Haram

Less than two dozen youth turned up for a march in Lagos, Saturday, to show support for the Nigerian military in their fight against insurgency in the North East. Starting off at the Tafawa Balewa Square, the crowd marched under the hot, afternoon sun to the Nigerian Army 81 Division…

Osun Election: Voters on queue for accreditation

Nigeria’s elections must reflect the will of the people, America says

Senior officials of the United States government said they have been reassured by the Nigerian government and the Independent National Electoral Commission that the rescheduled general elections would hold on their new dates. Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Doug Frantz, who spoke during a webchat with African journalists, Wednesday, said that Nigeria's…

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NDLEA arrests two ex-convicts for drug trafficking

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Kano State Command, has arrested two ex-convicts for allegedly smuggling substances that tested positive to cannabis sativa.   Ejike Martins, 53, and ThankGod Obums, 35, were caught along Emir Road, Sabon Gari, in a dark green Mercedes Benz Car with registration number AA809AJG containing…

Femi Fani-Kayode Appears in Court in Lagos

Despite being prosecuted for graft, Fani-Kayode arrives court with armed police escorts

A former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, arrived the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Wednesday, accompanied by a contingent of armed police officers, despite being under prosecution by the federal government for money laundering. The former minister is facing a two-count charge of money laundering before Justice…

Wale Babalakin

UPDATED: After years of trial over N4.7 billion fraud, Babalakin cleared by Court

Wale Babalakin, the billionaire Chairman of Bi-Courtney Limited, walked out of the Ikeja High Court in Lagos, Monday, a free man after years of prosecution for an alleged N4.7 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Delivering his ruling, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo said the EFCC had failed…

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BREAKING: Court discharges Babalakin over N4.7 billion fraud charge

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has discharged and acquitted Wale Babalakin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, over a N4.7 billion fraud suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The EFCC had charged Mr. Babalakin, Alex Okoh, and their companies on a 27-count charge of fraud, conspiracy,…

President Goodluck Jonathan

We’ll catch Shekau before elections — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he believes the leader of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, responsible for thousands of deaths, will be apprehended by government forces before Nigeria’s elections starting March 28. Mr. Jonathan disclosed this in an interview with Thisday newspaper on Friday. ​"God willing we…

Femi Falana

Military likely to tamper with election dates again – Falana

Senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has expressed worries that the general elections rescheduled to March 28 and April 11 may not take place. At a press conference organized by the Nigerians United for Democracy in Lagos, Sunday, Mr. Falana said that the Service Chiefs should give a public undertaking that the…

Goodluck Jonathan

I will not rest until there is steady power supply — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his administration's commitment to the provision of stable electricity in the country. Speaking at the inauguration of Unit 4 and Unit 6 of the Egbin thermal plant in Lagos, Saturday, Mr. Jonathan said he would not rest until Nigerians begin to enjoy steady power supply.…

Drinking Water

How Civil Society helped block secret plot by Lagos Govt., World Bank to privatise water

The announcement sent a collective sigh of relief to the water corporation staff and civil society activists. After months of negotiation on how to privatize the water supply in Lagos, between the World Bank and the Lagos Water Corporation, the bank has called off the talks. But before the bank's…

Joseph Mbu

Lawyer sues Mbu, wants him dismissed

A Lagos-based lawyer, Tope Alabi, has urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to strip Joseph Mbu, the controversial Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, of his police rank and declare his office vacant. In a suit FHC/L/CS/149/15, Mr. Alabi is seeking a declaration that Mr. Mbu, the first defendant, has…

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku

Group alleges plans to send EFCC after Maku

The Coalition of President Goodluck Campaign Organizations has alleged that there are plans to send the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after Labaran Maku, the immediate past Information Minister, in order to scuttle his governorship ambitions. In a statement issued Thursday, the group said that the plan followed a…

United States Consul-General, Jeffrey Hawkins

Nigeria 2015: US ‘disturbed’ by politicians’ peace-pact pledge

The United States Consul-General in Nigeria has expressed concern over the attitude of the nation's politicians towards violence ahead of the general elections. Jeffrey Hawkins, who spoke at this year's African-American History Month Program in Lagos, Wednesday, said that the US has remained committed to a violence-free election in the…

Femi Falana

Leaked Ekiti Tape: I dare Obanikoro to go to court — Falana

Popular lawyer, Femi Falana, has attributed the shift in the dates of the general elections to the leaked tape alleging the rigging of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election last year. Speaking at the Black History Month and Dr. Beko Ransom Kuti Memorial Program in Lagos, Wednesday, Mr. Falana said some…

Bola Tinubu

Battle-ready soldiers monitoring my home, Tinubu says

For three consecutive days, helmet-wearing and battle-ready soldiers have kept surveillance at the Ikoyi home of Bola Tinubu, a leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, a statement from the politician's media office claimed Tuesday. Mr. Tinubu is also a former governor of Lagos State. According to the statement issued…

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Polls Shift: Jonathan afraid of defeat​ ​–​ ​Tinubu

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has attributed last weekend's election postponement to the fear of President Goodluck Jonathan and his Peoples' Democratic Party​ losing the polls.​ In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Tinubu accused the president of engineering the shift in order to extend his stay…

President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

Polls Shift: Afenifere group wants Jonathan to “step aside”

The Afenifere Renewal Group, a Yoruba socio-political body, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to reciprocate the patriotism shown by Nigerians by resigning his position. In a statement issued Monday, the group said Nigerians had made sacrifices without a commensurate effort from the leadership as if citizens signed a master-slave…