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.

Posts by Ben Ezeamalu:

Nazareth locals, officials furious ahead of T.B Joshua’s planned city event

Locals and religious leaders in the Israeli city of Nazareth have kicked against a planned visit by the founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Balogun Joshua (popularly known as T.B Joshua). Mr Joshua, a popular Nigerian televangelist whose church owns Emmanuel Television, is billed to host the…

Former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

We must banish poverty from Nigeria – Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said Nigeria's existential challenges of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and herdsmen-farmers clashes have worsened poverty across the country. Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, made this known in a statement titled 'June 12: The Truth…

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

Fayose’s corruption trial transferred to another judge at EFCC’s request

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Adamu Abdul-Kafarati, has transferred the criminal trial of the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to a new judge following a petition against the trial judge by the prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC, in a petition…

Say no to Cigarettes [Photo: 123RF.com]

On World No Tobacco Day, activists seek govts’ focus on policies to reduce tobacco use

To commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day, advocates and public health professionals around the world have called on governments to focus on policies proven to reduce tobacco use. At a press briefing to mark the event in Abuja, Thursday, participants urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise the enforcement of…

Akinwunmi Ambode

Why Ambode failed to win over Lagosians, APC – Ex-SSG Tunji Bello

The immediate past Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Tunji Bello, has said that the main drawback of the departed Akinwunmi Ambode administration is the government's inability to apply enough emotional intelligence in its dealings. Mr Bello's message, titled 'Time to say goodbye to colleagues on this platform,' provided an…

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

Tobacco control groups jubilant as National Assembly approves draft regulations

Nigerian tobacco control advocates have described Tuesday’s approval of the Draft National Tobacco Control Regulations by the Senate and House of Representatives as the most befitting health legacy of the eighth National Assembly. The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), in…

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

Nigerian tobacco control groups move to resist attempts to truncate draft regulations

Tobacco control groups in Nigeria have urged the National Assembly to resist on-going attempts by the tobacco industry to truncate the passage of the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations. The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) in a joint statement issued in…

Ambode

Lagos govt awards ₦10 million contract for design of Ambode’s retirement home

The Lagos State Government has awarded a ₦10 million contract for the "production of architectural drawing for the proposed retirement house" for the outgoing governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. The contract, which is being handled by Studio 3 Architects, was officially awarded by the state's ministry of works and infrastructure on March…

Former CJN, Walter Onnoghen in CCT on Monday.

Onnoghen: Group laments Court of Appeal’s late ruling

The Court of Appeal's decision to deliver its ruling after the winding up of the Code of Conduct Tribunal's trial of embattled former chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, is unfortunate, Access to Justice has said. The group, a judicial advocacy organisation, said in a statement on Saturday that if…

Agip Head office in Lagos

Nigerian govt appeals dismissal of multi-million dollar debt recovery suits against Agip Oil, Brasoil

Hours after a federal court in Lagos dismissed the Nigerian government's multi-million dollar debt recovery suits against Agip Oil and Brasoil, the government has filed a notice of appeal against the judgment. Mojisola Olatoregun, a judge of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday dismissed the Nigerian…

Agip Head office in Lagos

Court dismisses Nigerian govt’s $55 million debt recovery suit against Agip Oil

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday dismissed a $55 million debt recovery suit filed by the Nigerian government against Agip Oil Company Ltd, citing insufficient evidence. Mojisola Olatoregun, the judge, said the plaintiff failed to supply the requisite evidence to prove its case before the court.…

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Court rejects Nigeria’s Attorney General objection to MTN’s N3 billion suit

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday rejected a preliminary objection filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, seeking to dismiss the N3 billion suit filed by mobile telecommunications giant, MTN, against the Nigerian government. Chukwujekwu Aneke, the judge, ruled that the suit was…

#WorldPressFreedom19: organised by Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in partnership with the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) Programme of the British Council.

#WorldPressFreedomDay: How journalists can combat fake news – Howard University professor

An assistant professor at Howard University, Jennifer Thomas, has said the need for focused fact-checking and balanced story-telling with "great accuracy" has become very important for journalists around the world. Ms Thomas spoke Friday at a World Press Freedom Day event organised by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Drug Trafficking: 26 fugitives who jumped bail eight years ago still wanted

Over eight years after dozens of alleged cocaine traffickers absconded from their trial in a federal court in Lagos, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has been unable to bring them to justice. After the more than 30 suspects standing trial before different judges were granted bail following their…

Nigerian govt, CSOs seek National Assembly’s approval of tobacco control regulations

The Federal Ministry of Health on Thursday joined forces with tobacco control groups to urge the National Assembly to approve the draft National Tobacco Control (NTC) Regulations. In the memorandum submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Delegated Legislation, the minister of state for health, Osagie Ehanire, said it…

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CPC begins awareness campaign on Nigeria’s tobacco control act

The Consumer Protection Council has begun an awareness campaign on the National Tobacco Control Act (NTCA) across major cities in Nigeria where cigarettes and shisha are openly sold. On Thursday, the agency's officials - accompanied by police officers - visited the popular old Ojota motor park in Lagos and nearby…

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…

Herbert Wigwe

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…