Emmanuel Ogala is a Nigerian multimedia and investigative journalist. He is also a social media expert. He combines multimedia and coding skills to tell powerful and compelling stories.

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Finally, Buhari sends list of ministers to Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally submitted a list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate, Bukola Saraki, the senate president, confirmed late Wednesday. The list came hours after the Senate adjourned for the day, fueling concerns the president may default on the September deadline he imposed on himself. The list…

Prof. Yinka Omorogba

INTERVIEW: I have no hand in ‘fraudulent’ crude oil transportation deal — ex-NNPC legal adviser, Yinka Omorogbe

In December 2010, thw Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, entered a three-month trial crude oil transportation deal with PPP Fluid Mechanics, at the cost of $17.4 million. Another firm, Ocean Marine Securities, was called in to handle the security component of the project at the rate of $9.9 million. The…

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‘The future demands of us critical and global decisions’ Pope Francis tells UN General Assembly

Pope Francis delivered a wide-ranging address before world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly today, urging global action to protect the environment and end the suffering of "vast ranks of the excluded," saying that “human beings take precedence over partisan interests.” “The present time invites us to give…

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INVESTIGATION: Jonathan, Alison-Madueke, Tunde Ayeni, named in fraudulent oil contracts that cost Nigeria billions

PREMIUM TIMES has uncovered one of the most fraudulent crude oil deals carried out by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, which saw cronies of the president pocket billions of naira through a domestic crude oil transportation contract that violated Nigeria’s procurement and economic regulations. Our estimates indicate that the contracts,…


Facebook’s daily users more in Nigeria than South Africa, Kenya, others

At least 7.1 million people use Facebook daily in Nigeria, making the country Africa's biggest user of the social media platform, new statistics released by the company, Thursday, show. Facebook released the data less than one week after Twitter opened its doors to Nigerian advertisers. Nigerian Facebook users top Kenya’s…

Former National Security Adviser - Sambo Dasuki

Ex-Nigeria NSA, Sambo Dasuki, to be arraigned Tuesday over alleged firearm offences

Nigeria's immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has been formally charged with illegal possession of firearms. Charges filed by Nigeria's Director of Public Prosecutions,  Mohammed Diri, indicate that Mr. Dasuki would appear in an Abuja court on Tuesday to face charges including unlawful possession of several assault rifles and…


PHOTO NEWS: Nigerian Army uncovers major bomb-making factory

Troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army, on Friday, uncovered a 'major bomb-making factory' and arrested a terrorist leader and two others during an operation in Sandia, Kokakowa and Nyaleri villages, suspected to be Boko Haram enclaves. The army said items discovered in addition to the…

Seriake Dickson, Godswill Akpabio, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Rotimi Amaechi, some Nigerian governors hacking telephones.

Nigerian Hacking Governors’ Forum: Activists ask Buhari to probe Akpabio, Amaechi, Dickson, Uduaghan

An Internet freedom advocacy group has written Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to protest the violation of human rights of private citizens as well as abuse of power by a group of incumbent and past governors. The group, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria [PIN], in its letter, demanded the President to investigate the…

Seriake Dickson, Godswill Akpabio, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and Rotimi Amaechi, some Nigerian governors hacking telephones.

INVESTIGATION: Nigerian Hacking Governors Forum: Amaechi, Akpabio, Uduaghan hacked phones too

The governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, is not the only politician hacking phones and intercepting communication of political peers and rivals in Nigeria. Almost all recent governors of the South South region of Nigeria intercepted calls and hacked phones and computers, an illegal practice that gave them backdoor access…

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Eight annoying questions Nigerian airport officials ask international travellers

Travelling out of Nigeria can be herculean. Sometimes, not because you've got your documentation wrong, but the silly profiling officials at the airport try to make you go through at every desk. Everyone you meet turns himself into some sort of detective profiling you for drugs or terrorism, or just…

PHOTO NEWS: Buhari Meets Obama in Washington

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently travelling in the United States where he met with his American counterpart, Barrack Obama, Monday afternoon. The two leaders held bilateral talks. Below are images tweeted by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Seriake Dickson

INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor forges End User Certificate to procure N100M hacking tools

In addition to criminally hacking phones in Nigeria, the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, may have forged sensitive national documents in the process of buying hacking solutions from Italian firm, Hacking Team, new information emerging from our ongoing investigations have revealed. Investigators from the National Security Adviser’s office are now…

Seriake Dickson

INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor distributes gifts of compromised BlackBerry phones, then hacks beneficiaries

If the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has ever given you a phone, there are high chances he has a recording of all messages you ever received and sent on it, all pictures you ever saved on it and any other data you stored or transmitted on that phone. New…

Seriake Dickson

INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor hires world’s most ruthless hackers for N100M to hack computers, phones in Nigeria

The Bayelsa state government paid close to one hundred million naira to an Italian firm, Hacking Team, to hack computers and phones in Nigeria, new information emerging from the firm’s leaked internal data has shown. Hacking Team, notorious for equipping governments with tools to hack citizens' computers and phones, was…

Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Court dismisses Pre-Election Case against Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

An Abuja High Court has dismissed a suit brought by aggrieved former governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. The aggrieved aspirants, under the auspices of G-22, had approached the court seeking the nullification of the election of Mr. Emmanuel as the…

Seriake Dickson

Hacking Team, Bayelsa govt’s internet surveillance contractor, hacked

An Italian digital surveillance firm, Hacking Team, notorious for helping governments spy and clampdown on internet users was Sunday night hacked, and 415GB of its internal data leaked online. The firm’s Twitter account was also hacked and used to disseminate the leaked torrent files. Documents released so far by the…

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How U.S. boosts own rural economy using broadband internet

In 1998, when Suzan Corbett moved from a city in Massachusetts to a rural community in Maine - a state in northeastern United States of America - her medical invoicing business came close to collapsing for lack of broadband Internet access. Seventeen years later, Susan turned her difficulties into a…

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PHOTO NEWS: Buhari meets House of Reps members

President Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, late Wednesday met with members of the crises ridden House of Representatives. Most of the Members in attendance belonged to the Femi Gbajabiamila camp.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Internet Governance

Internet has become an essential part of our life, playing critical role in our politics and democracy, banking and finances, music and films, and our daily interaction with family and friends. A lot of daily activity is tied to the availability of the internet. While we worry about its availability…

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UN not equipped for internet governance — U.S.

The United Nations is not equipped to regulate the internet and lead with international decision making on policies that will shape the future of the internet, the United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Catherine Novelli, has said. Ms. Novelli made the assertion last…

Godswill Akpabio

EFCC begins probe of ex-Governor Akpabio over alleged N108.1bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun investigation into alleged theft of N108.1billion of Akwa Ibom funds by former Governor Godswill Akpabio. The action followed a petition forwarded to the commission by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong. Mr. Ekpenyong had on June 8 petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Groups urge INEC to use digital collation of election results

Civil Society groups in Nigeria have asked the country’s election management body, Independent National Electoral Commission, to increasingly digitize its processes to enhance the transparency of future elections. The groups made the call in a communique issued in Lagos this week, after a two-day meeting to review the 2015 general…


Nigerian Civil Society launch “Buharimeter” to track Buhari’s campaign vows delivery

A civic group has launched an online application to track the delivery of pre-election promises made by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari. The web-app, announced on Monday, holds data on all promises made by both the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Mr. Buhari while campaigning for the 2015 general elections.…

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EFCC releases ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, on bail

A former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, who surrendered himself to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, has been set granted bail. He was granted an administrative bail Thursday evening, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES. Although Mr. Sheriff has been set free, "we can ask…


ANALYSIS: What’s next For Goodluck Jonathan?

As he embarks on a new life, the immediate past Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, faces a future that could be different from that of most past presidents of the country. Mr. Jonathan handed over power on Friday to Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated him in the March 28 presidential election. The…