Ben Ezeamalu

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Robbery suspect says gang runs ‘morning, evening shifts’

A suspected robber who specialises in using commercial buses (popularly known as Danfo) to rob people has told the police that they operate in groups in the mornings and evenings. Henry Ate,‎ 48, said they retire to their hotels in the afternoon after morning operations and re-group later in the…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan’s cousin sues Nigerian govt, says he’s forced to implicate ex-president

A cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan has sued the Nigerian government over his continued detention and the government’s refusal to charge him to court. Robert Azibaola, a Niger-Delta activist, on Wednesday filed a suit before the Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging his detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes…

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May Day: Ambode absent at Lagos workers’ celebration

The absence of the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, at Onikan Stadium on Sunday annoyed workers who had turned out in their hundreds for the May Day rally. Dozens of affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress marched round the stadium before Olabowale Ademola, the Lagos…

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A king and great grandfather, Oba Erediauwa of Benin takes a last bow

The traditional ruler of the Benin Kingdom, Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, has died. The monarch's demise was officially announced by Adams Oshiomhole, the Governor of Edo State, on Friday. "Our hearts are heavy, laden with pains and grief, at the announcement of the passing to glory... of…

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Soyinka blasts Buhari over herdsmen killings

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has lashed out at the presidency for its seeming inability to rein in the violent activities of herdsmen across the country. In his address to the National Conference on Culture and Tourism, Wednesday, Mr. Soyinka said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was yet to come up…

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Nigeria yet to implement tobacco law — Group

‎The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has described the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act by the Federal Ministry of Health as "very discouraging". Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Director at ERA/FoEN, said Wednesday that nothing had been done by the implementing ministry towards the law. "There are basic…

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Suspended UNILAG student body accuses management of ‘victimization’

The University of Lagos Students' Union has accused the school’s management of trampling on the rights of the students as well as issuing misleading information to the public. At a press conference in Lagos Tuesday, the students said they were exploring legal and political solutions to the impasse with the…

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I can’t remember the number of phones I have stolen, pickpocket tells police

A suspected pickpocket arrested by the police has said that he has lost count of the number of people he robbed of their phones in Lagos. Dapo Simeon, 27, told officers of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command that he started as a pickpocket over three…

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Suspected phone thief beats policeman ‘black and blue’ — Police

A suspected phone thief rained punches on a plain-clothed police officer whom he tried to rob of his Tecno Y5 mobile phone in Lagos. Idowu Nojeem, 32,‎ beat the officer attached to the state's Rapid Response Squad "black and blue" after the police Sergeant attempted to arrest him, the police…

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Nigerian Navy, merchant Navy clash in Lagos

The bad blood ‎between officers of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Merchant Navy resurfaced in Lagos Monday with the former accusing the latter of impersonation. Three officers of the Nigerian Navy, Western Command‎, B-Croft, trailed some members of the Nigerian Merchant Navy to Apapa where they allegedly attacked them.…

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Senate summons on tribunal judge ‘illegal’ — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has said the Senate lacks the power to summon Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, to testify in respect of a criminal investigation. In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Falana advised the Senate to withdraw the "illegal summon" which had been issued…

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Lagos Assembly amending law to remove ‘erring’ local council chairpersons

The Lagos State House of Assembly is proposing to amend the Local Government Law to allow the lawmakers sack any "erring" elected council chairperson in the state. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the House, said Monday that the proposed amendment was not meant to victimise or work against elected officials…

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Landlords, not tenants, responsible for Land Use Charge – Lagos govt

The Lagos State government has cleared the air over who is responsible for payment of Land Use Charge in the state. Mustapha Akinkunmi, the Commissioner for Finance, said Monday that​ ​land owners and landlords​, not tenants,​‎ ​are ​to pay the fee​.​ Payment of Land Use Charge is often a contentious…

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Lagos Water Privatization: Group urges Ambode to halt secret concession of water infrastructure

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to halt his ongoing concession of water infrastructure in the state. Akinbode Oluwafemi, a deputy Director at ERA/FoEN, said the governor should declare his stance on the controversial Public Private Partnership of the water sector. "As we…

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Nigerian senate under fire over plot to weaken country’s anti-corruption laws, activists spit fire 

Twenty-eight civil society organisations in Nigeria have risen against the proposed amendment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Bureau Act by the Senate. The organisations, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, alleged that the amendment was aimed at helping the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is currently…

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Senate moves to disrupt Saraki’s corruption trial, summons tribunal judge

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions on Monday summoned Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), who is presiding over Bukola Saraki's corruption trial. Mr. Saraki, the Senate President, is facing 13 counts of false assets declaration and fraud before the CCT. According…

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Nigeria’s drug agency arrests woman who faked pregnancy with wraps of cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a mother of three who faked pregnancy with 86 pellets of white powdery substances that tested positive to cocaine. Dorothy Onyekasi, 41,‎ was intercepted at the Lagos airport during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai, United…

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Nigerian Navy arrests suspected pipeline vandals, destroys illegal refineries

The Nigerian Navy has arrested six persons suspected to be engaged in pipeline vandalism and illegal oil refining in Rivers State. In a statement issued Thursday, the navy said the suspects were picked up from a large warehouse at Ogbogoro Uzoba waterside, around Choba in Port Harcourt. "The warehouse is…

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Chibok girls: Parents, activists demand answers from President Buhari

Activists and some parents of the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, marched in Lagos Thursday demanding urgent results on the students' whereabouts. The march was to commemorate exactly two years since over 200 girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, were abducted after armed Boko Haram terrorists stormed their…

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Lagos Water Privatization: US lawmaker condemns World Bank’s role

A United States lawmaker has raised concerns over the World Bank's role in funding and promoting water privatization across‎ the world. Gwen Moore (Representative, Wisconsin‎) in a letter to the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, stated that the Bank's lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, had not adequately monitored…

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Families of killed SSS officers petition President Buhari

Families of seven officers of the State Security Service have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the continued absence of the operatives. In a petition signed on behalf of the families by one Uchechi Obiorah, the families accused the SSS of not coming clean on the whereabouts of the missing officers‎.…

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‎Tompolo sues Nigerian government, wants trial halted

A former militant leader declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has sued the Nigerian government seeking an end to his trial for alleged fraud. Government Ekpemupolo (also known as Tompolo)‎ is asking the Federal High Court, Lagos, for an interpretation and nullification of sections 221 and 306…

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University of Lagos shut down over fuel crisis

The management of the University of Lagos on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of the institution ‎following students’ protests over epileptic power supply and poor water supply. In a circular issued Thursday, the school said the closure was also due to the difficulties faced by the "large number of students"…

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Nollywood actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima, convicted for reckless driving, gets N2 million bail

The Court of Appeal in Lagos Thursday granted Nollywood actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima,‎a N2 million bail. While granting the bail with two sureties in like sum, the appellate court ruled that Ms. Fiberesima bail application had merit. The actress had been sentenced to five years in prison, in 2009, by a…

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UN’s drug war ‘killing our loved ones’ — Activists

Families of drug victims across the world will march on the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 18 demanding an end to the global drug war. The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs holds this month and 50 families will be represented at the protest; nine‎…