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, Mr Ezeamalu is the winner of the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year. He tweets at @callmebenfigo.

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APC Chieftain, Joe Igbokwe (Photo Credit: Concise News)

2019: Joe Igbokwe names Igbo leaders in Lagos APC

The Lagos State All Progressives Congress publicity secretary, Joe Igbokwe, on Thursday released a 10-member list to champion the cause of Igbo people within the party. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, he described the shortlisted persons as the new leaders of Ndigbo in APC Lagos. "We have…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s executive orders ‘an unconstitutional overreach of executive powers’ – Group

A judicial advocacy group, Access to Justice, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari's recent executive order barring 50 high profile Nigerians from travelling outside the country. In a statement Sunday, the group said the president, by his action, is setting a dangerous precedent. "While Access to Justice supports efforts to fight…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Saraki’s deputy chief of staff remanded in prison for alleged fraud

Gbenga Makanjuola, the deputy chief of staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, and one Obiorah Amobi were Wednesday remanded in prison by a federal judge over fraud charges totalling N3.5 billion. Messrs Makanjuola and Amobi were arraigned alongside Melrose General Services Limited on an 11-count charge bordering on fraud by…

Jide Sanwo-Olu (Photo Credit: PageOne)

UPDATED: APC electoral chief makes U-turn, declares Sanwo-Olu winner of Lagos primary

The head of the APC electoral panel appointed to conduct the Lagos governorship primary has reversed his stance and declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu winner of the primary. Clement Ebri, appointed by the National Working Committee of the APC, had on Tuesday evening said he was not aware any primary held in…

Cigarette smoking

Mass media campaigns reduce smoking prevalence – Study

A new study has shown that strategic, large-scale anti-tobacco media campaigns can lead to a significant reduction in smoking prevalence and save millions globally if only countries will invest in them. The simulation study from David Levy, Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University, and global health organization, Vital Strategies, demonstrated…

Olusegun Obasanjo

Coalition seeks UN’s reversal of Obasanjo’s appointment

A coalition of Nigerian and South African citizens has sent a petition to the United Nations Secretary-General seeking the reversal of the appointment of Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, as a member of the United Nations high-level advisory board on mediation. The coalition in an open letter to Antonio Manuel…

Bukola Saraki

Group sues Saraki, Melaye, Akpabio, others over defection

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has dragged Senate President Bukola Saraki, and some other lawmakers to court seeking a declaration that they are no longer members of the National Assembly. In a suit filed before an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the group joined Godswill Akpabio,…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)

#AdeosunGate: Groups set to file class action suit against ICPC

The Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights has finalised plans to institute a class action against the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for its failure to investigate the certificate forgery allegations against the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun. Frank Tietie, the executive director of the group,…

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

How Nigeria’s online stores flout country’s tobacco control law

Online retailers in Nigeria are defying the tobacco control law and continue to make brisk business selling tobacco and its products to the public through their websites. Checks by PREMIUM TIMES showed that these online retailers not only market products like cigarettes and shisha, they do not have mechanisms to…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Chronicle.ng)

Nigeria jails man for forging ICAN certificate, but silent on Adeosun’s NYSC forgery

While the Nigerian government has continued to be silent over the certificate forgery scandal of its finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, it has successfully prosecuted a civil servant for falsifying his ICAN certificate. James Lebi-Ayodele, who worked at the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, was convicted by an…

Couple holding hands

Pastors, activists debate gay rights in Nigeria

At around 2 a.m. last Sunday, August 26, armed police officers stormed a hotel in Lagos and arrested 57 youth for alleged homosexual activity. The police said they acted upon an intelligence report that the alleged homosexuals were holding an initiation ceremony. The accused - aged between 20 and 33…

Moshood Salvador

INTERVIEW: Real reasons I abandoned PDP – Ex-party chairman Salvador

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu, the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Moshood Salvador, speaks about his decision to leave the party, his frustration with the leadership, and his plans for the future. Excerpts. PREMIUM TIMES: Your decision to dump the PDP…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Wole Soyinka (Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo)

Buhari’s comment on rule of law ‘an advance warning’ — Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for apparently saying his government is willing to violate the law for national security. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference last Sunday, Mr Buhari claimed it was a settled law that national security should always…

Guinness Nigeria’s profit before tax grew by ₦7.3 billion in 2018

Guinness Nigeria Plc posted a profit before tax of ₦9.9 billion at the end of the 2018 financial year, the company's results released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange have shown. It was an almost 300 per cent increase year on year from the ₦2.6 billion recorded in 2017. The 2018…

Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi

UPDATED: African tobacco control community mourn ‘Iron Lady’ Sheila Ndyanabangi

Tobacco control advocates across Africa were thrown into mourning last Saturday following the death of Sheila Ndyanabangi, who worked as the Principal Medical Officer in charge of mental health and substance abuse at the ministry of health in Uganda. Ms Ndyanabangi, 62, passed on at the Mulago National Referral Hospital…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Pulse.ng)

#AdeosunGate@50: Nigerians knock govt, NYSC over silence on finance minister’s certificate scandal

As Nigerian graduates enlisted in the next batch of the National Youth Service Corps begin their orientation course on August 28 at various camps across the country, prospective applicants trooped to social media to seek for the latest information about their postings. It, however, served as another opportunity for Nigerians…

Anglican Church in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

How the church is fighting slum stereotypes – Priest

The Parish Priest of St Matthew Catholic Church, Amukoko, Lagos, Emmanuel Likoko, has said that educating slum dwellers about their rights is a way of helping them live better and become good citizens. Mr Likoko spoke in Lagos, Saturday, during a summit ‘Know Your Right, Defend Your Right, and Pursue…

Why Nigerian athletes are struggling – Chioma Ajunwa

Nigerian Olympic champion, Chioma Ajunwa, has blamed the decline in Nigeria’s dominance in athletics to the lack of programs to identify and nurture young talents. “The problem is huge,” Ajunwa, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, told journalists on Saturday while attending a Justice Summit organised by the St Matthew Catholic…

SARS

SARS reforms inadequate, police overhaul required – Groups

The advocacy groups, Access to Justice (A2Justice) and Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), have said that the new measures outlined to reform the Special Anti-Robbery Squad would not achieve the required results. In a joint statement issued in Lagos, the groups said they were convinced the measures came…

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state

FOI: Despite court of appeal ruling, Lagos refuses to open its books

Despite a Court of Appeal decision in April stating that the Freedom of Information Act is applicable to all states in Nigeria, the Lagos State government has refused to disclose its education budget. An appellate court in Akure in March had ruled that Nigerian states had no powers to reject…

Davidson Akhimien

INTERVIEW: How we’ll solve Nigeria’s problems – GDPN presidential aspirant

Davidson Akhimien, the national president of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria, is the presidential aspirant of the Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, one of the parties newly registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Ben Ezeamalu and Oluwakemi Adelagun, Mr. Akhimien,…

Senator Ademola Adeleke,[Photo: Pulse.ng]

Certificate Scandal: Police keep mum on Adeosun but swiftly probe Senator’s case

Despite yet-to-be controverted evidence showing that Nigeria's finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, forged her National Youth Service Corps scheme exemption certificate, the Nigeria Police Force is yet to begin investigation into the scandal. The officers, however, have swiftly commenced investigations into a similar scandal involving Ademola Adeleke, the opposition Peoples' Democratic…

Security agents reportedly lay siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu's residences

Group petitions U.S Ambassador over security agencies’ siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu’s homes

The Network on Police Reform (NOPRIN) in Nigeria has petitioned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria over the siege by the nation’s security agencies on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu last Tuesday. In the petition dated July 25, the group frowned at…

National Legal Adviser of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muiz Banire. [Photo credit: THEWILL]

AMCON Nomination: Lagos APC faction tackles Tinubu over Banire’s rejection

A faction of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State has condemned the rejection of Muiz Banire as the head of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by senators representing the state. A statement signed by Fouad Oki, the party's factional chairman in the state, Wednesday said Mr Banire's…

National Legal Adviser of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muiz Banire. [Photo credit: THEWILL]

AMCON Nomination: Banire reacts to rejection by Lagos senators

A former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire, has responded to opposition to his nomination as the chairman, Governing Board, of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria, (AMCON). President Muhammadu Buhari last week nominated Mr Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, as head of the government's…