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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Oil rig

SPECIAL REPORT: How Nigeria loses trillions of Naira to deep offshore oil explorations

The failure of the Nigerian government to review its fiscal policies governing the exploration of oil in deep, offshore waters has caused the country a loss in oil revenue amounting to trillions of Naira, PREMIUM TIMES can report. A calculation of the royalty payments on four randomly selected deep offshore…

vaccination exercise

How Nigeria got 10 more years of GAVI’s support

The Nigerian government was able to secure a further 10 years of GAVI support after agreeing to refund $7.6 million funds misused by its officials to the organisation, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Oyewale Tomori, a board member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), told PREMIUM TIMES in…

UPDATED: Evans’ lawyer withdraws from kidnap case

The lawyer representing Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans) has withdrawn his representation from all criminal charges against his client. Olukoya Ogungbeje said his decision to withdraw as counsel to Evans were "for personal reasons." "For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a…

LASEMA officials in search of the lady. [photo: LASEMA]

Third Mainland Bridge: No information yet on lady who allegedly committed suicide

More than 24 hours after a lady allegedly jumped off the Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos lagoon, relevant government agencies say they have no information about what transpired. A video which began circulating online on Sunday evening stated that a lady parked her Sports Utility Vehicle on the bridge…

LASEMA officials in search of the lady.

Emergency officials in search of lady who allegedly jumped into Lagos lagoon

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Response Agency (LASEMA) have begun a search for a lady who allegedly leapt into the Lagos lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday evening. A video is currently circulating online stating that a lady had parked her Sports Utility Vehicle on the bridge…

Ambode

UPDATED: South West states declare June 12 public holiday

The governments of the South-west states have declared June 12 as a public holiday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the annulled 1993 Presidential election adjudged to have been won by the late M.K.O Abiola. The states include Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, and Oyo states. The federal government on…

Unijos school gate used to illustrate the story.

Confusion as UNIJOS erroneously awards First Class degrees to graduands

Nearly 20 graduands from the Department of Law at the University of Jos have been erroneously awarded First Class degrees by the university, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The error, which occurred on the university's convocation ceremony web portal, saw several graduands of the department's 2015/2016 academic session bagging First Class…

Moshood Abiola

Group demands ‘June 12’ be taught in Nigerian schools

The June 12 Movement on Thursday listed a string of demands it wants the Nigerian government to implement, including a request that a subject chronicling the events at that time be introduced into schools' curriculum, in honour of the late M.K.O Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election.…

Femi Falana (SAN)

June 12: Buhari’s decision has ended Obasanjo regime’s ‘hypocrisy’ — Falana

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has commended the Nigerian government's decision to confer a posthumous honour on M.K.O Abiola and declare June 12 as Democracy Day. Mr Falana in a statement on Thursday urged the government to further adopt Mr Abiola's programme of Welfare to Poverty and respect the…

Anglican Church in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Anglican Church Crisis: Why I collected ₦260 million – Bishop

The Bishop of the Lagos Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Adebola Ademowo, pushed back vehemently on claims that he misappropriated ₦260 million belonging to the church, according to a letter by the cleric seen by PREMIUM TIMES. The letter, dated March 1 and addressed to Nicholas Okoh,…

Anglican Church in Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Anglican Church in disarray as members accuse Nigerian bishop of embezzling N260 million, election manipulation

Some aggrieved members of the Lagos Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) have filed three applications before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court seeking, among other things, a relief for the judge handling the suit, Mojisola Olatoregun, to recuse herself from the case. Another relief by…

Abubakar Mahmoud (Photo Credit: Legal Naija)

NBA President flouting court order – Abuja bar chairman

A caretaker committee in the Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association instituted by the NBA president, Abubakar Mahmoud, has continued to function despite a court order halting its activities, Ezenwa Anumnu, a lawyer has said. Mr Anumnu, the chairman of the Abuja NBA, said the committee members have been…

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

World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco companies’ messages infuriate activists

As the world marks the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, a flurry of messages from tobacco companies claiming a commitment to a healthy, tobacco-free future has been condemned by anti-tobacco activists. The 2018 World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is themed 'Tobacco and Heart Diseases' highlighting the health and…

Code of Conduct Bureau Court

Code of Conduct Bureau summons permanent secretary over corruption allegations

The Code of Conduct Bureau has summoned a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Power, Louis Edozien, to appear before it over allegations of graft against him. Mr Edozien is scheduled to appear before the Bureau at the conference room of the Federal Secretariat complex in Abuja on May…

Striking health workers

JOHESU Strike: Group wants implementation of ‘no work, no pay’ policy

As the industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sectors Union (JOHESU) enters its seventh week, a group, Activists United Against Graft and Anti-People Policies, has called on the Nigerian government to implement the 'no work, no pay, policy on the striking workers. Addressing a press conference in Lagos…

Olusegun Obasanjo

Inside EFCC report on corruption allegations against Obasanjo

As President Muhammadu Buhari and a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, continue to engage in a war of words, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a report by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission regarding corruption allegations against Mr Obasanjo. The fresh clash between the president and one of his predecessors was triggered…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Judge orders police to pay N10 million damages to Alaba filmmaker

The Lagos Division of the Federal High on May 24 ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N10 million damages to Uchechukwu Chukwuma, a businessman arrested for pirating Nollywood movies. Muslim Hassan, the judge, said the police violated Mr Chukwuma's fundamental human rights, including his right to personal liberty. Mr…

Benedict Egwuchukwu (Snr)

AUN’s best graduating student ‘wasn’t very bright in primary, secondary school’

Inside the expansive Commencement hall of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, the smile on the face of Benedict Egwuchukwu (Snr), an engineer from Imo State, was so wide it infected his wife. They both beamed with smiles - and then burst into laughter - when Mr Egwuchukwu attempted…

Femi Falana

Falana seeks visa ban on Nigerian public officials involved in money laundering

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has urged Western governments to impose visa ban on Nigerian public officials involved in money laundering and other corrupt acts. Speaking while delivering a paper titled 'Human Rights Issues Surrounding The Non-Return of Assets to Countries of Origin' at the 8th Annual Conference of…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku is like Thomas Jefferson – AUN President

The president of the American University of Nigeria on Saturday likened the founder of the university, Atiku Abubakar, to Thomas Jefferson, a former president of the United States of America. Dawn Dekle, a professor and the fourth president of AUN, spoke to journalists after the university’s 10th commencement ceremony in…

Ms Adamu and the AUN president, Ms Dekle. Photo courtesy of AUN

Minister’s daughter graduates top of her class at AUN

Hafsat Adamu, a daughter of Nigeria’s Education minister, was among the top performers at the 10th Commencement Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria on Saturday. Ms Adamu bagged the award for academic distinction as the best graduating student in English Language and Literature as well as the Royal Exchange…

The best graduating student at AUN

American University of Nigeria honours best graduating students

An Accounting graduate at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Benedict Egwuchukwu, was Friday named the best graduating student of the university. An indigene of Imo State, Mr Egwuchukwu scored a 3.90 Cumulative Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale) to bag the Award for Academic Excellence at the awards…

Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal. 

How Lagos police allegedly killed murder suspect

A suspect who was arrested by the police last February in connection with the murder of a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos, John Oladokun, has been reportedly killed. Mr Oladokun, popularly known as John Ibafo, was allegedly shot by the police while trying…

The AUN President, Ms Dekle, presents a certificate to an Honours Society awardee.

AUN honours outstanding 2018 graduating students

The American University of Nigeria, Yola, on Thursday night honoured 21 outstanding students in the graduating class of 2018 during its annual Honour Society Awards Banquet. The students, drawn from the university's Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology and Computing, are among the 10th set…

Lafarge

Lafarge announces N34 billion loss in 2017

The Chairman of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mobolaji Balogun, on Wednesday said the overall drop in domestic cement demand was instrumental to the group's N34.3 billion Loss Before Tax in the 2017 financial year. Addressing shareholders at the group's 59th Annual General Meeting in Lagos, Mr Balogun said the cement sold…