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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PREMIUM TIMES launches digital Election Centre #NigeriaDecides #Nigeria2015

PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria's leading investigative newspaper, has launched its digital election reporting centre ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections. The PREMIUM TIMES Election Centre is a comprehensive resource platform for the elections. It holds crucial election data but its greatest strength is its ability to live…

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Abuja Independence Day Bombing: Convict to appeal life sentence

Edmund Ebiware, convicted for foreknowledge of the October 1, 2010 Abuja bomb blast that killed 12 people, has been given a nod to appeal his sentence. He got the go ahead on Monday, his lawyers from Festus Keyamo Chambers, told PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Ebiware was sentenced to life in prison…

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Boko Haram Twitter Account Suspended

A Twitter account linked to the Boko Haram sect has been suspended by the social media company. The account, opened recently, had only 19 tweets before it was flagged and brought down Tuesday. Before the suspension, the account was used to propagate messages from the group and its leader, Abubakar…

FILE PHOTO: President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

Corruption scandal rocks Jonathan Campaign Committee

The unit of the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation responsible for mobilizing the civil society has been hit by a corruption scandal that has now paralysed its operations. Members of the committee are divided over the leadership style of its chairman, Nick Eze, a professor. They accused Mr. Eze of…

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Ex-Boxing Champion, Bash Ali, arrested over row with bank

Nigeria’s oldest boxer, Bash Ali, was last Thursday, taken into police custody after a prolonged row with Nigerian Export - Import Bank, NEXIM, over the sponsorship of a Guinness Book of World Record fight. The boxer, in his seventies, was taken away on Wednesday after the bank accused him of…


Interview: “We Faced them, but they were stronger” – Borno Vigilante Fighter

In this interview conducted by Testimonial Archives Project in Borno State, Muhammad Kacalla, a native of  Dawan Masara near Baga in Borno State recalls how he fled his hometown following a Boko Haram attack. Now in a displacement camp, he talks about his life now and shares his willingness to vote in the…


Full INEC official statement on postponement of 2015 elections

STATEMENT ON THE TIMETABLE FOR 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR ATTAHIRU M. JEGA, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FEBRUARY 07th, 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen, Introduction We invited you here today to make known the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on…


Uyo Hilltop Mansion: PDP’s Emmanuel battles APC’s Umana

The emergence of Godswill Akpabio as the governor of Akwa Ibom State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, cut a swathe through the formidable political machine that had produced the two previous democratically elected governors of the state, Akpan Isemin and Victor Attah. The machine was decapitated…

Fayose’s Death Wish for Buhari: Go to Afao Ekiti, Go to Aso Rock, By Pius Adesanmi

In human tales, in animal tales, in riddles, in proverbs, in legends, in myths, in every genre, in every department in which his ancestors ever exercised their imagination and creative genius to produce a worldview, they created tragic protagonists - humans, animals, ghomids, iwin, anjonu of every colour and shape…

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List of House of Representatives Candidates for Nigeria 2015 Election

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Full List of Accredited Observer Groups for Nigeria 2015 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has approved Eighty eight (88) Observer groups to participate in the 2015 General elections scheduled for 14th February, 2015 (Presidential and National Assembly) and 28th February, 2015 (Governorship and House of Assembly). This is sequel to the compliance with the requirements and guidelines issued by…


Nigeria 2015 Elections: Senatorial Candidates – Full List

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Channels TV terminates Pastor Bakare’s broadcast over alleged critical comment on Nigerian govt.

Channels Television, a Lagos-based independent 24-hour news station, on Sunday suddenly terminated a broadcast by fiery pastor, Tunde Bakare, over claims the tone of the message was critical of the Nigerian government. Moment of Truth, a one-hour recorded paid programme, through which Mr. Bakare broadcasts messages he preaches in his church,…


Full List of Jonathan’s Campaign Officials – Directorate and Committee Levels

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Video shows President Jonathan linking ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, to Boko Haram

About two weeks after Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Service [SSS], cleared a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, of any link to the extremist Boko Haram sect, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a video suggesting that President Goodluck Jonathan is personally aware and strongly convinced of the…


Better salaries will quicken justice delivery – Nasarawa Magistrates

The Chairman, Magistrates Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nasarawa State Chapter, Victor Manga, has called on the state government to improve the salaries of judicial workers in the state. The chairman, who made the call on Friday in Lafia during the end of year meeting of the association, said that improved…

The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu in an audience with the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle during a visit in the minister's office in Abuja

U.S. restates support for Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram

The United States said on Friday in Abuja that it remains committed to helping the Federal Government in tackling the threat of Boko Haram and other extremist organisations to the country. This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Affairs Department embassy in Nigeria. It said the U.S. government…

Akwa-Ibom Voting is about to commence in Akwa Ibom primaries, holding at the International Stadium. The venue is secured by about 300 security officers. Over 1,100 delegate from the 31 LGAs of the state are waiting to vote. The delegates were acrredited without hitches. Delegates are already seated waiting to…

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France admits ownership of military hardware aboard Chad-bound Russian plane detained in Nigeria

The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle, has issued a statement about the Chad-bound aircraft detained by Nigerian authorities at the Aminu Kano Airport in Kano. In the statement, the ambassador admitted his country chartered the Russian aircraft to help it convey some military hardware from Bangui (Central…

Chopper inside grounded Chad-bound plane... Photo Credit: Madquest ‏@Mansur295 via twitter

Russia admits ownership of detained arms-laden plane, but says military hardware on board belong to France

Less than 24 hours after denying that the Chad-bound arms-laden cargo aircraft arrested in Kano has links with its country, the Russian government has now admitted that it is indeed Russian. It however said the military hardware aboard the plane belongs to France. The Eastern European country had said through…

Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and President Jonathan at a meeting with the President of Chad, Idris Deby

Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, in secret visit to arms-laden Chad-bound plane detained in Nigeria

A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, widely accused of sponsoring Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria, may be lobbying for the release of the Chad-bound cargo aircraft confiscated in Kano for transporting large consignment of military hardware, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Sources at the Aminu Kano International…

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Russia disowns Chad-bound arms-laden plane arrested in Nigeria

The Russian government has denied that the aircraft, filled with military hardware, arrested in Nigeria Saturday has any link with Russia. The Eastern European country said through its embassy in Nigeria that the plane wasn't Russian and had no link with Russia. "According to the information of the Embassy, the…


Court clears Lagos over alleged deportation of Onitsha indigenes

The Lagos State Government has won a case challenging its decision in 2012 to relocate dozens of people from Lagos to Anambra State, on the claim they had no residence or business in Lagos. Rosemary Nathaniel, Friday Ndukwe, Grace Igbochi, Ugulori Tutua, Chinyere Nicholas and Osondu Mbuto filed a suit…

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Kano threatens to sue presidency, Abati for fraud

The Kano State government has threatened to sue President Goodluck Jonathan's spokesperson, Reuben Abati, and the Presidency for advanced fee fraud, 419,  over the use of the state’s project photographs to promote President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid. Mr. Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, had,…

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Presidency caught showcasing Kwankwaso’s projects as Jonathan’s achievement in North-West

The Nigerian presidency has been caught showcasing projects executed by the Kano State Government as part of the legacy projects executed by the President Goodluck Jonathan's administration in the North-West geopolitical zone of the country. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, had in a…