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, Mr Ezeamalu is the winner of the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year. He tweets at @callmebenfigo.

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EFCC operatives

UPDATED: EFCC arrests surety as Fidelity Bank MD allegedly jumps bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has taken into custody the surety of the managing director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, after the suspect jumped the administrative bail granted him by the commission, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Chris Ezem, who stood as surety for the Fidelity Bank boss, was…

U.S. Embassy Abuja

Why U.S. govt is supporting Nigerian entrepreneurs – Official

The United States Consulate Public Affairs Officer in Lagos, Russell Brooks, Wednesday said the U.S. government is interested in supporting entrepreneurs in Nigeria because of the potentials of its young people. Mr Brooks spoke at the opening of the third edition of the U.S. Consulate's Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs in…

Nnamdi Okonkwo

Alleged Diezani Loot: EFCC set to arraign Fidelity Bank MD, ex-First Bank director over $153.3 million

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has adjourned till December 17 the arraignment of the managing director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, and a former director at First Bank, Dauda Lawal, for allegedly assisting Diezani Alison-Madueke to conceal $153 million in 2015. They are facing a 14-count…

University of Lagos (UNILAG). [Photo credit: Students Nigeria]

UNILAG cuts electricity to medical students to four hours daily

Students of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, are protesting a four-hour-per-day electricity ration handed down to them by the management last Friday. The undergraduates - medical and pharmacy students - say the institution has continued to turn a blind eye to their plight but, instead, focused on increasing…

Jide Sanwo-Olu (Photo Credit: PageOne)

We will open Lagos govt’s books – Sanwo-olu, Hamzat

The Lagos State All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his running mate, Femi Hamzat, on Tuesday pledged to run a transparent budgetary system if elected into office in next year's polls. The duo spoke at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos. "The reality there is: what is…

Orji Uzor-Kalu

Alleged N7.7bn Fraud: EFCC, judge frown as Orji Kalu travels abroad

The former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, travelled abroad for medical treatment despite submitting his travel documents with a federal court, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said Monday. Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to the anti-graft agency, told a federal judge that they were not aware when Mr Kalu obtained…

ILO

Again, pressure mounts on ILO to sever ties with tobacco industry

As the 334th session of the International Labour Organisation's governing body gets underway in Geneva, more than 100 tobacco control groups across the world have begun mounting fresh pressure on the UN agency to finally sever ties with tobacco. The ILO severing ties with the tobacco industry would put an…

Former Ekiti governor, Fayose, arrives court for his criminal trial

Judge grants Fayose bail

A judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, Mojisola Olatoregun, has granted bail to the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose. The judge granted bail to Mr Fayose in the sum of ₦50 million with two sureties who must issue a ₦50 million bond in a…

Former Ekiti governor, Fayose, arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody

Fayose arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, was arraigned Monday before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court over an 11-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering. Mr Fayose, and his company, Spotless Limited, pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, ordered that…

Former Ekiti governor, Fayose, arrives court for his criminal trial

Fayose arrives court for his criminal trial

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has arrived the Federal High Court in Lagos to begin his criminal trial. Mr Fayose, accompanied by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, arrived the court's premises at about 8.30am amidst armed police officers. The former governor is facing…

Musiliu Obanikoro

Obanikoro, Alex Otti to testify in Fayose’s criminal trial – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has listed a former minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, and a gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Alex Otti, as key witnesses in the criminal prosecution of Ayodele Fayose. Mr Fayose, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, is facing an 11-count…

APC Chieftain, Joe Igbokwe (Photo Credit: Concise News)

2019: Joe Igbokwe names Igbo leaders in Lagos APC

The Lagos State All Progressives Congress publicity secretary, Joe Igbokwe, on Thursday released a 10-member list to champion the cause of Igbo people within the party. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, he described the shortlisted persons as the new leaders of Ndigbo in APC Lagos. "We have…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s executive orders ‘an unconstitutional overreach of executive powers’ – Group

A judicial advocacy group, Access to Justice, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari's recent executive order barring 50 high profile Nigerians from travelling outside the country. In a statement Sunday, the group said the president, by his action, is setting a dangerous precedent. "While Access to Justice supports efforts to fight…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Saraki’s deputy chief of staff remanded in prison for alleged fraud

Gbenga Makanjuola, the deputy chief of staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, and one Obiorah Amobi were Wednesday remanded in prison by a federal judge over fraud charges totalling N3.5 billion. Messrs Makanjuola and Amobi were arraigned alongside Melrose General Services Limited on an 11-count charge bordering on fraud by…

Jide Sanwo-Olu (Photo Credit: PageOne)

UPDATED: APC electoral chief makes U-turn, declares Sanwo-Olu winner of Lagos primary

The head of the APC electoral panel appointed to conduct the Lagos governorship primary has reversed his stance and declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu winner of the primary. Clement Ebri, appointed by the National Working Committee of the APC, had on Tuesday evening said he was not aware any primary held in…

Cigarette smoking

Mass media campaigns reduce smoking prevalence – Study

A new study has shown that strategic, large-scale anti-tobacco media campaigns can lead to a significant reduction in smoking prevalence and save millions globally if only countries will invest in them. The simulation study from David Levy, Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University, and global health organization, Vital Strategies, demonstrated…

Olusegun Obasanjo

Coalition seeks UN’s reversal of Obasanjo’s appointment

A coalition of Nigerian and South African citizens has sent a petition to the United Nations Secretary-General seeking the reversal of the appointment of Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, as a member of the United Nations high-level advisory board on mediation. The coalition in an open letter to Antonio Manuel…

Bukola Saraki

Group sues Saraki, Melaye, Akpabio, others over defection

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has dragged Senate President Bukola Saraki, and some other lawmakers to court seeking a declaration that they are no longer members of the National Assembly. In a suit filed before an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the group joined Godswill Akpabio,…

Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)

#AdeosunGate: Groups set to file class action suit against ICPC

The Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights has finalised plans to institute a class action against the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for its failure to investigate the certificate forgery allegations against the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun. Frank Tietie, the executive director of the group,…

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

How Nigeria’s online stores flout country’s tobacco control law

Online retailers in Nigeria are defying the tobacco control law and continue to make brisk business selling tobacco and its products to the public through their websites. Checks by PREMIUM TIMES showed that these online retailers not only market products like cigarettes and shisha, they do not have mechanisms to…

Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)

Nigeria jails man for forging ICAN certificate, but silent on Adeosun’s NYSC forgery

While the Nigerian government has continued to be silent over the certificate forgery scandal of its finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, it has successfully prosecuted a civil servant for falsifying his ICAN certificate. James Lebi-Ayodele, who worked at the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, was convicted by an…

Couple holding hands

Pastors, activists debate gay rights in Nigeria

At around 2 a.m. last Sunday, August 26, armed police officers stormed a hotel in Lagos and arrested 57 youth for alleged homosexual activity. The police said they acted upon an intelligence report that the alleged homosexuals were holding an initiation ceremony. The accused - aged between 20 and 33…

Moshood Salvador

INTERVIEW: Real reasons I abandoned PDP – Ex-party chairman Salvador

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu, the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Moshood Salvador, speaks about his decision to leave the party, his frustration with the leadership, and his plans for the future. Excerpts. PREMIUM TIMES: Your decision to dump the PDP…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Wole Soyinka (Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo)

Buhari’s comment on rule of law ‘an advance warning’ — Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for apparently saying his government is willing to violate the law for national security. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference last Sunday, Mr Buhari claimed it was a settled law that national security should always…

Guinness Nigeria’s profit before tax grew by ₦7.3 billion in 2018

Guinness Nigeria Plc posted a profit before tax of ₦9.9 billion at the end of the 2018 financial year, the company's results released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange have shown. It was an almost 300 per cent increase year on year from the ₦2.6 billion recorded in 2017. The 2018…