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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Activists insist Lagos State government has enough money to fund its water sector. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Ezeamalu]

Lagosians fight to keep the water taps away from capitalism

Philip Jakpor reclined in his chair, his fingers drumming lightly on the wooden table inside his Lagos office. ”Lagos has an economy that is in billions of dollars annually, so Lagos has no basis to say there is no money to fund the water sector,” said Mr Jakpor, 42, an…

Nigeria Police Force

Nigerian police present no evidence year after accusing 57 men of homosexuality

One year after the police arraigned 57 youth before a magistrate court in Lagos following their arrest for alleged homosexual activities, the case is yet to proceed, Oludare Falana, a lawyer, has said. Mr Falana, who represents some of the suspects, said at a press conference in Lagos on Monday…

Former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state [Photo credit: Instagram - akinwunmiambode]

Controversy trails EFCC’s search of Ambode’s house

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied claims that its operatives attempted to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. In a statement Tuesday evening, the EFCC said an attempt by its operatives to search Mr Ambode's home in Epe was resisted…

Ambode

Ambode reacts to EFCC search on home, says no cause for alarm

Following the search on his home by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday morning, Akinwunmi Ambode, the immediate past governor of Lagos State, has called on his supporters to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm. Mr Ambode, in a statement by…

Diezani Allison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke defends ownership of $40 million jewellery

A former Nigerian minister of petroleum has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of violating her privacy by entering her apartment without a court order. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is still at large, said in an application through her lawyer that the action of the EFCC operatives is illegal.…

Akoka residents petition National Assembly over water pollution by Total

The residents of Akoka, a Lagos community, on Saturday presented a petition to the House of Representatives member representing Somolu Federal Constituency, Ademorin Kuye, over the pollution of their underground water by Total Nigeria Plc. The petition, jointly signed by the appointed representatives of the affected residents and delivered during…

#RevolutionNow Protesters

#RevolutionNow: Lawyer sues Nigerian govt, demands release of detained protesters

A Lagos-based lawyer has taken the Nigerian government before a federal court seeking an order compelling it to unconditionally release all persons arrested and detained in connection with the #RevolutionNow protest. Olukoya Ogungbeje, a human rights activist, in the suit before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, is…

Former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state [Photo credit: Instagram - akinwunmiambode]

Ambode denies links to N9.9bn frozen bank accounts

The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has distanced himself from the bank accounts frozen by a federal court last Tuesday over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud. A federal judge had ordered the temporary freezing of the accounts, domiciled in Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and First City Monument…

Omoyele Sowore

Groups demand release of Sahara Reporters publisher, Sowore

Civil society groups in Lagos have demanded the release of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters, who was arrested at his home by officials of the State Security Service early Saturday morning. In separate statements issued on Saturday, the groups said the arrest of Mr Sowore, the presidential candidate…

Session of Presidents and Heads of States at the Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum

DAY TWO: Osinbajo, Kagame, other African leaders attend 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum (LIVE UPDATES)

It's the second day of the fifth edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum holding at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city. Five African presidents, as well as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, are expected to grace today's event. Themed 'Empowering African Entrepreneurs,' the forum is arguably the largest…

Tony Elumelu Foundation. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of the Tony Elumelu Foundation]

Osinbajo, Kagame, other African leaders attend 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Forum (LIVE UPDATES)

The fifth edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum begins today in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. The two-day event is themed 'Empowering African Entrepreneurs,' and will host "the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, policymakers, and business leaders," according to the organisers. The forum will feature a masterclass, a dynamic pitching…

U.S. President, Donald Trump [Photo: Wall Street Journal]

Why Nigerian firms are not benefiting from U.S.-Africa trade – Official

Nigerian companies have not taken advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) because they export mainly oil to the United States, a senior U.S. official has said. Constance Hamilton, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, said during a telephone press briefing on Tuesday that while Nigeria is…

Elizabeth Karatu

Another group condemns treatment of former Kebbi chief judge

A judiciary advocacy group, Access to Justice, has condemned the alleged harassment of the former acting chief judge of Kebbi State, Elizabeth Karatu, who was barred from gaining access to her courtroom by an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. The group in a statement in Lagos…

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke dragged by the EFCC.

419 bangles, 315 rings, 304 earrings, 189 wristwatches among ‘Diezani jewellery’ forfeited to Nigerian govt

Hundreds of jewellery including bangles, earrings, and wristwatches allegedly belonging to a former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, are among the items temporarily forfeited to the Nigerian government. A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Friday ordered an interim forfeiture of the jewellery valued at an estimated $40…

Court orders interim forfeiture of $40 million jewelries allegedly owned by Diezani Alison-Madueke

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the interim forfeiture of jewelries valued at about $40 million to the Nigerian government. The jewelries were recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in homes traced to the former minister of petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke. Nicholas Oweibo, the…

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

Ahead of ILO’s meeting, activists renew push to sever ties with tobacco companies

Ahead of the technical meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Kampala, Uganda, tobacco control advocates have renewed their push for the United Nation’s agency to sever all ties with tobacco companies. The ILO meeting holds July 3 – 5 to exchange views on the development and implementation of…

former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

Firm linked to Patience Jonathan, others appeal forfeiture of N12.4 billion

A firm linked to former first lady, Patience Jonathan, and three other companies have filed an appeal before the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court challenging Monday’s final forfeiture order of N9.2 billion and $8.4 million belonging to Mrs Jonathan. The amount totals N12.4 billion. Magel Resort Limited, joined by…

Olusegun Osoba

In 1964, I was the only Lagos reporter that had home telephone – Osoba

A former governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba, took a nostalgic journey to his early days as a reporter at Nigeria's oldest newspaper, the Daily Times, in his new book 'Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism and Politics.' The book, a biography, will be launched in Lagos on July 8. One of…

Hakeem Dickson

INTERVIEW: Why I want every Lagos home to have a fire extinguisher – Hakeem Dickson

In a rare interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Hakeem Dickson, speaks about his work at the commission, the several incidents of building collapse in Lagos, and his alleged conviction for fraud in the U.S. PT: Let's start with when you came into…

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…