Ben Ezeamalu

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Rivers university student expelled for ‘speech and hearing challenges’ returns to school

The student who was expelled by the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, in 2015, for having “speech and hearing challenges” has been allowed to return to school. Jane Ottah, 28, who dragged the university before a Rivers State High Court for expelling her over claims that she had…

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Lagos police commissioner reads riot act to kidnappers

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, has warned kidnappers in the state to desist from the act and channel their energies to productive ventures. Addressing journalists in Lagos on Monday, Mr. Owoseni said the government was "deploying all arsenals" to arrest the rising spate of kidnapping in the state.…

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Zaria Massacre: Why we stayed away from Judicial Commission of Inquiry — El-Zakzaky’s lawyers

Lawyers to the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, have attributed their absence at a Judicial Commission of Inquiry instituted by the Kaduna State government to the commission's inability to facilitate access to their client. In a statement Monday signed by Festus Okoye on behalf of…

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PREMIUM TIMES journalists nominated for CNN African Journalists Awards

Three journalists who produced an investigative report for PREMIUM TIMES have been nominated for the 2016 CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards. Ogechi Ekeanyanwu, until recently a reporter for this newspaper, partnered Yemisi Akinbobola and Paul Bradshaw of IQ4News to investigate the trafficking of Nigeria's young footballers by rogue…

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Alade Market: Developer denies invading market with thugs

The private developer of Alade Market, Lagos, has debunked claims that he invaded the market with armed thugs to harass traders. Lai Omotola, the Managing Director of Master Reality International Concepts Ltd, said in a statement Sunday that the traders accusing him of forceful eviction were not genuine ship owners…

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Lawyer with disability sues Rivers govt over inaccessibility of court rooms

A Port Harcourt-based lawyer, Gaius Ogan, has dragged the Rivers State government to court over the inaccessibility of court rooms in the state for lawyers with disabilities. Mr. Ogan said court rooms were public buildings and their inaccessibility to disabled lawyers pose a threat to their livelihood. Joined as respondents…

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How I joined robbery gang – Suspect

A suspected member of an eight-man robbery gang in Lagos has said his desire to drive a commercial bus lured him into armed robbery. Abdullahi Olanrewaju, 30, said he was a commercial bus driver plying the Agege - Oshodi route before joining the robbery gang, according to a statement issued…

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Lagos’ Alade market traders, developer at war over relocation

Some traders at the popular Alade market in Allen Avenue, Ikeja, are currently embroiled in a disagreement over attempts by government to relocate the traders to a new site. The Ikeja local government in 2010 gave the market to a concessionaire, Master Reality International Concepts Ltd, to invest N6.9 billion…

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Confusion in Lagos as major market is invaded by armed thugs

The popular Alade Market in the Allen Avenue, Ikeja, area of Lagos has been invaded by armed thugs, witnesses and a lawyer to the traders' association in the market said. Jiti Ogunye, the lawyer, said the thugs were attacking traders and appeared bent on sacking them so a private developer…

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Dubai-based firm, The First Group, denies $200 billion fraud allegation

A Dubai-based real estate firm, The First Group, has denied claims by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that it was engaged in a phony real estate scam in which innocent Nigerians were duped to the tune of $200 billion. In a statement made available to PREMIUM…

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Lagos govt replacing open markets with malls through “backdoor” – Lawyer

A 35-year-old leasehold granted a private developer for Alade market in Allen Avenue, Lagos, is a ploy to force open markets out of Ikeja and replace them with shopping malls, a lawyer has said. Jiti Ogunye, a Lagos-based lawyer, said in an open letter to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode that the…

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Why Ikpeazu must step down immediately as Abia governor — Keyamo

The continued occupation of the Abia State Government House by Okezie Ikpeazu despite a federal high court overturning his election as governor has been described as illegal. Festus Keyamo, a human rights lawyer, said in a statement Wednesday that Uche Ogah should be sworn in immediately as governor pending the…

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#BringBackOurGirls group blasts Melaye over threats against Tinubu

The Lagos chapter of the #BringBackOurGirls group has lambasted Dino Melaye for his threat to "beat up" his colleague, Oluremi Tinubu, during a disagreement in a closed-door session held by the senators. In a statement issued Wednesday and jointly signed by Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Aisha Oyebode, Ayo Obe, and Habiba Balogun,…

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Why Court cancelled Buhari govt’s 45% electricity tariff hike

A Federal High Court in Lagos, Wednesday, declared illegal the upward review of electricity tariff by the National Electricity Regulation Commission. In a landmark judgment delivered by Justice Ibrahim Idris, the court ordered the reversal and restrained NERC from further increasing the tariff except in strict compliance to the provisions…

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INTERVIEW: How career women can balance family, profession – Amina Oyagbola

On June 17, PREMIUM TIMES, TW Magazine, and US-based Parenting Resources and Initiatives organized a dialogue session on “Parenting for Nation Building” in Lagos. PREMIUM TIMES’ Ben Ezeamalu sat down with Amina Oyagbola, Founder, WISCAR and HR Executive, MTN Nigeria, as she spoke about how women can successfully balance work…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), addressing the media on the rescue of three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, March 06, 2016. (R-L) With him are Commanding Officer, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Bulama Biu; Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde.

Eid-el-Fitri: Ambode, Speaker Obasa, NURTW boss preach peace, forgiveness

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday called on Nigerians to pursue the cause of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria where citizens, regardless of ethnic, religious, political or social status can flourish. Mr. Ambode, in his Eid-el-Fitri message said it was only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that…

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‘Adieu Soldier and Poet,’ Soyinka pays tribute to Elechi Amadi

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has described the late Elechi Amadi as "a soldier and poet, captive of conscience, human solidarity and justice." Mr. Amadi died in Port Harcourt of an undisclosed illness. He was aged 82. In a tribute to the late writer, Mr. Soyinka said although he is gone,…

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BREAKING: Court grants Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman conditional bail

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted a N250 million bail to former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who is facing corruption trial before Justice Muslim Hassan. The judge also granted bail in the same sum to Mr. Fani-Kayode's co-defendants, Nenadi Usman, former Finance Minister; and Danjuma Yusuf. Mr. Hassan…

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Lagos police recover eight vehicles from alleged trans-border criminals

The Lagos State Police Command has said it has recovered eight stolen vehicles from a member of a syndicate specializing in trans-border crime and stealing vehicles in Lagos and moving them to Ogun and neighbouring countries to sell. In a statement on Sunday, the police said officers of the Rapid…

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Group urges Lagos Speaker to reject privatization of water sector

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, to side with Lagos people in rejecting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the water sector. ERA/FoEN, in a letter to the Speaker titled 'Privatisation is Not Solution to Lagos…

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Four years after, no trace of 80-year-old woman kidnapped in Anambra

The family of Roseline Ughanze of Alor, Idemili South local government, in Anambra State, has urged the state police command to conclude investigation into the abduction of their 80-year-old mother. Speaking with journalists in Awka, last week, the family said concluding investigations into the incident would set their mind at…

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Abia Governorship: Issuing Samson Ogah Certificate of Return ‘worrisome’ – Lawyer

A Lagos based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has described the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Samson Ogah as the new governor of Abia State as “worrisome”. Mr. Adegboruwa said in a statement, Thursday, that the Federal High Court's decision on Monday cannot be enforced because Okezie Ikpeazu, who was…

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Duke Asidere’s Mental Space opens July 4

The recent works of Duke Asidere, one of Nigeria's foremost contemporary artists, will open to the public on July 4 at The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos. The exhibition titled “Mental Space” showcases 38 paintings on paper and canvas revealing Asidere’s uninhibited intellectual reflecting on critical issues in society. "Most times when…

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How ex-Air Force Chief, Amosun, stole billions to acquire properties in Abuja, Lagos, London — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, took money from the Nigerian Air Force bank account to buy personal properties worth billions of naira. Mr. Amosu, a retired Air Marshal, was arraigned alongside…

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Activists want Monsanto’s GMO field trial permits overturned

Nigerian civil society activists have called on the federal government to overturn the permits it granted for field trials of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. In a joint statement on Tuesday, the activists called for the repeal of Nigeria's Biosafety Law. "Clearly, NBMA (National Biosafety Management Agency) as…