Ben Ezeamalu

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Ikeja-Map

APC wins presidential, NASS polls in ​Ikeja

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has won both the ​National Assembly and Presidential election in Ikeja. Abiodun Faleke of the APC polled 33,375 votes to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, who polled 25,447, In the presidential​ election​, APC polled 29,893 against the PDP's 23,836. For the Senatorial election…

Alausa, Lagos rain

Nigeria: INEC approves postponement of elections in some areas

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has approved the postponement to Sunday of elections in some polling units where accreditation was challenging. Two of the polling units affected by such postponement are at Iyalla Street in Alausa, Ikeja, where the presiding officer announced the postponement because card readers were not…

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Tinubu calls for extension of voting time

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the voting time in Lagos in order not to disenfranchise people. Mr. Tinubu stated this while addressing journalists minutes after he cast his vote at Alausa, Ikeja. "I'm calling on…

Governor Sule Lamido, Jigawa State Governor

Court awards N50 million against Governor Lamido, police, for brutalizing APC members

A c sitting in Dutse, Jigawa State, has ordered Governor Sule Lamido, a local government Chairman, and the Nigeria Police Force to pay N50 million as damages to two members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. Messrs Nakudu and Ado Gwanki filed two separate suits before Justice…

President Goodluck Jonathan at a Presidential rally

ANALYSIS: The Presidential Journey of Goodluck Jonathan

On May 29, 1999, a then relatively unknown Goodluck Jonathan stood beside his benefactor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, as the latter took the oath of office as the elected Governor of Bayelsa State. That Saturday, 16 years ago, marked the beginning of the journey of Mr. Jonathan, who would later become governor…

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We got new pipelines protection contract two weeks ago – OPC leader

A leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Frederick Faseun, has said that the multi-million naira contract to secure oil pipelines in the South West region was awarded to the group two weeks ago. Speaking during an interview with Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Faseun insisted that it was the Nigerian National Petroleum…

Foreign mercenaries fighting alongside Nigerian army in Maiduguri

‘Foreign mercenaries’ are military instructors – Nigeria

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday attempted to clear the air, yet again, on the involvement of foreigners in the ongoing war against insurgency, saying they were not mercenaries. Hundreds of foreign mercenaries had allegedly been brought into the country to boost the war against terrorism. But speaking at the monthly…

Nigeria Army

1,000 children of slain soldiers get scholarships

Nineteen officers of the Nigerian military who were wounded during the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents have been successfully treated abroad, the Nigerian Army has said. During its monthly press briefing in Abuja, Wednesday, the Nigerian Army also said that 1,000 children and dependents of slain army officers have…

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

200,000 PVCs will not be available in Lagos – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it would not provide about 200,000 Permanent Voter's Cards, PVCs, in Lagos State ahead of Saturday's election. Akin Orebiyii, the state Resident Electoral Commission, disclosed this Wednesday during a Stakeholders' Forum in Lagos. According to Mr. Orebiyii, out of the 5.8 million…

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Nigeria2015: Millions of uncollected PVCs worry INEC

Ahead of Saturday's presidential election, the Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the millions of uncollected Permanent Voter's Cards at its local government offices in Lagos. Out of the 5.4 million registered voters in the state, 3.8 voters have collected their PVCs, according to INEC. "The main challenge…

Ambode and Agbaje

Labour, civil society groups petition Lagos gubernatorial candidates over water privatization

A coalition of labour and civil society groups have petitioned the two major gubernatorial aspirants in Lagos State over the government's alleged plan to privatize the state owned Water Corporation. In separate letters written to Jimi Agbaje and Akinwunmi Ambode, candidates of the Peoples' Democratic Party and the All Progressives…

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Recent works of Rom Isichei and Kainebi Osahenye opens March 23

An exhibition of the latest works of Nigerian contemporary artists, Rom Isichei and Kainebi Osahenye will open to the public on March 23 at Temple Muse, Lagos. The exhibition, a collection of 35 paintings and mixed media works, shows an intense exploration of colour, style, scale, and technique by the…

Joseph Mbu

Afenifere group demands AIG Mbu’s redeployment from Lagos

The Afenifere Renewal Group, a Yoruba socio-political group, has petitioned the Police Service Commission demanding the redeployment of controversial police officer, Joseph Mbu, from Lagos. In a letter dated February 20, sent to the Inspector-General of Police, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senate and House of Representatives Committees on…

Soldiers

Jonathan lacks powers to deploy troops for elections – Court

President Goodluck Jonathan lacks the power to deploy soldiers for the conduct of election without the approval of the National Assembly, a federal court ruled Monday. Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos held that the practice of deploying troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the…

Nigerian soldiers on guard in Maiduguri

Court bars use of soldiers in election

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ruled that the Nigerian Armed Forces have no role in the conduct of elections in the country. The court relied on a recent Court of Appeal ruling that barred the use of soldiers in the conduct of elections, stating that it was a…

PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimi Agbaje

Lagos2015: I’m not Bode George’s stooge, says Agbaje

The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has insisted that he is not a stooge of anyone in the party. Speaking on 'Rubbin' Minds,' a programme on Channels TV, Sunday, Mr. Agbaje explained the relationship between himself and Bode George, the party leader in…

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Controversy as allegations of “shady deals” rock Nigeria Election Debate Group

The Nigeria Election Debate Group, NEDG, has organised presidential and vice presidential debates since 1999, but fresh claims have emerged questioning the independence and partisan nature of the group. The debates, the final lap of the series of debates organised by the NEDG, is holding on March 22, according to…

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji

Court slams ‘barbaric’ Gov. Orji over journalist’s arrest

A Federal High Court in Lagos, Friday, nullified an arrest warrant against Ebere Wabara, the associate editor of The Sun Newspapers, by an Abia Magistrate Court. In his ruling, Okon Abang, declared the court's bench warrant for the journalist as illegal and unconstitutional, and barred the police from further arresting…

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Gillian Hopwood showcases 60-year old Lagos photos

An exhibition of 39 black and white photographs by Gillian Hopwood showcasing iconic buildings and areas in Lagos dating back to 1954 will be opened to the public on March 20th at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi. The exhibition, in conjunction with the release of a book with the same…

President Goodluck Jonathan

UNIPORT hides Jonathan’s doctorate details

The University of Port Harcourt has declined a Freedom of Information, FOI, request for the doctorate degree records of President Goodluck Jonathan. In a response to the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, a Rivers State-based civil society organization, the university said a request for President Jonathan's academic records…

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Man arrested at Lagos airport with Indian hemp stuffed in ‘gala’

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a man smuggling 35.115 kilogramme of Cannabis sativa hidden inside sausage rolls to China. [caption id="attachment_178724" align="alignright" width="150"] Ogbonna Friday Ogbu with the drugs[/caption] Friday Ogbonna, 33, was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, during a screening of passengers on…

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Okonjo-Iweala blocks banks from funding states – Fashola

The Peoples' Democratic Party-led federal government's "uncoordinated and inconsistent" management of fiscal and monetary policy levels has exacerbated the nation's economic problems, Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State governor, has said. While appearing before the state's lawmakers Tuesday to push for an amendment to the 2015 Appropriation Law on Tuesday, Mr.…

Bola Tinubu

Nigeria2015: Tinubu backs use of card readers

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has thrown his weight behind the use of card readers for the forthcoming general elections. In a statement released Tuesday, Mr. Tinubu said that the Peoples' Democratic Party was afraid of the will of the people and what their cards…

International Criminal Court

Nigeria2015: ICC vows to prosecute politicians inciting violence

The International Criminal Court has begun preliminary investigations into claims of genocide and war crimes in Nigeria. In a statement on Monday, the Court reiterated its call for politicians to refrain from electoral offences, noting that it had the capacity to prosecute culpable individuals "whenever necessary". "The Office of the…

FILE PHOTO: APC Youth Destroying PDP Billboards in Borno

OPC factions clash after anti-Jega protest

Following Monday's protest by the Oodua Peoples' Congress, OPC, factions within the group have risen up to dissociate themselves from the call for removal of Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The Gani Adams' faction of the OPC, accompanied by members of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign…