Ben Ezeamalu

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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…

Femi Falana

FACT CHECK: Nigeria’s Sexual Offences Bill stipulates 18 years, not 11 years, as age of consent

Contrary to the belief that the recently passed Sexual Offences Bill encourages the defilement of minors, the legislation actually prescribes a life imprisonment term for anyone who has sex with someone under 18 years, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The bill, which was among‎ the 46 legislations hurriedly passed by the…

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 23 deaths, 1675 buildings destroyed in four months in the South West – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency has said that 23 people lost their lives, with 1,675 buildings destroyed in disaster incidents in South Western Nigeria.   In a statement, Sunday, NEMA said he figures were recorded in incidents between March and June this year.   "In the Zone, the Zonal Office…

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INTERVIEW: PDP has become irrelevant in Kogi – Guber aspirant, Yakubu Mohammed

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, one of the founding editors of Newswatch Magazine, Yakubu Mohammed, speaks about his ambition for the Kogi State gubernatorial position; his party, the All Progressives Congress; and the controversial partnership with billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim. PT: By the time you declare your intention to…

Rivers' Commission probing killings, destruction during 2015 elections

Rivers Inquiry: Witnesses link PDP chairman, former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, to election violence

Several witnesses who testified before the Commission of Inquiry probing politically motivated killings in Rivers State during the 2015 general elections accused the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, of having a hand in the series of violence recorded during the polls. Out of the 97 allegations of killings received by…

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How Nigerian govt. is abandoning its citizens on death row abroad

The hundreds of Nigerians convicted in foreign prisons were largely left with no legal assistance or no help from the Nigerian government to get a fair trial, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project has said. At a roundtable on 'Moving Nigeria Towards the Abolition of the Death Penalty' organized for…

Lack of potable water, inadequate sewage facilities, and severe overcrowding have resulted in dangerous and unsanitary conditions in Nigerian prisons.

‘Nigeria spends N3.50 daily to feed one prisoner’

The Nigerian government spends a meagre N3.50k to feed an inmate in Nigerian prisons each day, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project has said. Speaking at a round table for media and civil society organizations in Lagos, Thursday, Chino Obiagwu said that the current cost was increased by the new…

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U.S. condemns recent Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

The United States Government has condemned the latest Boko Haram onslaught in North East Nigeria which has led to the death of at least 40 people. In a statement by John Kirby, Department of State Spokesperson, Wednesday, the U.S. government said those responsible for the deaths must be held accountable.…

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How I delivered good governance to Rivers State — Amaechi

The immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, has said that his administration left the state in a better condition, contrary to the claims of his successor, Nyesom Wike. In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Amaechi said that his eight years at the helm of the state's affairs were that…

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Fashola probe: Lagos APC attacks PDP, defends ex-governor

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has lashed out at the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party for calling for the probe of Babatunde Fashola, the immediate past governor of the state. In a statement Tuesday, the APC said that the Lagos PDP's call for the probe of the…

The EFCC accuses Atuche of donating N45million of depositor's fund to two churches

N25.7bn Fraud: Why Court freed former Bank PHB boss, Atuche, others

The former Managing Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, who faced allegations of stealing N25.7 billion, was freed Monday after a judge ruled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to prove that capital market-based matters fall under the jurisdiction of state high courts. Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo held that…

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Court frees former Bank PHB boss, Atuche, others; dismisses N25 billion fraud case

A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has struck out a N25.7 billion criminal charge brought against Francis Atuche, a former Managing Director of the now defunct Bank PHB. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had instituted a 27-count charge including stealing and conspiracy against Mr. Atuche; his wife, Elizabeth; and…

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Nigerian-born scientist wins award for his cancer-seeing glasses

A Nigerian born scientist, Samuel Achilefu, has won the prestigious St. Louis Award for 2014 for creating cancer-visualizing glasses. Dr. Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and his team developed the imaging technology in cancer diagnosis into a wearable night vision-like goggles so surgeons could see the cancer…

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Kashamu files fresh suit in U.S. to stop ‘forceful abduction’

Embattled Nigerian Senator, Buruji Kashamu, has filed a fresh suit at the United States District Court seeking an injunction ordering the U.S. to cease all efforts to abduct him from Nigeria or any other country. In the suit dated April 9, 2015, Mr. Kashamu said if his relief is not…

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Court jails man for 7 years for selling Indian hemp in Lagos

A cannabis dealer in Lagos has been sentenced twice in two days at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos. Afiz Isah, 30, also known as Agama who resides at Iketuga Street, Meiran, Lagos, was first sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for dealing in 29 kilogrammes of dried weeds that tested…

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Falana blasts Buhari over G7 request

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari's for attending the just concluded G7 meeting with a shopping list of Nigeria's problems. Mr. Falana spoke Wednesday at a civil society round table on the state of the nation organized by the Nigerians United for Democracy in Lagos. The…

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Falana blasts Buhari over G7 request

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari's for attending the just concluded G7 meeting with a shopping list of Nigeria's problems. Mr. Falana spoke Wednesday at a civil society round table on the state of the nation organized by the Nigerians United for Democracy in Lagos. The…

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U.S. donating $5 million, not $5 billion, to fight Boko Haram

The United States Government has said it is donating $5million, and not $5billion as reported in the media, to the Multinational Joint Task Force to boost the military operation against the Boko Haram insurgency. The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria made this clarification on Tuesday. The embassy provided excerpts of the…

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Amnesty International’s Report: Buhari’s order for military probe wrong – Group

President Muhammadu Buhari's order to the military to conduct internal probe over the damning Amnesty International report is unlikely to yield a positive result, Access to Justice, a rights advocacy group, has said. In a statement Monday, the group said ordering the same institution accused of atrocities to undertake an…

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Sponsor of Sexual Offences Bill replies Soyinka

A former Senator, Chris Anyanwu, has said that the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka's criticism of the Sexual Offences Bill was based on his lack of knowledge about the bill. In an open letter addressed to Mr. Soyinka, Sunday, Mrs. Anyanwu said when implemented, the bill would mitigate the sufferings of…

Femi Falana

Nigeria’s proposed sexual offences law obnoxious – Falana

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has threatened to go to court if the controversial Sexual Offences Bill is passed into law. In a letter addressed to Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Sunday, Mr. Falana accused members of the 7th National Assembly of not paying attention to the provisions of…

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Why President Buhari should not assent to new anti-rape bill — Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold his assent to the Sexual Offences Bill (also known as the anti-rape bill) passed by the last National Assembly. In a letter apologizing for his absence at an event marking the June 12 anniversary in Lagos, Mr. Soyinka said…

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Gov. Wike lacks power to dissolve Rivers Judicial Service Commission, others, group says

A rights advocacy group, Access to Justice, has faulted the dissolution of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission and the state Judicial Service Commission by Governor Nyesom Wike. In a statement issued Friday, the group said it was "deeply worried" by the dissolution. "Access to Justice strongly opposes the 'dissolution'…

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Kingibe should keep quiet on June 12, Afenifere group says

The Afenifere Renewal Group has criticised Babagana Kingibe, the former vice presidential candidate in the annulled June 12, 1993 election, for his comments on the election. In a statement Wednesday, the ARG described the 'June 12 struggle' as an albatross for those who betrayed its cause, particularly Mr. Kingibe. In…

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NDLEA arrests Nigerians travelling to China, Turkey, others, with illicit drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a 38-year-old man, Godfrey Nwoye, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, for concealing 1.283 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa inside garri on his way to Guangzhou, China. Mr. Nwoye, who hails from Ukpommili Village in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State,…