Ben Ezeamalu

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From left to right: Michael Harvey, USAID Country Director; Dehab Ghebreab,‎ Acting U.S. Consul General; and Linus Awute, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health at the launch of the Warehouse-in-a-box project in Lagos.

How Nigerian permanent secretary ‘apologized’ to US officials, guests for arriving late

For almost three hours on Thursday,‎ invited guests, journalists, and United States officials waited in Lagos for the arrival of a high ranking official of the Nigerian government. It was the ‎launch of the “Warehouse-in-a-box,” a US$5 million project by the U.S. Agency for International Development in collaboration with the…

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Uproar over Buhari’s appointments antics of jobless politicians — Keyamo

A human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has criticized the uproar that greeted the recent government appointments ‎made by President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement Friday, Mr. Keyamo said majority of Nigerians are only interested in good governance and not the ethnic origin of a government appointee. "The so-called 'uproar' over…

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How we smuggle cocaine aboard flights – Arik Air staff

A staff of Arik Air has told the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency investigators how members of staff of the airline smuggle illicit drugs aboard flights. Oliver Chibuzor, a catering loader at the airline who has been arrested by NDLEA officials, said they subvert airport security checks by concealing cocaine…

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Tinubu breaks silence on attacks on Fashola, speaks on relationship with ex-Lagos governor

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has distanced himself from the recent ordeal of the former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola. In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Tinubu said he is not behind the latest "rancid attacks" on Mr. Fashola. "An attack against the performance of Governor…

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Why we abandoned textile business for cocaine smuggling – Suspects

Two suspected drug‎ traffickers have narrated to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency the reason they abandoned their once thriving businesses for cocaine smuggling. Frank Obiekwe and Jacob Okoye were arrested on their way to Hong Kong by NDLEA officials during an outward screening of passengers at the…

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Groups accuse Jonathan of sponsoring campaign against Buhari’s corruption war

A coalition of civil society groups have accused former president Goodluck Jonathan of ‎launching a campaign designed to frustrate the anti-corruption efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari. At an interactive session in Lagos, Tuesday, the groups said that Mr. Jonathan had started a campaign pushing for the current government to begin…

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​N​DLEA queries Arik Air over staff arrested with cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has commenced an investigation into the operations of Arik Airlines after a member of its staff was arrested with cocaine in London. In a statement Tuesday, the NDLEA said a "full scale"‎ investigation would unmask those behind the act. Chika Udensi, an air steward…

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Judge stops Senate’s move to summon The Nation journalists

Justice Mohammed Yunusa of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Friday, granted an interim injunction restraining the Senate from summoning The Nation's journalists over an article the newspaper published recently. In his ruling, the judge barred the Upper House of parliament from ‎compelling the journalists to produce any material…

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I left over N8bn for Wike – Amaechi

The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has refuted claims by his successor, Nyesom Wike, that he left an empty treasury after his administration. Mr. Amaechi was responding to claims by Opunabo Inko-Tariah, Mr. Wike's Spokesperson, during a radio programme in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that his principal…

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Buhari won’t probe Tinubu, Fashola because Bode George wants him to — APC

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has‎ told the People Democratic Party chieftain in the state, Bode George, to steer away from politics after the latter's defeat at the last general election. In a statement issued Thursday in response to Mr. George's call for President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Bode George to Buhari: Probe Tinubu, Fashola

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, has called for the investigation of the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as well as his predecessor, Bola Tinubu. In a statement issued in Lagos, Wednesday, Mr. George said Mr. Tinubu is also complicit in the recent allegations…

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Ambode ‘not pleased’ with Lagos road projects

The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work on the reconstruction of some of the road projects in the state. In a statement issued Wednesday by Habib Aruna, the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ambode was quoted as saying that he would not…

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Economist wants Kaduna refinery replaced with meat factory

A university professor, Alfred Aggrey-Fynn, has urged the Nigerian government to dismantle the Kaduna petroleum refinery due to its distance from raw material. Mr. Aggrey-Fy‎nn stated this, Wednesday, at the Nigeria Humanitarian Summit organised by the Gani Adams Foundation in Lagos. "The Kaduna oil-refinery must be dismantled and its place…

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OPC recognised by UN, not a terrorist organisation — Gani Adams

The factional leader of the Oodua Peoples' Congress, Gani Adams, has said that the group is a legitimate organisation recognised by the United Nations. Mr. Adams spoke, Wednesday, at the Nigeria Humanitarian Summit organised by his Gani Adams Foundation in Lagos. "We are not a terrorist organisation. We don't do…

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​Tinubu, Ambode, others shun Fashola’s book launch

Prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, Tuesday, stayed away from a book launch chronicling the tenure of Babatunde Fashola at the helm of affairs of Lagos State. Mr. Fashola was the governor of Lagos State between 2007 and 2015. The books: The Great Leap, The Lagos Blowdown, and In…

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Google launches “Android One” in Nigeria, others

‎Tech giant, Google, on Tuesday launched the Android One program in Nigeria starting with the Infinix HOT 2-X510. The program, which was unveiled in Lagos, is part of an ongoing initiative to bring high quality smart phones to millions of people across Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world.…

From left: chairman, police service commission (psc), Mike Okiro; commissioner for media, south-east zone, Comfort Obi and Commissioner for women affairs, Aisha Tukur, at a news conference on the alleged N275 million election-monitoring fund's fraud rocking the PSC in Abuja

‎N133 million scam: ICPC under fire for clearing ex-Police IG, Okiro, others

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has come under fire over its decision to clear officials of the Police Service Commission (PSC) caught defrauding the government using inflated contract and bogus claims. ‎The ICPC, in an August 6 report after investigations of corrupt allegations levelled against the…

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PDP accuses Fashola of wasting N32 bn SURE-P funds

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples' Democratic Party has accused the immediate past governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, of squandering over N32 billion funds received from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme. In a statement in Lagos, Sunday, ‎the PDP urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to institute a probe panel…

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N133 million scam: Resign now, anti-corruption group tells Okiro

Following a report by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission directing Mike Okiro, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, to remit N133 million‎ to the federal government; a civil society group has called for his resignation.   In a statement, Thursday, the Civil Society Network Against…

A Rescue Team with the Bodies of the Victims that were involved in the Helicopter crash

UPDATE: How dead pilot, co-pilot were recovered from Lagos helicopter crash

A few women sobbed and mothers held tightly to their kids at the bank of the lagoon as fishing boats arrived with two corpses from the helicopter crash‎ on Wednesday. The bodies - the white pilot and his black co-pilot - brought ashore at about 11 a.m.‎ on Thursday marked…

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Two remaining bodies in Lagos helicopter crash found

The remaining two bodies in Wednesday's helicopter crash in the Lagos lagoon have been found. Ten people - four dead and six rescued - were retrieved from the lagoon on Wednesday. Thursday's bodies implies six people have now been confirmed dead from the crash. Rescue officials are now putting the…

A Rescue Team with the Bodies of the Victims that were involved in the Helicopter crash

UPDATE: Officials say 4 dead, 6 rescued in Lagos helicopter crash

Six people were rescued from the debris of Wednesday's helicopter crash in Lagos, the Lagos State Fire and Safety Services has said. Rasak Fadipe, the head of the agency told PREMIUM TIMES that four dead bodies have so far been recovered from the scene of the accident. "So far, we've…

Scene of Helicopter crash in Lagos

Helicopter crashes in Lagos

A helicopter has crashed behind the king's palace in the Oworonsoki area of Lagos, Nigeria commercial capital, emergency rescue officials have told PREMIUM TIMES. Details of the accident are still unclear but rescue efforts are already ongoing. "Our men have already commenced rescue operations and we would have an idea…

Former Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola

Nigerian anti-corruption activists drag Fashola to EFCC over N78 million website scandal

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, a coalition of anti-corruption organisations in Nigeria, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the "questionable expenditures" of the administration of Babatunde Fashola, the immediate past governor of Lagos State. In a petition dated August 10 and addressed to the EFCC Chairman,…

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US ‘strongly’ condemns Borno market attack

The United States "strongly" condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. At least 20 traders were reportedly killed and about 50 others critically injured after a bomb went off in a rural market in Damboa local government area, according to witnesses and security sources. ‎"We offer…