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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PREMIUM TIMES announces membership programme

Nigeria's foremost investigative newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, has called on the public to be a part of its membership programme by making a "modest donation" for the sustainability of its fearless journalism. Dapo Olorunyomi, the publisher, made the call in a note to the newspaper's teeming readers and friends, as the…

Adebayo Osinowo

Ten things to know about late senator Bayo Osinowo

Adebayo Oshinowo, the senator representing Lagos East in the National Assembly, died on Monday in Lagos, from a yet-to-be disclosed ailment. Here are ten things you need to know about him. 1. He was a native of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. 2. He was the Ogun State Youth Chairman of the…

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Court strikes out suit seeking accountability of security votes by governors

A federal court in Lagos has struck out a suit seeking to make the 36 state governors account for the security votes collected in their respective domains. Muslim Hassan, a judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, held that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit.…

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Multichoice Nigeria loses again as appeal court orders it to pay N5.4bn copyright damages

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has ordered Multichoice Nigeria to pay N5.4 billion as damages to the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria for copyright infringement. In a unanimous judgement delivered on May 29, the court upheld the decision of the federal high court that the MCSN was…

Orji Uzor Kalu [ PHOTO: TheCable]

UPDATED: Judge orders Orji Kalu’s ‘immediate release’ from prison

Justice Mohammed Liman of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Orji Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, from the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service. The judge delivered his ruling following an application by Lateef Fagbemi, Mr Kalu's lawyer, seeking…

Orji Uzor Kalu [ PHOTO: Vanguard]

Court orders ‘immediate release’ of Orji Kalu

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the "immediate release" of former Abia State governor, Orji Kalu, from the Nigerian Correctional Service. Mohammed Liman, the judge, granted an application moved by Mr Kalu's counsel Lateef Fagbemi, seeking his release. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) did…

Godwin Obaseki

Edo 2020: APC governors meet Tinubu, fail to secure automatic ticket for Obaseki

A delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors departed the Lagos home of Bola Tinubu on Sunday dejected after the party's national leader insisted there would be no automatic candidate ahead of the gubernatorial election in Edo State. The governors had hoped to secure an automatic ticket for Governor Godwin…

APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu

UPDATED: Edo 2020: APC governors meet Tinubu over Obaseki, Oshiomhole feud

Some governors of Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC, under the umbrella of the Progressives Governors Forum, have met with a leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, to deliberate on the internal crisis rocking Edo and Ondo chapters of the party ahead of the governorship elections in both states. The Edo…

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WNTD2020: Nigeria, other African countries must do more to protect youth from tobacco – Groups

Tobacco control advocates across Africa have called on governments to protect the continent’s young population from the manipulation of the tobacco industry and the sale of tobacco products to minors. The advocates stated their positions on the occasion of the 2020 World No Tobacco Day themed ‘Protecting youth from industry…

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

More Nigerian youth at risk as govt fails to tackle illicit tobacco trade

In 2007, British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) gifted the Nigerian Customs Service 10 Ford Ranger trucks worth N420 million to supposedly aid the agency’s operational activities. The donation was followed up with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the government agency for a partnership to combat cigarette smuggling.…

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COVID-19: U.S. govt working to send ventilators to Nigeria — Envoy

The United States government says it is working on fulfilling its promise to send ventilators to Nigeria as part of its assistance to help the country contain the coronavirus pandemic. Mary Leonard, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, said during a telephonic press conference with Nigerian journalists Tuesday that President Muhammadu…

John Nwodo

Seems Nigerians waiting for mass deaths before knowing COVID-19 is real — Nwodo

The president-general of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has expressed frustration that a lot of Nigerians are yet to take coronavirus seriously. Speaking in a recent interview with Radio Nigeria, Southeast Zone, Mr Nwodo said the country is lucky that the developed nations are the ones bearing…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

How easing of lockdown will be implemented in Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday unveiled a detailed plan of how the easing of the lockdown in the state would be implemented. In an address, Mr Sanwo-Olu said the easing of the lockdown would build on the foundation already set by President Muhammadu Buhari during his nationwide…

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

Coronavirus: African govts must mobilise against tobacco industry, group urges

Tobacco multinationals are using the COVID-19 crisis to engage in activities that either help clean their image or challenge governments for restricting or banning the sale of tobacco products, the African Tobacco Control Alliance has said. In a statement Monday, the group said the practice further complicates things for Africa,…

CORONAVIRUS: Covid isolation centre, Akwa Ibom. [PHOTO CREDIT: BBC]

Coronavirus: How Kano’s index case deceived us – Medical Doctor

The COVID-19 index case in Kano State withheld critical information about his medical condition and travel history to doctors at the neuro-surgical specialist hospital where he was first treated, a staff of the clinic has said. James King, one of the doctors at the hospital, said the patient was evaluated,…

Lagos state commissioner of health, Prof Akin Abayomi

UPDATED: Lagos records sixth COVID-19 death; eight recoveries

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday announced the sixth COVID-19 death in Lagos, as the total confirmed cases in the state hit 192. Mr Abayomi, a professor, through his verified Twitter account, said the deceased was a 56-year-old Nigerian man, who recently returned from the U.S.…

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Coronavirus: Nigerians find fun amidst lockdown gloom

On social media, there is a conversation between the Ugandan UK-based model, Eva Apio, and Nigerian singer Father DMW in which the latter launched into an incoherent rambling. "Corona cannot enter here. When Corona is coming, it will see nylon on the road it will now talk say 'this one…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…