Ben Ezeamalu

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Why judge adjourned sentencing of convicted fuel subsidy fraudsters

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Ikeja Division of the Lagos High Court on Monday adjourned the sentencing of Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, and Ontario Oil and Gas till January 18 after Mrs. Ugo-Nnadi was reported to be "in very precarious" health condition. The convicts were found guilty on eight counts…

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Fuel subsidy convict to be sentenced January 18

The sentencing of Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, who was convicted for fuel subsidy fraud last Friday, has been adjourned till January 18. Mrs. Ugo-Nnadi, who was convicted alongside Walter Wagbatsoma and their company, Ontario Oil and Gas, fainted on Friday while the judge was about to read her sentence. She was subsequently…

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OBITUARY: Alfred Ilenre, journalist, activist, dies at 77

It was a packed hall in New York in 2002 when Alfred Ilenre addressed the First Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum For Indigenous Peoples. He spoke as the Secretary-General of the Ethnic Minority and Indigenous Rights Organisation of Africa, a Pan-African organisation dedicated to the prevention of discrimination…

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#BringBackOurGirls group gives conditions for joining military on Sambisa tour

The #BringBackOurGirls group has outlined a set of conditions to be met by the Nigerian government before accepting its invitation for a trip into Sambisa forest. The government had asked Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the advocacy group, to nominate three of their members to join the military on a…

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Ambode, Patience Jonathan, MMM, other top 10 Lagos newsmakers in 2016

In Lagos, there is hardly a slow news day. You only need to tune your nose to the correct frequency. Last year, several persons, personalities, and institutions kept newsrooms across the state buzzing month in, month out. PREMIUM TIMES brings you 10 of the regular features that made our front…

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UPDATE: Billionaire arrested for money laundering in UK convicted for fraud in Nigeria

A Nigerian billionaire, Walter Wagbatsoma, has been convicted of fraud by a Lagos court. Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, convicted alongside Mr. Wagbatsoma for fuel subsidy fraud, fainted in the dock Friday as the judge began to read the sentence for her conviction forcing the proceedings to be rescheduled to Monday. Mrs. Ugo-Nnadi,…

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Fuel subsidy convict ‘faints’ forcing judge to postpone sentencing

A judge has deferred the sentencing of fuel subsidy convicts till Monday after Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, one of the convicts, fainted. A Lagos High Court on Friday convicted Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, and their company Ontario Oil and Gas on an eight-count amended charge of fraud. The defendants were found guilty…

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Court convicts fuel subsidy suspects

A Lagos High Court has convicted Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, and their company Ontario Oil and Gas on an eight count amended charge of fuel subsidy fraud. The defendants were found guilty on each of the eight counts. The third defendant, Babafemi Fakuade, was, however, discharged and acquitted. Details later....

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Cannabis, Tramadol, Diazepan top list of illegal drugs seized in Lagos in 2016

Cannabis and Tramadol weighing 16,327.398 kilogrammes and 192.918kg topped the list of illegal drugs seized in 2016 by the Lagos State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the agency said in a statement Thursday. Other narcotics impounded by the agency include Diazepan 46.7kg, Exol 3.2kg, Rophenol 582…

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SHOCKING: Firms facing trial for multi-billion subsidy fraud to lift Nigerian crude in 2017

The list of companies released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for the 2017/2018 crude oil trade includes some firms facing criminal charges for fuel subsidy fraud, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The oil subsidy regime between 2009 - 2011 recorded one of the most monumental cases of fraud in Nigeria's…

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Gambia’s Jammeh following Buhari, Mahama’s footsteps – Falana

The Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh's decision to ignore a call to hand over power peacefully by the Economic Community of West African Communities was following in the footsteps of other presidents within the region, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has said. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Falana said Nigeria's…

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I robbed my ex-employer to buy Christmas needs of my siblings – Suspect

A 24-year-old driver accused of stealing his former boss's car, TVs and a pet dog has told police investigators that the Christmas needs of his siblings pushed him into the stealing. Abass Ope, an indigene of Ogun State, was arrested at the Ojuelegba area of Lagos by the decoy team…

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Nigerian Army urges Igbos to set up inquiry over alleged Biafra killings

The Nigerian Army has urged relevant authorities in the south-eastern part of the country to set up an inquiry to investigate allegations of killing of Igbo youth by soldiers. In a statement on Saturday, the army top hierarchy denied claims that its officers were responsible for the deaths of over…

Nigeria's Former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke

NNPC, First Bank react to seizure of $153.3 million ‘Diezani money’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Saturday said it would study the court ruling ordering a temporary forfeiture of $153.3 million purportedly belonging to former Nigerian petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, before taking a decision. Justice Muslim Hassan of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, on Friday, ordered a…

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Police arrest fake soldier for stealing motorcycles

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspected fake soldier allegedly involved in stealing motorcycles, popularly known as okada, across the states in Nigeria. Benjamin Okon, who allegedly had been parading himself as a military official, was arrested on January 1…

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Guardian pulls down controversial story announcing Magu’s sack

Days after Nigeria's The Guardian newspaper broke a story announcing the sack of Ibrahim Magu as the head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the newspaper has pulled down the story from its website. Quoting an unnamed source on New Year's eve, the newspaper had reported that Mr. Magu had…

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10 achievements, failures of Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2016

As governor of Nigeria's commercial and industrial capital, Akinwunmi Ambode is faced with the challenge of satisfying the yearnings of the over 15 million residents of Lagos. PREMIUM TIMES reviews the top achievements and failures of the governor in the outgoing year. Roads/Light Up Lagos Project – One of the…

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African lawyers’ associations at war over Gambia election

Representatives of the Pan African Lawyers Union and the African Bar Association are engaged in a war of words over the resolution of the general election in The Gambia. While the AfBA says it had arranged a meeting with relevant parties in The Gambia to resolve the election impasse, PALU…

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‘Only empty bottles, crates’ destroyed in Nigerian Breweries inferno

The fire outbreak that engulfed a part of the headquarters of the Nigerian Breweries in Iganmu, Lagos, on Sunday morning, "impacted only bottles and crates," the company has said. In a statement issued through its official twitter handle, the company confirmed the inferno, saying there were no injuries or casualties…

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Fire at Nigerian Breweries headquarters as two die in police building collapse

There was a fire outbreak at the headquarters of the Nigerian Breweries in Iganmu, Lagos, on Sunday morning. No casualties were recorded after the fire was put out, according to Ibrahim Farinloye, south-west spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA. Largely owned by Dutch beer maker, Heineken, Nigerian Breweries…

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Two dead in Lagos police barracks accident

Two people have been confirmed dead after a staircase collapsed at the Highway Quarters of the Lagos Police Barracks. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday. Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos Police Spokesperson, confirmed the deaths to PREMIUM TIMES. Details later...

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Edo to execute death row prisoners

Barely one month after he was sworn in as the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has announced his intention to execute three death row prisoners at Oko Prisons in Benin City, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The convicts had been sentenced to death by military tribunals under the Robbery and…

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Kidnappers of customs officer yet to make ransom demand

The kidnappers of Comfort Baikie, a Superintendent of the Nigeria Customs Service, are yet to contact her family or demand for ransom, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mrs. Baikie was taken away, before her two daughters, in a black Murano sports utility vehicle by gunmen Tuesday evening at Festac Town, Lagos.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s advisers on corruption want re-submission of Magu’s name to Senate

Hours after the Nigerian Senate rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission last week, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption wrote to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to re-submit his name to the lawmakers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The Upper House, last Thursday,…

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Lagos govt to decide fate of owners of collapsed Lekki Gardens’ building – Court

A Chief Magistrate Court in Ebute-Metta on Monday adjourned the case of the owners of the collapsed building in Lekki, Lagos, to February 23, 2017, to await the decision of the Lagos State Government. Tajudeen Elias said the court would wait to know whether the Attorney General of Lagos State…