Ben Ezeamalu

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Lagos Council elections

Local govt election in Ajegunle ‘a rape on democracy’ – Lawmaker

The lawmaker representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Rita Orji, has accused the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission of colluding with the All Progressives Congress to manipulate the July 22 council polls in the state. Mrs. Orji, who spoke to journalists in Lagos on Sunday, alleged that…

Makoko: The 'production crew' for the BringBacktheGirls' photoshoot on the water

Lagos fishermen lament impact of govt policies

The dredging and oil exploration activities of government agencies and their partners have pushed more fish beyond the reach of fishing nets, the fishermen in Makoko, a popular Lagos slum community, have said. Speaking at a Community Dialogue themed 'Fish-Not-Oil' facilitated by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation on Monday,…

Nigerian President,Muhammadu Buhari in a Presidential campaign rally in 2015

More Nigerians view Buhari administration positively after two years – Report

The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, on Sunday released its two years’ assessment report of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration stating that a majority of Nigerians gave the president a "thumbs up." The report, titled 'Buharimeter Mid-Term Report' provides independent and systematic assessment of the performance of the incumbent administration…

Unit 8, Ward B1, Festac Town. No voter in sight.

LIVE UPDATES: Lagos council elections official results

The election into chairmanship and councillorship positions in Lagos held on July 22 across the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas. A handful of voters defied the rains to cast their votes. There were cases of ballot box-snatching and voter intimidation in areas like Bariga and…

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LIVE UPDATES: Lagos residents vote in local govt elections‎

Lagos residents will, today, July 22, elect their chairpersons and councillors across the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas. A total of 12 political parties presented candidates for the chairmanship and councillorship positions in the election. The parties include Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), Alliance…

Nigerian Judges
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Nigerian judges’ vacation ‘too lengthy,’ group says

The yearly recess period for Nigerian courts which lasts between eight and 12 weeks contributes to delayed trials, an advocacy group, Access to Justice, has said.  Adenike Aiyedun, the group's deputy director, said in a statement Thursday that an immediate review of the courts' vacation is needed for the efficiency…

EFCC  Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Why Nigeria’s NFIU was suspended by Egmont Group – EFCC

The actions culminating in the suspension of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) from the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units was triggered after an embittered former director of the agency wrote a petition to the Group painting Nigerian officials in bad light, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The NFIU, an…

Ikeja Computer Village

Developer threatens court action against Lagos govt. over Ikeja ICT claims

An infrastructure development firm, Master Realty International Concepts, has asked the Lagos State Government to retract a "libelous statement" it made against the firm within 48 hours or face court action. The company, a subsidiary of CFL Group, equally denied any partnership with the state government on its plan to build Ikeja IT Mart, which it said,…

Diamond Bank branch in Apapa razed by Tanker drivers

Apapa violence: Police arrest officer who killed tanker driver

The police officer who allegedly shot dead a tanker driver in Apapa, Lagos, has been arrested and taken into custody, the Lagos State Police Command has said. In a statement on Wednesday, the police said the officer was arrested alongside 18 suspected hoodlums who set a commercial bank ablaze. Olarinde…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

We are sorry, Ambode apologises to aggrieved Lagos APC members

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday appealed to aggrieved members of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC to bury the hatchet, noting that any crack would be detrimental to the party. Speaking during the presentation of flags to the Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship candidates of the party…

Diamond Bank branch in Apapa razed by Tanker drivers

Tanker drivers set banks ablaze

Dozens of protesting tanker drivers have set two banks ablaze in Lagos after police officers allegedly shot one of their members, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The two banks, a Diamond Bank and a Sterling Bank branch, are located at the Creek Road area, a witness said. "The tank drivers usually…

Rhodes-Vivour

Lagos LG Polls: Perfect time to remove APC, PDP from governance – Rhodes-Vivour

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is a 34-year-old activist and architect who holds a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT in the United States. As the KOWA Party chairmanship aspirant for Ikeja local government area, he tells PREMIUM TIMES in this interview why he moved into politics, how he raised…

Protesters marched to the governor's office yesterday seeking for the expulsion of Muiz Banire from the party over allegations of anti-party activities

Lagos APC Crisis: Protesters demand expulsion of National Legal Adviser Muiz Banire from party

Scores of protesters on Tuesday asked for the expulsion of Muiz Banire from Nigeria’s governing All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Banire, the current National Legal Adviser of the party, is enmeshed in a controversy with other leaders of the party in Lagos State over the handling of a court case…

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Dismissed for medical redundancy, former BATN employees sue company

Four former employees of the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) who were dismissed for medical redundancy have dragged the company before a National Industrial Court seeking a declaration that their disengagement was unlawful. Timothy Makinde, Ayodeji Da Silva, Taofeek Alabi, and Ayodele Awe are claiming N50 million each as general…

Tinubu [Photo: TODAY.ng]

Lagos Assembly vows to amend law giving Tinubu. Fashola, others free houses, cars

The Lagos State House of Assembly has begun the amendment of a law that provides for lavish pension benefits to former governors and their deputies, the speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said Thursday. Speaking to journalists at an event to mark the second anniversary of the state's eighth Assembly, Mr. Obasa said…

Femi Falana
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2014 Confab recommendations ‘unrealistic,’ Falana, others say

A group of Nigerians led by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has said that the recommendations reached at the end of the 2014 National Conference are unrealistic. In a statement issued on Sunday, the group said that an enforcement of the fundamental objectives enshrined in Chapter 2 of the Nigerian…

House of Reps

Group blasts Nigerian lawmakers over resolution to recall suspended NHIS boss

A civil society group, Coalition of Civil Society Against Corruption, has criticised the House of Representatives over its resolution to recall the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf. At a press conference held in Lagos, Thursday, the group said the House should not interfere in the…

The launching of the Report Yourself Initiative

U.S. Partners Religious Leaders, BudgIT to Launch Anti-Corruption Website

The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in collaboration with religious leaders and BudgIT, a civic organisation, on Wednesday launched Report Yourself, a web-based platform that empowers citizens to fight corruption in Nigeria. The clerics, under the aegis of Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption working group, will in turn collaborate with Nigerian…

Flooded streets of Lagos as seen on Twitter.

Group blames Lagos flooding on coastline projects

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, on Monday blamed the "environmentally-unfriendly projects" by the state government along Lagos coastlines, especially the Lekki-Ajah axis for massive floods that submerged houses in several parts of the state during last week’s heavy downpour. The floods ravaged parts of Victoria Island,…

Muiz Banire

Lagos APC Crisis: Banire threatens legal action against party chairman

The national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire, has threatened to sue the Lagos State chairman of the party, Henry Ajomale, for alleged defamation. In a letter addressed to Mr. Ajomale dated July 9, Mr. Banire's lawyers demanded an apology and a N500 million compensation from the…

NDLEA officials [Photo credit: www.ndlea.gov.ng]

NDLEA denies ‘harassing’ Patience Jonathan

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA on Monday denied allegations that it was harassing a former first lady, Patience Jonathan. The agency, which referred to the accusations as spurious and misleading, said it was not investigating Mrs. Jonathan. In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, the anti-narcotics…

Customs Officers

Why I collected N500,000 to smuggle contraband, ex-Customs official says

A former official of the Nigeria Customs Service has told narcotic investigators that he collected N500,000 to smuggle used clothing (a contraband), from Seme to Lagos Island, which turned out to contain cannabis during a search. Emmanuel Ngwoke, 39, who is being interrogated for his alleged role in trafficking 394…

Abubakar Mahmoud
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NBA working with security agencies to get ‘hate speech’ offenders punished

The Nigerian Bar Association has appealed to media houses and opinion leaders to exercise responsibility and professionalism in the content they publish or distribute through their platforms. Abubakar Mahmoud, the NBA president, said in a statement that the constitutional right to free speech does not extend to hate speech. "The…

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Lagos LG Polls: Amuwo Odofin APC leaders protest imposition of candidate

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos State, have protested over an alleged imposition of chairmanship and councillorship candidates ahead of the July 22 local council elections. At a peaceful protest at the party secretariat in Lagos on Friday, the party leaders called on the APC…

Tuface

Lawyer sues police for bullying Tuface out of planned protest

A Lagos-based lawyer, Malcom Omirhobo, has sued the Nigerian Police at a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court for allegedly threatening to arrest popular Nigerian musician, Tuface Idibia, over a mass protest he planned last February. The lawyer, in a class action, sued for himself and on behalf of…