Ben Ezeamalu

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University of Lagos. [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

UNILAG’s non-teaching staff shut down university ‎

For several hours on Thursday, vehicular traffic into the University of Lagos was grounded as non-teaching staff unions locked the two gates into the institution in protest of non-payment of their entitlements by the federal government. At a point, tempers flared after the recently appointed Vice Chancellor of the university,…

Nigerian police check point to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Information Nigeria]

Christmas: Lawyers demand dismantling of checkpoints on South-east roads

A group of lawyers under the aegis of 'Otu Ọka Iwu' have condemned the incessant harassment, intimidation and extortion of traveller's by law enforcement agencies on the Lagos-Benin-Onitsha Expressway and roads in the South-east region. In a statement on Tuesday, the lawyers decried a situation where the stretch of road…

National Judicial Coulcil byuilding used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Legalnaija]

Appeal Court Ruling: Document shows NJC cleared EFCC to probe, prosecute serving judges

The National Judicial Council did not object to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's prosecution of allegedly corrupt judges, a correspondence between the Council and the anti-graft agency obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. In a July 24, 2017 letter to the Commission, the NJC, the body saddled with disciplining…

National Hospital

National Hospital inducted into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

The National Hospital, Abuja, has been inducted into the 'FOI Hall of Shame,' an initiative by the Lagos-based civic group, Media Rights Agenda, to publicly name and shame public officials and government agencies who repeatedly violate the Freedom of Information law. The hospital was inducted for its multiple violations of…

FILE PHOTO: Fuel queue in Abuja

Despite FEC order, fuel scarcity bites harder across Nigeria

Despite last Wednesday’s directive by the Federal Executive Council, FEC mandating the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to bring an end to the fuel crisis across the country before last weekend, latest PREMIUM TIMES update shows the situation is far from abating. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed,…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

Court of Appeal ruling dangerous, ridiculous, EFCC says; vows to appeal

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has described a ruling by the Court of Appeal in Lagos as a “dangerous precedent.” PREMIUM TIMES reported how the appeal court ruled on Monday that the EFCC lacked the powers to prosecute serving judges until they are dismissed by the National Judicial Council, NJC. In…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, presenting the Y2018 Budget Estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Lagos governor, Ambode, proposes N1.046 trillion 2018 budget

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday presented the state's 2018 Budget proposal of N1.046 trillion to the House of Assembly, with a pledge that his administration will make every effort to complete all ongoing projects as well as initiate new ones to consolidate on the development recorded in…

Nigerians join the #EndSARS protest nationwide.

#EndSARS rally holds in Lagos amidst low turnout

Dozens of youth on Monday gathered at the Freedom Park in Lagos to protest against the incessant brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force on citizens. Armed police officers watched from a distance as the youth, one of them clutching a public address system, moved…

EFCC

UPDATED: EFCC lacks powers to prosecute serving judges, Court of Appeal rules

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission does not have statutory powers to investigate or prosecute serving judicial officers except where such individuals have first been dismissed or retired by the National Judicial Council, the body saddled with disciplining erring judges, the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal ruled on…

Former Head of State, Sani Abacha

Abacha loot: Assets recovery ‘time-consuming, complex’ – U.S. officials

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and the Swiss government for the return of $321 million, a United States government official has said assets recovery processes take time to unravel even when there is a strong political will from the affected country. Robert Leventhal, Office of…

Publisher/CEO, Dapo Olorunyomi, receiving the DAME Lifetime Achievement Award

PREMIUM TIMES’ Publisher receives DAME Lifetime Achievement Award

The publisher of PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria’s foremost investigative online newspaper, Dapo Olorunyomi, on Wednesday received the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence's Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Olorunyomi's award came weeks after media friends and associates in the journalism community gathered in Lagos to celebrate him on his 60th birthday. While receiving…

Embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke

How Alison-Madueke used fictitious persons to acquire multi-billion naira assets – EFCC

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered a temporary forfeiture of two properties valued at $4.7 million (about N1.5 billion) allegedly belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Petroleum Minister. The judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, ruled that the properties - Penthouse 21 building 5, Block C, 11th floor…

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke

Judge orders temporary forfeiture of N1.5 billion properties linked to Alison-Madueke

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has granted a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the temporary forfeiture two properties allegedly belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Petroleum Minister. The properties, valued at $4.7 million include Penthouse 21 building 5, Block…

Femi Falana

Falana writes Buhari, seeks end to illegal arrests of Nigerians, foreigners

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to continued "indiscriminate illegal arrests and detention" of some Nigerian citizens as well as foreigners by the State Security Service. In a letter to Mr. Buhari on Tuesday, Mr. Falana said the development has left unfulfilled,…

Chimaroke Nnamani

Why judge ordered arrest of former Enugu governor, Nnamani

A judge, Chuka Obiozor of a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Monday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Chimaroke Nnamani, a former governor of Enugu State. Mr. Nnamani, who was governor between 1999 and 2007, is facing a 10-count charge of laundering N5.3 billion instituted…

Chimaroke Nnamani

Judge orders arrest of former Enugu governor, Nnamani

A federal judge in Lagos has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Chimaroke Nnamani, a former governor of Enugu State. Justice Chuka Obiozor while delivering a ruling said the defendant's lawyer had not given any reasonable evidence as to why his client was absent in court. Mr. Nnamani's…

Resident Doctors

Consumer council seeks to enforce patients’ rights in Nigerian hospitals

The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council, Babatunde Irukera, has said the agency has concluded plans to introduce a 'Patient's Bill of Rights,' in Nigerian hospitals to govern the relationship between health practitioners and their patients. Speaking during an interaction with journalists in Lagos on Thursday, Mr. Irukera said…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

My achievements yet to be matched – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has hit out at critics of his administration, saying his achievements in government are yet to be matched by his successor.  In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, on Friday, Mr. Jonathan said Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State's claims that his administration was…

Cigarette smoking

U.S. Court tightens noose on tobacco usage as companies intensify campaign in Africa

Tobacco companies in the United States have begun running television and newspaper advertisements referred to as "corrective statements" in major US-based outlets about the dangers of smoking cigarettes following a court order by a U.S. District Judge. According to the order issued by Paul Friedman, which must begin on November…

Safinatu Mohammed [Photo credit: PREMIUM TIMES ]

OBITUARY: Safinatu Mohammed, activist and legendary TV, Radio phone-in caller, dies

Safinatu Mohammed is dead and departed to her grave. The fiery woman who attained legendary status for being the first caller in every radio and television phone-in programme in Lagos was buried on November 24 at her ancestral home in Badagry. Her family said she died at about 5 a.m.…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

How to mitigate trial delays in Nigerian courts – Access to Justice

An advocacy group, Access to Justice, has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to review the timing of judicial conferences for judges as it delays administration of justice in the country. The group in a statement on Saturday urged the National Judicial Institute, the organiser of the conferences,…

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Group inducts Bureau of Public Enterprises into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

A civil society group, Media Rights Agenda, on Monday in Lagos inducted the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame. It cited the violation of various provisions of the FOI Act, 2011 by the Bureau, including its failure to submit any annual report…

Refinery  used to illustrate the story.

How drowning Chinese-owned oil firm paid millions of dollars as bribe to Nigerian officials

As the Chinese-owned Addax Petroleum winds up its operations on December 10, a confidential document has emerged showing how the company paid millions of dollars in bribes to Nigerian officials to secure juicy contracts in the oil industry, PREMIUM TIMES can report. According to the report, there were payments for…

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‘King of Beers’ coming to Nigeria

The American lager, Budweiser, considered the 'King of beers,' will be introduced into the Nigerian market in 2018 as part of a long term investment by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company has said. Annabelle Degroot, the Managing Director-designate of International Breweries Plc, said at a press conference…

Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed and Emmanuel Mayah receiving the award

PREMIUM TIMES journalists express mixed feelings after winning Global Shining Light Award

Two PREMIUM TIMES journalists who were named overall winners of this year's edition of the Global Shining Light Award said they received the top investigative journalism prize with mixed feelings. Speaking to journalists in Johannesburg shortly after they were named winners, Musikilu Mojeed (editor-in-Chief) and Emmanuel Mayah (associate editor) said…