Ben Ezeamalu

Ben Ezeamalu is an Assistant Managing Editor and the Head of Lagos Operations/Metro Editor at PREMIUM TIMES. A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Jos, Ben won the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and was a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year.

Twitter: @callmebenfigo.

Posts by Ben Ezeamalu:

The minister of mines and steel development, Olamilekan Adegbite.

Why mining must remain on the exclusive legislative list – Nigerian govt

The minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, has said that exploration of solid mineral must remain on the exclusive list in the Nigerian Constitution to enable the country maximise its benefits. Mr Adegbite, an architect, spoke in Lagos Tuesday during an interactive session with journalists. Items in the…

Wole Soyink speaking at the 'Never Again' event

How Nigerians can prevent another civil war – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has urged Nigerians to rise up against bad leadership, in the manner which African-Americans in the United States spoke up against police brutality in their country. Mr Soyinka spoke Monday at a conference tagged 'Never Again' organised by Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo in Lagos to mark…

Nigerian group’s water campaign wins award in Amsterdam Photo credit: Premium Times

Nigerian group’s water campaign wins award in Amsterdam

The ‘Our Water Our Right Campaign’ spearheaded by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has won the Transformative Cities 2019 People's Choice Award in the water category. The campaign, a grassroots-heavy initiative that amplifies the voice of community people, was launched in 2014 in Lagos to counter…

PRESIDENT BUHARI DECLARES OPEN JUDGES CONFERENCE 3A. President Muhammadu Buhari Speaking during the 2019 All Nigeria Judges Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute held in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 25 2019.

Group sues Buhari, NJC over Supreme Court appointments

A Lagos-based advocacy group, Access to Justice, has dragged the National Judicial Council before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court seeking to stop the appointment of Supreme Court judges' nominees citing circumvention of applicable judicial appointment guidelines. The lawsuit, filed by Jude Ogodi and Joseph Otteh on behalf…

Orji Uzor Kalu

N7.65bn Corruption Trial: Orji Kalu knows fate December 5

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court will on December 5 deliver judgement in a N7.65 billion money-laundering suit involving Orji Kalu, the senator representing Abia North in the National Assembly. Mr Kalu, who was Abia governor between 1999 and 2007, was re-arraigned in July last year on a…

DJ Edu

DJ Edu launches This is Africa radio show

London-based DJ Edu premiered his This is Africa, a weekly showcase of all-Africa musical talent, in Lagos Wednesday, ahead of the official launch on December 7 on the BBC World Service. With new tunes from every corner of the continent, Edu will bring to the show the sounds of Africa…

Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji

Court fixes date to re-arraign ex-Lagos speaker Ikuforiji, aide

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has adjourned till December 11 for the re-arraignment of the former speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi. Mohammed Liman, the judge, fixed the date Wednesday following the request for adjournment by Tunde Akinrinmisi,…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Group renews push for Nigeria’s tobacco law enforcement

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has urged the Nigerian government to gazette the National Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 to enable the immediate enforcement of its provisions. Akinbode Oluwafemi, deputy director, ERA/FoEN, said at a press conference in Lagos Monday that although some of the provisions fall below…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Tobacco-control advocates laud ILO’s severance of ties with Big Tobacco

Tobacco-control advocates across the globe have lauded the International Labour Organisation’s decision to finally sever ties with tobacco industries. At the 337th Governing Board Session of the ILO which held between October 24 and November 7, the agency endorsed an integrated strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco…

The UN health agency warned that tobacco’s killer toxins also wreak havoc on the environment. [Photo: ITV.com]

Groups continue push for ILO to reject tobacco funding

With the 337th Session of the Governing Board of the International Labour Organisation underway in Geneva, tobacco control groups have renewed calls for the UN agency to sever ties with the tobacco industry. In an open letter addressed to the Director-General of the ILO and the Government Members, the groups…

Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali

Nigerian minister’s firm, Customs clash over seized containers of rice

The seized rice The Nigerian Customs Service and Masters Energy Commodities Trading Limited are engaged in a war of words over the containers of 'expired' rice seized by the former at the Tin Can Island port in Apapa, Lagos, and presented to the media on October 29. The 54 seized…

Kingsley Chima

Rape allegations against Imo lawmaker ‘frivolous’ – Police

The police in Imo have described as “frivolous and unfounded” the allegation of rape levelled against Kingsley Chima, a member of the House of Representatives. Orlando Ikeokwu, the spokesperson for the Imo Police Command, said at a news conference on Wednesday that the allegation against Mr Chima (Ohaji-Egbema/Oguta/ Oru West…

Oil spill caused by a damaged riser

UN Climate Action: Activists demand oil corporations pay for environmental damages

More than a dozen environmental advocacy groups at the United Climate Action Summit demanded that oil multinationals pay for decades of environmental pollution and called for real solutions to address the climate crisis. The UN Climate Action Summit held at the UN headquarters in New York between September 21 and…

Activists insist Lagos State government has enough money to fund its water sector. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Ezeamalu]

Lagosians fight to keep the water taps away from capitalism

Philip Jakpor reclined in his chair, his fingers drumming lightly on the wooden table inside his Lagos office. ”Lagos has an economy that is in billions of dollars annually, so Lagos has no basis to say there is no money to fund the water sector,” said Mr Jakpor, 42, an…

Nigeria Police Force

Nigerian police present no evidence year after accusing 57 men of homosexuality

One year after the police arraigned 57 youth before a magistrate court in Lagos following their arrest for alleged homosexual activities, the case is yet to proceed, Oludare Falana, a lawyer, has said. Mr Falana, who represents some of the suspects, said at a press conference in Lagos on Monday…

Former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state [Photo credit: Instagram - akinwunmiambode]

Controversy trails EFCC’s search of Ambode’s house

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied claims that its operatives attempted to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. In a statement Tuesday evening, the EFCC said an attempt by its operatives to search Mr Ambode's home in Epe was resisted…

Ambode

Ambode reacts to EFCC search on home, says no cause for alarm

Following the search on his home by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday morning, Akinwunmi Ambode, the immediate past governor of Lagos State, has called on his supporters to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm. Mr Ambode, in a statement by…

Diezani Allison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke defends ownership of $40 million jewellery

A former Nigerian minister of petroleum has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of violating her privacy by entering her apartment without a court order. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is still at large, said in an application through her lawyer that the action of the EFCC operatives is illegal.…

Akoka residents petition National Assembly over water pollution by Total

The residents of Akoka, a Lagos community, on Saturday presented a petition to the House of Representatives member representing Somolu Federal Constituency, Ademorin Kuye, over the pollution of their underground water by Total Nigeria Plc. The petition, jointly signed by the appointed representatives of the affected residents and delivered during…

#RevolutionNow Protesters

#RevolutionNow: Lawyer sues Nigerian govt, demands release of detained protesters

A Lagos-based lawyer has taken the Nigerian government before a federal court seeking an order compelling it to unconditionally release all persons arrested and detained in connection with the #RevolutionNow protest. Olukoya Ogungbeje, a human rights activist, in the suit before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, is…

Former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state [Photo credit: Instagram - akinwunmiambode]

Ambode denies links to N9.9bn frozen bank accounts

The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has distanced himself from the bank accounts frozen by a federal court last Tuesday over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud. A federal judge had ordered the temporary freezing of the accounts, domiciled in Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and First City Monument…

Omoyele Sowore

Groups demand release of Sahara Reporters publisher, Sowore

Civil society groups in Lagos have demanded the release of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, who was arrested at his home by officials of the State Security Service early Saturday morning. In separate statements issued on Saturday, the groups said the arrest of Mr Sowore, the presidential candidate…

Session of Presidents and Heads of States at the Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum

DAY TWO: Osinbajo, Kagame, other African leaders attend 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum (LIVE UPDATES)

It's the second day of the fifth edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum holding at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city. Five African presidents, as well as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, are expected to grace today's event. Themed 'Empowering African Entrepreneurs,' the forum is arguably the largest…

Tony Elumelu Foundation. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of the Tony Elumelu Foundation]

Osinbajo, Kagame, other African leaders attend 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum (LIVE UPDATES)

The fifth edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum begins today in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. The two-day event is themed 'Empowering African Entrepreneurs,' and will host "the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, policymakers, and business leaders," according to the organisers. The forum will feature a masterclass, a dynamic pitching…

U.S. President, Donald Trump [Photo: Wall Street Journal]

Why Nigerian firms are not benefiting from U.S.-Africa trade – Official

Nigerian companies have not taken advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) because they export mainly oil to the United States, a senior U.S. official has said. Constance Hamilton, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, said during a telephone press briefing on Tuesday that while Nigeria is…