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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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

FOI: Despite court of appeal ruling, Lagos refuses to open its books

Despite a Court of Appeal decision in April stating that the Freedom of Information Act is applicable to all states in Nigeria, the Lagos State government has refused to disclose its education budget. An appellate court in Akure in March had ruled that Nigerian states had no powers to reject…

Davidson Akhimien

INTERVIEW: How we’ll solve Nigeria’s problems – GDPN presidential aspirant

Davidson Akhimien, the national president of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria, is the presidential aspirant of the Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, one of the parties newly registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu and Oluwakemi Adelagun, Mr. Akhimien,…

Senator Ademola Adeleke,[Photo: Pulse.ng]

Certificate Scandal: Police keep mum on Adeosun but swiftly probe Senator’s case

Despite yet-to-be controverted evidence showing that Nigeria's finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, forged her National Youth Service Corps scheme exemption certificate, the Nigeria Police Force is yet to begin investigation into the scandal. The officers, however, have swiftly commenced investigations into a similar scandal involving Ademola Adeleke, the opposition Peoples' Democratic…

Security agents reportedly lay siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu's residences

Group petitions U.S Ambassador over security agencies’ siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu’s homes

The Network on Police Reform (NOPRIN) in Nigeria has petitioned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria over the siege by the nation’s security agencies on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu last Tuesday. In the petition dated July 25, the group frowned at…

National Legal Adviser of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muiz Banire. [Photo credit: THEWILL]

AMCON Nomination: Lagos APC faction tackles Tinubu over Banire’s rejection

A faction of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State has condemned the rejection of Muiz Banire as the head of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by senators representing the state. A statement signed by Fouad Oki, the party's factional chairman in the state, Wednesday said Mr Banire's…

National Legal Adviser of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muiz Banire. [Photo credit: THEWILL]

AMCON Nomination: Banire reacts to rejection by Lagos senators

A former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire, has responded to opposition to his nomination as the chairman, Governing Board, of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria, (AMCON). President Muhammadu Buhari last week nominated Mr Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, as head of the government's…

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

Lawyer withdraws suit against APC chieftain who accused Supreme Court of bribery

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa. has withdrawn a suit filed before a federal court against a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, who accused the Supreme Court of receiving bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. Joe Igbokwe, the publicity secretary of the APC in Lagos State,…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: adelove.com)

#AdeosunGate: Activists condemn Nigerian govt’s silence on certificate scandal

Several civil society activists on Sunday criticised the Nigerian government for its continued silence on the certificate forgery scandal involving the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. The activists who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said the government's response has exposed its "actual commitment" to the fight against corruption. PREMIUM TIMES on…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: adelove.com)

What NYSC is planning to tell Nigerians on Kemi Adeosun’s certificate scandal — Official

After telling Nigerians on Monday that the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, applied for the National Youth Service Corps' Exemption Certificate, the Corps are perfecting a plan to issue another statement absolving the minister of any blame in the certificate forgery scandal, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. A source within the agency…

Oil rig

NEITI urges ‘urgent’ review of Nigeria’s deep offshore oil exploration agreements

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has urged the federal government to review the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Agreement between the country and oil companies. The agency said in a statement Sunday that the urgency to review the obsolete legislation without further delay is in view…

A waterbed filled with oil due to spillage

Shell liable to $3.6 billion fine over Bonga oil spill, Nigerian court rules

Oil giant, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, is liable to a $3.6 billion fine levied on it by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) over a 2011 crude oil spill offshore on Nigeria's coastline, a federal court has ruled. Mojisola Olatoregun, the federal judge, held…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Trial of Nigerian senator, Nwaoboshi, begins

The criminal trial of Peter Nwaoboshi, a Peoples' Democratic Party senator, began Wednesday at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court with the prosecution presenting two witnesses. Mr Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North) is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes…

Oil rig

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigeria loses trillions of Naira to deep offshore oil explorations

The failure of the Nigerian government to review its fiscal policies governing the exploration of oil in deep, offshore waters has caused the country a loss in oil revenue amounting to trillions of Naira, PREMIUM TIMES can report. A calculation of the royalty payments on four randomly selected deep offshore…

vaccination exercise

How Nigeria got 10 more years of GAVI’s support

The Nigerian government was able to secure a further 10 years of GAVI support after agreeing to refund $7.6 million funds misused by its officials to the organisation, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Oyewale Tomori, a board member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), told PREMIUM TIMES in…

UPDATED: Evans’ lawyer withdraws from kidnap case

The lawyer representing Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans) has withdrawn his representation from all criminal charges against his client. Olukoya Ogungbeje said his decision to withdraw as counsel to Evans were "for personal reasons." "For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a…

LASEMA officials in search of the lady. [photo: LASEMA]

Third Mainland Bridge: No information yet on lady who allegedly committed suicide

More than 24 hours after a lady allegedly jumped off the Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos lagoon, relevant government agencies say they have no information about what transpired. A video which began circulating online on Sunday evening stated that a lady parked her Sports Utility Vehicle on the bridge…

LASEMA officials in search of the lady.

Emergency officials in search of lady who allegedly jumped into Lagos lagoon

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Response Agency (LASEMA) have begun a search for a lady who allegedly leapt into the Lagos lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday evening. A video is currently circulating online stating that a lady had parked her Sports Utility Vehicle on the bridge…

Ambode

UPDATED: South West states declare June 12 public holiday

The governments of the South-west states have declared June 12 as a public holiday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the annulled 1993 Presidential election adjudged to have been won by the late M.K.O Abiola. The states include Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, and Oyo states. The federal government on…

Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story.

Confusion as UNIJOS erroneously awards First Class degrees to graduands

Nearly 20 graduands from the Department of Law at the University of Jos have been erroneously awarded First Class degrees by the university, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The error, which occurred on the university's convocation ceremony web portal, saw several graduands of the department's 2015/2016 academic session bagging First Class…

Moshood Abiola

Group demands ‘June 12’ be taught in Nigerian schools

The June 12 Movement on Thursday listed a string of demands it wants the Nigerian government to implement, including a request that a subject chronicling the events at that time be introduced into schools' curriculum, in honour of the late M.K.O Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election.…

Femi Falana (SAN)

June 12: Buhari’s decision has ended Obasanjo regime’s ‘hypocrisy’ — Falana

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has commended the Nigerian government's decision to confer a posthumous honour on M.K.O Abiola and declare June 12 as Democracy Day. Mr Falana in a statement on Thursday urged the government to further adopt Mr Abiola's programme of Welfare to Poverty and respect the…

Anglican Church in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Anglican Church Crisis: Why I collected ₦260 million – Bishop

The Bishop of the Lagos Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Adebola Ademowo, pushed back vehemently on claims that he misappropriated ₦260 million belonging to the church, according to a letter by the cleric seen by PREMIUM TIMES. The letter, dated March 1 and addressed to Nicholas Okoh,…

Anglican Church in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Anglican Church in disarray as members accuse Nigerian bishop of embezzling N260 million, election manipulation

Some aggrieved members of the Lagos Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) have filed three applications before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court seeking, among other things, a relief for the judge handling the suit, Mojisola Olatoregun, to recuse herself from the case. Another relief by…

Abubakar Mahmoud (Photo Credit: Legal Naija)

NBA President flouting court order – Abuja bar chairman

A caretaker committee in the Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association instituted by the NBA president, Abubakar Mahmoud, has continued to function despite a court order halting its activities, Ezenwa Anumnu, a lawyer has said. Mr Anumnu, the chairman of the Abuja NBA, said the committee members have been…

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

World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco companies’ messages infuriate activists

As the world marks the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, a flurry of messages from tobacco companies claiming a commitment to a healthy, tobacco-free future has been condemned by anti-tobacco activists. The 2018 World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is themed 'Tobacco and Heart Diseases' highlighting the health and…