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.

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Flooding in Mozambique as Tropical Cyclone Desmond makes landfall (Photo Credit: Al Jazeera)

At Africa Climate Week, CSOs, farmers seek stronger emphasis on climate change adaptation

More than 40 civil society organisations across Africa Thursday unanimously agreed that the region's governments need to pay urgent attention to climate change issues. In a joint statement issued at the end of the 2019 Africa Climate Week held in Accra, Ghana, the group called for a transformation of the…

This undated photo provided by Carleton University shows Pius Adesanmi. Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada, was one of the victims who died Sunday, March 10, 2019, when an Ehtiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia. (Josh Hotz/Courtesy of Carleton University via AP)

iREP 2019 honours Adesanmi, Enwezor, Emema, other departed artists

The annual iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival will honour some of the recently deceased members of the art and culture community at its opening cocktail on Wednesday. The event holds at amphitheatre of Freedom Park in Lagos. The departed artists to be honoured include Pius Adesanmi (1972 - 2019), Okwui…

Nigerian Navy warship

How Obangame Express is helping keep West African waters safe – US, Nigerian navy chiefs

The criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea have been reduced drastically due to the Obangame Express exercise, Obed Ngalabak, the flag officer commanding western naval command has said. Mr Ngalabak, who spoke during a telephonic press conference on Obangame Express 2019 on Wednesday, said the transnational nature of maritime…

PVCs Card reader

2019 elections: Advocacy group files FOI request seeking breakdown of card readers usage

A non-partisan advocacy group, Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, has filed a freedom of information request to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking a state by state breakdown of card readers' usage in the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections. According to a copy of the FOI request, duly…

Access Bank building

Access Bank reacts to ₦2.5bn fraud charges

Access Bank Plc has denied the fraud charges filed against it and its chief executive officer by the police alleging a ₦2.5 billion fraud. The police special fraud unit (SFU) had charged the bank, Herbert Wigwe, its CEO, alongside two others with 21 counts of conspiracy and stealing of 23,754.413…

Police slam ₦2.5bn fraud charges against Access Bank CEO, three others

The Police Special Fraud Unit in Lagos has charged the managing director and chief executive officer of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, with 21 counts of conspiracy and stealing before an Ogun State High Court. Mr Wigwe, Alawode Oluseye, Bayo Adesina, and Access Bank Plc are accused of conspiring and…

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Lagos Governorship: YPP distances self from Ifeanyi Ubah’s TAN endorsement of Sanwo-Olu

The Young Progressives Party has distanced itself from Monday's endorsement of Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the Lagos State governorship election by a chieftain of the party, Ifeanyi Ubah. Mr Ubah and his group, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) had, at a press conference in Abuja, announced their support for Mr…

Jimi Agbaje and Haleemat Yemisi Busari, gubernatorial candidate and deputy gubernatorial candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, at Kosofe LG townhall meeting.

INTERVIEW: How I will solve Lagos traffic, waste problems if elected governor – Jimi Agbaje

In this interview with journalists, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, lays down his solutions to some of the state’s most pressing problems, his experience with the state’s signage agency, and the planned alliance with other political parties before the election. Excerpts.…

Nigerians re-elect Buhari as President

President Muhammadu Buhari has won the 2019 presidential election, polling 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest challenger and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr Abubakar, who served as vice president between 1999 and 2007, polled 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner-up. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman…

President Muhammadu Buhari waving during a campaign

Buhari scores highest votes in Nigeria’s presidential election

President Muhammadu Buhari has scored the highest votes in the 2019 presidential election polling 15,191,847 votes. His closest challenger and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 11,262,978 votes. The result of all 36 states and Abuja have been declared at the INEC collation centre…

Jimi Agbaje Photo credits: Sun News Online

Agbaje berates INEC over late release of Lagos election results

The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the late release of election results in the state. The presidential and national assembly elections held in Lagos and other parts of the country on February 23. But INEC began…

Violence breaks out at Lagos polling unit

Violence breaks out at Lagos polling unit

Armed hoodlums stormed several polling units in Ward J, Ifelodun local council, and destroyed electoral materials and chased away officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission as the presidential elections held Saturday. Dominic Opara, a resident, said he was disenfranchised because he had to take to his heels. "The boys…

Former Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo[PHOTO CREDIT: thisdaylive]

Former PDP presidential aspirant defects to APC

A former Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo, on Thursday night threw his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari by announcing his defection to the All Progressives Congress. Mr. Osifo, who hails from Edo State, told journalists at a press conference in Lagos that he is leaving the PDP with,…

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari

ANALYSIS: Presidential Election: How battleground states may be won and lost

While the economy remains a dominant factor for voters across the country, candidates are conscious of subtle peculiarities in battleground states. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has been acting lately like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum to upset President Muhammadu Buhari at…

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austin Jay Jay Okocha [Photo: Complete Sports Nig]

Court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

A Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges. Mr Okocha - or Jay Jay Okocha as he is popularly known - has repeatedly failed to appear before the…

Agip Head office in Lagos

$55 million alleged non-remittance: Agip knows fate April 20

A federal court in Lagos has fixed April 20 for judgment in the suit filed by the Nigerian government seeking to recover $110 million from the Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited. Mojisola Olatoregun, the judge, adjourned for judgment on Thursday after parties in the suit adopted their final written addresses.…

Paul Usoro

Judge withdraws from NBA president’s criminal trial

A judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has recused himself from the criminal trial of Paul Usoro, the president of the Nigerian Bar Association. Chuka Obiozor, a professor of law, was the second judge to handle the N1.8 billion alleged fraud suit brought against Mr Usoro…

Sat Guru Maharaj Ji [Photo: PREMIUM TIMES - Ben Ezeamalu]

INTERVIEW: I have the authority to make Buhari president – Sat Guru Maharaj Ji

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ben Ezeamalu, the self-proclaimed Living Perfect Master, Sat Guru Maharaj Ji, bares his mind on the forthcoming general elections, the Not-Too-Young-To-Run legislation, and his relationship with Nigerian church leaders. Excerpts:  PREMIUM TIMES: The elections are a few days away. What are your thoughts on…

Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka,

2019 Presidential Election: Moghalu reacts to Soyinka’s endorsement

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Moghalu, has described the endorsement of his candidature by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, as "humbling." Mr Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said in a statement Saturday that the endorsement was important because of Mr Soyinka's…

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu

2019 Presidential Election: Wole Soyinka endorses Kingsley Moghalu

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has just sent PREMIUM TIMES the statement below endorsing a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, for the February 16 presidential election. Mr Moghalu, a lawyer and university professor, is running on the platform of the Young Progressive Party, YPP. Mr…

National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke

Court orders arrest of Nigeria’s former spy chief, Oke

A federal court in Lagos has issued a warrant for the arrest of the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade. Chukwujekwu Aneke, the judge, gave the order after hearing an application to that effect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. "I…

Ogoni Clean up: Group launches community monitors

Ogoni clean-up: Group launches ‘community monitors’ to provide progress reports

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has launched a project that would provide 100 independent community monitors to complement the Ogoni clean-up process. Announcing the project in Port Harcourt, Wednesday, Godwin Ojo, ERA/FoEN's executive director, said the monitors would provide qualitative and scientific progress reports on the state…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

Lagos govt announces movement restriction for Buhari’s visit

The Lagos State Government has announced it would restrict traffic in 18 major roads across the state following President Muhammadu Buhari’s mega-rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Saturday. Mr Buhari is expected to attend the All Progressives Congress rally for his re-election bid. The affected routes where…

Cigarette smoking

Ethiopian parliament passes ‘Africa’s strongest’ tobacco control legislation

The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday passed what is considered the strongest tobacco control legislation in Africa that will reduce tobacco use in the country. The Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation, passed unanimously by the parliament, will save lives and protect over 105 million people in Africa's second most populous nation,…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), delivering his speech during the presentation of the Y2018 Budget Estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Ambode proposes ₦852 billion 2019 budget

The outgoing governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday presented the 2019 budget proposal of N852.316 billion to the House of Assembly. He said the proposals were carefully prepared to be all-encompassing and dedicated to complete major ongoing projects in the state. Mr Ambode said 54 per cent of…