Ben Ezeamalu

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Ugo-Nnadi from the court [Photo: Information Nigeria]

Fraudulent Nigerian oil firm is “virtually broke”, owes millions of dollars – NNPC

Ontario Oil & Gas Limited, which was convicted for subsidy fraud, is yet to make a formal commitment to settle all its outstanding debts under a crude oil swap contract that existed between 2012 and 2014, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said on Sunday. The spokesperson of the NNPC,…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting an Eyo plaque to the Minister of Works, Power & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Ambode receives Fashola, pays rare tribute to former governor

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Saturday extolled the virtues of his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, as Mr. Fashola, now the Minister for Work, Power and Housing, made his first official to the seat of government since hand over in May 2015. Mr. Ambode, who spoke when he received Mr.…

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

NDLEA ‘uncovers new tricks’ used by drug trafficking cartels

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, says it has uncovered new tricks by drug trafficking cartels to circumvent security checks. A suspected drug trafficker, Roland Chukwudi, 37, who was apprehended for importing 2.045 kilogramme of heroin from Nairobi, Kenya, was found in…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), signing the Environmental Management and Protection bill into Law, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  (L-R) With him are Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi and Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph.

New environment law ‘in the interest of all’ – Lagos Govt

The Lagos State Government on Friday assured Lagosians that the new Environmental Protection and Management Law initiated by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration was done in the overall interest of all Lagosians to ensure cleaner environment and public health safety in the state. In a press statement signed by the…

Yahweh Yesha (a.k.a Queen Esther)

EXCLUSIVE: Sex Scandal: Real identity of woman claiming to be Apostle Suleman’s second ex-lover revealed

One of the Facebook accounts of the second lady who claimed to have been in a sexual relationship with Johnson Suleman, the embattled overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, has been deactivated for violating the medium's policies which included nudity, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The lady, who identified herself as…

Queens College

Mass bacterial infection in Queens College; Lagos govt wants school shut down

The Lagos State government has advised an indefinite shutdown of Queens College over the outbreak of water-borne disease in the school. Addressing journalists in Lagos on Thursday, Jide Idris, the state's Commissioner of Health, said the school's resumption should be delayed until appropriate health measures are put in place for…

Rowaye Jubril

How judge convicted subsidy fraudster, sentenced him to 10 years in prison

Rowaye Jubril quietly walked out of the dock after the judge pronounced a 10 years jail term on him for fuel subsidy fraud. He whispered to one of his staff, "We will appeal it." On Thursday, Justice Lateefa Okunnu of an Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court, said she…

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Judge convicts another fuel subsidy suspect

An Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court has convicted Rowaye Jubril and his company, Brila Energy Ltd, on 13 counts of fuel subsidy fraud. Justice Lateefa Okunnu sentenced Mr. Jibril to 10 years in prison, and made an order of restitution for his company to refund N963.7 million to…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), signing the Environmental Management and Protection bill into Law, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  (L-R) With him are Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi and Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph.

Lagos’ new environment law inaccessible two weeks after Ambode’s assent

Two weeks after it was signed into law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State's law on the environment is still inaccessible to the public, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The law titled: Consolidated Laws on the Management, Protection and Sustainable Development on the Environment in Lagos State and Connected Purposes, was…

El Rufai

El-Rufai is training militia, he’s after me – Apostle Suleman

The Omega Fire Ministries has accused Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, of masterminding the recent series of allegations of infidelity against its General Overseer, Johnson Suleman. The spokesman of OFM and Mr. Suleman's communications manager, Phrank Shaibu, in a statement on Tuesday, said that facts and available intelligence incontrovertibly point…

Stephanie Otobo

Sex scandal: Stephanie Otobo petitions Lagos police, wants Apostle Suleman probed

The woman who said she had an amorous relationship with the overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Johnson Suleman, has formally filed a petition asking police to investigate multiple allegations against the preacher. In a letter to the Lagos State police commissioner, Stephanie Otobo, 23, accused Mr. Suleman (popularly…

Johnson Suleman, Founder Omega Fire Ministries

Sex scandal: Apostle Suleman bars Church members from public comments

The Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide has barred members from making further comments or statements on the alleged sexual relationship involving its overseer, Johnson Suleman. In a statement issued by the Directorate of Media, the church said commentaries on the matter had overstayed their relevance and the members should no longer…

Apostle Johnson Suleman

EXCLUSIVE: Sex Scandal: Another woman says she was in sexual relationship with Apostle Suleman

Barely one week after a lady, Stephanie Otobo, claimed she was in a sexual relationship with the overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Johnson Suleman, another lady has also said she was in a similar sexual relationship with the cleric. The lady, who identified herself as Queen Esther, said…

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INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria’s prison system deteriorated, and how it can be resuscitated – Retired Controller

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Ifediorah Orakwe, a retired Controller of Prisons (Planning, Research, and Statistics) Nigerian Prisons Service, spoke about the country's overcrowded prisons, challenges, and the way out. PREMIUM TIMES: You were in the Nigeria Prisons Service for over three decades. What has changed over the years?…

Senator Shehu Sani

Senator wants history of slavery taught in Nigerian primary, secondary schools

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has advocated for the inclusion of the history of slave trade in Nigerian schools' curriculum. Mr. Sani spoke on Saturday during a visit to some historic sites in Badagry, Lagos. "I would say this in clear terms, that the best we can do…

Odeyemi Omolara Morayo

Grandmother arrested at Lagos airport for alleged cocaine smuggling

A 57-year-old grandmother and textile merchant at Balogun market in Lagos has been caught at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, in connection with cocaine smuggling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said. Odeyemi Omolara claimed to be going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…

Apostle Suleiman Johnson

Sex Scandal: Apostle Suleiman, Keyamo in war of words over Stephanie Otobo

The embattled General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman, on Friday traded words with Festus Keyamo, a human rights lawyer, over the latter's client who accused the preacher of forceful abortion of pregnancy. Stephanie Otobo, a Canadian-based singer, had also accused Mr. Suleman, through her lawyer, of failing…

Stephanie Otobo

Sex Scandal: Apostle Suleman wanted threesome, loves sex, Stephanie Otobo says

The Canada-based lady involved in an alleged marriage scandal with the overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman, has said that her affair with the cleric involved a lot of sex. Stephanie Otobo, speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Friday, said she spent time with Mr. Suleman…

Nigerian Governors Forum

Court fixes April 26 for hearing of suit seeking to stop security votes, constituency allowances

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has fixed April 26 for the hearing of a suit seeking to stop the payment of security votes to the president and 77 other political office holders. Adedokun Makinde, the Lagos-based lawyer who filed the suit, wants the…

Ikeja Electric Plc [Photo Credit: guardian.ng]

Planned month-long Lagos power outage angers customers

Electricity consumers at the Ikeja axis of Lagos have expressed their anger after their service provider, Ikeja Electric Plc, announced a disruption of service between March 6 and April 4. In a statement on Friday, the company said the power outage would affect residents of Ojodu, Magodo, Alausa, Oke Afa,…

Shoprite, Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja

Shoprite condemns South Africa’s xenophobic violence

Shoprite Nigeria, the local arm of South Africa's retail giant, Shoprite, has condemned the spate of xenophobic violence being perpetrated in its home country. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, the company said any kind of xenophobic violence and intimidation against the citizens of other countries anywhere…

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How Nigeria’s overcrowded prisons try to reform inmates

The Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons, Lagos State Command, Timothy Tinuoye, has said that speedy trials would help decongest the prisons in the country. Mr. Tinuoye spoke at a three day training and capacity building workshop for members of the Penal Reform Media Network organised by the Prisoners' Rehabilitation and…

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My love for money made me to ingest 69 wraps of cocaine — Suspect

A suspected drug trafficker, Emeka Okafor, has said he went into narcotics trade to get enough money to rent a shop and invest in his business. Mr. Okafor, 28, was among three suspects arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The NDLEA…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), signing the Environmental Management and Protection bill into Law, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  (L-R) With him are Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi and Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph.

Ignoring protests, Gov. Ambode signs Lagos environment bill

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday signed the Environmental Management and Protection Bill into law, expressing optimism that it would go a long way to secure the public health safety of residents most especially children. Governor Ambode, who spoke shortly after signing the Environmental Management and Protection Bill into…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos criminalises drilling boreholes without permit

A new Lagos State Environmental law is stipulating a prison term or fine for residents who drill boreholes without government authorisation, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The legislation specifically criminalises sale or distribution of water by container, tanker, or any other method without a valid license issued by the Department of…