Ben Ezeamalu

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U.S. Trade Agency provides N250 billion support to Dangote refinery

The United States Trade and Development Agency, Thursday, announced a N251.3 billion training grant to Dangote Oil Refining Company to develop the critical human resources needed to run a refinery. The ‎fund was announced at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the USTDA and Dangote Group in Lagos.…


Lagos police arrest 16 suspected hoodlums at Ijora

The Lagos State Police Command has continued its crackdown on suspected hoodlums in the city by arresting 17 suspected hoodlums at the Ijora area over the weekend. In a statement Sunday, the police said the suspects were arrested at different hideouts around Ijora suspected to have used by criminals in…

Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos government’s N40 billion World Bank loan ‘embarrassing’ – PDP

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has condemned the recent World Bank approval of a N40 billion loan to the state government. In a statement issued Sunday in Lagos, the party called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to rescind his decision to obtain the fund pending a check…

Bola Tinubu

Tinubu denies hounding Saraki’s wife with EFCC, says “broke” Senator Waku hired to smear him

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has denied accusations by a party member that he was using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to hound Toyin Saraki, wife of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki. In a statement by his media office Saturday, Mr. Tinubu said he…

TheNEWS-Magazine-23-March-2015 Photo Credit: Courtesy: TheNEWS

​TheNEWS bids farewell to print, moves online

After 22 years of hitting Nigeria's news stands weekly, ‎The News ​m​agazine ha​s​ transformed into a ​largely online newspaper after falling advertising revenues. The magazine will​ now be printed monthly, while resources are channeled into ​feeding its online platform with fresh stories and breaking news, according to the management. The…


Local government officials blockade Guinness plant in Edo

The animosity between Guinness Nigeria Plc and its host community in Edo State took a frightening dimension, Thursday, as officials of Ikpoba-Okha local council stormed the company's plant at Oregbeni Industrial Estate, Ikpoba hill, Benin City. The officials, led by the council boss, Itohan Osahon-Ogbeide, barricaded the entrance to the…

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Pipeline vandals’ clash report causes pipeline explosion

A reported clash between different groups of vandals at Arepo around midnight has led to a pipeline explosion, the National Emergency Management Agency has said. In a text message to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, the agency said that it was yet to confirm if there were casualties. "NNPC have been…


Police after engineers of collapsed Synagogue Church building — Lawyer

The lawyer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Olalekan Ojo, Wednesday, told a Federal High Court in Lagos that police officers were after the two engineers who handled the construction of the church's guest house which collapsed last year. The accident led to the death of about 116 people:…

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Group moves to stop Eko Atlantic project

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project has approached a federal court in Lagos asking for an end to the ongoing Eko Atlantic City project and dredging of the Atlantic Ocean. In a suit before‎ the Federal High Court, Lagos, LEDAP stated that the defendants did not conduct an Environmental Impact…

National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

SSS wrong in seizing Dasuki’s passport, right in searching his homes – Falana

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged the Department of State Services to return the international passport it seized from Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser. The lawyer, however, said that the DSS (also known as the State Security Service, SSS) was right in searching the former NSA's…


Group demands immediate removal of former Head of Service, Oronsaye, from CBN board

The ‎former Head of Service, Stephen Oronsaye, who is facing corruption charges at a federal court should be stripped of his membership of the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption has said. At a press conference in Lagos, Wednesday, the group also demanded…

True Friendship, 17 x 19 inches, Monoprint 1 of 2, 2014 by    Adeyinka AKINGBADE

Akingbade’s Perforated Perspectives opens in Lagos

An exhibition of works by Adeyinka Akingbade opens to the public on Monday, July 20, at premier concept store, Temple Muse, in Lagos. Akingbade, an award winning artist and alumni of Yaba Institute of Technology, skillfully uses paper waste to create 36 rich, multi-textured works which focus predominantly on portraiture…

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Guinness donates boreholes to Cross River communities

To ease their access to clean water and improve sanitation, Guinness Nigeria Plc has ‎donated 10 boreholes to 10 communities across three local government areas in Cross River State. At a press conference in Lagos, Wednesday, the company announced that the donation was part of the company's programme to promote…

Mother and child in an Internally Displaced People's camp Yola, Adamawa state.

60,000 births expected in Nigeria’s IDP camps in 2015 — UN

The number of births recorded among internally displaced persons in Nigeria would hit 60,000 by the end of 2015, the United Nations Population Fund has said. This was disclosed, Monday, during the donation of birth kits to displaced persons in Borno State by Deluxe Childbirth Services, a medical services firm,…


I’ll document Ajegunle’s plight to United Nations – Lawmaker

The member representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal Constituency, Rita Orji, has promised to take the plight of people in the community to the United Nations if the government continues to neglect them. Addressing her constituency in a town hall meeting, Friday, Mrs. Orji said she had started documenting video evidence of the…


Synagogue church rejects Lagos coroner’s “one-sided verdict”

The Synagogue Church of All Nations has rejected the verdict reached by a coroner investigating the cause of the collapse of a six-storey building belonging to the church last year. A statement released by the church, Thursday, insisted that the building collapse, which killed about 116 people, was due to…

Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA Chairman

Trader dies of cocaine ingestion

A Lagos-based trader has died of complications from cocaine ingestion after collapsing at the departure hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, last Sunday. Emmanuel Ndulue, 32, was an intending passenger on an Ethiopian airline flight to China en route Addis Ababa before he slumped. Airport officials said he had…


NDLEA arrests man travelling to Abuja with US$2 million cash at Lagos airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said it has intercepted a man carrying US$2,198,900 at the domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos. In a statement Wednesday, the agency said that one John Ibiteye, 46, is being investigated in connection with the suspected money laundering case. The…

Senators have reportedly vowed not to allow the influential former governor of Lagos State, Ahmed Tinubu, decide who leads the next senate. Photo credits: AITOnline

Tinubu risked his life for Nigeria’s democracy, group says

A group, the South West Professionals Forum, has said that Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, risked his life and resources to ensure that Nigeria remains on the path of democracy. In a statement issued in Lagos, Tuesday, the group said that Mr. Tinubu's leading role…

Former U.S. Consular-General, Jeffrey Hawkins

INTERVIEW: Why we’re against Nigeria’s anti-gay law — U.S. Consular-General

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Jeffrey Hawkins, the outgoing U.S. Consular-General, spoke about Nigeria's political class, his country's support for the war against insurgency, and United States' concerns about Nigeria's Same-Sex Marriage prohibition law. PT: You've spent about three years in Nigeria as the Consular-General, what's your opinion of…


Two drug suspects flee court premises, recaptured

Two drug suspects, who attempted to escape after they were arraigned at the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Wednesday were recaptured minutes after they took to their heels. Enitan Ibrahim and Kehinde Ogunmola were arraigned before Justice Musa Kurya over alleged illicit dealing in narcotics. Both suspects bolted from the…

Former Director Of Media And Publicity, Goodluck Jonathan 

National Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode (3rd-L) And His 

Associates, Arriving The Premises Of The Federal High Court In Ikoyi, 

Lagos State, Where He Is Standing Trail In A Money Laundering Case 

Filed By The Efcc, On Wednesday

Why court discharged and acquitted Fani-Kayode of money laundering charges

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, Wednesday, discharged and acquitted a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode‎, of money laundering charges. While reading her judgment which lasted almost 50 minutes, Ms. Ofili-Ajumogobia said that the prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission presented "a feeble case"‎ and failed to link Mr. Fani-Kayode with the…

Former Director Of Media And Publicity, Goodluck Jonathan 

National Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode (3rd-L) And His 

Associates, Arriving The Premises Of The Federal High Court In Ikoyi, 

Lagos State, Where He Is Standing Trail In A Money Laundering Case 

Filed By The Efcc, On Wednesday

Fani-Kayode changes name to celebrate court victory

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who was acquitted and discharged of corruption charges Wednesday has announced a permanent change of surname to celebrate his victory in court. In a moving press statement released after the court gave judgment, Mr. Fani-Kayode said he was dropping the surname he has…

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Court clears Fani-Kayode of corruption charges

A Federal High Court in Lagos has discharged and acquitted a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, of corruption charges. In her judgment, the judge​, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia,​ said the prosecution's case was "feeble" and failed to provide "copious evidence" linking Mr. Fani-Kayode to money laundering. Mr. Fani-Kayode, whose trial began in…

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Zambian former president acquitted in Nigerian oil fraud suit

A former President of Zambia who allegedly diverted the proceeds of US$2.5 million oil deal with Nigeria was, Monday, ‎acquitted by a Lusaka Magistrate Court. Rupiah Banda‎, who was president between 2008 and 2011, was charged with abuse of office over an alleged embezzlement of the proceeds of the government-to-government…