Nicholas Ibekwe

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Former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, jailed for life for rape, human rights abuses

The Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar Senegal, on Monday, in a landmark judgement, sentenced former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, to life imprisonment for human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and rape. The conviction and sentencing, which is the first of its kind, where a ruler of one country is convicted for…

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British auditors query N2.1 billion incestuous transactions in Christ Embassy’s accounts

Auditors appointed by the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission to review the accounts of the UK branch of the popular Christ Embassy, have raised eyebrows over suspicious payments worth N2.14 billion (£4.28 million) made to companies and organisation closely related to the church in 2013. This came as Anita, the former…

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Senegalese court set to give judgement in ex-Chadian dictator’s case

Former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, who has been on trial in Senegal for war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity, will know his fate on Monday, as the court is set to deliver judgement on the landmark case on the day. The trial of Mr. Habre, which kicked off in…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (L) and Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State acknowledging cheers from the crowd on arrival at Tafawa Balewa Square venue for the Inauguration of Some Security Equipment, during  the working visit of the Vice President to Lagos State as Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday (23/7/16). 3750/23/5/2016/BOA/MA/NAN

Price of Petrol to fall soon, VP Osinbajo says

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday assured Nigerians that the price of petrol, which was recently increased from N86.50 to N145 per litre would soon reduce. Mr. Osinbajo, who was addressing a cheering crowd of supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, was…

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Buhari’s anti-corruption adviser steps down after PREMIUM TIMES’ story

Benedicta Daudu, a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Advisory Committee against Corruption, who is embroiled in an examination malpractice scandal, has resigned from the committee after a PREMIUM TIMES’ exclusive story. In a text message to this newspaper on Saturday, the executive secretary of the committee, Bolaji Owasanoye, said the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s anti-corruption adviser in examination malpractice scandal

A member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Benedicta Daudu, is currently embroiled in allegation that she cheated in an examination at the University of Jos (UNIJOS), on May 4, 2016, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today. The Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, headed by prominent…

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Why removal of fuel subsidy will help Nigerians – Tinubu

A national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu, has defended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to discontinue fixing the price of petrol. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Tinubu, who is a former governor of Lagos State, said the government had to allow the market…

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Concerns mount over Nigeria’s plan to buy warplanes from U.S.

Concerns are growing over the decision of the Nigerian government to purchase 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from the United States. David Kuranga, an investment and political risk consultant, described the warplanes as “crop dusters” and advised the government against going ahead with the purchase. Mr. Kuranga, who…

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59 passengers, 10 crew members missing as EgyptAir flight disappears from radar

EgyptAir flight MS804 travelling from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from the radar, the airline has tweeted. The plane, which took off from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 11 pm local time on Thursday, had 59 passengers and 10 crew members on board. According to EgyptAir, the plane…

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Arik delays Abuja-Accra flight for 24 hours, mistreats stranded passengers

Passengers on Arik Air flight W3 308 to Ghana from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja on Monday have accused the airline of treating them in a shabby and disrespectful manner after their 6.30 pm flight was delayed for more than 24 hours. Some of the passengers who spoke to…

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$1.1billion Malabu scam: Italian oil giant, Eni, admits wrongdoing

After coming under intense questioning from its shareholders, the management of Italian oil giant, Eni has finally admitted to wrongdoing in the infamous Malabu Oil deal. Eni, as well as Royal Dutch Shell, had previously insisted that it followed the law in the purchase of one of the most lucrative…

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#PanamaPapers: Nigeria agrees to expose beneficial owners of companies

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the commitment of his administration to create a public registry of beneficial owners of companies in Nigeria. The President's promise followed a PREMIUM TIMES publication of the names of 106 Nigerians and firms who own companies and assets in offshore tax havens. The revelation is…

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British Prime Minister, David Cameron, says Nigeria is ‘fantastically corrupt’

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been caught on camera ridiculing Nigeria as a "fantastically corrupt" country. A short video footage, published by British television station, ITV News, shows Mr. Cameron telling the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “two of the most corrupt countries in…

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Unknown assailants kill guards at Rivers Court

Unknown assailants on Tuesday morning killed two guards at the premises of a Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt. A witness, who asked not to be named, told PREMIUM TIMES that the attackers stabbed before decapitating the security men. He said the attackers left a bloody mess on spot where the…

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Family accuses SSS of killing suspect accused of cloning Lagos Governor Ambode’s phone

On April 4, 2016, about 25 men armed with assault rifles stormed 37, Aje Street, Pleasure, in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos around 2:30 a.m. They banged the gate of the house repeatedly and when no one came out to open the it, they scaled the fence of the…

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Sadiq Khan elected first Muslim mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, on Saturday emerged the first Muslim to be elected mayor of London. Mr. Khan’s success at the polls is even more remarkable as it came at a period of heightening Islamophobia in Europe. His victory however underscores the reputation of…

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Gov. Ikpeazu revives Abia Vigilante Services to check clashes

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has announced far-reaching measures to enhance community policing and curtail future ethnic clashes in the state. The announcement came hours after violent clashes in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state, left at least one person dead. The clashes occurred between Igbo traders…

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Three feared dead as clashes erupt in Aba

At least three people have been killed in Aba, Abia State, in clashes that started at the popular Ariaria Market, several witnesses have told PREMIUM TIMES. The clashes began in the afternoon mostly between Igbo traders and their Hausa counterparts, they said. One witness said the crisis started after a…

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Adenuga, Niger Governor, late Ooni of Ife, Andy Uba, 106 others named in #PanamaPapers

At least 110 Nigerian individuals and companies have so far been identified by PREMIUM TIMES in the leaked internal data of Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonsecca, as operators of offshore shell companies in tax havens. Prominent among the new names being revealed today, in addition to the several that were…

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#PanamaPapers: How ex-Nigerian minister bought two penthouses in Panama for N837million

A former Minister for National Planning, Rasheed Gbadamosi, owns two expensive and luxurious penthouses in Panama, a notorious tax haven, documents retrieved by PREMIUM TIMES from the leaked Mossack Fonseca database have shown. Mr. Gbadamosi, writer, businessman and bureaucrat, who was recently appointed co-chairman of the Lagos at 50 planning committee,…

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Nigeria health experts demand 15% budgetary allocation to healthcare

Health experts at the launch of the “Make Naija Stronger” campaign in Lagos on Monday painted a pathetic picture of the state of healthcare in Nigeria and unanimously agreed that the country has no public health system. The “Make Naija Strong” is an initiative of the anti-poverty organisations and other…

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Congolese music legend, Papa Wemba, dies after slumping on stage

Congolese Music legend, Papa Wemba, died around 9:10 GMT in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital, his manager Marie Laure Yaone, has confirmed in a Facebook post. The Soukous maestro, who was performing with his band at the FEMUA 9 musical concert, slumped on Stage at about 5:30 GMT on Sunday.…

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Nigeria vows to compel public officers to justify wealths

In order to curb corruption and embezzlement of public funds, the Nigerian government has said that henceforth politicians and other public office holders would be required to justify their wealth. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the declaration on Saturday in Lagos during a town hall meeting organized by the United…

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UNILAG sacks Student Union Government, demands indemnity from all parents

The management of the University of Lagos has dissolved the student union of the institution as it announced the resumption of full academic activities on May 2. The dissolution of the student union was reached at an emergency meeting of the university senate on Friday. “The University of Lagos Student…

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Aviation workers ground Arik Air’s operations over N12.4 billion debt

The operations of Nigeria’s largest indigenous airline, Arik Air, were disrupted by members of several aviation unions on Wednesday morning over an alleged N12.4 billion debt owed the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Scores of passengers were left stranded at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed…