Ben Ezeamalu

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Bayelsa monarch petitions SSS over operatives’ invasion of his home

A traditional ruler in Bayelsa State has petitioned the State Security Service over the "unlawful invasion" of his Abuja home by SSS operatives. Amalate Johnnie Turner, the Obanema of Opume Kingdom, said the operatives invaded his private residence on February 8 in what he described as a violation of his…

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Woman allegedly vomits, excretes 80 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport

A 48 year-old woman caused a mild drama at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after she allegedly vomitted 15 wraps of white, powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine. Saidat Hassan, a mother of three,‎ was arrested at the central screening section of the departure hall during the…

FILE PHOTO: NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS CLEARING BOKO HARAM ENCLAVES ALONG AXIS 

Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

‘Why army won’t reabsorb 250 dismissed soldiers’

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it would not reabsorb the 250 soldiers dismissed last week for failing to join their colleagues posted to the north east. The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the soldiers were dismissed over gross acts of indiscipline, cowardice, and absence without…

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Nigerian military to close markets in Borno, Yobe where Boko Haram trades

The activities of traders who engage in illegal trading activities with Boko Haram terrorists is sabotaging the successes recorded in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram insurgency, the Nigerian Army has said. In a statement Tuesday, Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said the traders engage in…

NDLEA chairman Mohammad Abdallah inspecting the guard of   honour at the NDLEA headquarters

New NDLEA boss assumes duty in Lagos, vows to ‘immobilize’ drug barons

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohammad Abdallah, has promised to intensify the war against drug barons in the country.  Mr. Abdallah, who had been busy with budget defence for the agency in Abuja, has reported at the national headquarters of the NDLEA in Lagos with…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

Group petitions Buhari over Gov. Okorocha’s ‘brutal and repressive tactics’

The Network of Police Reform in Nigeria has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged use of the police by Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, to ‎attack peaceful protesters in the state. The petition, dated February 8, accused Mr. Okorocha of establishing an 'Imo Security Network' to harass…

Femi Falana

Falana wants Nigeria to drop plan to borrow $3.5bn from World Bank

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged the Nigerian government to jettison its plan to secure a $3.5 billion (about N700 billion) loan from the World Bank and the African Development Bank. In a letter to the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Falana said instead of taking the loan, the…

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Court renews arrest warrant on ex-militant Tompolo, orders security agencies to produce him

A Federal High Court in Lagos, Monday, dismissed an objection by Government Ekpemupolo (also known as Tompolo) to his arrest brought and renewed a warrant order it had earlier issued on the former militant leader. Judge Ibrahim Buba said the application by Mr. Ekpemupolo's lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, urging the court…

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Why I broke into peoples’ homes – Lagos Burglar

A suspected burglar arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command has said that he moved out of his parent's home because of the "poverty-stricken condition of the environment." Joseph David, 20, was arrested in Ikeja at about 4.40 a.m., Saturday, after…

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Tinubu withdraws suit against AIT after apology for “embarrassing” documentary

The African Independent Television has apologized to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, for a documentary it aired before last year's general election. In a letter of apology tendered before a Lagos High Court on Friday, Daar Communications, the owners of the TV station, said…

From Left:  Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas; Executive Producer, 76 Movie, Tonye Princewill, Regional Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu and Nollywood Actress, Rita Dominic, at a News Conference on the Unveiling of 76 Movie in Lagos

Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme star in ‘76′, post-civil war tale

Africa Magic‎ turned a new chapter in Nigerian filmmaking partnering with Adonis Productions and Princewill’s Trust to produce “76”, a tale of love, trust, faith and family set against the backdrop of war and nation building. Set six years after the Nigerian civil war, '76' tells the story of a…

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Student expelled for ‘speech, hearing challenges’ sues Rivers university for N20 million

A student who was expelled by the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, in 2015, for having "speech and hearing challenges" has sued the institution for damages to the tune of N20 million. Jane Ottah, 28,‎ said the damages were for the trauma, embarrassment, and emotional distress caused by…

WHO Press briefing on Zika Virus... Picture: Courtesy WHO images

WHO declares Zika Virus a global health emergency as Nigeria advises travel restriction

The World Health Organization on Monday declared Zika Virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO also said protective measures against mosquito bites remain the most important preventive measure against the virus. Margaret Chan, the WHO Director General, said at a press briefing in Geneva, Monday, that‎ a coordinated…

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EXCLUSIVE: Why we transferred Father Mbaka — Catholic Church

The Catholic Church on Monday clarified the recent transfer of Father Ejike Mbaka, saying the controversial priest was merely being sent to where he would be more useful to the church. In its first reaction since the controversy over the transfer broke, the church church said the posting was not…

Buhari Talking

FACT-CHECK: Buhari’s claim that Boko Haram ‘not holding any territory’ in Nigeria exaggerated

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari claimed recently that militant Islamist group Boko Haram have been driven into “fall-back positions” and are "currently not holding any territory" in the country. Mr. Buhari was speaking during a meeting last month with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His comments came just weeks after he claimed that…

FILE PHOTO: Women queuing to vote in Plateau [Photo: NAN]

“Over 6 million women in South West Nigeria victims of female genital mutilation”

Over 6 million women are victims of f‎emale genital mutilation across the six states in south west Nigeria, a group, New Initiative for Social Development, has said. At a training organized for journalists in Ado-Ekiti, Wednesday, the group said that Oyo State has the highest figure with almost 2 million…

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP, Deputy Senate President

Group demands Ekweremadu’s investigation over petition linking judge with Tinubu

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has demanded the investigation of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over his petition accusing Justice Adeniyi Ademola of bias in a suit involving the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples' Democratic Party. In a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices ‎(and Other Related…

The Suspects

How I make N300,000 monthly begging in Lagos – Drug Suspect

A suspected drug addict arrested by the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Command has disclosed that he made over N300, 000 monthly from begging in Ikeja. Kehinde Olatubosun, 56, from Ibadan, Oyo State, was arrested on Saturday night along with 18 other drug addicts at a joint in…

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Mike Omoighe returns with Unule Unuile Ozese

The art exhibition, Equal Rights: Unule U​​nuile Ozese, featuring multi-media works on paper and canvas​, ​by Mike Omoighe​,​ will open to the public on January 25th at the Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos. The collection of 33 works would feature pieces like 'Eki Philosophy,' 'Merciless Rider,' 'Igbabonelimi on the threshold,' 'Ilo Masquerade,'…

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Oil workers protest in Lagos over N224 million debt

Dozens of oil workers on Tuesday brought vehicular movements around the Lagos State House of Assembly and the governor's office to a halt, in protest of non-payment of N224 million debt owed them by the government. The workers said the money was for diesel and kerosene supplied to the agency…

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Nigerian media practitioners to challenge military era law at Supreme Court

The Nigerian Press Organization Monday resolved to "immediately" appeal a Court of Appe‎al decision upholding the Nigerian Press Council Decree of 1992. At‎ its meeting in Lagos, the NPO - comprising of the Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and the Nigerian Guild of…

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

Human Rights group condemns Nigerian army’s detention of Zakzaky

A human rights group, Access to Justice, has accused the Nigerian army of undermining the Constitution by its continued detention of the leader of the Shi'ite sect, Ibrahim Zakzaky, and some of his members. In a statement issued Sunday, the group said more than one month after the Shi'ite sect…

FILE PHOTO: The soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny in September 2014

Grant presidential pardon to convicted soldiers, Falana urges Buhari

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant presidential pardon to the soldiers convicted for mutiny by a military court martial. In a petition addressed to the president, Mr. Falana‎ said the findings of the Arms Procurement Panel, instituted by Mr. Buhari, had vindicated the soldiers.…

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

INTERVIEW: What I tell people who twist my first name, “Lai”, to “Lie” – Lai Mohammed

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, spoke about his time as an opposition spokesperson, the war against insurgency, and the government's proposed 2016 budget. PREMIUM TIMES: For years, you served as the spokesperson for the opposition party. But now you've moved to…

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Tompolo not bigger than Nigeria; he must be arrested – Keyamo

Nigerian law enforcement agencies have an immediate duty to arrest a former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, and produce him in court, after a judge on Thursday ordered his arrest, a government lawyer charging him for corruption has said. Judge Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court…