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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The 110-bed Isolation Center at Mobolaji Johnoson, Stadium, Onikan, Lagos Island, constructed by the Lagos State Government and Guaranty Trust Bank, unveiled on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Coronavirus: Lagos govt building more isolation centres – Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has said the government is putting up more isolation centres to accommodate patients with coronavirus. Mr Abayomi spoke Friday during a media briefing in Lagos. Last week, the Lagos State government took delivery of a 110-bed isolation facility it conceived and built…

LASG-taskforce - [Punch]

Coronavirus: How Lagos Task Force Officials Were Attacked At Mosque

Hundreds of Muslim worshippers on Tuesday attacked a task force comprising officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Lagos Safety Commission, and the Rapid Response Squad, an official of the Lagos State government has said. Dolapo Fasawe, the General Manager of LASEPA, said the task force had seen the…

Yaba LG health officers

VIDEO: Yaba local govt environmental health officers fumigating the Herbert Macaulay road in Lagos

An official told PREMIUM TIMES they intend to fumigate the primary health care centres, markets, bank premises, and other public places within the council. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TIzWTFVNr0&w=560&h=315]

Petrol tankers, foodstuff trucks stranded as police closes Lagos-Ogun border.

Coronavirus: Petrol tankers, food trucks stranded as police close Ogun-Lagos boundary

The police have grounded dozens of tankers and trucks conveying petroleum products and foodstuffs at the boundary between Ogun and Lagos states. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, there were barricades at the Berger end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The exit out of Lagos witnessed slow-moving traffic as police officers allowed…

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism]

Coronavirus: After prolonged siesta, Buhari woke up to issue orders – Soyinka

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari's handling of the coronavirus pandemic saying the president had been conspicuously absent as the virus continued to gain a foothold across the country. In a statement issued Monday and titled 'Between Covid and Constitutional Encroachment,' Mr Soyinka said the president…

Bola Tinubu

Coronavirus: Tinubu seeks suspension of VAT

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has called for the suspension of Value-Added Tax for 2-4 months to help lower import costs and protect against shortages. Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, said this in a statement to mark his 68th birthday. He…

Containers at the port used to illustrate the story.

Despite Buhari’s reforms, cost of shipping goods to Nigeria still very high

The cost of shipping goods into Nigerian ports is among the highest in the world, with the figure for Apapa port costing more than thrice of that to Tema, Ghana, according to new research by SBM Intelligence. The organisation tracked shipments to three African ports between September and November 2019…

Coronavirus: Nigerian manufacturers vow to sustain production amidst outbreak

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said its members would continue operations as well as scale up the production of essential commodities as the Coronavirus pandemic begins to take a toll on the nation's economy. Mansur Ahmed, the MAN president, in a statement Wednesday urged the government to ensure that…

What used to be my apartment.

Reporter’s Diary: How I escaped fatal Abule Ado explosion

By this time last Sunday, we were running the race of our lives. The only sound I heard was a rumble on the roof above me. As the ceiling and parts of the roof directly above me started to crash down, I leapt out of the chair and made to…

coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: We only approved Chloroquine as clinical trial – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has only given its approval to May and Baker, a Pharmaceutical Company, to produce more Chloroquine as a clinical trial for the cure of coronavirus. The NAFDAC’s Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, said this in a statement made available to the…

The Recycle Pay initiative allows parents use recyclables to pay their kids' school fees

SPECIAL REPORT: In Lagos school, parents who can’t afford childrens’ tuition, turn to recyclables

There is a glint in Motunrayo Taliat's eyes when she speaks about how she is finally able to take care of the school fees of her three children. A widow who sells - and sometimes hawks - sachet and bottled water, Mrs Taliat said it had always been a struggle…

Black smoke rising to the sky from the point of the pipeline explossion

DEVELOPING STORY: Many houses damaged as pipeline explodes in Lagos

An explosion, suspected to be from crude oil pipelines, has occurred in Abule Ado, Lagos. The incident, which happened at about 9 a.m. Sunday, sent residents scampering to safety. Several houses were affected, including a girls’ Catholic boarding school. It is still unclear if there is any fatality. When contacted,…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

APC Crisis: Court gives condition for holding NEC meeting

A National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Congress cannot hold except the trio of Waziri Bulama, Abiola Ajimobi, and Paul Chukwuma are in attendance, a judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court ruled Thursday. Mohammed Liman, delivering a ruling on an ex parte application, restrained…

R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folasade Jaji and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, during a press briefing on the first case of Coronavirus in the State at Lagos House, Marina, on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Lagos coronavirus patient ‘in stable condition’ – Sanwo-Olu

The Italian national who tested positive to coronavirus in Lagos is in a stable condition at the bio-security facility in Yaba, Lagos Mainland, where he is being isolated, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said. Addressing the media in Lagos, Friday, Mr Sanwo-Olu said a number of persons, who had physical contact…

Coronavirus in China (Photo Credit: Medscape)

Nigeria records first Coronavirus case

Nigeria has recorded its first case of Coronavirus after an Italian national tested positive to the virus, the Federal Ministry of Health has said The case was confirmed on Thursday "The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief…

Aliko Dangote on his fertilizer plant. [PHOTO CREDIT: THISDAYLIVE]

Dangote Fertiliser begins pre-testing of $2bn plant ahead of inauguration

Dangote Fertiliser Limited has begun the countdown to the inauguration of its $2 billion Granulated Urea Fertiliser complex located in the Dangote Free Zone. With a capacity of three million tonnes per annum, the plant has been classified as the biggest project in the history of the fertiliser industry. Siapem…

Lagos tanker explosion used to illustrate the story.

Lagos govt to commission inquiry into cause of tanker, trailer accidents

Following the tanker accident on the Kara Bridge of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said it would commission an inquiry into the persistence of tanker and trailer accidents in the state. Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for information and strategy, in a statement on Wednesday night,…

Former Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak [Photo: CNN.com]

UPDATED: Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, is dead

Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, is dead. Mr Mubarak, a former Egyptian military and political leader, served as the fourth president of Egypt from 1981 to 2011. He was ousted as president during the Arab Spring that spread across the region in 2011. Born Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak on…

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

Insecurity: Nigerian catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

Catholics across Nigeria will don black attires on Ash Wednesday as a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country. A statement of the Catholics Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), to be read at masses across Catholic churches on Wednesday, said…

The president/CEO of the United States African Development Foundation, C.D Glin

INTERVIEW: How we’re using grants to assist Nigerians in agriculture, energy, entrepreneurship – USADF President

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is a U.S. government agency established by Congress to support African-owned enterprises which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities across Africa. C.D Glin, the president/CEO of USADF, during a recent visit to Nigeria, spoke to PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu about the agency's…

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism]

Supreme Court Review: Soyinka distances self from Third Force’s monitoring team

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has distanced himself from a team purportedly instituted by the Third Force Movement to monitor the Supreme Court's review of its judgment in the Imo governorship election. In a brief statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Soyinka said he is unaware of such a monitoring team.…

An IDPs Camp in Adamawa used to illustrate the story

One in four African children live in conflict zones – Report

About 170 million children live in conflict zones across Africa - equivalent to one in every four African children - the highest absolute number of any region in the world, according to a report by Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation. The report, released Thursday, noted that while fewer children…

Intermarc Consulting is among the 11 beneficiaries of the multi-million naira grant. Photo credit: Ben Ezeamalu

Beneficiaries emerge in Lagos govt, USADF multi-million dollar job creation partnership

Eleven vocational training and employment centres (VTECs) in Lagos Wednesday emerged the first set of beneficiaries in the multi-million dollar partnership between the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and the U.S. African Development Foundation. Speaking at the grant-signing ceremony where the beneficiaries were announced, Yetunde Arobieke, the commissioner for wealth…

Pipeline on fire used to illustrate the story.

Pipeline Explosion: Abia community files N3 billion lawsuit against Nigerian govt

Some residents of Osisioma Ngwa community in Abia State have filed a lawsuit against the Nigerian government accusing it of neglect after a pipeline explosion ripped through their homes. The suit, filed by 80 victims before an Abia State High Court in Osisioma Ngwa, is seeking damages totalling N3.2 billion…

Samples of the motorcycles donated by WHO

Lagos bans tricycles, motorcycles in 15 local govts

The Lagos State Government has banned the operation of motorcycles (popularly called Okada) and tricycles (popularly known as Keke) across the state. Gbenga Omotosho, the commissioner for information and strategy, in a statement Monday said the decision was taken after a "robust assessment" between the government and the state security…